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Chase Seitz promoted to Director, Field Investigations for Macy's
Chase has been with Macy's for nearly two decades, starting with the company in 2002 as a Loss Prevention Detective. Before his promotion to Director, Field Investigations, he served as National Principal of Operations & Asset Protection. Prior to that, he served for a year as District Director of Operations and Asset Protection - NJ/PA. Throughout his career at Macy's, he has held various other LP/AP roles, including District Director of Asset Protection, Regional LP Training Manager, Dual Store LP Manager and Multi-Store LP Executive, among others. Congratulations, Chase!

Stephen McIntosh, MBA CPP CFI promoted to Senior Manager, Field Asset Protection USA for lululemon
Stephen has been with lululemon for nearly nine years, starting with the company in 2012 as a Regional Asset Protection Manager. Before his promotion to Senior Manager, Field Asset Protection USA, he spent nearly a year as Senior Regional Asset Protection Manager. Earlier in his career, he held AP/LP roles with Home Depot, Target and Gap Inc. Congratulations, Stephen!

Andrew Leonard, CORCI promoted to Manager, Remote Operations & Investigations for Kohl's

Andrew has been with Kohl's for five years, starting his latest stint with the company in 2015 as a Loss Prevention Supervisor. Before his promotion to Manager, Remote Operations & Investigations, he spent three years as District Loss Prevention Manager. Earlier in his career, he held roles with Target and Meijer Stores. He currently serves as President of the Kentucky ORC Association. Congratulations, Andrew!

Jessica Pierce, CFI promoted to Regional Director of Loss Prevention for Dick's Sporting Goods
Jessica has been with Dick's Sporting Goods for 14 years, starting with the company as a Footwear teammate. Jessica worked her way up to a Store Manager role where she realized her true passion was in Loss Prevention and entered an internal LP program with DSG aimed at developing LP professionals. She was promoted to a District LP Manager in 2013 and has played an active role in the department including founding the Women in Leadership group inside Loss Prevention two years ago. Jessica is a true leader in the inclusion and diversity space. Congratulations Jessica!

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Security Officer's Annual Fatality and Injury Report

Each year, Private Officer International collects, verifies, researches and compiles data related to private security, loss prevention, public safety, bail and private police. This data includes injuries and deaths to employees, lawsuits, use of force, and other related statistics.

This year, a full time team spent three months working to verify COVID related illnesses and deaths involving on-duty personnel. This has been a sad and tragic 12 months for the security industry.

Sep 2019 - Sep 2020: 273 total deaths

● 190 COVID-19 related illness as listed on their death records

● 48 of those deceased were female and 142 were male.

● We found that the median age was 59 based on the statistical information of more than 50% of those listed.

● There were 13 known companies employing proprietary or contracted security services who reported more than 1000 employees who were impacted by COVID-19

Total Number of Non-Fatal Assaults: 20,217
These can sometimes include battery or pointing of a weapon or threat of bodily harm.

The following states are ranked from the most reports of assaults, officer injuries or deaths: 1. Texas, 2. California, 3. Arizona, 4. Florida, 5. New York, 6. Nevada, 7. Ohio, 8. Alabama, 9. Georgia, 10. Michigan.

Other notable findings:

● Deaths by gunfire had an increase of 17.4% over the previous year.

● Deaths by vehicle accidents had an increase of 5.6% over the previous year. privateofficer.org

What's new in body worn cameras? Axis Communications innovates
the market with open standards and unprecedented flexibility

According to financial website MarketWatch, the worldwide market for body worn cameras is expected to reach $1.8 billion by 2023. Axis Communications, the newest player to enter the arena, plans to capture the lion's share of that market by building on its innovative leadership in video surveillance technology. A recent interview with Fredrik Andersson, Axis Communications Global Product Manager - New Solutions Initiative, discussed how the Axis body worn solution surpasses what is already out in the marketplace.

What is the biggest differentiator between Axis and other competitors in this market?

