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Innovation and Loss Prevention Trends In
the Post-COVID World

October 19, 2021 01:00 PM ET

Join two LP leaders from major American retailers and one of the top 100 global retail influencers as they reveal the latest retail and technology trends, including expectations for the upcoming holiday season.

Special focus will be on loss prevention technology applications, including artificial intelligence and internet-of-things solutions such as RFID, and how they will be transforming retail post-pandemic.

As with the other webinars in this popular series, valuable retail-focused data will be shared, including the latest retail forecasts and crime trends.

Join us for this interactive and data-rich discussion, directly engage with our panel, and let's mutually shape a brighter future for retail and for loss prevention.

This webinar is presented by the Loss Prevention Foundation in partnership with Prosegur Security and qualifies for 1 continuing education unit (CEU) towards your LPC recertification or CFI recertification.


The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

New Wave of ORC Closures Puts Progressive DA's Back in the News
Op-Ed: San Francisco's self-inflicted ORC problem isn't going away
Walgreens is closing five more San Francisco locations as the impact of California law and city leadership have led to what another pharmacy chain described as "one of the epicenters of organized retail crime."

Walgreens previously told the city's Board of Supervisors that it had closed 17 stores in the city. In announcing the shuttering of five more, Walgreens spokesman Phil Caruso said, "Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that."

According to California law, theft of less than $950 in goods is considered a nonviolent misdemeanor. It can still carry a maximum of six months in prison, but that would require cases to be prosecuted. And San Francisco's district attorney is still Chesa Boudin, whose soft-on-crime worldview stems from his terrorist parents' incarceration.

Boudin is not very interested in prosecuting crimes in San Francisco. Obviously, that includes shoplifting - prosecutions for theft of less than $950 have fallen under Boudin from 70% to just 44% in 2020.

As a consequence, San Francisco has become the land of repeat offenders. People and businesses frequently see the same people who assaulted them or robbed their stores back on the streets again. San Francisco saw significant increases in burglaries, arson, motor vehicle theft, and shootings in 2020. But Boudin is more concerned about sympathizing with criminals than he is about protecting victims.

With the rise of the so-called Soros prosecutors, this has become commonplace in cities throughout the country. Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, and St. Louis (among others) have elected far-left district attorneys backed by Democratic megadonor George Soros, who wants to put Democrats in charge of criminal justice systems in all major American cities.

Of course, the answer to this problem remains the same. If residents of these cities want to avoid meeting their assailants on the street a week after their arrest, they must either choose to replace officials such as Boudin or find somewhere else to live. No one is forcing residents of San Francisco to elect Boudin, and as long as they keep doing it, these problems will persist. washingtonexaminer.com

Parking Lot Crime Prevention
Preventing Catalytic Converter Theft in Your Parking Lot
Perhaps you have heard theft of catalytic converters is on the rise. While Sapphire Risk focuses mostly on retail and cannabis security, we try to stay adept of all loss prevention issues. Legislators and police departments are attempting to tackle the issue's status as a rising type of property crime.

Why Steal the Catalytic Converter?

Catalytic converters are exposed to the exterior of the vehicle; therefore, thieves can execute removals in minutes with simple tools. Theft prevention devices exist, and vehicle-owners can weld the part to the frame; however, these solutions are not common place, cost money, and may inhibit legitimate repairs. Removal may not trigger alarm systems, and the success of engraving a VIN is limited by the integrity of black-market dealers.

As automobile companies struggle with supply chains, perhaps an alternative to catalytic converters will emerge. However, the rarest pieces of the devices dictate black market value of catalytic converters. Unlike tires or radios or other commonly stolen auto parts, catalytic converters contain highly pure precious metals.

How Precious Are We Talking?

The auto parts industry consumes the most of these metals, but industries including electronics, jewelry, and dentistry increase demand and thus raise prices. Although the catalytic converter lasts up to 100,000 miles in a standard vehicle, the precious metals can be recycled for up to 200,000 miles, matching well with the lifetime of most vehicles, and fetch as much as $700.

Secure Your Parking Lot Against Parts Theft

How should a business owner deter criminal activity at its facility perimeter?

Provide parking spaces close to your store and your security systems. Most of our audience have commercial security systems which can detect faces and license plates.

