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Thomas Stein, LPC, CFI, CFE named Director, Asset Protection & Safety for Paradies Lagardère

Before being named Director, Asset Protection & Safety for Paradies Lagardère, Thomas spent over six years with Areas, United States - first as Director, Enterprise Risk Management & Asset Protection, then as Director of Turnpike Operations. Before that, he spent nearly three years with Ollie's Bargain Outlet as Sr. Dir. of Asset Protection & Risk Management. Earlier in his career, he held positions with TJX Companies, Circuit City, and more. Congratulations, Thomas!

Matthew Walsh named Director - Data Analytics, Investigative Analytics and Intelligence - Global Investigations for Walmart

Matthew has been with Walmart for nearly five years, starting with the company in 2016 as Global Investigator II. Before his latest promotion to Director - Data Analytics, Investigative Analytics and Intelligence - Global Investigations, he spent over a year and a half as Global Investigator III for the company. Earlier in his career, he spent 8 years with Target. Congratulations, Matthew!

Stephen Hall promoted to Division Vice President of Loss Prevention for Bealls, Inc.

Stephen has been with Bealls for more than six years, starting with the company in 2014 as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager. Before his promotion to Division Vice President of Loss Prevention, he also held other roles, including Director of Loss Prevention and Manager of Loss Prevention Field Operations. Earlier in his career, he held LP roles with Universal Orlando, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Old Navy. Congratulations, Stephen!

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Agilence's Catherine Penizotto Wins Stevie® Award for Executive of the Year in 2020 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Penizotto Recognized for Accomplishments in Customer Service and Advocacy

Agilence's VP of Customer Success Catherine Penizotto has been named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Female Executive of the Year category among businesses with up to 2,500 employees in the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Penizotto was recognized not only for her team's astonishing performance metrics, including an industry-leading 80 NPS score and 99.5% overall customer success satisfaction rating, but also for her customer advocacy within Agilence.

"Catherine ensures the voice of our customer is heard in every initiative at Agilence," said Russ Hawkins, President and CEO of Agilence. "With her leadership, we've built a thriving customer community and truly embraced a culture of customer advocacy within our organization. I couldn't be happier that she's receiving this well-deserved recognition." Read More Here

NuTech National expanding National Sales Team, seeking Sales Representatives

NuTech National, an established and rapidly growing 40+ year electronic security company, is expanding our National Sales Team. Seeking motivated, driven and successful sales reps to expand our national retail and governmental vertical markets. Top pay, benefits and signing bonus available. Please apply to melissa@nutechnational.com

The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) Announces
New Board Members & Executive Committee Member

Left to Right: James Cosseboom, Mark Stebbe, Mike Lamb

The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) has announced the selection of its newest board members to assist in governing and providing strategic direction for the Foundation. James Cosseboom, LPC (Director of Asset Protection, Retail Business Services LLC, an Ahold-Delhaize USA Company) and Mark Stebbe, LPC (Vice President Asset Protection, Burlington Stores, Inc.) have accepted the nominations and have been approved by the LPF board to serve on the Foundation's Board of Directors.

Each new board member must demonstrate their support for industry-specific loss prevention certification. They must have a passion for improving our professional perception as an industry and feel professional certification is a critical step in achieving that goal.
In addition to the election of new members of the Board of Directors, the LPF would like to announce the
appointment of Mike Lamb, LPC to the board's Executive Committee.

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Developed in partnership with ASIS, this certificate course is for professionals looking for entry-level education in Asset Protection / Loss Prevention. Entirely virtual, this course explains the fundamentals of retail asset protection and will equip you for security roles in today's retail environment.
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LPF Announces August & September LPC and LPQ Professionals
The Loss Prevention Foundation would like to recognize and congratulate the following individuals who successfully completed all of the requirements set forth by the board of directors to be LPQualified (LPQ) and/or LPCertified (LPC). View Full List Here



Pinkerton Security Guard Charged With Murder
Denver, CO: Man shot, killed during protests Saturday;
Suspect acting as 'armed security guard' for local TV station in custody

City of Denver says he was unlicensed Guard & Unlicensed to Carry a Gun 'On the Job'

A man was shot and killed near the Denver Art Museum as dueling protests were winding down nearby Saturday afternoon. A suspect is in custody, police said.

The Denver Police Department said Saturday evening that the suspect in the shooting was a private security guard. He was identified Sunday as Matthew Dolloff, 30. He is being held for investigation of first-degree murder. Denver news outlet 9News said it had hired the private security guard through Pinkerton to accompany staff at the protest. 9News said it's been using security for months while covering the protests.

The victim was identified Monday by the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner as 49-year-old Lee Keltner. An autopsy was completed and the cause of death was from a gunshot wound. The manner of death is homicide, according to the report.

Suspect was not licensed in Denver
Denver7 has confirmed with the City of Denver that Dolloff does not have a license to operate as a security guard, or to carry a gun on the job, in the city, which is a legal requirement in Denver. A security guard operating without a license could be fined up to $999 and face up to a year in jail. thedenverchannel.com

Editor's Note: What's Pinkerton's liability for allowing an unlicensed guard and unlicensed to carry a gun 'on the job' as well, to operate? Obviously, 9News hired the firm to provide security guards, however, the article didn't report on the contract requirements or whether or not 9News had hired armed guard protection. Regardless, this one fell through the cracks. No one checked for licenses.