Andersson: We are the only truly open platform system on the market. Most existing systems are proprietary, forcing customers to rely on an end-to-end solution from a single supplier. Our system is intentionally designed to integrate with other companies' open systems, allowing our customers to choose best of breed options that fit with their existing technology. That is part of the Axis DNA for all of our solutions.  Read the full Q&A here

IAI announces a new and improved website

The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) has unveiled their new website to help with the work of keeping the membership connected. With social networking support, simple tools for staying in touch, space for sharing documents and photos and resources to support committees, we can use it to help market our association and highlight the great work being done.

A new learning management system, continuing education tracker, and social communities are just a few of the highlights! Visit www.certifiedinterviewer.com and take a peek!

Protests, Looting & Violence

An Inside Look At The Chicago Police Looting Task Force

Detectives work on ID'ing 1,000+ people involved in downtown vandalism on Aug. 10

Looters ransacked stores across Chicago for a second time 45 days ago, and since then, police have tirelessly poured over hours of video looking for evidence to catch the crooks. CBS 2's Lauren Victory took us inside the war room where detectives are doing just that. A few mouse clicks here, a couple taps there - combing through hours of video can be tedious. But a split-second shot can be a big break.

"So he'll go frame and look at what is the best image that we can push out to the public?" said Sgt. Alex Wolinksi, who is in charge of the team trying to individually identify more than 1,000 people involved in widespread vandalism on the early morning of Monday. Aug. 10. "We work almost as an assembly line."

The six-week-old Looting Task Force first focused on collecting video. Officers are specially trained to extract footage from all sorts of surveillance systems. Labeling and cataloging each and every looter is important. Details down to clothing, shoes, and a possible getaway car are part of it - in case the same thief pops up in a different video.

Calls from the public help too. Inside a second room, tips are vetted and then handed over to another part of the looting task force - case investigators. "Hey, that guy lives down the block, that's who that is."

Dennihan's detectives have already booked more than 70 looters, with hundreds to go. cbslocal.com

Chicago: 22 wanted for looting Loop Walgreens in August
Police on Friday released surveillance video showing nearly two dozen people wanted for stealing from a Loop Walgreens during widespread looting in August. The looting happened in the early hours of Aug. 10 at the store, 2. N. State St., according to Chicago police.

The 22 suspects are among hundreds of people suspected of looting downtown shops that morning throughout Chicago, less than a day after police shot a man in Englewood on the South Side. Over the last several weeks, police have shared dozens of photos and videos of suspected looters. suntimes.com

Naperville, IL: Spike in burglaries in 2020 linked to June looting in Chicago suburb
Over the last three months, Lisa Collins, owner of the Lauren Rae Jewelry Boutique in downtown Naperville (a western suburb of Chicago), has worked hard to keep her business afloat. First dealing with the COVID-19 restrictions, and then with the damage caused when a George Floyd rally turned violent and dozens of downtown businesses were vandalized and looted, including her own on June 1.

Statistics released this month by the FBI through its Uniform Crime Reporting program show burglaries spiked in Naperville between Jan. 1 and June 30, the direct result of the June 1 destruction, Naperville police say. The FBI's numbers show 80 burglaries were reported in the first half of 2020, up 18% over last year's 68.

One of the largest drivers of the increase, Police Chief Robert Marshall said, was a significant upturn in gas station robberies. Robberies more than doubled from eight between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2019, to 19 in the same time period this year, according to FBI figures.

"With unemployment numbers up due to COVID-19, some person or persons selected robbery for an additional method to acquire cash, property and drugs," Marshall said. newsbreak.com

NYPD Black & Blue
NYPD line-of-duty injuries skyrocket amid violent anti-police protests
At least 472 cops across all ranks have been injured responding to riots and protests since May 28, department data shows. Officers have been shot at, stabbed, assaulted with rocks, bricks, struck by vehicles and had Molotov cocktails hurled at them, officials said. Of those injured, 319 cops required hospital treatment and seven were admitted to hospitals.