Have conspicuous camera placement focused on the parking lot. Criminals generally avoid well-surveilled areas. If a theft does occur, law enforcement can monitor for repeat offenders.

Keep the parking lot illuminated such that individuals cannot hide from cameras. Perimeter lighting has several benefits for security.

Have a security guard keep an eye on anyone working on a vehicle. Confirm any potential loiterers have called a roadside service or emergency contact.

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NYC's Bail Reform Law Creates 'Revolving Door' for Criminals?
New Yorkers sound the alarm on crime rates: 'The wild, wild West'
New York City residents who spoke with Fox News sounded the alarm on the city's crime problem, with one equating the Big Apple to "the wild, wild West." "The city has regressed the past eight years under the mayor," Gabriel, a lifelong New Yorker who works near Times Square, told Fox News in an interview.

"Crime in the subways, old women getting robbed ... homicide going up, people getting shot, shootings are up, killings are up, and he's aloof - he's walking in Prospect Park, enjoying his daily stroll or going to YMCA," he continued, referring to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Overall crime rose by almost 3% in September 2021 compared to September 2020, and robberies increased by 6%, according to New York City Police Department data. New York City and other large metropolitan areas have faced crime surges following the 2020 push to defund police departments.

The largest increase in New York was for felonious assault - or assault with a dangerous weapon - which surged by nearly 19% from 1,802 in September 2020 to 2,135 in September 2021.

A retired New Yorker named Mike Martino added: "We're going to have to talk to the judicial system about whether or not they should be releasing these individuals without cash bail."

A bail reform law went into effect in January 2020 that made release before trial automatic for most people accused of misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies. In other cases, including violent felonies and some domestic violence- or sex-related charges, the law required the judge to consider a person's ability to pay bail.

"Public safety is number one," he continued. "They just can't keep a revolving door with these criminals." foxnews.com

The Complex Issues Behind a "Surge" in Violent Crime

Investigation probes whether DC crime lab tried to keep information from DA's

Connecticut Senate Republicans set to unveil plan to address surge in crime


COVID Update

404.3M Vaccinations Given

US: 45.5M Cases - 739.7K Dead - 35.1M Recovered
Worldwide: 240M Cases - 4.8M Dead - 217.3M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 320   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 473
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Cases, Hospitalizations & Deaths All Falling

Some Regions Still At Risk as COVID Fades
New COVID cases down, but the West is at risk
For the first time since early August, the U.S. is averaging fewer than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day.

Why it matters: This U.S. has blown opportunities like this before, but the prospect of controlling the virus and being able to safely put pandemic life behind us is once again within reach.

By the numbers: Nationwide, the U.S. is averaging 91,000 new cases per day - a 19% drop over the past two weeks. Deaths are also declining, but more slowly. Average daily deaths are down roughly 2% over the past two weeks. But the virus is still killing over 1,900 Americans per day, on average.

Details: Alaska has the biggest outbreak in the U.S., relative to its population, with 113 cases per 100,000 people. The virus' strongest foothold is in the West and upper Midwest. Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Idaho, Utah, Minnesota and Wisconsin are all among the 10 states with the most cases per capita.

What's next: Areas with relatively high case rates and relatively low vaccination rates will remain at risk for localized outbreaks throughout the winter, and unvaccinated people are at risk of serious illness and death if they contract the virus.

Nationwide, however, the U.S. may finally be close to containing the virus, which would save lives and make interventions like mask mandates less necessary. axios.com

Employer Vaccine Mandate Inches Toward Approval
Biden employer vaccine mandate could be finalized as early as next week

A rule requiring that employers ensure workers are vaccinated or regularly tested would apply to companies with 100 employees or more, and apply to 80M workers.

The Biden administration's requirement that companies ensure workers are vaccinated or tested regularly for Covid could be finalized as early as next week, pending a final White House review, according to a person familiar with the process.

The Labor Department said it had submitted the initial text of the rule, which would require employers with 100 or more workers to ensure that their employees are vaccinated or tested regularly, on late Tuesday to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). That review process generally takes one to two weeks, but given the urgency of the pandemic it is expected that the OMB will move quickly, the person said.

