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Frank O'Neill, Follett's Senior Vice President of Asset Protection and Corporate Compliance, announces retirement

After nearly two decades of important contributions and dedicated service to FHEG and Follett, Frank O'Neill, the Company's Senior Vice President of Asset Protection and Corporate Compliance, has decided to retire.

Frank and his team play an important behind-the-scenes role, ensuring that Follett assets, people, buildings and inventory are safe and secure. In 2001, this important function did not exist. At the time, as the Company was expanding the campus retail business, Frank was brought in to address the cost of rising inventory losses at the stores from theft and other factors. He quickly put in place the processes and people to tackle the problem, significantly reducing the annual losses - known as "shrink" in the retail business - from 2.2% to under 1%. Frank and his team delivered this less-than-1% milestone 17 consecutive years - an outstanding accomplishment.

Frank has also been the company's go-to leader for addressing a variety of challenging assignments, including the successful project management of Follett's move to the Westbrook facility in 2014. More recently, he's led COVID-19 pandemic task force responsible for putting in place the safety processes and procedures for our facilities and people to operate safely during this difficult period.

Frank's last day will be September 30. The D&D Daily wishes him the best of luck in the next chapter of his life.

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Protests & Police Reform

Diversity & Inclusion Has Become a Movement
Interest and investment in D&I training spike following nationwide protests

Numerous offerings are seeing growth rates over the 1000% mark

As social justice protests continue and some employers work to address systemic racism, numerous organizations have reported a notable increase in participation and investment in training for diversity, equity and inclusion.

At LinkedIn, company representatives reported that two courses on bias were in the top ten most popular courses across all of LinkedIn Learning for the month of August. The company also said it saw learners engage with its "Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging learning path" nearly four times more from June through August compared to March through May. It also has additional courses in the works:

"We have more than a dozen courses right now that we're fast-tracking on topics around allyship, [...] microaggressions, and on supporting marginalized colleagues through this time,"

Skillsoft said it saw similar growth. Company representatives shared that a course on unconscious bias training saw a 1269% increase in traffic and another course titled "Compliance Expert: Diversity - Its Value in the Workplace" had a 1054% increase in traffic. Overall, from May to June, Skillsoft saw a 367% increase in diversity content accessed on its site.

Like LinkedIn, Udemy said it sees opportunity for a more holistic view on the value of diversity, and a more nuanced approach that dives into deeper aspects of inclusion. "One of the things that companies have learned is [...] if you just focus on a little piece of this, you're not really making any progress," Osborne explained. "But it's also a marathon. This can't be something we do once and then we drop. Other topics that I think are really important are supporting psychological safety, supporting that belonging aspect [...], but also self-advocacy. Teaching those types of skills and allyship is really, really critical. It's an all encompassing approach, and it can't just be a one and done." hrdive.com

AP: Police departments seeing modest cuts, but not 'defunding'
The racial justice protests following the death of George Floyd earlier this year prompted calls to "defund the police" in cities across the country, a priority for activists that has now become a central point in the presidential contest.

A review by The Associated Press finds that while local governments have trimmed police budgets over the past four months, the cuts have been mostly modest. They have been driven as much by shrinking government revenue related to the coronavirus pandemic as from the calls to rethink public safety.

In Minneapolis, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, all hotspots for protests and counter protests, the calls for deep police cuts have been answered with modest ones, at least for now. Even in liberal enclaves such as Austin, Texas, and Berkeley, California, where officials have embraced sweeping changes to policing, implementation is slow-going and uncertain. apnews.com

How Minneapolis Police Reform Collapsed
Some Minneapolis city council members would like a redo on defunding the police

In the aftermath of the May 25 police killing of George Floyd, the Minneapolis City Council pledged to defund its police department in June as Black Lives Matter protests demanded the reallocation of law enforcement funding. Now, some city council members may want to walk back the decision.