The 472 hurt cops contributed to
7,528 NYPD line-of-duty injuries so far in 2020, up 47 percent from the 5,133 in 2019, NYPD data through Sept. 24 reveals. nypost.com

'It Sounds A Lot Like A PR Campaign': Louisville Police Tie Looting To Protests
Louisville is engulfed in protests and has been all summer long. In that time, Louisville Metro Police have arrested at least 46 people for burglary charges and deemed them to be connected to the protests, according to data provided by the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Nearly all of those arrests have occurred in neighborhoods that are far from protest sites - Lyndon, Portland, Chickasaw, and St. Dennis. Yet still, police and city officials have tied these burglaries to the protests, oftentimes referring to the incidents as looting, a tactic experts describe as akin to a public relations campaign meant to spark vitriol against protesters and further a narrative that the city is engulfed in mayhem and the only protection is aggressive policing. wfpl.org

Ballistics report contradicts Kentucky AG's account of Breonna Taylor shooting

Report: Louisville SWAT members expressed concern before, after raid at Breonna Taylor's home

Portland Police move in on planned protest before it begins; march goes on anyway, 24 arrested in declared unlawful assembly

National Guard prepared for protests in Cleveland ahead of Trump-Biden debate

COVID Update

US: Over 7.3M Cases - 210K Dead - 4.6M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 33.6M Cases - 1M Dead - 25M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 190   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 114
*Red indicates change in total deaths

NRF PROTECT Keynote Session on Crisis Leadership
Verizon's CSO on how to lead remote workers during the Covid-19 pandemic

With apologies to people who love caterpillars, Verizon Communications Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer Michael Mason believes the pandemic is a "chrysalis opportunity" - the uglier stage as a butterfly starts its life.

As NRF PROTECT ALL ACCESS wrapped up last week, Mason talked with H Squared Research LLC Chief Research Officer Hitha Herzog about the serious impact the pandemic has had on millions of people. Mason noted that, like many companies, 95 percent of his team began working from home. He explained how he chose to focus on what they could do instead of being overwhelmed by what they couldn't.

Click here to see highlights from the conversation and Mason's answers to the following questions:

● How do you maintain relationships via things like Zoom calls and Slack?

● How do you effectively interview, hire and onboard virtually?

● You may have a rock star, and suddenly, they're not performing at their peak. From a leadership standpoint, how do you get to the crux of what happened? How do you help them?

See more from NRF PROTECT in our recaps from Thursday and Friday last week.

COVID-19 cases up in 21 states as new model predicts 'huge surge'
The number of COVID-19 cases in the US rose by at least 10 percent in 21 states last week - while a new model predicts a "huge surge" is expected to impact more Americans as early as next month. New infections accelerated mainly in the West, according to a CNN analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, although some Eastern outliers like North Carolina and New Jersey also saw upticks.

The states where infections are rising include Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Another 18 states saw their rates hold steady, while just 11 - including Florida, Connecticut and New Hampshire - saw new cases of COVID-19 decrease by more than 10 percent from a week earlier, according to the report. cnn.com

New York Region Sees 40% Bankruptcy Surge, Braces for More

Almost 6,000 city businesses have closed. Recovery hinges on office workers' return

The pandemic has battered New York City businesses, with almost 6,000 closures and 610 businesses filing for bankruptcy from March 16 to Sept. 27 - a jump of about 40% in bankruptcy filings across the region and shuttered storefronts in the business districts of all five boroughs.

It's going to get worse. This fall, the nation's largest city will see even more padlocked doors as companies burn through federal and private loans they tapped in March, landlords boot businesses that can't make rent, and plummeting temperatures chill outdoor dining and shopping.

Already, dwindling tax revenue has led to cutbacks in municipal services. Trash on sidewalks, unkempt parks and an increase in shootings have made it more difficult to persuade workers to return to offices, more than 150 executives told the mayor in a letter this month. A dearth of office workers is a death knell for many merchants.

The pandemic could permanently close as many as a third of New York's 230,000 businesses, according to the Partnership for New York City, a business group. bloomberg.com

NYC threatens lockdown for COVID-19 hot spots
New York City officials are threatening to impose a sweeping lockdown starting Tuesday on neighborhoods with soaring COVID-19 infection rates. City Hall higher-ups were huddling Monday to review which potential restrictions could be imposed on areas that now have rates up to four times the statewide and Big Apple averages, sources told The Post.

