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Steven McCory recently promoted to Operations Manager for VIRSIG, LLC
Steven has been with VIRSIG for more than a year. Before his promotion to Operations Manager, he served as Senior Project Manager, Operations Manager (Acting). Prior to VIRSIG, he spent more than two years with S-TRON Security Electronics as Senior Project & Service Manager. VIRSIG is a national technology company focused on secure networks, video surveillance, detection, and access control solutions. Congratulations, Steven!

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LPF's 'Swing for Certification' Bob MacLea LPQ & LPC Scholarship Opportunities

With the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19 and many retailers not being allowed to travel, The Loss Prevention Foundation made the decision to postpone the 2021 'Swing for Certification' Golf Tournament. However, due to the generosity of the 'Swing for Certification' sponsors, the LPF is able to continue the tradition of giving LPQ & LPC Course Scholarships in honor of the late Bob MacLea.

The 'Swing for Certification' Golf Tournament is held to raise funds for LP/AP professionals who have a willingness to commit themselves to continuing their professional development. The scholarships, funded by our 'Swing for Certification' sponsors, cover the cost of course materials needed to obtain LP Certification (LPCertified or LPQualified) from the Loss Prevention Foundation. The cost of the exams is not included in the scholarship.

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Gun Store Security Legislation
Legislation mandating more security at gun shops proposed after stolen pistol linked to more than two dozen Chicago shootings
Citing a Chicago Tribune story that showed how a single handgun stolen in Wisconsin was tied to more than two Chicago dozen shootings, two Illinois Democrats on Capitol Hill introduced legislation Thursday that would require firearm dealers to implement more stringent security measures at their stores when they're closed.

The measure will likely face staunch opposition from Senate Republicans who are friendly to the country's gun lobby and typically seek to derail any gun-control effort by Congress.

The proposal from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of north suburban Deerfield comes after the Tribune published a two-part series about how authorities linked the stolen gun and a handful of others to at least 35 shootings here, including three homicides, after they were taken in a gun shop burglary in northern Wisconsin on New Year's Day 2016.

Of at least nine guns stolen from the Superior, Wisconsin, gun shop, four were later confiscated by Chicago police, who then used a ballistics-imaging program to link one of the guns - a 9 mm Glock 17 handgun - to 27 shootings from February 2016 to July 2017.

The Tribune pored over hundreds of documents to understand the trail of that weapon and how its use affected shooting victims and their families. The gun and the others stolen were taken from the shop after a burglar entered the store after hours and smashed a glass case.

The proposal from Durbin and Schneider, dubbed the SECURE (Safety Enhancements for Communities Using Reasonable and Effective) Firearms Storage Act, would put in place conditions on federal firearms license dealers, or FFLs.

In the two-part series, the Tribune also reported how the number of stolen guns from federally licensed firearm dealers jumped by about 5% from 2018 to 2020, according to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and cited by the advocacy organization Everytown for Gun Safety. In Wisconsin, there were 217 guns stolen from firearm dealers in 2020 compared with 97 in 2018, the figures show.

From January through June 2020, there were 284 burglaries nationwide at licensed dealers in which some 3,700 firearms were stolen, according to statistics from the ATF, which enforces regulations on legal gun sales. chicagotribune.com

31,000 Police Killings Since 1980 - 55% Listed Under Another Cause
More Than Half of Police Killings Are Mislabeled, New Study Says

Researchers comparing information from death certificates with data from organizations that track police killings in the United States identified a startling discrepancy.

Police killings in America have been undercounted by more than half over the past four decades, according to a new study that raises pointed questions about racial bias among medical examiners and highlights the lack of reliable national record keeping on what has become a major public health and civil rights issue.

Researchers compared information from a federal database known as the National Vital Statistics System, which collects death certificates, with recent data from three organizations that track police killings through news reports and public records requests. When extrapolating and modeling that data back decades, they identified a startling discrepancy: About 55 percent of fatal encounters with the police between 1980 and 2018 were listed as another cause of death.

Researchers estimated that over the time period they studied, which roughly tracks the era of the war on drugs and the rise of mass incarceration, nearly 31,000 Americans were killed by the police, with more than 17,000 of them going unaccounted for in the official statistics. The study also documented a stark racial gap: Black Americans were 3.5 times as likely to be killed by the police as white Americans were. Data on Asian Americans was not included in the study, but Latinos and Native Americans also suffered higher rates of fatal police violence than white people.