This follows reports of Minneapolis residents lamenting the lack of police presence within their communities as a rash of crime reports in the city over the course of 2020. thehill.com

California Governor signs police reform bills that ban chokeholds, will allow DOJ to probe police shootings
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed policing bills that ban chokeholds, allow the state Department of Justice to investigate police shootings and give counties more oversight of sheriff's departments. The signings represent a win for police reform advocates and Democrats who introduced a wave of bills after the May police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Still, the moment is bittersweet for these groups after some of the most aggressive proposals - including bills to establish a police decertification process and mandate officers intercede to stop excessive force - stalled in the Legislature. politico.com

NYPD Accused of 'Kettling' Protesters
Human Rights Group Says NYPD Planned Attack & Mass Arrests of Protesters

On Wednesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report claiming the NYPD had planned the June 4 assault and mass arrests of the demonstrators in the Mott Haven, a predominantly Black and Latino neighborhood in the Bronx. More complaints about use of force by police have been made in the neighborhood's precinct than in any of the city's other 76 precincts, HRW says.

After interviewing 81 protesters and analyzing 155 videos, the global advocacy group said the crackdown was among the most aggressive police responses to protests in the U.S. since George Floyd's May 25 death, and that it violated international human rights. time.com

ACLU files second contempt motion against Seattle SPD Over Crowd Control Tactics

Mall of America gives free space to small retailers impacted by pandemic, riots

Louisville police officer who fatally shot Breonna Taylor is crowdfunding money to retire

Portland: After 110+ nights of protests, nearly 1,100 arrests have been made

Phoenix protests have cost police more than $11.5M in overtime

Houston Starbucks employee fired over "Defund The Police" cup message


COVID Update

US: Over 7.4M Cases - 212K Dead - 4.7M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 34.3M Cases - 1M Dead - 25.5M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 190   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 117
*Red indicates change in total deaths

New U.S. Coronavirus Cases Rise Slightly
With Covid-19 accelerating in 34 states, cases countrywide since the pandemic began now exceed 7.2 million.

New coronavirus cases in the U.S. edged up slightly to more than 42,000, as some states moved to extend pandemic-related restrictions and others progressed with reopening plans.

New cases have grown in 34 states at a faster clip over the past week compared with the previous week, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. In six of those states-Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maryland, Vermont, West Virginia and Kansas-the difference between the 7-day average and 14-day average of new cases was 10 or fewer. wsj.com

  Highest seven-day admission total since June 1
  Minnesota tops 100,000 COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations rise

Kroger Gets Cited in 5 LA Stores
Ralphs Failed to Report Two COVID Worker Deaths

L.A.-area Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores fined for coronavirus violations
Cal/OSHA, found that a Ralphs in Culver City as well as one in Sherman Oaks each failed to report a worker's death from COVID-19. A Food 4 Less store allowed too many customers inside, preventing workers from maintaining a recommended six feet of physical distance and putting them at risk for serious illness, the agency said.

In total, four Ralphs stores and one Food 4 Less received citations Sept. 24 for failing to protect workers from exposure to the coronavirus because they did not update their workplace safety plans to properly address hazards, according to a statement by California's Department of Industrial Relations.

A Ralphs in Studio City did not install plexiglass barriers between employees and customers in the cheese department. A West Hollywood Ralphs failed to install similar barriers at eight registers. Several locations failed to provide training for their employees on how the virus spreads, how to identify signs and symptoms, and measures to avoid infection.

All five grocery stores cited are owned and operated by Kroger. Cal/OSHA has proposed a total of $104,380 in penalties. The citations were based on inspections conducted over the course of several months beginning in May. latimes.com

Retail & Hospitality COVID-19 Impact Survey:
- Operational Procedures Still Searching for the 'New Normal'
- Safety Ranked #2 Training Priority for 2021

Multimedia Plus released a COVID-19 impact survey recently that measures the impact of COVID-19 on pressing industry issues focused on technology, training, and health priorities. The survey asked senior executives to examine the operational procedures and the implementation of technology used by national businesses to enhance safety during the current COVID-19 pandemic.


When asked "How often have you revised operational procedures since reopening?" Executives in retail and hospitality are challenged to keep up with operational procedures based on the number of COVID-19 outbreaks, the mandates of state and local government requirements and based on the needs of staff and guests. The number of adjustments is still in flux and is being updated on an ongoing basis.

● 78% of respondents said that they have revised operational procedures since reopening three or more times, 11% said two times, 4% said once
● A small percentage, 7%, said that they have not revised operational procedures at all


Retail and hospitality executives understand the importance of health screenings; however, it is not clear that maintaining strict compliance on a company-wide level is a current priority with 50% using only verbal acknowledgement. While checks are being implemented in various ways, only 30% are tracking digitally. When asked to "Please indicate your current pre-shift employee health screening method."