Since President Joe Biden announced the plans on Sept. 10, White House officials and aides from the Labor Department have been discussing how to craft the requirement, administration officials have said. There have been dozens of questions for officials to resolve, including how employers will verify their workers are vaccinated, who will bear the cost of weekly testing, what type of test will be required, and how employees working from home will be handled.

"The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been working expeditiously to develop an emergency temporary standard that covers employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing to protect employees from the spread of coronavirus in the workplace," the Labor Department said in a statement. "On Tuesday, October 12, as part of the regulatory review process, the agency submitted the initial text of the emergency temporary standard to the Office of Management and Budget." nbcnews.com

COVID Shots & Vaccine Mandates Boosting Walgreens
Walgreens earnings top estimates, as drugstore gives twice as many Covid vaccines as expected

The drugstore chain administered nearly double the number of Covid-19 vaccines that it expected during the three-month period.

Walgreens Boots Alliance on Thursday exceeded Wall Street's expectations for fiscal fourth-quarter earnings, as the company saw a surge in demand for Covid-19 vaccines amid a growing number of employer mandates.

The drugstore chain administered 13.5 million vaccines during the three-month period - nearly double the approximately 7 million it had expected in the quarter. It is poised for another wave of vaccinations as people get booster doses and younger children are expected to soon qualify for the shots.

"Mandates are playing a role," CEO Roz Brewer said in an interview with CNBC's Bertha Coombs. "There are many companies and organizations, cities and municipalities that are mandating and I think it's forcing people to say 'I need to go to work. So I have to get this vaccine.' So it is creating an increase. And we're seeing that in our stores."

Plus, she said, people are concerned about getting Covid - especially with the delta variant. Along with the lift from vaccinations, Walgreens said it got a sales bump from at-home Covid tests and a rebound in demand for over-the-counter medications for colds, coughs and flu. cnbc.com

$3.5M Vaccine Mandate Fine
Florida county fined millions for mandating COVID vaccines
A Florida county has been fined more than $3.5 million for requiring county employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The state Department of Health issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that Leon County violated the state's vaccine passport ban 714 times.

The state sent a notice of violation to Leon County administrator Vincent Long on October 6, saying that the county's vaccine requirement for employees is in violation of a state law that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced in September. Under the law, government agencies that force a vaccine as a condition of employment can be fined $5,000 for every instance of doing so.

Leon County first required that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on July 28, according to the state. Employees were required to provide a vaccine verification to the government's human resources department no later than October 1. The state said that 700 county government employees provided such documentation, and that within a few days, 14 employees were fired for their refusal or failure to do so. news.yahoo.com

Potential Legal Trouble After Walgreens Vaccine Mix-Up
Parents say Walgreens mistakenly injected them and their two kids with the Covid-19 vaccine instead of flu shot
Joshua and Alexandra Price say they and their two children were mistakenly given the Covid-19 vaccine instead of a flu shot a week ago at their local pharmacy -- and they are now dealing with some adverse symptoms.

"They will probably do OK," said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. "The difference is they got a three times higher dose of a vaccine than is being tested in clinical trials."

After requesting that Walgreens give them proof of vaccination so that the family could show medical professionals what they were given in the case of an emergency, the Prices say Walgreens hesitated. "They wanted to get their legal department involved and did not want to give us those cards, so we got our own attorney," Alexandra said. cnn.com

Bill expanding exemptions for COVID-19 vaccine mandates stalls again in Ohio House

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Life-Threatening Retail Staff Shortages & 'Sweatshops'
Understaffing at some CVS pharmacies in Virginia has put patients at risk, former employees say

One location in Virginia Beach was fined $470,000 for serious dispensing errors. Pharmacists say its a systemic problem.

Over the last two years, employees at a CVS Pharmacy in Virginia Beach have raised repeated concerns over patient safety. At one point, multiple pharmacy technicians told a state inspector that a pharmacist at the store had mistakenly given a patient a hundred extra doses of Percocet - a powerful prescription opioid. Another customer received an antibiotic despite a known history of not tolerating the drug and was taken to the emergency room after an allergic reaction.

In another instance, a patient received the right medication with the wrong instructions, according to another pharmacy tech, who said the oral cholesterol drug came with directions to insert the pills vaginally.