The annual number of deaths in police custody has generally gone upward since 1980, even as crime - notwithstanding a rise in homicides last year amid the dislocations of the coronavirus pandemic - has declined from its peak in the early 1990s.

The states with the highest rates of police killings were Oklahoma, Arizona and Alaska, as well as the District of Columbia, while the states with the lowest rates were Massachusetts, Connecticut and Minnesota, according to the study.

Researchers estimated that about 20 times as many men as women were killed by the police over the past several decades; more American men died in 2019 during police encounters than from Hodgkin lymphoma or testicular cancer. nytimes.com

Police Reform Law Enacted in California
Gov. Newsom signs police reform bill to banish bad cops

The governor on Thursday signed four bills into law aimed at police reform

Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed four bills into law aimed at police reform, including one that creates a process for decertifying officers who engage in misconduct, preventing them from moving to another agency.

The law sets up an advisory committee that will review misconduct cases and make recommendations to the state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, which could then suspend or revoke officers' certifications.

Senate Bill 2 was co-authored by State Sens. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena and Toni G. Atkins, D-San Diego. The wrongdoing would include excessive force, sexual assault, making a false arrest, being part of a law enforcement gang or showing bias based on race religion or gender.

California became the 47th state to create a process to banish problem officers as Newsom signed the bill into law during a news conference at Rowley Park in Gardena.

Opponents have said the bill would establish an untrustworthy process to decide the meaning of "serious misconduct" and determine who should lose their eligibility to carry a badge and gun.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said earlier this month that he supports efforts to keep bad employees out of law enforcement, but "unfortunately, SB 2 is a flawed solution. The bill includes poorly defined language and creates an advisory board with the potential for anti-law enforcement bias.

Instead, he said, the legislature should work with shareholders on a decertification process "that accomplishes the goal of holding accountable bad peace officers without penalizing the vast majority of peace officers who take good faith actions each day."

The Los Angeles Police Protective League also issued a joint statement with the San Francisco and San Jose Police Officers Associations opposing the bill and also claiming the possibility of a biased advisory panel. mercurynews.com

The DOJ's Gun Crackdown Continues
US Department of Justice cracks down on Hoosiers selling guns to illegal buyers
The US Department of Justice is cracking down on illegal gun sales across five major metropolitan areas including Chicago. A multiple jurisdictional strike force recently indicted six Hoosiers for purchasing guns and knowingly selling them to people who can't legally obtain them.

The suspects were charged with multiple counts including making false statements during their purchase. Authorities believe the six people purchased more than 90 guns since last November. More than 20 have been traced back to crimes in Chicago.

"In trafficking schemes, people will purchase often several firearms, and then get them to the place where they are able to resell them," explained Suzanne Dabkowski, public information officer with the ATF Columbus Field Division. "When you have areas with more restrictive firearms laws, and areas that are less restrictive, the guns flow from less restrictive to more restrictive."

In one of the indictments, Tashia Overton, 21, from Indianapolis is believed to have bought 31 guns in 25 days. Six were recovered in Chicago area crimes, including a mass shooting.

When a gun owner knowingly sells a gun to someone who can't legally buy one it is called a straw purchase. The ATF is only alerted to multiple gun sales if it involves handguns that are purchased at the same store within a short period of time.

The ATF says straw purchase sellers often know and exploit these loopholes. So far in 2021, 14 Hoosiers have been arrested for straw purchase sales in the Southern District of Indiana. These recent indictments can lead to a punishment of up to 10 years in prison. fox59.com

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COVID Update

392.9M Vaccinations Given

US: 44.3M Cases - 716.8K Dead - 33.7M Recovered
Worldwide: 234.6M Cases - 4.8M Dead - 211.4M Recovered

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The Delta Surge Is Fading
New COVID cases fall by 25%
By the numbers: The U.S. is now averaging roughly 114,000 new cases per day. That's still a lot, but it's a significant improvement from this summer, when the Delta variant unleashed a new wave of infections, hospitalizations and death.