Protests Around Social Justice Prompt Conversations Nationwide

How to Move DEI Conversations Beyond Just Talk.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Conversations Generate Lots of Goodwill that Diminishes Over Time.

Last week, a roundtable of five association executives addressed what that action can look like. The virtual meeting, moderated by Vista Cova's Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, took its inspiration from CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, an initiative of PricewaterhouseCoopers that includes a pledge that CEOs lead DEI conversations, implement education on unconscious bias, be transparent about their experiences, and engage the board in their efforts. Thus far, more than 1,300 CEOs, including around 180 in the association and nonprofit space, have signed on to the pledge.

You can (and should) watch the entire conversation here:

But a few takeaways emerged from the conversation that deserve particular attention.

Do the research to understand the scope of the problem. - Bake DEI into every decision about decision-making. - The day-to-day stuff matters, too. - Track the benefits and make a business case. associationsnow.com

Nobody Really Wants Defunding
What happened to 'defund the police'?
Movement may be alive on social media and in protests, but some officials are questioning its feasibility

Calls to "defund the police" are still alive on social media and in protests amid civil unrest across the U.S., but spikes in violent crime have some officials questioning the feasibility of the movement.

"Maybe the ambitions of the 'defund the police movement' have scaled back somewhat," "When the ideas were first being announced, they were being announced in very grandiose terms, and the pushback has led to a very rapid reassessment and realignment of what the goals really were to much more modest proportions."

But recent spikes in violent crime in major U.S. cities have some officials questioning the effectiveness of the idea.

Cassell said while it's too early to tell whether there is any kind of correlation between the "defund the police" movement and spikes in violent crime, there appears to be a correlation between police reassignments amid nationwide protests and violent crime.

In his Sept. 10 research paper titled "Explaining the Recent Homicide Spikes in U.S. Cities: The 'Minneapolis Effect' and the Decline in Proactive Policing," Cassell notes that many police were reassigned from proactive policing duties to help control protests in cities across the country amid unrest this summer that has continued into the fall.

Cassell said crime spikes could be "projecting what would happen into the fall or next year if 'defunding the police' is taken to its logical conclusion."

"Defunding the police means, at some level, cutting back on law enforcement activities," he said. "... So I think we can project, just as the police have had to pull back this summer due to the protests, if they have to pull back due to defunding, we can expect high levels are particularly homicides or shootings to persist and maybe even increase further."

He added that he doesn't think "anyone wants to defund the police." foxnews.com

NYPD Ranks Dropping Amid Budget Cuts, Anti-Police Sentiment 
'Blue flight' retirements thinning NYPD ranks to levels not seen in nearly a decade
A wave of blue flight is pushing Police Department manpower down to levels not seen in nearly a decade. As of Thursday, there were 34,488 officers on the NYPD force, the lowest count since 2011. It's still the largest police department in the U.S. - but its ranks are down 2,567, or 7%, from last year.

"We're living through very challenging times," said NYPD Chief of Personnel Martin Morales. "We have officers retiring from all ranks, including very tenured investigators and very tenured supervisors.

Blame the exodus on low morale resulting from anti-police sentiment in New York since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis officers, Morales said.

A $1 billion city budget cut and plans for a $335 million cut in overtime haven't helped Morales said. He also cited a new city law that bars officers from putting any pressure on someone's diaphragm. nydailynews.com

Amazon Prime Day protests are being held across US this week
Amazon warehouse workers and advocates will stage more than a dozen protests nationwide this week as the company holds its annual Prime Day, a two-day shopping event on Tuesday and Wednesday set to do billions in sales, anti-Amazon organization Athena told Yahoo Finance.

The protests over working conditions and air pollution at the tech giant's vast warehouse network come as a global pandemic has boosted Amazon's e-commerce business but also heightened the safety risks faced by its employees.

Workers will voice coronavirus fears less than two weeks after the company announced that nearly 20,000 of its frontline workers had been infected with or were presumed to have COVID-19 during a six-month period.

"For Amazon, it's their special day. People are unaware that shopping there is harming their communities," says Chris Smalls, an Amazon warehouse worker who was fired the same day he participated in a walkout, though Amazon says it terminated him for violating social distancing guidelines. finance.yahoo.com

Los Angeles: Over 76 people arrested for looting & violence during LA Lakers celebrations

Lafayette, LA: Police charge Louisiana woman for looting at Walgreens store during hurricane

Portland: Protest that took down statues of former presidents declared a riot by police

Germany: Amazon workers strike on busy Prime Day over conditions and pay

Election Night Protests - Protests May Stretch into 2021

73% Of Voters Fear 'Violent Protests' Over Election Results
An overwhelming majority of voters say they are concerned about violent protests over the 2020 election results after President Donald Trump recently refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, a new poll shows.

According to the latest poll by Morning Consult/Politico, 73% of voters are "very" or "somewhat" concerned over violent protests occurring in response to the results of the 2020 presidential election. ibtimes.com

NYPD preps for more protests ahead of presidential election
To police the expected protests, the department will require most cops to report for duty in uniform and should "be prepared for deployment" starting Oct. 25, the memo states.

"This November 3rd will be the one of the most highly contested presidential elections in the modem era. There is also a strong likelihood that the winner of the presidential election may not be decided for several weeks," the memo states.