The root of the errors, employees said, was chronic understaffing and an unsustainable workload that made it impossible for pharmacists and technicians to focus on their jobs.

"The pharmacists cannot properly concentrate because they have so much to do," said Kristopher Ratliff, a member of Virginia's Board of Pharmacy, reading from a more than 600-page investigative report produced by state regulators.

"A staff pharmacist stated hours had been cut to the point where she didn't know how the pharmacy was supposed to function," added Mykl Egan, the board's discipline case manager, reading from the report. "A fourth pharmacist described the pharmacy as a 'sweatshop.'"

The findings, which covered a single CVS store, resulted in a $427,000 fine for the chain and one unannounced inspection within the next 12 months. CVS "respectfully disagree[s]" with the board's order, according to spokesman Mike DeAngelis, and is "considering our options" for potential next steps.

But news of the investigation came as no surprise to former CVS employees in Virginia, who said working conditions were so bad that they had affected their mental and physical health. Nor were the problems contained to a single store, according to two former pharmacists, who worked in multiple locations across the state and heard similar concerns from other staff members. virginiamercury.com

Biden Calls Out Retailers Over Supply Chain Crisis
Biden orders companies to ease supply chain bottlenecks or he'll 'call them out'

President eager to avert political damage from choked ports, highways and railways causing higher prices and empty shelves

Joe Biden has warned companies that he will "call them out" if they fail to "step up" to ease supply chain bottlenecks ahead of the holiday season.

Biden announced that the Port of Los Angeles - which has recently suffered a record backlog - will expand to 24/7 operations, following the example of the Port of Long Beach, also in California.

About 40% of shipping containers imported to the US come through the two ports, which are among the world's busiest but typically operate five days a week, closing at night and weekends. The change will see the Port of Los Angeles add more than 60 hours of operation a week, almost double its total earlier this year.

Biden, who set up a supply chain disruption task force in June, said the announcement has the "potential to be a game-changer" but added: "I say potential because all of these goods won't move by themselves.

"For the positive impact to be felt all across the country and by all of you at home, we need major retailers who ordered the goods and the freight movers who take the goods from the ships to factories and to stores to step up as well."

In a positive sign, Biden said, three major carriers of goods - Walmart, FedEx and UPS - plan to intensify their round-the-clock operations to speed the shipment of goods across the country. Target, Home Depot and Samsung are also increasing their work in off-peak hours.

The White House expects the pledges from the six companies will amount to 3,500 additional containers moving each week through the end of the year. theguardian.com

New Technology to Keep Store Shelves Full
Omaha's Retail Aware helping keep retailers' shelves stocked
Product shortages continue to increase, the demand is still there, but the bottleneck in the global supply chain is raising prices and leaving retail shelves empty. However, Omaha company Retail Aware is helping retailers stay ahead of the curve.

Retail Aware was founded in 2018. The company uses in-store sensors to track the activity of products in retail stores in real-time. Retail Aware's analytic platform has now been adopted by clients all over the globe.

"We help brands and retailers measure their product displays and in-store media in real-time," Retail Aware Co-Founder and CEO Keith Fix said. "We give them real-time insights into understanding 'is product available? Where are sales coming from?' and really giving them a holistic view of understanding what is happening on shelves."

The services they provide are as important as ever because of the supply chain issues we are seeing due to the pandemic, high demands, and the shortage of workers.

"That's created the perfect storm for ultimately what it has come down to - product delays and empty shelves," Fix said. "I think one of my favorite things that a client told me is that it's no longer good enough to get a rearview mirror. I don't need reports, I need a heart monitor and a live pulse of what's happening across my retail operations." 3newsnow.com

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30 Countries Convene to Address Cybersecurity
US talks global cybersecurity without a key player: Russia
Amid an epidemic of ransomware attacks, the U.S. is discussing cybersecurity strategy this week with 30 countries while leaving out one key player: Russia.

The country that, unwittingly or not, hosts many of the criminal syndicates behind ransomware attacks was not invited to a two-day meeting starting Wednesday to develop new strategies to counter the threat.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan called it a gathering of "like-minded" governments in agreement on the urgency of the need to protect citizens and businesses from ransomware. "No one country, no one group can solve this problem," he said in opening remarks.