● 50% of respondents said that verbal acknowledgement is being used
● 25% said signature of acknowledgement
● 25% said digital acknowledgement
● 5% said electronic display pass

L.A. County allowing shopping malls, nail salons and playgrounds to reopen
After months of closure, shopping centers and nail salons in Los Angeles County will be allowed to resume indoor operations with limited capacity over the next 10 days. Nail salons and indoor malls will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity, but per state guidance, mall food courts and common areas will remain closed.

The county is taking a staggered approach to reopening over the next 10 days and will announce dates for individual sectors Friday.

Health officials have not seen a surge connected to the holiday weekend, and announced Wednesday that the positivity rate - 3% - and hospitalization count - 734 - have reached their lowest levels since the start of the pandemic. latimes.com

New app alerts New Yorkers if they're near someone with COVID-19
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a new smartphone app that can alert residents of New York and four other states if they've come in contact with someone who's tested positive for the coronavirus. If you were within six feet of a person who tested positive for 10 minutes," said Cuomo during a phone press conference, of the free program, called "COVID Alert."

The app works in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware. nypost.com

Indoor Dining Returns to New York City, but Will Customers?

UK's Retail Trade Associations Plead for Gov. Help
UK: Government urged to "investigate growing problem" of crime
against shopworkers
A group of associations have come together to call on the Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, Yvette Cooper MP to launch an inquiry on violence against retail staff.

The BRC, Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), Usdaw and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) have urged Cooper to "investigate this growing problem of violence and abuse against retail workers and the measures the Government should be taking to address it".

The associations have said that the government has rejected numerous calls to protect shopworkers through the creation of a specific offence which would impose tougher penalties on perpetrators.

Two weeks ago, the government rejected Usdaw's call for new legislation to protect retail workers in their response to a petition, which was signed by over 63,000 people.

According the BRC's latest Crime Survey, retailers spent a record £1.2 billion on crime prevention in 2019, yet violence and abuse is on the rise with over 400 incidents every day.

Meanwhile, ACS's 2020 Crime Report found that there were over 50,000 violent incidents in local shops where staff had been verbally and violently assaulted, as well as spat at and coughed on for challenging shoplifters, enforcing age-restricted sales and implementing coronavirus safety measures.

Over 50 cross-party MPs have already signed the BRC Shopworkers' Protection Pledge, ensuring it will tackle retail crime.

"Existing legislation meant to protect these workers is not working, and many of those committing these appalling crimes are not being held to account. retailgazette.co.uk

Finance Employee Gets 45M's Fed Prison - Stealing $973,000 from Fast Food Franchisee
In San Antonio, a federal judge sentenced 46-year-old Rosalinda Fuentes to 45 months in federal prison for stealing more than $973,000 from her former employer, MUY! MUY! operates over 750 Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Wendy's restaurants across the U.S. Fuentes was also ordered to pay full resititution.

By pleading guilty, Fuentes admitted that while processing employee payroll for MUY! Companies, LLC from 2014 to 2019, she implemented a scheme to steal money from the company. Fuentes used names of current and former employees to generate fraudulent pay checks and direct those unauthorized funds to bank accounts which she controlled. Furthermore, once the money had been deposited, Fuentes voided the fraudulent transactions from company records in an effort to conceal her scheme. justice.gov

Deadly fires in California have claimed at least 30 lives this year
Another death associated with a fire in Northern California was confirmed Wednesday, bringing the death toll from this year's unprecedented wildfire season in the state to 30. The most recent death was that of a man who was badly burned and evacuated from the Zogg Fire in Shasta County the day the fire started. Four people have been killed in the Zogg Fire, which has burned more than 55,000 acres and destroyed nearly 150 structures, fire officials said. It was 9 percent contained Wednesday evening.

There were 26 major fires or clusters of fires known as complexes burning across California on Wednesday, with more than 17,000 firefighters working to gain ground on the blazes, said the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. nbcnews.com

  Glass Fire: 200+ structures destroyed in Napa, Sonoma counties

  Maps and Resources to Stay up on California's Record Wildfire Season

The 1st True Omni Big Box
Walmart's New "Digitally-Enabled" Superstore Concept Coming to
1,000 Stores by end of 2021
Walmart will remodel 200 of its Supercenters by the end of 2020 to encourage a more "digitally-enabled shopping experience" featuring bolder signage, contactless checkout, and airport-inspired crowd management techniques. Molding the store and the mobile app.