"Accordingly, we should anticipate and prepare for protests growing in size, frequency, and intensity leading up to the election and likely into the year 2021," it adds. nypost.com

Texas police are preparing for possible election night protests
Now, with a contentious election just a month away and with a nation bitterly divided, police are again preparing for protests across the state. Agencies in at least four major cities - Austin, El Paso, San Antonio and Fort Worth - confirmed they are planning for potential unrest around the Nov. 3 election. Officials in other Texas cities declined to say whether they're doing the same.

A San Antonio police official said the agency has a plan in place, "just as we have for the previous elections." An El Paso police spokesperson said the agency has developed "unrest contingency plans." In Houston, a police spokesperson said officers routinely monitor any major event, including elections, but declined to discuss plans for election night. texastribune.com


COVID Update

US: Over 8M Cases - 220K Dead - 5.1M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 38.1M Cases - 1M Dead - 28.6M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 200+   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 121
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Can we require that employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
The answer "is far from clear," one management-side attorney
This may be the most significant question employers across the country will face in the coming months, management-side attorneys told HR Dive. But "the answer is far from clear," David L. Barron, member at Cozen O'Connor, said in an email.

The EEOC's 2009 guidance document on pandemic preparedness and the Americans with Disabilities Act, released during the H1N1 influenza pandemic and updated this year during the COVID-19 pandemic, said that an employer covered by the ADA may not compel all of its employees to receive an influenza vaccine regardless of their medical conditions or religious beliefs.

In fact, employees may be exempt from an influenza vaccine requirement based on an ADA-covered disability that prevents them from receiving the vaccine, which "would be a reasonable accommodation barring undue hardship," per the agency. hrdive.com

Hindrance Gaining Widespread Acceptance
Survey: C-Suite leaders find social distancing, remote work a hindrance
Of the 150 leaders surveyed, 40% said social distancing was the greatest hindrance to productivity while 37% cited remote work.

Sixty-nine percent said their companies are investing in more technology. Data and analytics platforms were the most common technology to be adopted during the pandemic, with 57% of survey respondents reporting trying the tech in the past six months, while 21% reported trying both artificial intelligence and machine learning. hrdive.com

Calif. Slowly Re-Opening Businesses
Californians hospitalized with COVID-19 at lowest level in 6 months
While the spread of the coronavirus accelerates in much of the nation, California is enjoying a moment of relief, as COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have dropped to the lowest levels in months.

The state's positivity rate, a measure of tests for the virus that come back positive, is 2.6%, an all-time low, according to state data. These figures represent a major improvement following a massive spike earlier this year.

Govenor Newsom
raised alarms about the upcoming flu season, which could create added challenges in battling the coronavirus, as well as the arrival of colder weather that may force people to spend more time indoors, where the virus is more likely to spread. On Friday, the state released guidelines for socializing that prohibit gatherings among more than three households.

Most recently, Ventura, Merced and Yuba counties were allowed to loosen restrictions on businesses, giving restaurants, movie theaters and gyms the ability to open indoors in limited capacity.  latimes.com

U.S. Covid-19 Hospitalizations Hit Highest Level in Nearly Six Weeks
About 41,000 new coronavirus infections are reported in the U.S.

While hospitalizations are rising, they are still lower than July's daily highs of more than 59,000. Hospitalizations are also rising in New Jersey, where the state's seven-day average of Covid-19 cases topped 700 on Monday for the fifth straight day, a benchmark New Jersey last hit in early June.

Although hospitalizations have risen, U.S. deaths have continued to fall. Deaths often lag new cases and hospitalizations, given the duration of the disease.

Hot spots: The Northeast, which had an early surge of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, is once again seeing a rise in all three metrics. New Jersey last week reported more than 1,000 new cases for the first time since May. New York had its seventh straight day of more than 1,000 new cases. wsj.com

Highest COVID #'s in 2 Months Driving Fear

'Like we're going into quarantine':
Americans plan to stockpile food over fears of COVID-19 surge, election unrest

more than half of Americans in a recent poll from Sports and Leisure Research Group say they already have or plan to stockpile food and other essentials. The chief reason: fears of a resurgent pandemic, which could lead to disruptions such as new restrictions on businesses. On Oct. 2, the number of COVID-19 cases in the USA was its highest in almost two months.

Survey's findings that while roughly
52% plan to stockpile this fall, about 48% said they aren't. Of those who are stockpiling, the majority are concerned about an increase in infection rates, but a smaller share of people say they are worried about unrest surrounding the election next month. usatoday.com

NYC's 2nd COVID Spike?
Hospitalizations increase in New York amid second COVID-19 spike
Hospitalizations have increased in New York alongside an
alarming spike in coronavirus cases that have caused Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reinstate cluster containment zones and shut down schools in specific areas.

Last week the governor instituted a
new "hot spot" cluster zone map including portions of Brooklyn and Queens, as well as Rockland, Orange and Broome counties.

Red, orange and yellow "zones" have been set up where positive virus infection rates have ballooned into double digits - blowing past the Empire State's cumulative, statewide infection rate that had been hovering around 1 percent for several months. The statewide infection rate recorded as of midnight is 1.1 percent, but independently, the cluster zones have a combined 3.7 percent positivity rate. nypost.com

Dallas COVID #'s Increase
Coronavirus numbers are rising, so is North Texas at the start of a
fall COVID-19 surge?
A COVID-19 forecast from UT Southwestern Medical Center
predicts continued increases in hospitalizations in Dallas and Tarrant counties, which have already risen in recent weeks, and also projects 1,000 new infections a day in Dallas County by later this month.