●  Deaths are still on the rise nationwide, because of that summer surge. They're up 4% over the past two weeks, to an average of 2,000 per day.

●  If the decline in cases keeps going, deaths should begin to come down relatively soon. Deaths are the last number to increase when a new wave hits, and the last number to decrease when it subsides.

Details: Alaska experienced the country's biggest COVID spike over the past two weeks, and is now averaging more cases per capita than any other state.

Tennessee saw the biggest improvement over the past two weeks, while Connecticut has the lowest absolute number of cases per capita, at just 14 per 100,000 people.

What's next: Holiday travel and more indoor socializing as the weather gets colder will likely contribute to scattered localized outbreaks throughout the winter. And those outbreaks could always become serious strains on hospitals, especially in areas with low vaccination rates.

But experts are cautiously optimistic that Delta may have peaked and the U.S. may finally be headed toward getting the virus under control, and keeping it there, for the first time in 18 months. axios.com

Retail Suicides Surge During Pandemic
Op-Ed: Suicides in the workplace are on the rise for retail and service workers

84% of retail workers report declining mental health during the pandemic

Suicides in the workplace have been steadily rising since the mid-2000s, and the pandemic has only exacerbated the need for a stronger focus on mental health. But for service and retail industry workers, the need for mental health support has never been more imperative. Unlike their salaried counterparts, many hourly workers do not receive the same support and benefits from their employers even though they are oftentimes experiencing worse working conditions.

Due to the "customer is always right" philosophy, I often felt like I couldn't stand up for myself and instead had to bite my tongue, swallow my pride, and put on a smile. Needless to say, I lasted roughly one month before I threw in the towel over what was the most demoralizing experience I've ever had.

And working conditions for retail workers have only gotten worse with the pandemic. In addition to putting themselves at risk of being exposed to COVID-19 with each customer interaction, long hours, unpredictable schedules, and the stress of having to deal with unruly customers are reasons why industries including manufacturing, retail, and food and beverage score in the bottom 10% for mental health. 84% of retail workers reported that their mental health has deteriorated during the pandemic.

Pre-pandemic, retail salespeople not only died by suicide at higher rates than workers in other industries, but were also more likely to carry out the act at work. Between 2014 to 2018, front-line supervisors of retail workers were reported to have the most cases of suicides among the top 12 occupations that accounted for 36% of suicides in the US.

Yet employers aren't offering front-line workers the same benefits as salaried office workers. Nike recently made headlines for giving its head office staff a paid week off for mental health, but it failed to offer the same for its retail workers. Mental health support is a life or death issue. Employers need to start taking the needs of their frontline workers seriously. businessinsider.com

Retail COVID Risk Across the Pond
Retail staff most likely workers to get Covid in second and third waves
Retail staff, cashiers and checkout operators were the most likely occupations to contract Covid-19 during the second and third wave of the pandemic, according to a new analysis by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

On Friday, the CSO published an analysis - using 2016 census data - of the three waves of Covid-19 from March 2020 until May 2021. It found employees in the health and social work sector were hardest hit in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, making up 60% of cases amongst those employed in April 2020.

As society reopened after the first lockdown in summer 2020, the proportion of cases among those employed in the wholesale and retail trade sector increased from 5% in July 2020 to 17% in August 2020 and have remained consistently at this level since.

In all waves, non-manual workers (22%-23%) were the socio-economic group with the highest proportion of Covid-19 cases. irishexaminer.com

COVID was an 'Earthquake' for Retail
Don't mourn the loss of the pre-pandemic retail model - reimagine shopping possibilities

In the retail industry, evolution isn't always a slow process. Sometimes, it happens with the force of an earthquake - or, in last year's case, a pandemic.

COVID-19 upended consumers' lives in unexpected ways. It also changed the way they felt about purchasing goods. Almost overnight, shipping, curbside, and BOPIS (buy online, pick up in store) became the preferred methods of contactless shopping. Consumers appreciated being able to find out whether a product was in stock, pay for it from their home, and avoid lines.

To be sure, all forms of e-commerce were showing acceptance in 2019. COVID-19 just normalized the practice. According to research from Total Retail, about 76% of retail stores offered BOPIS in mid-2020, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 10 percentage points. And signs indicate BOPIS isn't going anywhere.