The clampdown - which would represent the first time the city rolled back its reopening efforts - could include shutting down all non-essential businesses in the areas again, banning gatherings of more than 10 people, closing private schools and day care centers if they don't meet city Department of Education safety standards and issuing fines for refusing to wear masks, the city said. nypost.com

As School Resumes, Mothers Working Retail Jobs Feel Extra Burden
As the pandemic wears on and school begins across the country, women working in retail say they are being forced to choose between keeping their jobs and making sure their children can keep up with remote learning.

Women in all types of jobs are feeling this squeeze. According to a study last month by the Census Bureau, women were three times more likely than men to have left their job because of child-care issues during the pandemic. But the inflexibility of retail work schedules - where shifts can vary widely week to week and employees have little choice but to take the hours they are given - makes the pressure on those employees particularly acute and likely to lead to more women dropping out of the work force.

The retail industry, the second-biggest private-sector employer in the United States after health care, has been roiled by the pandemic, with millions of people out of work. Women made up nearly half of the 15.7 million workers in retail before the pandemic, but they accounted for 65 percent of the industry's job losses between February and June, according to a report from the center. nytimes.com

NRF tells consumers this holiday season to shop 'safe and early'
The retail industry's leading trade group has a message to customers ahead of the 2020 holiday season, which will be unlike any other: get your shopping done early in order to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic. The National Retail Federation announced Tuesday the debut of its new ad campaign, "Shop safe, shop early."

"In a year that has been full of uncertainty, we encourage consumers to avoid the last-minute stresses of the holiday season like long lines and shipping delays," NRF President and CEO Matt Shay said in a statement. "Retailers are ready with inventory and sales, and there's no reason to wait until Thanksgiving weekend to kick off your gift shopping." cnbc.com

Positive COVID-19 test rates top 25% in some Midwest states

South Florida bars packed after Gov. gives OK for Phase 3 reopening

Winter may force restaurants to shut down outside service

Why a Covid-19 surge is likely this fall and winter


3 found dead in latest California wildfires as wine country remains under siege
The toll from California's latest round of wildfires worsened Monday with three deaths reported in Shasta County and numerous structures lost in wine country, where tens of thousands have been forced to flee their homes.

The number of structures damaged or destroyed was unclear late Monday, "but there was significant loss" in some areas, according to Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner.
Almost 34,000 people have been ordered to evacuate, officials said, while more than 14,000 others have been warned that they, too, may have to leave.

The blaze, named the
Zogg fire, doubled in size Monday night to 31,200 acres with no containment. It has destroyed 146 structures and is threatening 1,500 more. latimes.com

  Wildfire map and air quality tracker

  Climate fires and hurricanes collide in this shocking NASA satellite image

GSX+ 2020: A Look Back on the Week
The concept was a bit daunting at first. How to take a major security conference held in a bustling convention center full of approximately 20,000 people and put it into a virtual format that was enlightening, engaging, and entertaining - all in just a few months' time. But the ASIS community rose to the challenge to create GSX+ last week, full of keynote speeches from security leaders, education sessions from subject matter experts, and networking opportunities, with a few celebrity guest appearances thrown in for good measure. And thousands of security professionals from more than 80 countries tuned in. asisonline.org

Europe's LP Think Tank
ECR Retail Loss Food Waste Working Group Announces Virtual Meeting
The ECR Retail Loss Food Waste Working Group has announced two days of virtual meetings in November, which will explore the management of food waste during COVID-19, expiry date visibility, fresh produce planning and related topics.

On November 18, the two-day seminar program will begin with a case study presentation from Portuguese retailer Sonae, which will explore how the retailer 'gives value' to food waste that cannot be avoided. The first day will also see a presentation on Managing Waste In The Pandemic, and a showcase of six of the most promising start-ups in food waste and markdown prevention.