The upward trend comes as Texas' governor allowed counties to reopen bars at half capacity - though some counties, including Dallas, won't reopen theirs - and as cases are surging elsewhere in the U.S.

The expected surge in deaths also accounts for
national data that show a decrease in mask wearing. dallasnews.com

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Dakota's - 2nd COVID Spike
Second COVID-19 peak spreading more broadly in Minnesota
A second peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota is
hitting a wider swath of the state than in the spring.

State health officials on Monday said the novel corona­virus that causes COVID-19 was centered earlier this year in the Twin Cities, long-term care facilities and large rural food-processing plants, but it's now spreading more broadly across Minnesota communities. The 1,178 infections reported Monday - a record fifth straight day of more than 1,000 infections - came from 69 of Minnesota's 87 counties.

Every U.S. state has an emergency or disaster order in effect now, according to the National Governors Association - with Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issuing a new public health emergency declaration on Sept. 22 in response to rising spread of the virus.

"What we've seen happen in Wisconsin and literally
pretty much every state around us is a cautionary example of how things can get even worse," Malcolm said, "when a state is seeing uncontrolled community transmission." startribune.com

COVID #'s Triple in UK - New 3-Tier System

UK defends new virus restrictions; critics say it's too late
Britain already has the deadliest outbreak in Europe, with nearly 43,000 reported deaths, and
Europe as a whole reported a record number of new cases last week, over 700,000, according to the World Health Organization. Britain's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has more than tripled in the last three weeks, with infection rates rising across all age groups and regions. inhomelandsecurity.com

Retailers in England escape further Covid restrictions
Retailers in England have escaped any further measures to clamp down on cornonavirus infections after the prime minister yesterday
unveiled his new three-tier system of Covid restrictions. But, said Johnson, "retail, schools and universities will remain open". In Liverpool, gyms and leisure centres will also have to close, as will casinos and bookmakers. talkingretail.com

New Data: Mask Wearing Decreases Nationwide

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea Tells Police Force To Wear Masks As More Officers Call Out Sick

A 25-year-old man becomes first in the U.S. to contract coronavirus twice, with second infection 'more severe'


D&D Daily Crime Analysis:

Most Weekend Shootings in Big U.S. Cities Since Labor Day Weekend,
Overall Violence Still Down from Historic July Fourth Weekend

178 shootings, 35 killed in 20 Major U.S. Cities from Oct. 9-11

This past weekend, the D&D Daily continued to analyze violent crime in 20 major cities across the country, including those under the umbrella of 'Operation Legend.'

According to publicly reported data and media reports, these cities saw a combined total of 178 shootings and 35 killings from Friday through Sunday, with an average of 59.3 shootings per day and 11.7 killings per day.

The daily average of shootings increased from last weekend's 40.7, but deaths remained steady from last weekend's 12 killings per day. Overall, the numbers have remained remarkably stable throughout the summer, though this past weekend saw the most shootings in five weeks.

July Fourth weekend remains a high point for violence this summer, with 233 shootings and 70 killings in 30 cities (big and small throughout the U.S.) over just two days during that holiday weekend, averaging 116.5 shootings per day and 35 killings per day.

Click here to view the complete breakdown of this past weekend's violence in 20 American cities and continue to follow along as the Daily monitors violence across the United States.

See our previously published four-week report
covering this year's violent month of July.

Special Note:
While the number of shootings fluctuates, the number killed remains relatively stable last four weeks (32/34/35/36/38).

68% of Americans Say Facial Recognition Technology Can Make Society Safer
Leading independent polling firm Schoen Cooperman Research recently conducted a nationwide poll on Americans' views of facial recognition technology. Commissioned by the Security Industry Association (SIA), the survey found that while a solid majority (59%) of Americans approve of facial recognition technology generally and 68% say it can make society safer, support rises significantly when it comes to specific public and private sector applications.

Significantly, the poll found that 70% of U.S. adults believe facial recognition is accurate in identifying people of all races and ethnicities. The results showed that 66% of Americans believe law enforcement's use of facial recognition is appropriate; 54% believe that the technology can limit human bias in investigations and nearly half (47%) believe it can even reduce racial injustice and discrimination in law enforcement. A solid majority (57%) of Americans said they were comfortable having their facial image included in a database of images used for facial recognition if it were used to promote public safety.

Around 7 in 10 U.S. adults believe facial recognition can improve security systems and are comfortable with its use to improve security at their workplace or buildings they visit. securityindustry.org

Big Flip in Market Opinion
SIA's Latest Security Market Index Shows Returning Confidence
The September/October 2020 Security Market Index (SMI), released by the Security Industry Association (SIA), shows that after May/June 2020's low SMI in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the industry is returning to confidence, a trend that was seen also in the July/August SMI report. The index's goal is to provide a macro-view of confidence levels in the security industry every two months while closely examining nine specific business measures:

This month, 29 percent rated current business conditions as "excellent," 35 percent said they were "good," 24 percent said they were "average," 12 percent rated them as "fair," and no one said conditions were "poor." In July, 6 percent of respondents said conditions were "excellent," 44 percent said they were "good," 22 percent said they were "average," 6 percent said they were "fair," and 22 percent said conditions were "poor." sdmmag.com

Online Will Surge 40% While Retailers Struggle to Hit 2%
As the pandemic's challenges continue, retailers will see modest sales growth of less than 2% year over year this holiday season, compared to 4.1% growth on average over the last decade, according to commercial real estate firm CBRE.