Consequently, the big conundrum for retailers is how to ride the wave of prevailing retail trends without giving up the important brick-and-mortar presence. After all, brick-and-mortar browsing and buying is still a top source of profits when compared to things like shipping and curbside, which are the biggest budget busters for retailers. This puts the onus on brands with physical locations to implement great retail experiences that surprise and delight - not to mention getting customers to choose BOPIS and then stick around and make additional purchases. In other words, a never-before-seen blend of online and in-person engagements truly seems like the future of retail. retailcustomerexperience.com

AT&T's Vaccine Mandate
AT&T is requiring more than 150,000 unionized employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering the workplace

This follows a mandate in August that required most AT&T managers to be vaccinated by October 11

AT&T announced on Wednesday that it would require most of its unionized employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering the workplace.

The wireless carrier, one the largest employers of union-represented workers, said in a statement that employees who were members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union must be fully vaccinated by February 1, 2022.

CWA represents more than 150,000 staff at AT&T, the union says on its website. This follows a mandate implemented in August that required most of AT&T's management employees to be vaccinated by October 11.

AT&T said in its latest annual report that it had around 230,000 employees as of January 31, and that as of that date, just over a third were unionized. These workers were represented by the CWA and other unions, it said. businessinsider.com

Employee COVID Protocols Are Here To Stay
California Drafts Permanent COVID Rules
The proposed permanent rule does not at this point include a vaccine mandate like the one President Biden ordered be imposed on federal contractors and be developed by OSHA for private employers with more than 100 employees. Cal/OSHA said it will evaluate separately how to respond to a federal OSHA requirement for workplace vaccinations when that standard is published.

"The expanded proposed duration as framed signals that COVID-19 protocols may be here to stay, even after the pandemic is a distant (or even not-so-distant) memory," according to attorneys for the law firm of Littler Mendelson. As currently written, the California draft standard would apply for two or three years after its effective date, and includes reference to the goal of implementing a permanent general infectious disease standard before the time it will be due to expire.

The proposal directs employers to provide and ensure use of face coverings as required by CDPH. In the absence of CDPH requirements, the rule defaults to requiring that unvaccinated employees wear face coverings while indoors or in a vehicle with others.

Under the new rules, employers would only be obligated to provide N95 respirators for voluntary use to employees whom a healthcare professional identifies "as being at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status." The current ETS says employers must provide respirators on request to unvaccinated employees. ehstoday.com

Coming to a Pharmacy Near You?
Pill to treat Covid-19 cuts the risk of death by half, says Merck, which will seek its emergency authorization
A pill has cut the risk of hospitalization or death from Covid-19 by half in a study, Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics said Friday. It would become the first oral medicine that fights viral infection for Covid-19 if approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization.

"At the interim analysis, molnupiravir reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by approximately 50%," Merck said in a news release. "7.3% of patients who received molnupiravir were either hospitalized or died through Day 29 following randomization (28/385), compared with 14.1% of placebo treated patients (53,377). Through Day 29, no deaths were reported in patients who received molnupiravir, as compared to 8 deaths in patients who received placebo."

Merck said it will seek FDA emergency use authorization "as soon as possible." cnn.com
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'Global Transport Systems Collapse' Ahead of the Holidays?
Shipping workers warn of 'collapse' due to pandemic trade restrictions
Several unions representing shipping workers from around the world have banded together to warn of a "global transport systems collapse" due to labor shortages and pandemic-related restrictions on trade - as already unprecedented delays are set to escalate heading into the busy holiday season.

In an open letter, the World Road Transport Organization, the International Air Transport Association, the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers' Federation said their members have been "failed by governments and taken for granted by their officials" during the pandemic.

The failure to address key matters has led to "unprecedented disruptions and global delays and shortages on essential goods," the group of unions said Wednesday, adding that "the delays look set to worsen ahead of Christmas and continue into 2022."

"Fragmented travel rules and restrictions" kept nearly half a million seafarers from leaving their ships, the group said, with some working for as long as 18 months over their initial contracts.

The group - whose collective industries account for more than $20 trillion of world trade annually - called on governments and the United Nations to "remove restrictions hampering the free movement of transport workers, and guarantee and facilitate their free and safe movement."