The virtual discussions will focus in part on efforts to disrupt and prosecute ransomware networks like the one that attacked a major U.S. pipeline company in May, a senior administration official said. The attack on Colonial Pipeline, which led to gas shortages along the East Coast, was attributed to a Russia-based gang of cybercriminals.

The exclusion of a country so closely tied to the global ransomware phenomena reflects the overall poor relations between Moscow and Washington. Despite that, the U.S. has used a "dedicated channel" to address cybersecurity with Russia. apnews.com

Is Your IT Department Prepared?
Ransomware attacks preparedness lagging, despite organizations being aware of the risks
Hornetsecurity released the results of a global study of IT professionals on their preparedness for ransomware attacks. Survey data showed that although companies are increasingly aware of the risks ransomware poses, many organizations lack proper protection and prevention measures.

The state of preparedness for ransomware attacks

1 in every 5 companies falls victim to ransomware attacks - Twenty-one percent of respondents indicated that their organization has suffered a ransomware attack, confirming that it remains one of the most prolific forms of cybercrime. In addition to system downtime, ransomware attacks can be costly. Attacks often require ransom payments, lengthy data recovery efforts, and long-term damage to companies' reputations.

Half of respondents indicated that their management team delegates cyber preparedness to its IT department - Although 86.9% of respondents indicated that their senior leadership team is aware of ransomware risks, nearly half reported that preparation and prevention measures are delegated to the company's IT department.

Because of the significant risks ransomware attacks pose, cyber protection and prevention policies should be company-wide priorities and not relegated to the IT department.

Nearly 1 in 10 companies forced to pay ransom to recover data after ransomware attack - More than 9% of survey participants reported that their company had paid a ransom to recover its data. Conversely, over 90% of respondents indicated that although they were attacked, they were able to recover data from backups; however, many of those that were able to avoid ransom payment still reported losing files during the data recovery process.

15.2% of companies do not protect backups from ransomware - More than 15% of respondents indicated that their companies do not perform regular data backups. Regular backups are recommended to protect data from hardware failures and other operational risks, but they are also imperative to a comprehensive IT security strategy. Most ransomware attacks can be thwarted if the organization's data has recently been backed up.

Nearly 30% of companies fail to provide end-user training on ransomware attacks prevention - End users are one of the biggest threats to any organization. The majority of security breaches result from employees falling victim to successful phishing attacks. As a result, companies should hold regular training on cyberattack trends and warning signs so they are aware of threats and able to avoid putting sensitive data at risk. helpnetsecurity.com

Supply Chain Cybersecurity Breaches
Worldwide supply chains vulnerable as businesses lack visibility into suppliers
BlueVoyant released the findings of its second annual global survey into third-party cyber risk management. The study reveals that 97% of firms surveyed have been negatively impacted by a cybersecurity breach that occurred in their supply chain.

93% admitted that they have suffered a direct cybersecurity breach because of weaknesses in their supply chain and the average number of breaches experienced in the last 12 months grew from 2.7 in 2020 to 3.7 in 2021 - a 37% year-over-year increase.

AdvertisementCompanies still not prioritizing their vulnerable supply chains

Only 13% of companies said that third-party cyber risk was NOT a priority, a drop compared to last year when 22% of companies said that supply chain and third-party cyber risk was not on their radar.

The frequency with which companies assess their vendors has fallen year-on-year: 47% audited or reported on vendor security no more than twice per year, compared to 32% in 2020.

38% of respondents said that they had no way of knowing when or if an issue arises with a third-party supplier's cybersecurity, compared to 29% last year.

91% say that budget for third party cyber risk management is increasing in 2021, compared to 81% who said this in 2020.

Commenting on the research findings Adam Bixler, Global Head of Third-Party Cyber Risk Management, BlueVoyant, said: "Even though we are seeing rising awareness around the issue, breaches and the resulting negative impact are still staggeringly high, while the prevalence of continuous monitoring remains concerningly low. Third-party cyber risk can only become a strategic priority through clear and frequent briefings to the senior executive team and the Board. helpnetsecurity.com

Gaps in the Federal Government's Cybersecurity Threat Response
Is the government's response to cybersecurity threats enough for your organization?
With this year's attacks against Colonial Pipeline and Kaseya, ransomware and its impact on infrastructure have been pushed to the forefront of American political consciousness. These cyber attacks brought pain to the public, driving a response from the White House.