The retail giant's remodeling project will expand to 1,000 stores by the end of 2021. Redesign efforts will also primarily take place in Supercenters, but some Health Centers and Neighborhood Markets may additionally be overhauled.

The primary goal of the redesign is to provide customers with "one integrated Walmart experience" that compliments the company's mobile app.

When planning for its remodeling effort, Walmart took inspiration from an unlikely source: airports. According to Whiteside, efficient airports provide a prime example of spaces that allow for large groups of people to easily navigate through clever designs and clear signage.

These revamped Supercenters will also boast self-checkout kiosks and contactless pay via Walmart Pay. Several locations will also feature Scan & Go technology. businessinsider.com

Editor's Note: This is really the first pure "digitally enabled" big box roll-out in the industry, especially of this magnitude. An historical event that marks a water-shed moment in retail when mobile becomes the driving force in molding an actual store. Which continues to drive the evolving seamless relationship between LP, AP and cybersecurity.

"The Tally Effect" - Out-of-Stock Detection
Schnuck Markets Expands Autonomous Robot Tally Enhancing Inventory Mgt.
Three years after introducing Simbe Robotics' autonomous robot Tally to select stores to enhance inventory management, Schnuck Markets, Inc. today announced it is launching the technology in an additional 46 stores, leveraging Tally's real-time data to improve the shopping experiences in 62 locations. Tally will be scanning more than 4.2 million products per day.

14x more out-of-stock detection than manual auditing - Increased accuracy of real-time inventory - Streamlined ordering and replenishment - Access to real-time product location data businesswire.com

Belk's Not Paying Vendors? Next Retail Casualty?
At least four vendors from the home furnishings sector who sell to the Belk department store company say they are not being paid - or are being paid very slowly - for their outstanding invoices. They also say merchants at the retailer are not providing details on payment plans or just aren't speaking at all.

Belk is owned by Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm that bought out the founding family in 2015 and has since kept a low profile in discussing the financial position of the store. Belk is one of a number of retail investments Sycamore has made over the years, including current ownership of Staples, The Limited and Talbots.

In the retailing business, slow or no-pay to suppliers at the same time as store merchandising staffs no longer discuss payment terms with their vendors are often signals that the company may be considering bankruptcy or other financial solutions. forbes.com

H&M to close 250 stores globally & possibly 1 quarter of their 5,000 store fleet

Gap to hire virtually for fulfillment, customer centers with online 3-minute process

Hy-Vee implements primarily self-checkout stations in stores

Starbucks HQ extends work-from-home to Oct. '21 & more flexible workplace

The Hayes Report Newsletter-Fall 2020 Vol 35 No 4

Quarterly Results
Bed Bath & Beyond Q2 comp's up 6%, digital up 89%, net sales down 1%

Publishing Note: Our weekly LP Newswire email will be published tomorrow morning.

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director Security Operations job for Gap Inc. posted in San Francisco, CA
Lead the response to Cyber Security threats and incidents for the collection, analysis, and preservation of digital evidence by collaborating with Corporate and Business Unit stakeholders and directing computer incident response and forensics program operations including managing both internal and external technical resources. linkedin.com

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Hanwha Announces New Wisenet WAVE PoE NVRs and WAVE 4.1

Teaneck, NJ - Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, today announced a new line of NVRs (Network Video Recorders) that include its powerful Wisenet WAVE video management software (VMS). Designed for small to medium-sized video surveillance installations, the new, affordable NVRs deliver a complete video management and recording solution in a rack mountable chassis with no need to install a separate server.

With a focus on ease of use and installation, the 8 channel Wisenet WRN-810S and 16 channel WRN-1610S NVRs provide users with a seamlessly integrated, pre-configured package that can be set up in minutes. Built-in PoE+ switches further reduce cost and save installation time by supplying ample power to cameras directly.

"By embedding our fully-featured WAVE VMS software directly within these NVRs, we are able to offer powerful capabilities to a new tier of the market," said Ray Cooke, Vice President - Products, Solutions, and Integration, Hanwha Techwin America. "Version 4.1 of WAVE makes this possible with a host of new features including AI forensic search tools, analytics ROI configuration from the desktop and mobile push notifications."