● E-commerce will help a lot, with expected growth in November and December of more than 40%, well above the 14% record growth last year, while brick-and-mortar sales will decline, bringing online retail's share of sales in that period to 39%, according to a report sent by email.

To boost sales, retailers - attempting to nudge shopping earlier than usual - are beefing up operations to include more buy online, pick up in-store services and curbside pickup, (already up 500% during the pandemic), and employing alternatives like pop-ups, per the report. retaildive.com

1 in 6 Won't Get Pay Raise in 2021
One-Third of U.S. Employers Trim Projected Pay Raises for 2021
Two-thirds are still planning annual bonuses despite the pandemic

AdvertisementThe survey of 705 U.S. companies, which together employ 14.3 million people, was conducted in late September.

Consultancy Willis Towers Watson's 2020 North American Compensation Planning Pulse Survey found that 35 percent of employers reduced their projected 2021 salary increase budgets from earlier projections while 50 percent kept them intact.

All employee groups other than executives are projected to receive salary increases of 2.6 percent in 2021, the survey showed. Those include managers, nonexempt salaried employees and hourly employees. Executives are projected to receive slightly smaller increases, averaging 2.5 percent.

Before the pandemic, many employers expected average pay increases for 2021 to exceed 3 percent across all employee groups. shrm.org

UK security company G4S says Allied Universal is considering a bid,
as it tries to fend off takeover attempt by GardaWorld

G4S, the UK security company fending off a £3bn hostile takeover attempt by Canada's GardaWorld, said on Friday that a US competitor Allied Universal Security Services had approached it about a potential offer.

Allied Universal, a California-based security company with 200,000 staff in the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK, had made an "expression of interest" about a possible offer, G4S said in a statement.

The intervention by Allied Universal caps a week in which the battle between G4S and GardaWorld has become increasingly acrimonious. In a series of bitter exchanges, GardaWorld said that G4S was "deeply troubled" and needed "a new owner, not a face-saving change of management or a shake-up of the board".

G4S shot back, claiming that its Canadian suitor was "lossmaking" and "needs a transformative acquisition in order to realise its aspiration to be a global company". ft.com

ATF looks to consolidate data to aid investigations
In the coming fiscal year, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives plans to expand its data analytics to improve its investigative capacity, including the ability to respond to rising gun store robberies and burglaries, according to the agency's CIO. "We have really just started pushing data analytics within ATF," said Roger Beasley, the agency's CIO. In the coming fiscal year, Beasley said the agency will move to unify its many data pools, with the goal of giving its agents a more granular picture of the data housed in its systems. "We have many systems across the bureau, like any other federal agency. They are individual pots of gold if you can pull it all together and begin to mine that information. Up until this point, we really did not exploit that," he said in remarks during an Oct. 8 AFFIRM online cybersecurity event.

Gun store robberies and burglaries, said Beasley, are a good example of where data analytics can help ATF agents in real time. The agency has documented that gun store break-ins have been growing at an alarming rate for years, with hundreds of stores hit every year.

Atlanta, GA: Lawmaker proposes supplementing Police in Buckhead with private security
An Atlanta political leader proposes establishing a private force to supplement the Atlanta Police Department's crime-fighting efforts. The idea comes from Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts. He believes private money can be raised to centralize the security efforts now underway by various Buckhead neighborhoods into a large network of off-duty police and retired officers. fox5atlanta.com

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director, Global Retail Asset Protection job posted for Under Armour
in Baltimore, MD
The Director, Global Retail Asset Protection will lead efforts to safeguard Retail teammates, athletes, and physical assets on a global basis. Reports directly to Chief Security Officer. Works in close contact and support of regional, (NA, EMEA, LATAM, and APAC) heads of Retail Operations. Develops strategies, policies, and procedures focused on the security of teammates, athletes, and stores.  careers.underarmour.com

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eBay Taking SHOP SAFE to the Next Level

eBay to guarantee the authenticity of collectible sneakers
The online platform announced that it will fully vet and verify all new and preowned sneakers. eBay is applying the Authenticity Guarantee this month to most of the most popular sneakers sold on the site with plans to have it cover all shoes in the category sold for $100 or more by early next year. The move by eBay follows an earlier announcement that it was canceling selling fees on sneakers bought in the same price range.

"eBay operates the world's most diverse sneaker marketplace - with the widest selection and best prices - and by removing any uncertainty with the buying process, our community can buy and sell with total confidence," said Jordan Sweetnam, SVP and general manager of eBay North America, in a statement.

With the Authenticity Guarantee program, sneaker sellers ship purchased shoes directly to a facility operated by Sneaker Con, an independent third-party facility, that authenticates the items and expedites shipment to customers. For sellers who are part of the program and accept returns, eBay verifies any sneakers that are sent back as well as the condition in which they are being returned.

The decision by eBay to offer its sneaker guarantee follows a similar program covering watches sold in the U.S. for $2,000 or more.

Earlier this year, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D- NY) introduced legislation known as the SHOP SAFE (Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-Commerce) Act 2020 that had five co-sponsors, including two fellow Democrats and three Republicans. The legislation, if passed, would shift liability for the sale of counterfeit goods to online platforms unless they performed a set of best practices designed to identify and take action against bad actors.  retailwire.com

Texas woman sent to prison for $3.8M 19-year internet stolen merchandise scheme
PROACT partnering with our retail partners since 2014 investigating a family's Organized Retail Crime conspiracy has finally come to a head. Kim Richardson pleaded guilty on Dec 17, 2019, she was sentenced October 1, 2020. 54 months in Federal Prison and $3.8 million in restitution.