The response was followed more recently by memoranda from NIST and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clarifying definitions, procedures, and timeframes for the national security effort. Cybersecurity teams must not mistake following this plan for comprehensive protection from risk; there is a significant threat not addressed by the Government's response.

Here's why: the OMB directs government organizations to focus on standalone systems that are connected to critical infrastructure or sensitive information but neglects a key area - the web applications that the private sector has depended on to conduct business for years. Web applications are often deeply integrated and widely accessed within companies, defying the neatly defined security borders of the standalone systems targeted by the OMB. Neglecting web application security therefore neglects a significant area of cyber risk for companies.

Forrester concludes that web applications are the most used attack vector for breaches, but breaches don't usually originate with novel attacks. Data breaches typically originate with well-understood vulnerabilities (and corresponding exploits) that organizations have failed to address. Some breaches are a result of simple accidents or negligence, such as exposed databases. It's clear, then, that in addition to securing the systems specified by the OMB, companies need to secure their web applications and web assets through comprehensive discovery and continuous scanning for vulnerabilities. helpnetsecurity.com

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Criminal Justice Reform & Cannabis Legalization
Op-Ed: New York's legal cannabis efforts are a model for the nation
New York has waited far too long for legal cannabis, but now that day is nearly here. That's good news for marijuana lovers visiting the Big Apple, and even better news for the people most at risk of getting arrested for something that will no longer be a crime in the Empire State.

That's because cannabis legalization is not just about granting safe access to cannabis for consumers. It's also about stopping cannabis arrests as an entry point into the criminal justice system for hundreds of thousands of people a year - people who are mostly Black and brown.

Nationwide, arrests for cannabis are down more than 30%, according to the FBI. That's great news. The bad news is that more than 350,000 people were still arrested in 2020 for something that is now legal in 36 states for medical use, and legal for recreational use in the District of Columbia and 18 states, including New York.

As a nation, we must break our addiction to arresting people for cannabis. And by legalizing recreational marijuana in the most populous state in the eastern United States, New York is helping America take a huge step in the right direction.

And there's some great momentum just across the Hudson River in New Jersey that points in the right direction. Since July 1, New Jersey courts have dismissed or vacated more than 360,000 marijuana cases. That's a mind-boggling amount of cases that would have otherwise clogged the system and delayed justice for victims of actual crimes. But this alone is not enough. lohud.com

Fired For Using a Legal Substance?
Medical marijuana, more popular than ever, could still cost you your job in Illinois
Medical marijuana is more popular than ever in Illinois, despite the fact that recreational marijuana has been legal for more than a year. In fact, data indicates the spike in medical marijuana usage may be because of recreational marijuana, which is taxed at a much higher rate.

But it's also a resource for doctors and patients struggling with chronic conditions and looking to avoid using opiates.

Medical and recreational marijuana consumers face a common dilemma: potentially losing their jobs for using a legal substance.

"How do we protect employees who are using this legal substance when it stays in their system for up to 30 days?" said Rep. Bob Morgan (D-IL 58), one of the original architects of the state's medical marijuana law. "So, this is not a new topic, but certainly is much bigger now that we have a larger pool of individuals in Illinois who are legally using the substance."

Some companies continue to enforce a zero tolerance policy for all employees who test positive for marijuana on drug tests, even if they have a medical marijuana card. abc7chicago.com

Cops Prohibited from Working as Cannabis Security Guards
Police officers still can not work secondary employment at marijuana related businesses
Off-duty cops in Colorado still are not allowed to work security at any marijuana dispensary or related business. Because of federal laws that put marijuana in the same class of drugs as heroin and cocaine, no law enforcement in the country can provide security for any part of the marijuana business.

That's why, nationwide, you'll see private armed security guards decked out in uniforms, guns and badges and many wearing body armor.