Having the WAVE VMS software running inside an NVR unlocks new capabilities such as:

● Complete customization of the system for the unique requirements of an organization
● Ability to monitor PoE port power consumption as well as toggle each port on and off.
● Control over the embedded I/O block with the ability to tie event rules to I/O activity.
● Access to WAVE Sync for full remote access
● Mobile push events can be sent to the WAVE mobile app as events occur
● Utilize the latest onboard analytics such as AI object detection, mask detection, occupancy monitoring and more directly from a single interface
● Unified expandable licensing system that expands as an organization grows
● The WRN-810S and WRN-1610S NVRs include four WAVE Pro licenses.

The new NVRs come with WAVE version 4.1, the latest release of Hanwha's simple but powerful VMS.

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"Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart."
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), which is a collaborative effort between the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and its public and private partners-including the National Cyber Security Alliance-to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online. This year's theme, "Do your Part. #BeCyberSmart.," encourages individuals and organizations to take proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity and protect their part of cyberspace.

CISA encourages individuals and organizations to review the NCSAM 2020 page for ways to participate in and promote NCSAM

Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. cisa.gov

Get your company employees involved and use the resources to drive your own program
Great timing with a remote workforce needing that extra push to #BeCyberSmart

CISA and MS-ISAC Release Ransomware Guide
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) have released a joint Ransomware Guide that details practices that organizations should continuously engage in to help manage the risk posed by ransomware and other cyber threats. The in-depth guide provides actionable best practices for ransomware prevention as well as a ransomware response checklist that can serve as a ransomware-specific addendum to organization cyber incident response plans.

CISA encourages users and administrators to review the Ransomware Guide and CISA's Ransomware webpage for additional information.  cisa.gov

NIST: Selecting Security & Privacy Controls: Choosing the Right Approach
Recently, NIST published a significant update to its flagship security and privacy controls catalog,
Special Publication 800-53, Revision 5. This update created a set of next generation controls to help protect organizations, assets, and the privacy of individuals-and equally important-manage cybersecurity and privacy risks. So now that the publication is here, how should you use this extensive catalog of controls that covers everything from multifactor authentication to incident response? How do you select the right controls for your organization and the associated security and privacy programs that support the organization? How do you know when you have an adequate level of protection? How do you effectively manage security and privacy risks?

To answer those questions, it always helps to
select your controls with the help of a risk management framework or a life cycle-based systems engineering process. Both provide disciplined and structured approaches for defining security and privacy requirements in the context of organizational missions and business functions and for achieving risk-based solutions that satisfy those requirements. In this article, we will be focusing on the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) and the different approaches organizations can use to effectively select their security and privacy controls from the control catalog. govdelivery.com

NIST Crowdsourcing Challenge to De-Identify Public Safety Data Sets


FBI Nails Russian LinkedIn Hacker
Tracked & Picked Up by FBI the Minute He Left Mother Russia
The long arm of U.S. Law Enforcement

Russian Gets 7-Year Sentence for Hacking LinkedIn, DropBox
Prosecutors Say He Stole Millions of Credentials

Yevgeniy Alexandrovich Nikulin was sentenced to 88 months in prison for hacking into LinkedIn, Dropbox, and the now-defunct social networking company. The judge also ordered that Nikulin pay LinkedIn $1 million in restitution and ordered that he repay Dropbox $514,000 for damages and Formspring $20,000.

A jury found that Nikulin, 32, of Russia, hacked into computers belonging to LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring, damaged computers belonging to LinkedIn and Formspring by installing malware on them, stole and used the login credentials for employees at LinkedIn and Formspring, and sold and conspired with others to sell customer data he stole as a result of his hacks. Evidence at trial showed that Nikulin was located in Moscow when he hacked into a computer belonging to a Bay Area-based LinkedIn employee and installed malicious software on it, allowing him to control the computer remotely and to use the employee's credentials to access LinkedIn's corporate VPN.

Nikulin was arrested while traveling in Prague, the Czech Republic on October 5, 2016, and extradited to the United States to face trial on March 30, 2018. Nikulin has been in U.S. custody since his extradition from the Czech Republic and will begin serving his sentence immediately. justice.gov

In 2016, LinkedIn acknowledged that 117 million user credentials may have been stolen during the 2012 breach.
Russia actually fought the U.S. over extraditing Nikulin. He remained in Czech custody for two years, where he was the focus of competing extradition requests from Washington and Moscow (see: LinkedIn Breach: Russian Suspect Extradited to US).