"In view of the vital role that transport workers have played during the pandemic and continue to play during the ongoing supply chain crisis, we request, as a matter of urgency, a meeting with WHO and the ILO at the highest level to identify solutions before global transport systems collapse," the unions wrote. nypost.com

Retailers Sidestep Global Shipping Crisis
Target chartered its own container ship to sidestep the global shipping crisis ahead of the holiday shopping season

Target chartered its own cargo ship to transport merchandise to the US.

Target chartered its own cargo ship to transport merchandise to the US ahead of its holiday shopping season. Earlier this month, the retailer said the move was part of its preparation for the year-end surge, which also included ordering larger upfront quantities of items in and working with vendors to fast-track shipments to customers and work around "unprecedented supply chain challenges."

"As co-managers of the ship, we can avoid delays from additional stops and steer clear of particularly backed-up ports," Target said.

Other large US retailers are also trying to sidestep shipping delays. Last month, Walmart announced during an earnings call it was chartering smaller ships in order to have the capacity to dock and unload at smaller ports where congestion is lower ahead of the holiday season. Costco, one of the largest wholesale retailers in the world, chartered three cargo ships to beat shipping delays and reduce costs over time. businessinsider.com

Retail Collapse Coming?
Retail workers warn of system collapse with labor shortage
Strategic Resource Group managing director Burt Flickinger reacts to supply chain issues possibly causing a retail industry crisis. foxbusiness.com

Target's New Black Friday
Will Target's customers treat October 10 like Black Friday?
Target announced yesterday that it will kick off its Christmas promotions on Sunday, October 10. The retailer is looking to cash in on the opportunity created by earlier shopping trends this year as supply chain disruptions and product shortages have become daily news.

The retailer's Target Deal Days promotion will run for three days with big savings promised on thousands of items in the chain's 1,900 stores, online and through its mobile app. It will mark the first time that Target has made all its deals available on all sales touchpoints to its customers.

Research by AlixPartners found that 53 percent of consumers plan to start their holiday shopping before Halloween this year, a four percent increase over last year. RetailMeNot found that 59 percent of shoppers expect to start shopping for Christmas before October is done. retailwire.com

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Retail Data Breach
Neiman Marcus says notified 4.6 million customers about data breach
Retailer Neiman Marcus Group said on Thursday it had notified about 4.6 million online customers that their personal information including names, contact information and credit card numbers may have been accessed in a data hack.

The high-end department store chain said it had notified law enforcement authorities about the breach, which it said happened in May 2020. About 3.1 million payment and virtual gift cards were affected, more than 85% of which were expired or invalid, Neiman Marcus said.

The company, which emerged from bankruptcy in September last year, also said it had no evidence that online customer accounts for its Bergdorf Goodman and Horchow units had been affected. reuters.com

Patching High-Severity Vulnerabilities
50% of Servers Have Weak Security Long After Patches Are Released

Many servers remain vulnerable to high-severity flaws in Microsoft Exchange Server, VMware vCenter, Oracle WebLogic, and other popular products and services.

Many organizations lag in patching high-severity vulnerabilities, according to a new study that reveals more than 50% of servers scanned have a weak security posture weeks and months after a security update is released.

To create the "2021 Trustwave SpiderLabs Telemetry Report," researchers used Shodan, publicly available exploit information, and non-intrusive analysis of vulnerable targets accessible on the Internet. They found many servers weren't patched in a timely manner, ran unsupported software, and used older protocols and remote access tools on servers accessible on the Web.

About 18,352 new security flaws were reported in 2020, a 6% jump from 2019 and 184.66% increase from 2016, researchers note in the report. This year, about 13,000 vulnerabilities have been reported as of September 1 - slightly more than the 12,360 reported at this time in 2020. Of these, 20% were classified as high severity.

Karl Sigler, senior security research manager at Trustwave SpiderLabs, points to a few reasons why the number of disclosed vulnerabilities is trending upward. For starters, he says, more researchers are probing tools and services, testing their defenses to find the security gaps. But a proliferation of new technologies are also being adopted, all of which have flaws. darkreading.com

Detection-Free Malware?
Google Spots New Technique to Sneak Malware Past Detection Tools

The operator behind OpenSUpdater is using a new way to sneak adware and other malware past security tools.