The following day, November 19, will play host to presentations on Expiry Date Visibility - one of the 'holy grails' of waste prevention' - as well as Fresh Production Planning Compliance. The second day will close with an analysis of how retailers can adopt new ways to manage-out close to expiry date products, including presentations from retailers on how they have embraced platforms such as Flashfood, Gander and Too Good to Go to help keep surplus food in the human chain and in some cases, acquire new shoppers. Learn More

'Amazon One'
Amazon introduces new hand-scanning payment option in its stores
with plans to sell the technology to other retailers in the future

Amazon on Tuesday unveiled a
new biometric technology called Amazon One that allows shoppers to pay at stores by placing their palm over a scanning device when they walk in the door or when they check out. The first time they register to use this tech, a customer will scan their palm and insert their payment card at a terminal; after that, they can simply pay with their hand.

The technology will be available at the entrance of two of the company's
Amazon Go cashierless convenience stores in Seattle, Washington, starting Tuesday, and will roll out to the rest of the chain's 20-plus stores in the future, Amazon VP Dilip Kumar told Recode. Amazon had filed a patent application for such a hand-payment technology.

The technology
could also show up in Whole Foods stores, with Amazon hinting in a press release that it will introduce palm payments in the coming months at its other stores beyond Amazon Go locations.

The hand-scanning tech isn't just for Amazon's own stores - the company hopes to sell it to other retailers, including competitors, too. Kumar said the Amazon One pitch to other retailers is straightforward: reduce friction for your customers at checkout, thereby shortening lines and increasing how many shoppers are served along the way. vox.com

Why American Eagle is the last mall brand standing
In the midst of the pandemic, American Eagle Outfitters, the four-decades-old teen retailer that owns American Eagle and Aerie, has opened stores and launched new brands. What's the secret to its success?

At a time when many retailers are hemorrhaging money and closing stores, Aerie saw a 32% rise in revenue and is on track to open 70 new stores this year. The company also launched two new brands during the pandemic, Offline and Unsubscribed.

How did AEO become one of the last successful mall brands in America? The answer seems to be the company's single-minded commitment to its target customer: Gen Z, the oldest of whom are now in their midtwenties. AEO has invested heavily in focus groups, consumer research, and even an in-house council made up of teens and twentysomethings who help with the corporate decision-making. All of this has given the company a clear sense of this generation's values, aesthetics, and shopping preferences. "We're gathering feedback from customers at every step," Schottenstein says. "We're reading comments on social, we're getting feedback in stores." fastcompany.com

Is Santa Claus coming to town? Mall Santas may lose gigs
In first holiday season since the COVID-19 pandemic
In a year like no other, even Santa Claus may find himself out of work.

A visit to the mall to sit on the jolly old elf's lap may be yet another tradition knocked to the wayside by COVID-19, as wary parents keep their children home. And while that's bad news for kids, it may be worse news for all those Santas who count on gigs at department stores and office Christmas bashes to earn extra cash - or, in some cases, a big chunk of their annual income.

One seasoned and successful Santa "I normally have 20 to 30 bookings, and right now I have two,'' said Hadrych, 72, who lives with his family in Canoga Park, California.

A mall Santa with "a real beard, real belly, real laugh,'' can make anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000 working through November and December, Allen says. For many Santa Claus entertainers who are on a fixed income, that extra cash is crucial.

Simon Property Group, the nations largest, says "Santa is coming to a Simon shopping center near you.''

Virtual Visits? Trading the mall for Zoom

Video platform VisitWithSanta.com is "definitely seeing an uptick in interest ... attributable in part to the unfortunate circumstances of the pandemic,'' says Carla McAnulty, spokeswoman for the platform's parent company, WelcomeSanta.com. HireSanta has also seen a surge of interest in virtual visits. usatoday.com

Securitas Acquires STANLEY Security Businesses in Europe, Asia

Target's Deal Days to go head-to-head with Amazon's Prime Day on Oct. 13-14

Bed Bath & Beyond, buybuy Baby launch same-day delivery service

Charming Charlie brand opens its first store after liquidating in 2019


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Study: The Average American is Filmed by At Least an Estimated 238 Security Cameras a Week
In a study conducted by the Safety.com security team, research has found that the average American is filmed by security cameras over 230 times a week, a number that has increased rapidly over the last decade and will continue to do so in the near future.