The Justice Department estimated that hacking caused about $2 million in damage to LinkedIn's internal network and systems. The company took six weeks to fully recover from the incident, which included over 100 employees working making fixes, prosecutors say. govinfosecurity.com

Editor's Note: This is the hacker that the FBI had been watching and picked up when he went on vacation with his family. The Fed's actually arrested him while he was at dinner. The point being that most of the major hackers that have hit the big U.S. companies, including the retailers, from the comfort of mother Russia are tracked and picked up once they leave the country. The Daily has reported on a number of them over the years and can say that the FBI does an incredible job here. As a large number of these Russian hackers are now sitting in U.S. jails.




Civil Unrest Driving Dispensary Burglaries
What a Cannabis Business Owner Learned After a Break-In
In the year 2020, businesses have seen
an increase of civil unrest, rioting and the looting. Cannabis businesses have not been immune. In California, many businesses were likely targeted in a consorted effort to steal cash and cannabis inventory.

Blunts+Moore is the first Oakland dispensary opened through the city's equity program. co-founder, David Kotler, is an attorney in the legal cannabis sector. "...having a break-in like that, where inventory is affected, is disappointing," said Kotler. Blunts+Moore was one of multiple California dispensaries targeted, including Cookies, Magnolia Wellness and MedMen.

use it as an opportunity to look inward and see where everyone's [security] standards are," Kotler said. "It forced us to look more closely at how we are operating."

Cannabis business owners are having to keep up with evolving regulatory demands. To be prepared to mitigate changing security demands, business owners are staying in tune to the community around them.
Security is important with increasing periods of civil unrest and crime. sapphirerisk.com

SAFE Banking Act Included in COVID Relief Package
Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF) Updates Industry on SAFE Banking Act & COVID Relief Package
The bipartisan
SAFE Banking Act continues to have the support of Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and may still become law during this session of Congress!

Late Monday night, the Democrats in the House released a new,
scaled-down COVID relief package, which they are calling HEROES Act 2.0 which still includes the SAFE Banking Act.

The inclusion of SAFE is significant, as there now seems to be
momentum toward passing a relief package prior to the election - and possibly within the week. cannabistradefederation.com

State ballot measures to legalize cannabis could add $9B to US marijuana market
According to a new report from cannabis market firm New Frontier Data, state ballot measures slated for 2020 in five states - Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota - could be the green light for adding $9 billion dollars to the size of the nation's legal cannabis market if all are approved by voters this November. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

New Yorkers Can Now Apply To Have Their Marijuana Conviction Records Destroyed

Two weeks from opening, Maine adult-use marijuana stores are eager to sell

Cannabis and Appellate Law Practices Collaborate to Prepare Amicus Brief to U.S. Supreme Court in Challenge to Marijuana's Schedule

Shoppers Drug Mart to begin selling new medicinal cannabis products




BOPUS & COVID Protocols

New customers and curbside pickup increase ecommerce fraud risk
Two reports released today by fraud-prevention technology providers show how the coronavirus pandemic is creating new challenges for online retailers trying to distinguish the growing number of legitimate online shoppers from criminals seeking to commit fraud. Both note how the
rapid growth of curbside pickup is increasing the likelihood of retailers suffering fraud losses.

The study from Sift emphasizes the dramatic growth in criminals attempting to take over the accounts of good customers since the coronavirus closed down many stores in March. It explains that account takeovers
enable criminals to order online and pick up goods outside stores with relatively little risk of being apprehended due to protocols requiring face masks and social distancing.

According to Sift, the percentage of account log-ins that are fraudulent increased more than 378% for its retailer clients that sell physical goods online. While Sift did not disclose the average percentage of attempted account log-ins that are fraudulent, or estimate how much actually occurred, a November 2019 study by Signal Sciences, which specializes in protecting web applications, found that account takeover attempts accounted for 29.8% of attacks on ecommerce sites, making it the largest single kind of attack. digitalcommerce360.com

Buy Online, Pick-up In Store fraud up 55%
Forter Fraud Attack Index - Key Fraud Insights for the Holiday Season
Analyzes Impact of New Customers & Rising Rates of Omnichannel Fraud

Merchants experience 5x rise in new customer account transactions but could miss out on the full revenue potential due to false declines; Buy Online, Pick-up In Store fraud jumps by 55%

Forter, today announced the release of its
ninth Fraud Attack Index, delivering in-depth insight into the impact of COVID-19 on online buyer behavior and e-commerce fraud trends.