Researchers from Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) have spotted what they describe as a new technique by a financially motivated attacker to
sneak adware and other unwanted software past malware detection tools.

In a blog post this week, Google researcher Neel Mehta described the threat actor as using a software code-signing certificate from a legitimate certificate authority to create
signatures that can't be decoded or inspected by security tools that use OpenSSL code but are accepted as valid by Windows.

This attacker has been using these signatures to distribute OpenSUpdater, a known malware family that is
used to install other unwanted and potentially harmful software on infected systems. The operator of OpenSUpdater has been observed trying to infect as many systems as possible in what appears to be an opportunistic manner. While the group does not have any specific targets, most victims are in the US and appear to be individuals prone to downloading game-cracking software and similar "grey-area software," Mehta said. darkreading.com

Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity
Progress and Next Steps in Carrying Out Executive Order 14028
Officials responsible for carrying out the variety of assignments to NIST under the May 12, 2021, Executive Order 14028, Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity, will provide an update on their progress and next steps in a webinar on October 14th from 1:00pm - 2:15 pm EDT.

Among other things, Section 4 of that Executive Order (EO) directs the Secretary of Commerce, through NIST, to consult with federal agencies, the private sector, academia, and other stakeholders in identifying standards, tools, best practices, and other guidelines to enhance software supply chain security. Those standards and guidelines will be used by other agencies to govern the Federal Government's procurement of software. The EO also directs NIST to initiate two labeling efforts related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and software to inform consumers about the security of their products.

Based on significant input from private and public sector organizations, NIST has delivered a variety of resources for use in improving supply chain cybersecurity and is on track to meet upcoming deadlines. During this webinar, NIST officials will offer status reports, describe upcoming deliverables, and answer participants' questions. nist.gov

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Amazon Rules the Online Holiday Shopping Market
Survey: Holiday shopping starts on Amazon; followed by retail sites

When consumers start looking for holiday gifts, they overwhelmingly turn to one source.

Eighty-percent of respondents will start searching for gifts on Amazon, according to a study of 1,600 U.S. consumers from digital experience intelligence firm FullStory. Coming in a distant second are retailers' own sites (50%), followed by Google (36%).

Only slightly more than one in 10 respondents will start looking for gifts on Facebook (12%) or Instagram (10%). But
nearly one in five (18%) will begin their gift search on Etsy.

The survey also indicates
respondents are generally much more satisfied with digital than physical shopping, although digital retail is not problem-free. In-store challenges cited by respondents include out-of-stock items and sizes (59%), a scarcity of staff to help in stores (50%), and inadequate COVID-19 precautions (41%). Forty-six percent of respondents say shopping in the store is worse than it was prior to the pandemic, and only 12% say the experience has improved.

In contrast, respondents gave digital retail a much higher grade, with 88% saying online experiences are "as good or better" than they were before the pandemic.
Nearly one-third (32%) say the digital experience has improved, while just 12% say it's worse. chainstoreage.com

Shipping Delays Move Up the Holiday Shopping Season
US shoppers get a jump on the holidays, with 40% shopping earlier than last year and 22% already started
Forty percent of consumers are starting their holiday shopping earlier than they did last year, according to the new 2021 Holidays Unwrapped report from Klarna, the leading global retail bank, payments and shopping service. Based on surveys of more than 24,000 US shoppers and Klarna's proprietary shopping data from its 20 million consumers nationwide, the report also found that 71% of shoppers plan to begin purchasing holiday gifts before December and 22% have already started.

Nearly three-quarters (72%) of shoppers cite a desire to take advantage of holiday sales as the main reason for getting a headstart on their gift purchasing this year. However, amid reports of supply chain issues across the country causing potential headaches for retailers, half of shoppers
(50%) are also starting earlier to ensure product availability, while others want to avoid shipping delays (45%) and last-minute stress (39%). finance.yahoo.com

Target kicks off its holiday deals Oct. 10, with a price-matching pledge for early-bird shoppers






St Louis County, MO: Two Arnold Police Officers hurt in high-speed chase following $5,000 Kohl's theft
An East St. Louis man has been charged with four felonies following a police chase Monday night (Sept. 27) that ended after he crashed the car he was driving into two Arnold Police cruisers, authorities reported. A detective and an officer were injured in in the two crashes, and they were taken to Mercy Hospital South in south St. Louis County, where they were treated and released, Arnold Police Detective Lt. Jason Valentine said.