Surveillance technology isn't new, but there has been an exponential increase in the number of security cameras deployed throughout the United States and around the world. CNBC reports that there will be an estimated one billion security cameras filming around the world by 2021, with somewhere between 10-18% of those being in the United States alone.

When calculated on a per-person basis, this is the second-highest ratio of security cameras to population in the world. CBS News reported in 2019 that second to China, the US has at least one security camera filming for every 4.6 people, compared to one camera for every 4.1 people in China.

In the infographic to the left, research shows how many times one might be filmed by security cameras each day, based on IPUMS Time Use data and spread out over the course of an average week. safety.com

Major hospital system hit with cyberattack, potentially largest in U.S. history
A major hospital chain has been hit by what appears to be one of the largest medical cyberattacks in United States history. Computer systems for Universal Health Services, which has more than 400 locations, primarily in the U.S., began to fail over the weekend, and some hospitals have had to resort to filing patient information with pen and paper, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. nbcnews.com

Warner Music Group Faces 3rd Class-Action Suit Over Massive Credit Card Hack
Warner Music Group is facing a third class-action lawsuit over the months-long hack that compromised the personal and financial information of more than a few of its customers. According to company officials, an as-yet-unidentified thief (or thieves) targeted "a number of e-commerce websites operated by Warner Music Group," potentially making off with all manner of sensitive payment details and identity-related specifics. Though the exact extent of the hack is unclear presently, it bears reiterating that the episode occurred across a more than quarter-year-long stretch, from April 25th until early last month. digitalmusicnews.com


Your best defense against ransomware: Find the early warning signs
Ransomware isn't hard to detect but identifying it when the encryption and exfiltration are rampant is too little too late. However, there are several warning signs that organizations can catch before the real damage is done. In fact, FireEye found that there is usually three days of dwell time between these early warning signs and detonation of ransomware.

So, how does a security team find these weak but important early warning signals? Somewhat surprisingly perhaps, the network provides a unique vantage point to spot the pre-encryption activity of ransomware actors such as those behind Maze.

Here's a guide, broken down by MITRE category, of the many different warning signs organizations being attacked by Maze ransomware can see and act upon before it's too late: helpnetsecurity.com

The ransomware crisis is getting worse.
We need to make these four big changes

On a daily basis, companies large and small are finding their business disrupted when they can least afford to have computer systems failing. And yet, there seems to be a sense in some quarters that ransomware is simply an inevitable consequence of our digital age. That it is something that we just have to learn to accept.

In reality, ransomware exists because of a series of failures. While apparently unrelated, they combine to create the conditions under which ransomware can flourish and become one of the biggest menaces on the internet today. If we want to stop the next decade becoming the decade of ransomware, we need to make some significant changes.

1. Policing versus politics
2. Increase the pressure
3. Make paying the ransom an absolute last resort
4. Make security practical 

Security teams struggle with ransomware, cloud services
Ransomware, insecure internet-facing systems and attacks against cloud-based services are among the top threats facing industry this year, according to new and recent threat intelligence reporting. The Q2 threat report released today by Rapid7 and detailing the latest tools and tactics used in cyber campaigns targeting the private sector, pegged the manufacturing sector as the most targeted industrial vertical in the second quarter, followed by the finance, retail and healthcare sectors. scmagazine.com




Sharing is Not Caring

Many professionals are still working from home while their children are attending school virtually. Keep in mind that many hackers are targeting schools and students. Keep your cyber data safe by not sharing your work computer with your children. Doing so can spell trouble, so it is very important to always be cautious.




Privacy Concerns & Advocates Speak Up
Are Amazon's flying security drones a threat to homeowner privacy?
Launched last week the flying indoor security camera that is becoming the
latest product to set off privacy alarms.

Concerns are nevertheless being raised about potential hacks as well as the social impact of the extended level of household surveillance the device offers. To some, Amazon.com could particularly benefit by gaining an additional level of home surveillance for targeting purposes, beyond Alexa's eavesdropping microphones, Ring's video doorbells and other Alexa-enabled home devices.

Wrote Geoffrey Fowler, technology columnist for The Washington Post, "The direction the company wants to take connected life is unmistakable: more recordings feeding into Amazon artificial intelligence to automate our homes and our lives."