This edition of the Forter Fraud Attack Index encapsulates the most extensive research ever conducted in this field, revealing that:

New customer accounts now represent 30% of transactions, five times more than they did pre-COVID-19.

The growth in transactions driven by the consumer shift from brick-and-mortar stores to online purchasing is masking the fact that the number of fraud attacks has risen in real terms, leading retailers into a false sense of security.

Omnichannel fraud is growing: Buy Online, Pick-up In Store (BOPIS) fraud rose 55% as new customer service options are subjected to significant fraud.

With transactions falling by 97% compared with H1 2019, fraud attack rates in the travel industry more than doubled, with hotel fraud attacks rising 139% and airline fraud attacks increasing 144%.

Account Takeover (ATO) and Policy Abuse such as returns abuse, promotion abuse, and reseller abuse are set to surge during the holiday season.

Holiday season fraud surge expected as account takeover, omnichannel fraud and policy abuse is set to spike. businesswire.com

ATO fraud up 282% since 2019
Sift: Digital Trust & Safety Index: Account Takeover Fraud and the
Growing Burden on Business
Account takeover fraud has consequences for all aspects of business, from profits and productivity to customer loyalty and growth. Our latest research shows that ATO is the typical fraudster's weapon of choice, with attempted
ATO fraud rising by 282% between 2019 and 2020. Trust and safety teams need to understand how to preserve customer loyalty and defend customers from account takeover fraud, without stunting growth or disrupting streamlined user experiences.

Fraudsters who specialize in ATO are efficient; they attack at scale, using automated bots to enter stolen account data or scour the web for information to help them crack security codes and questions

Fraudsters' determination to bypass account security checks puts merchant risk teams in a tight spot, creating a seemingly endless catch-22 between fraud and friction. Companies want to give customers the streamlined experiences they demand, but to deal with evolving account takeover, are forced to interrupt the user journey with security hurdles: sift.com




Update: Houston, TX: Robbers grab Home Depot employee, take money from cash register
Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department are looking for leads in the robbery of a Home Depot back in August. The police department this week released video of the crime, hoping someone will recognize the suspects. The three males, believed to be older teens, are wanted for robbery with bodily force. It was Aug. 22 just before noon when the suspects went into the Home Depot at 2828 South Highway 6, near West Oaks Mall, according to HPD. They picked up an item in the store and went to a cash register to pretend that they were making a purchase. The video shows that as soon as the cashier opened the register, one of the young men grabbed the woman from behind, pulling her to the ground. A second robber then grabbed the cash, and all three suspects ran away. It's unknown which direction they went in or if they got into a vehicle. 5newsonline.com

Bowling Green, KY: Police seeking Grab &Run suspect in $7,000 Dunham's Sports Theft
The Bowling Green Police Department is investigating a theft that took place on September 15, 2020 at Dunham's Sports in Greenwood Mall. Police say a store employee told them three men and two women entered the store and grabbed up a bunch of clothes. This employee told others what they did, then watched the five run out of the store, carrying the clothes in their arms. The employee said over $2,400 worth of merchandise was dropped and recovered as they exited, but it's estimated the individuals got away with over $7,000 worth of merchandise. The employee said the alleged thieves got into two cars that were parked just outside the Dunham's door.

San Antonio, TX: Two Teenagers arrested in connection with $6,700 theft from Academy store
Two teenagers are accused of stealing at least 160 items in less than one month from an Academy Sports and Outdoors store and returning them for cash totaling $6,700, according to an arrest affidavit. Daniel Felipe Guerrero Urrea and Breeonna Marie Stimpson-Leavitt, both 18, were charged with theft between $2,500 and $30,000.
Police said Stimpson-Leavitt would show up and select in-store merchandise to take to Urrea, who worked at the store as a cashier. Urrea would issue a fraudulent credit or cash refund for the stolen items and would occasionally bag up the items, allowing Stimpson-Leavitt to steal both the items and money, the affidavit said. mysanantonio.com