As part of her plea, Richardson admitted she participated in a conspiracy that spanned from August 2000 through April 2019. During that time, she shoplifted items as she traveled throughout the United States. She would then sell the stolen merchandise to buyers on eBay and via direct internet sales and sent it to them via the U.S. mail, Federal Express and United Parcel Service. DOJ press release can be found here






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Analysis: Why Regulators Got Tough With H&M - With $41M Fine
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes why clothing retailer H&M was hit with a hefty fine for violating the EU's General Data Protection Rule.

In this report, you'll hear:

● ISMG's Mathew Schwartz analyze why privacy regulators singled out H&M for a hefty fine;

Tony Craddock, director general of the Emerging Payments Association, highlight the imperative for digital identities;

Alissa "Dr. Jay" Abdullah, senior vice president and deputy CSO at Mastercard, outline her security priorities for 2021.

The ISMG Security Report appears on this and other ISMG websites on Fridays. Don't miss the Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 editions, which respectively discuss whether Darknet markets are here to stay and McAfee's Planned IPO. govinfosecurity.com

Mastercard's 'Dr. Jay' on the Future of Cybersecurity Leadership
She was deputy CIO at the White House and served as CISO at Xerox. Now, as deputy CSO at Mastercard, Alissa "Dr. Jay" Abdullah opens up on the accomplishments of her first year as well as new leadership techniques and strategies for refining talent and tools.

In her latest role, she's spent the majority of her year working remotely, but that has opened new doors for collaboration and multi-cloud environments at Mastercard, she says.

"I like giving businesses the ability to think outside of the box and do things outside of the box - but to do them in a secure way," Abdullah says. "When we can allow a company to - in a secure way - be innovative, not say 'no,' but then add all the different risk mitigation factors that are highly recommended ... it makes me happy, but it makes the company happy as well."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Abdullah discusses:

● Her experience in the public and private sectors;
● Her focus in year one at Mastercard;
● Her passions for recruiting talent and for refining cybersecurity leadership techniques. govinfosecurity.com

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Securing Devices at Home and Work
The second blog highlighting NIST resources for Cybersecurity Awareness Month is from NIST's Julie Haney, Ph.D., lead for the NIST Usable Cybersecurity Program. In this blog post, Dr. Haney discusses some of the steps users and organizations can take to protect internet-connected devices for both personal and professional use.

How did you end up at NIST working on usable cybersecurity?
I am the lead for the NIST Usable Cybersecurity Program, where I conduct research at the intersection of cybersecurity and human factors. My background was originally in computer science. I worked as a cybersecurity professional in the Department of Defense for over 20 years doing vulnerability assessments, writing security guidance, and, in general, focusing on trying to convince organizations to implement various security best practices. That led me to come to NIST as a guest researcher to work on usable security projects back in 2016. I loved the work and organization so much that my 6-month detail turned into 18 months! I was then fortunate enough to be hired directly by NIST in the spring of 2018.

Please discuss NIST's resources for telework/remote work? What are some important steps people can take to ensure their devices are safe while working at home?
NIST has some great security resources for both teleworkers and organizations supporting telework. For teleworkers, there are some informative articles on the Cybersecurity Insights Blog with tips on telework security and protecting privacy during virtual meetings. For organizations supporting telework, NIST has issued a new draft revision of Special Publication 800-46 Guide to Enterprise Telework, Remote Access, and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Security that contains information on security considerations and recommendations when implementing remote access solutions. nist.gov


The cost of an unsecure remote environment to your organization? $5M to 10M
Cybersecurity in the Remote Work Era: A Global Risk Report, sponsored by Keeper Security and conducted by The Ponemon Institute, surfaced and examined the most pertinent new challenges organizations today face in preventing, detecting and containing cybersecurity attacks in the colloquial "new normal."

63% of U.S. companies have seen an increase in phishing/social engineering during the pandemic; 52% noted a jump in credential theft and 50% reported a rise in incidences of account takeover. Damages or theft to IT infrastructure cost 41% of U.S. businesses to lose $5 million to $10 million or more in the last year. The study also revealed the three major contributing forces that have led to this stark rise in attacks:

● A lack of training and guidance for employees working remotely,
● An ill-equipped and overwhelmed IT security workforce,
● And a surge in new technology being used to facilitate remote collaboration.

Remote employees are major liabilities, but it's not entirely through a fault of their own. Organizations fear a lack of control, but they feel helpless. securitymagazine.com

Half of all virtual appliances have outdated software and serious vulnerabilities
New study shows that even security vendors can use outdated and vulnerable virtual appliances. Top advice: Make sure your vulnerability management processes include virtual appliances. csoonline.com

Survey: Retailers of All Sizes Still Struggling to Achieve Outdoor EMV Compliance

Senior Job: Director, Security Services Engineering job posted for Netflix in Los Gatos, CA




Using Telegram as an Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Tool

Telegram is a messaging app that's designed for super fast and secure messaging. But there's more it can offer than just messaging. Telegram can also be used as an OSINT tool or a good source of information. In the app, you can find secure groups called "channels" where members can broadcast public messages or share information to large audiences. Telegram channels are a great tool that investigators can use to stay up to date on current events like election and protest activities.