Longtime tech journalist Walt Mossberg tweeted, "In a country with no laws regulating digital privacy,
anyone who buys this from a company with a history of privacy problems is insane." retailwire.com

Editor's Note: This pops up in retail industry discussion news outlet Retail Wire today. The topic is open for discussion. Point being, privacy concerns and advocates continue their watchful eye and will always look to engage as many as possible.

Amazon accused of adding 'largely low-quality' jobs during coronavirus pandemic

Amazon in the bottom quarter of companies listed in the report, among eBay, Tyson and Wells Fargo

A new report accuses Amazon of providing "largely low-quality jobs" during the coronavirus pandemic.

The e-commerce giant
committed to adding a total of 175,000 new jobs amid COVID-19 to help meet demand, but KKS Advisors, a progressive advisory services firm, has ranked the company among the worst of those with inequality and COVID-19-related issues in a new report.

"During the pandemic, the company created numerous jobs, for which it might ostensibly receive credit under a first-pass analysis," KKS wrote. "However,
these jobs were largely low-quality, many used zero-hour contracts, and they are unlikely in the medium and long term to align with a stakeholder primacy agenda."

Zero-hour contracts are contracts between an employer and an employee that
do not require a minimum work hour requirements. Amazon hired a range of full and part-time workers during the pandemic as millions of people were laid off from jobs as a result of lockdowns. foxbusiness.com

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Hinesville, GA: $1 million Jewelry heist under investigation in Hinesville
Hinesville Police are trying to track down the thieves who carried out a heist that netted them upwards of a million dollars in jewelry. It happened early Friday morning. It's not often you hear about thieves getting away with over a million dollars worth of jewelry, but that's exactly what happened Friday at the Kay jewelers in Hinesville. And that store was closed Monday afternoon as the investigation into the incident continues. According to Hinesville Police, the jewelry heist took place shortly after midnight on Friday morning. Officers who responded to the alarm saw nothing in their initial investigation. It wasn't until employees showed up at the business about 10:00 a.m. Friday morning that they discovered a hole in the roof and the jewelry missing from the safe. And this may not be the only such case like this. The investigation is looking into similar cases which may have occurred in other local agencies and neighboring states. wjcl.com

Alameda, CA: Pet Food Express Burglar arrested and thousands of dollars in merchandise recovered
Officers on patrol heard an alarm going off and stopped to investigate. Alameda Police officers arrested a man accused of burglarizing Pet Food Express, and they recovered thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise, they report. Police responded to an audible alarm at 3 a.m. Sunday at the Bridgeside Shopping Center at Blanding Avenue and Tilden Way. Officers on patrol heard the alarm and stopped to investigate. The officers saw the suspect leave the store with several items and tried to stop him. "The suspect disregarded the officer's presence and, a foot chase ensued, taking officers across the bridge, over fences, and into a commercial property," they report. Backup officers established a perimeter, and found the suspect and stolen property.

Warren, OH: Update: Man pleads guilty to theft of 2 Riding Lawnmowers and electronics from Walmart
A Youngstown man pleaded guilty Monday to a felony theft charge linking him to the March 28 theft of two riding lawnmowers and other items from the Bazetta Walmart Supercenter. Joshua Hunt, 36, appeared before Judge Peter J. Kontos. Jail records show Hunt has been in custody since May 26. Kontos ordered he pay restitution to the store. Hunt was one of three men accused of taking $2,896 in items from the Walmart, police reports show. Security video outside the Bazetta store caught a pickup truck leaving the area with the tractors and other items, including two sound bars and a television, shown in the bed. tribtoday.com

Joliet, IL: Repeat Offender stole clothes from the Buckle at Louis Joliet Mall
For the second straight year, 37-year-old New Lenox resident Brian Berka has been arrested on felony retail theft charges here in Will County. On Saturday evening, Joliet police officers drove away from the Louis Joliet Mall with Berka in the back of their squad car.