Flagstaff, AZ: Police search for woman suspected of $1,000 theft at Ulta Beauty

Charleston, SC: 2 Men Grab & Run with over $8,000 of lingerie from local store

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Shootings & Deaths

Waldorf, MD: 7-Eleven store clerk shot, killed during robbery
A female convenience store clerk was shot and killed in an apparent overnight robbery in Charles County, authorities say. The shooting was reported shortly before 1 a.m. at a 7-Eleven store on Middletown Road in Waldorf. Charles County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Diane Richardson said a lone male suspect wearing a surgical mask entered the store, produced a gun and announced a robbery. The clerk appeared to be complying with the demands when the gunman shot her, Richardson said. nbcwashington.com

Edmonds, WA: One of three shot at market in Edmonds succumbs to injuries; suspect now facing murder charge
One of the three people who were shot at the Boo Han Oriental Market in Edmonds Tuesday afternoon has died, police said. The suspect, who turned himself in a few hours after the shooting, is facing murder and assault charges. The victim who died is a 20-year-old woman from Mountlake Terrace. The shooting happened at the store on the 22600 block of Hwy 99 around 4 p.m. Tuesday. One of the victims was identified by police as the estranged wife of the suspect. She was shot in the face, police said, and was listed in serious condition on Wednesday. Police said she works at the market where the shooting took place. Police said the third victim was the current boyfriend of the woman.

Mount Vernon, KY: Local business owner found stabbed to death in her store
A homicide investigation is underway in Rockcastle County. Police Chief Brian Carter says 54-year-old Famey Hellard, owner of The Glitter Box on Richmond Street in Mount Vernon, was found dead inside her business around 7 p.m. Tuesday evening. Police are calling it a homicide investigation. 

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Shots Fired In Robbery Attempt At A Fort Lauderdale Walmart
According to police, a suspect tried to snatch a money bag from an employee leaving the liquor store. "One single suspect walked up to the doors of the liquor store at the same time the employee was walking out with a money bag," said Fort Lauderdale police Sgt. DeAnna Greenlaw. The employee was walking with two security guards, but that didn't deter the suspect. The man grabbed the money bag and guards tried to stop him, a scuffle ensued. "The suspect let go of the money bag. He jumped into a vehicle that was waiting nearby. As the person who was driving the vehicle that he jumped into saw that there was a struggle going on and he discharged a firearm in the air," said Greenlaw.


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Decriminalization Trend Continues
Houston, TX: Some Misdemeanor suspects will no longer go to jail under new Houston program
Suspects accused of some misdemeanors in Houston will soon be released rather than taken to jail. According to HPD, the Cite and Release program will allow officers to charge a person with certain class A or B misdemeanors by issuing a citation instead of taking the person to jail. This program has been implemented in other cities to reduce the jail population and reduce response times for officers.

"This is equivalent of being given a second chance on the spot as long as the offender meets the requirement," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Under the program, the following have been listed as offenses permitting a citation in substitution of an arrest:

Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 2 -- meaning possession less than 4 ounces
Criminal Mischief -- if damage is between $100 to $750
Graffiti -- if damage is between $100 to $2,500
Theft -- if stolen property is between $100 to $750
Theft of Service -- if value of service is between $100 to $750
Contraband in a Correctional Facility (Class B)
Driving While License Invalid 5newsonline.com

Man Gets 28 Months Fed Prison for Mobile Credit Card Factory & Skimming Devices

Monmouth County, NJ: Philly Man, 42, Gets 19 Years In State Prison For $130K Central Jersey AT&T Store Robbery



Nearly $5 million in fake designer goods seized at LAX
Officers recently seized nearly $5 million worth of counterfeit designer goods at Los Angeles International Airport that had arrived from China through express air cargo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Wednesday. A total of 7,170 fraudulent high-fashion items were confiscated after arriving at LAX's cargo operations, according to a CBP news release.
The products included: 2,175 counterfeit Louis Vuitton sandals; 475 counterfeit Chanel sandals; 450 counterfeit Dior sandals; 400 counterfeit Fendi sandals; 375 Versace counterfeit Versace sandals; 325 Gucci counterfeit Gucci sandals; 572 Dior counterfeit Dior purses; and 625 counterfeit Louis Vuitton clutches. "If genuine, the seized merchandise would have had an estimated manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $4,899,905.00," the release stated. ktla.com

Louisville, KY: 10,500 fake Casio watches seized by U.S. Customs; valued at $680,000





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• 5 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed


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