Sales during Prime Day will grow at least 36% this year
A Digital Commerce 360 analysis shows sales during Amazon's sixth-annual Prime Day event will exceed $9.70 billion this year, up from $7.16 billion during last year's 48-hour event. digitalcommerce360.com

Consumers Holding Brands Responsible for Counterfeits
Study Reveals Expected Spike in Counterfeits This Holiday Shopping Season

New research details Black Friday and holiday shopping trends and sentiment around counterfeits

The study, conducted in September, outlines how imperative it is for brands to approach Black Friday and the 2020 holiday shopping season with heightened awareness of illegitimate sellers infiltrating trusted e-commerce channels and threats of counterfeits-as these risks are substantially higher for online shopping, as compared to brick-and-mortar retail.

With the expected domination of online shopping this holiday,
retailers must take all precautions necessary to safeguard their brand reputation throughout Q4.

"Many shoppers are feeling financial strain induced by the pandemic. As a result, consumers will be more budget conscious this year,
making it more likely they'll turn to counterfeiters-which can be devastating for brands."

Although counterfeits are not the fault of the brand,
people are less likely to give brands a second chance after purchasing a counterfeit product, as indicated by these survey results:

- More than 40 percent of respondents would complain to the original brand.
- 25 percent of respondents think removing counterfeits should be done by the brand.
- 26 percent of respondents have purchased counterfeits on Black Friday.

AI Robots Helping Meet Increased Demand
Kindred SORT AI Robots Pick 100 Million Lifetime Units

Company Reports 50% Quarterly Pick-and-Place Increase Among E-Commerce Customer Base in 2020

Kindred also released information from its
Q4 2020 AI data showing its e-commerce customers have increased the unit volume they process with SORT picking robots by 244% year-over-year.

Throughout 2020, Kindred SORT pick-and-place
robots have increased picked units by 50% quarter-over-quarter, demonstrating the substantial momentum e-commerce retailers have gained since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Multiple analysts anticipate
online sales to increase 20-to-30% year-over-year, creating monumental expectations for e-commerce operations," . "E-tailers with robotic and AI solutions like Kindred SORT in place for the holiday season are positioned to capitalize on this momentum in demand growth, while also keeping their employees safe. They will end the year on a high note." businesswire.com

Security Experts Warn of Amazon Prime Day Scams







Antioch, CA: Police Arrest Three After Retail Theft from Walgreens
On Sunday, Antioch Police responded to a report of a retail theft in progress at Walgreens after suspects were observed inside a store loading garbage bags full of merchandise. The incident occurred at 4:42 pm at Walgreens on Deer Valley Road where 3 female larcenist were filling bags with items from the shelf. Upon arrival, police officers located the suspects in the parking lot as they were inspecting the items inside the bag. Two ran from the car (leaving behind the third accomplice) and officers gave chase. Both were detained without incident and brought back to the scene. At least one suspect had several outstanding warrants out of San Francisco County for burglary, theft, and child endangerment. eastcountytoday.net

Southbury, CT: Police seeking to ID two Ulta Beauty Shoplifters
Southbury Police have put out a request for the public's assistance in helping them to identify two suspects that allegedly stole merchandise from a store in town last week. Just a few moments ago, the Southbury Police took to their official Facebook page to say that they are looking to identify the two people in the attached photograph, after an incident at the Ulta Beauty location in Southbury Plaza.

New York, NY: Soho: Luxury retailers terrorized by shoplifting mobs
Bands of shoplifters are terrorizing Soho's high-end boutiques, lifting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of designer merchandise, and in some cases, threatening security guards to keep quiet - or be labeled racist, The Post has learned. The disturbing pattern began in late May during the riots that rocked the city in the wake of the George Floyd police custody death. High-end Celine was looted of $1.5 million in merchandise then, and the blatant thievery continues "every week" in ritzy stores such as Prada, Moncler, Dior and Balenciaga, one plugged-in local said. "This is happening every week. Walk around Soho on Wooster Street and Greene Street, Mercer Street. ... You have huge bouncers out there trying to deter hit-and-run activity," the source, a restaurateur, said. But in some cases, the thieves are given carte blanche to steal.

Kennewick, WA: Police seek to identify 3 suspected of $4,000 clothing theft from Ranch and Home store

New Lenox, IL: Female with Outstanding Warrant busted at Walmart stealing $700 of merchandise

Bali, Indonesia: Man arrested for stealing US$2,000 worth of bras, perfumes from Victoria's Secret

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Shootings & Deaths

New Orleans, LA: One dead, another critically hurt after 'stupid' shooting in Oakwood Center mall parking lot
One man is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the Oakwood Center shopping mall in Terrytown. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said the shooting occurred on the southwest side of the mall property at about 3:40 p.m. and that multiple rounds were fired. Officers working a detail at the mall found the two victims inside a car in front of the food court entrance. The victims had driven there after the shooting, which took place on the other side of the building. The man in the passenger seat was dead, while the driver was taken to the hospital for surgery, Lopinto said. Authorities did not immediately know the identity of the victims or who shot them. It is also not clear whether the two victims returned a gunfire. Lopinto said it was fortunate that no bystanders were injured, but that the brazen nature of the shooting was troubling nevertheless.  nola.com

Albuquerque, NM: Suspect at large in Homicide outside McDonald's
A man was shot and killed at a Northwest Albuquerque McDonald's early Saturday morning, Albuquerque police say. Sgt. Tanner Tixier, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, said in an email that the shooting occurred at the McDonald's on Coors NW. He said police were dispatched to the shooting at 1:40 a.m.