Angelo M. Pollard, 23, of East St. Louis was arrested soon after the crashes, and the next day the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged him with two counts of first-degree assault on a special victim, a class A felony punishable by 10 to 30 years or life in prison; first-degree tampering and resisting arrest. At about 8:30 p.m. Monday, Arnold Police
were called to the Kohl's department store, because two men allegedly appeared to be trying to steal about $5,000 worth of merchandise. The men were wearing coats, and the hoods on their sweatshirts were pulled up over their heads, Arnold Police reported.

When an officer arrived at the store, the men reportedly abandoned a shopping cart full of merchandise inside the store, ran away and got into a 2021 Toyota Corolla that was riddled with bullet holes and had a Louisiana license plate, the report said. A detective positioned one of the department's 2021 Chevrolet Tahoes at the intersection of Jeffco and Hwy. 141 with the cruiser's emergency lights and sirens on, and as the Toyota approached, Pollard allegedly swerved at the cruiser, hitting the Tahoe's back passenger side. The police SUV's rear passenger-side fender, bumper and undercarriage were extensively damaged, the probable-cause statement in the case said. Arnold Police reported that the Toyota nearly flipped during that collision, but Pollard regained control and turned onto Hwy. 141. An officer in a 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe followed the Toyota onto Hwy. 141, and Pollard allegedly swerved into that cruiser near Panda Express, 3880 Hwy. 141, the report said.

Pensacola, FL: CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Suspects wanted in multiple retail thefts
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office needs the publics help to identify four suspects wanted for theft at a local retail store. According to investigators it happened on August 24, 2021 and September 1, 2021 at a retail store in the 2900 block of Blue Angel Parkway. The ECSO posted several pictures to their Facebook page of the suspects in question. Investigators believe they have committed thefts at multiple retail locations and fled in an older model GMC Yukon or Chevrolet Suburban.

Milwaukee, WI: Beauty store robbery, suspect hits manager with car
A brazen beauty store theft was caught on-camera Tuesday, Sept. 28, but even more shocking is what the suspected thieves did when they were confronted. Video from inside Value Beauty near 103rd Street and Silver Spring Drive shows two women shamelessly stealing hair products. It was only the start of a brutal afternoon for the store manager, Hugo Ramirez. Milwaukee police said things escalated when Ramirez approached the women in the parking lot. He was knocked to the ground when one of the women hit the gas and reversed her car with the doors still open.

The 48-year-old man needed stitches for a bad gash in the back of his head. Ramirez also suffered scrapes and bruises to his arms and legs. Ramirez told FOX6 News it all began around noon Tuesday inside the store. "This girl right here is searching for what she wants to get, and this one right here is on the lookout making sure there are no employees over there," Ramirez said as he watched the surveillance video. Ramirez said the women snatched roughly $800 in weave bundles - emptying the hooks of items ranging from $70-90. Next, the video captured their handoff. One woman threw the items to the other, that woman then grabbed the items and put them in her purse. "We just want no trouble, all we want is our stuff," Ramirez said. "We're just trying to make a living."

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Shootings & Deaths

Roanoke, VA: Man accused of murder in convenience store shooting
A 20-year-old Roanoke man is in custody after police say he shot and killed a man at a convenience story Wednesday night. According to Roanoke police, an officer saw a man entering a convenience store on Moorman Avenue during a patrol of the area around 9 p.m. The officer parked his vehicle across the street to observe and within seconds heard gunshots coming from inside the business. Police said the officer saw a man fleeing the store on foot and police were able to apprehend him and take him into custody. That man was identified by Roanoke police as Jamerius Crennel, who was allegedly found in possession of a firearm and an undisclosed amount of currency. Officers found a man inside the store had been struck by gunfire. Roanoke Fire-EMS pronounced him dead on scene. That man's identity has not been released as officials work to notify next-of-kin. Crennell has been charged on suspicion of second-degree murder. wset.com