Highland, IN: Over $2K in heartburn pills, Nicorette gum, more stolen from Meijer

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Shootings & Deaths

Honolulu, HI: Suspect in a 7-Eleven shooting arrested for attempted murder, robbery
Honolulu Police have arrested a man suspected in a shooting at a 7-Eleven last week. Police say 36-year-old Bronson Kepaa was arrested for attempted murder and robbery in the shooting that happened last Thursday. Emergency crews were called to the store at the intersection of Kalihi Street and Nimitz Highway around 8:15 a.m. Emergency Medical Services treated a 46-year-old victim who was shot in his left leg. He was hospitalized in serious condition. hawaiinewsnow.com

Jefferson County, MO: Man confesses to 1993 murder of Arnold liquor store owner, will face charges this week


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Grand Island, NE: Burglars cut hole through wall of Church to steal $250K of items from Jewelry Store
Grand Island Jewelry store is out $250,000 after a suspected heist over the weekend. Grand Island Police say it happened late Friday or early Saturday at the Oro-Mex Jewelers store. GIPD says the suspects cut a hole in a cement wall of a church that adjoins the Oro-Mex Jewelers store. Once in the jewelry store, they were then able to cut open two safes and take jewelry and other items valued at a total of $250,000. rivercountry.newschannelnebraska.com

Santa Monica, CA: Another 2 Suspects Arrested For REI Looting In May; $2,500 of merchandise recovered
Ongoing investigation into Santa Monica store lootings during civil unrest in May led to the recent arrests of two additional suspects and the recovery of $2,500 of merchandise stolen from REI, according to officials. Marques Miles and Misty Jones, both from Los Angeles, were arrested after search warrants were served Sept. 17 at two Los Angeles locations, the Santa Monica Police Department said Friday.

Jonesboro, AR: Suspect Arrested in CV Armed Robbery; prior record, held on $1M bond

Dayton, OH: Employee assaulted in Dollar General shoplifting turned robbery

Vineland, NJ : Dollar General Robbery suspect facing charges of Robbery, Theft and Terroristic Threats

Nashville, TN: Repeat shoplifter charged with Felony Burglary at Walmart

Rapid City, SD: $10,000 reward offered in Gun store Burglary; up to 40 weapons stolen



Louisville, KY: Feds at UPS Worldport seize fake designer merchandise valued at $1.1 million
Customs and Border Protection officers found 700 fake designer items in five shipments at UPS Worldport on Wednesday. Officers seized fake designer handbags, wallets, shoes, purses and clothes packaged with Gucci and Louis Vuitton labels. One shipment contained 30 Louis Vuitton totes, four Dior handbags and two Gucci handbags, and other merchandise had Chanel, Dior and Balenciaga labels. Additional parcels seized contained 200 YSL purses, and another shipment had 366 Louis Vuitton bags. All items were evaluated by an Import Specialist, who determined that these were counterfeit items that would be worth about $1,131,095 if they were genuine.
CBP officials say the shipments came from either Hong Kong or the United Arab Emirates. They were headed to Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and Puerto Rico. wdrb.com



C-Store - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Phoenix, AZ - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lincoln County, SD - Burglary
C-Store - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Glen Burnie, MD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Amarillo, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Stillwater, OK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Allentown, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Callaway County, MO - Armed Robbery
CVS - Fayetteville, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Dayton, OH- Robbery
Grocery - Anchorage, AK - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Butte, MT - Burglary
Jewelry - Grand Island, NE - Burglary
Jewelry - Holyoke, MA - Robbery
Pets - Alameda, CA - Burglary
REI - Santa Monica, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Staten Island, NY - Robbery
Stein Mart - Greenville, SC - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - Waco, TX - Armed Robbery
Wine - Arlington Heights, IL - Robbery
7-Eleven - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 15 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


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Jim Zurawski promoted to Senior Area Loss Prevention Manager
for H-E-B

Corey Hilton named Area Loss Prevention Manager for Nordstrom

Howard Brooks named District Loss Prevention Manager for
Ollie's Bargain Outlet

Bianca C named District Asset Protection Manager for
Burlington Stores

Anthony Pfleger named Regional Manager of Investigations
for Luxottica Retail

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