Petersburg, VA: Suspect shot by police officer at Wawa is in serious condition, but not life-threatening
The abduction suspect shot by a Prince George County police officer at a convenience store in Petersburg has been transferred to a Richmond hospital for treatment, but state police continue to say his injuries are not life-threatening. The shooting happened Monday afternoon at Wawa on South Crater Road in southern Petersburg. Petersburg Police had been alerted that a man wanted for abducting two people in Sussex County may have stopped at the store, which is about a mile from the Wagner Road interchange off Interstate 95. progress-index.com

Las Vegas, NV: Man injured in shooting at Miracle Mile Shops on Las Vegas Strip
Metro Police said a man was shot at the Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile Shops on the Strip Sunday night at 7:30pm. One man was taken to an area hospital in unknown condition. The suspect(s) has not been found. Police emphasized this was not considered an active shooting. fox5vegas.com

Cleveland, OH: Man shot, killed after argument at West Side laundromat

Warren, MI: Woman killed outside Gas Station by her husband had recently left him, filed for divorce

Lauderhill, FL: Swap Shop flea market shooting leaves one dead

Houston, TX: 2 men, 1 woman injured in shooting over gas pump


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Cincinnati, OH: Speedway Robber held knife to woman's throat, but she was in on it
A Green Township Speedway was robbed Friday after a man held a knife to a woman's throat, according to police, but the woman was allegedly in on it. Brian Schmidt, 31, and Sarah Getz, 29, both face robbery charges. Police said after the pair entered the gas station Schmidt grabbed Getz and put a knife to her throat demanding money from the store clerk, who complied. Investigators said Getz admitted she knew Schmidt was a robber and was going to commit a robbery. Getz was arrested Saturday in Green Township. Schmidt was arrested in Kenton County, Kentucky after an alleged bank robbery there, investigators said. cincinnati.com

Memphis, TN: Police arrest man they say robbed Dollar General, Subway and Mapco over a four day period

Bainbridge Twp., OH: Woman shoplifts from Dick's then left 2 kids in car after crash

Fond du Lac, WI: 71 year old Woman Shoplifts At Least 25 Times grocery store



Study Reveals Expected Spike in Counterfeits This Holiday Shopping Season
Today, brand intelligence leader, Red Points, released a national study, which reveals U.S. shoppers' sentiment around holiday shopping this year. The study, conducted in September, outlines how imperative it is for brands to approach Black Friday and the 2020 holiday shopping season with heightened awareness of illegitimate sellers infiltrating trusted e-commerce channels and threats of counterfeits-as these risks are substantially higher for online shopping, as compared to brick-and-mortar retail.

This Black Friday will be unlike any other and will almost certainly set precedence for how retailers approach Black Friday, holiday sales events and doorbuster deals well beyond the pandemic. Amid a global health crisis, shoppers have reasons to avoid jam-packed stores and crowds-but still expect to snag deeply discounted merchandise. With the expected domination of online shopping this holiday, retailers must take all precautions necessary to safeguard their brand reputation throughout Q4. oaoa.com




AT&T - Franklin, IN - Armed Robbery
Bikes - Portland, OR - Burglary
Boutique - New York, NY - Robbery
C-Store - Lincoln, NE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - St. Clair County. AL - Robbery
C-Store - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Petaluma, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Cincinnati, OH - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Altoona, PA- Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Fed Ex - Altoona, PA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Lincoln, NE - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Hildebran, NC - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Gregory, MI - Burglary
Grocery - Petal, MS - Robbery
Jewelry - Baton Rouge, LA - Robbery
Jewelry - Moreno Valley, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Victoria, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Brooklyn, NY - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Springfield, MO - Robbery
Jewelry - Eastvale, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Philadelphia, PA - Robbery
Jewelry - Puyallup, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Lakewood, CO - Robbery
Jewelry - Glendale, WI - Burglary
Restaurant - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery (Subway)
Restaurant - Annapolis, MD - Armed Robbery (Ruth's Chris)
Restaurant - Bismarck, ND - Burglary
Restaurant - Portland, OR - Burglary
Restaurant - Belton, SC - Burglary (McDonalds)
Restaurant - Loma Linda, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - San Francisco, CA - Burglary
7-Eleven - Austin, TX - Robbery


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

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Patrick Walsh promoted to Asset Protection Manager
for Louis Vuitton

Doug Ronspies promoted to Regional Loss Prevention Manager for
The TJX Companies

Emily Gaydos, CFI named Distribution Center Investigator for
The TJX Companies

Lonndon Seely named Asset Protection Leader for PharmaCann

Jerome Cromwell named District Asset Protection Leader
for CVS Health

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Emeryville, CA
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You should have strong analytical skills, be a quick learner, and drive to innovate with both technology and processes. They will be personable, open to learning, collaborating with others, and apt to saying "yes" or "I'll find a way", rather than "no" or "that's impossible"...

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Our Area Loss Prevention Managers ensure safe and secure stores through the objective identification of loss and risk opportunities. Our Area Loss Prevention Managers plan and prioritize to provide an optimal customer experience to their portfolio of stores. They thrive on supporting and building high performance teams that execute with excellence...

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