San Antonio, TX: Man fatally shot by deputy in West Bexar County
The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a deputy fatally shot a 39-year-old man on the far West Side on Thursday morning. BCSO Sheriff Javier Salazar said the shooting occurred near the intersection of Potranco Road and Sundance Crest, located outside Loop 1604. The incident began when deputies received a call for a suspicious person, who an employee at a nearby store said was "scaring customers over the past couple of days," the sheriff said in a news conference. A deputy confronted the man, but the man drove away at a high rate of speed. The deputy initiated a pursuit, but the pursuit was later terminated, Salazar said. The suspect was later seen driving "very erratically" in circles and the pursuit was re-engaged.
One deputy, an 8-year-veteran of the force, attempted to pull over the suspect and some type of struggle ensued, Salazar said. At some point, the deputy shot the man once on his left side.

Video taken by a witness showed the suspect driving while the deputy was hanging off the vehicle. Salazar said it is unclear if that happened before or after shots were fired. It is unclear if the suspect had a weapon. "We're trying to reconcile the public video with our body camera video," he said. "We do know that a deputy was dragged by the suspect vehicle at one time." Salazar said that once the suspect stopped the vehicle, he remained "violent" despite his gunshot wound. The suspect continued to fight as first responders attempted to pack the wound, Salazar said. Paramedics were able to subdue him and place him in an ambulance. The man was later pronounced dead. His identity was not released to the public, but Salazar said they believe they know who he is.

Update: St Cloud, MN: Man pleads guilty to fatally shooting man at convenience store

Nassau County, NY: Two Queens men charged in August shooting at Green Acres Mall


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Asia: Singapore: Security Officer gets 3 years' jail, 12 strokes of the cane for robbing 7-Eleven of cigarettes at night
For robbing a 7-Eleven store of eight packets of cigarettes, a first-time offender was sentenced to three years' jail and 12 strokes of the cane on Thursday (Sept 30). Muhamad Ismail Zainudin, 40, who was working as a security officer, was convicted on one charge of robbery at night. On Thursday, he begged for leniency and promised never to repeat the offence after pleading guilty to the charge. But District Judge Luke Tan said the mandatory minimum required by law for the charge was three years' jail and 12 strokes, which he then handed to Muhamad Ismail. straitstimes.com

Hercules, CA: 3 arrested after armed robbery at Starbucks and pursuit

Ocean Beach, CA: 3 Suspects Flee After Armed Robbery at CVS



Prattville, AL: Possible cause of fire at Academy Sports & Outdoors determined
A possible cause has been determined for a fire that started inside the Academy Sports & Outdoors store in Prattville early Thursday morning. The blaze prompted a large police and fire officials response with the Prattville Fire Department responding to the scene around 5 a.m. When they arrived, units found a small fire inside the store, which was being held in check by the store's suppression system. The fire department extinguished the blaze and an investigation into the cause was opened. Thursday afternoon, the fire department said a review of the store's security cameras showed the blaze appeared to be electrical and started near the registers. wsfa.com




Auto - Highland Township, MI - Burglary
Beauty - Milwaukee, WI - Robbery
C-Store - Gallatin, TN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hernando County, FL - Robbery
C-Store - El Paso, TX - Robbery
C-Store - Mount Vernon, IL - Armed Robbery
Clothing - Somerville, MA - Robbery
Clothing - Vancouver, WA - Burglary
CVS - Ocean Beach, CA - Armed Robbery
CVS - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
Family Dollar - Chimayó, NM - Robbery
Jewelry - El Cajon, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Massapequa, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Santa Rosa, CA - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Glen Burnie, MD - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Arlington County, VA - Robbery
Restaurant - Hercules, CA - Armed Robbery (Starbucks)
Restaurant - Hollywood, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Brooklyn, NY - Burglary
Restaurant - Port Arthur, TX - Robbery (Jack in the Box)
Restaurant - Fort Collins, CO - Burglary
Restaurant - Tucson, AZ - Armed Robbery (Subway)
Sam's Club - Murfreesboro, TN - Robbery
Vape - Miami, FL - Burglary


Daily Totals:
• 19 robberies
• 5 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 78 robberies
• 28 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 4 killed


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