According to the Denver Police Department Operations Manual, no officer is permitted to perform secondary employment at a business where marijuana "is sold, or the primary purpose." That includes marijuana hospitality establishments and the transportation of marijuana-related cash.

Because of the plant's federal status, a lot of pot shops operate only in cash, making them a target for burglaries and even armed robberies in some cases. Many states have stringent security requirements of each licensed marijuana-related business. privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

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Amazon's 'Imitation Game'
Amazon copied products and rigged search results to promote its own brands, documents show

A trove of internal Amazon documents reveals how the e-commerce giant ran a systematic campaign of creating knockoff goods and manipulating search results to boost its own product lines

Amazon.com Inc has been repeatedly accused of knocking off products it sells on its website and of exploiting its vast trove of internal data to promote its own merchandise at the expense of other sellers. The company has denied the accusations.

But thousands of pages of internal Amazon documents examined by Reuters - including emails, strategy papers and business plans - show the company ran a systematic campaign of creating knockoffs and manipulating search results to boost its own product lines in India, one of the company's largest growth markets.

The documents reveal how Amazon's private-brands team in India secretly exploited internal data from Amazon.in to copy products sold by other companies, and then offered them on its platform. The employees also stoked sales of Amazon private-brand products by rigging Amazon's search results so that the company's products would appear, as one 2016 strategy report for India put it, "in the first 2 or three ... search results" when customers were shopping on Amazon.in.

Among the victims of the strategy: a popular shirt brand in India, John Miller, which is owned by a company whose chief executive is Kishore Biyani, known as the country's "retail king." Amazon decided to "follow the measurements of" John Miller shirts down to the neck circumference and sleeve length, the document states.

The internal documents also show that Amazon employees studied proprietary data about other brands on Amazon.in, including detailed information about customer returns. The aim: to identify and target goods - described as "reference" or "benchmark" products - and "replicate" them. As part of that effort, the 2016 internal report laid out Amazon's strategy for a brand the company originally created for the Indian market called "Solimo." The Solimo strategy, it said, was simple: "use information from Amazon.in to develop products and then leverage the Amazon.in platform to market these products to our customers." reuters.com

Weaning Yourself Off of Amazon
What it's really like to quit Amazon
Hundreds of thousands of Americans work at Amazon fulfillment centers-facing injury rates 80% higher than the rest of the industry, as well as COVID-19 outbreaks and death-so the rest of us can get products delivered quickly. Recent reporting has exposed how Amazon has reshaped the American economy, largely for the worse, building its business on grueling working conditions, accelerating climate change, exacerbating social inequality, and destroying small businesses.

And yet, Amazon keeps getting more powerful. The pandemic created the perfect storm for a year of explosive growth, as consumers were afraid to leave their homes and needed daily necessities shipped to their doorstep. In 2020, Amazon generated $386 billion in revenue, up 38% from the year before, and founder Jeff Bezos saw his personal fortune grow by $75 billion. "To be clear: We made Amazon," says Lauren Bitar, a retail analyst at RetailNext. "Amazon did not just come out of the ether as a villain. Consumers wanted convenience and low prices, and Amazon made it happen for us."

I had been wanting to detangle myself from Amazon for a long time. And judging from the many blogs offering advice about how to stop using the platform, I wasn't alone. A CNBC poll found that 59% of people say Amazon is bad for small business, and it's not uncommon for residents to protest when Amazon opens a new warehouse (or proposes a new headquarters). Meanwhile, lawmakers like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have used their platform to call out the company's poor treatment of workers and its failure to pay its fair share in taxes. But so far, none of this has made a dent in Amazon's growth.

I wasn't sure I'd be able to wean myself off a service that felt so integral to my life. But in March, after long conversations with my editors about Amazon's negative effect on workers and the planet, I decided to see what it would take to cut the cord. And for the past six months, far from feeling deprived, my new shopping habits have made me feel more fulfilled and empowered. fastcompany.com

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DOJ: Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Payment Processing Fraud Scheme
A Florida man pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a scheme to deceive banks and credit card companies into processing credit and debit card payments on behalf of merchants involved in prohibited and high-risk businesses, including online gambling, debt collection, payday lending, and prescription drugs.

According to court documents and statements made during the plea proceeding, Thomas Wells, 74, of Martin County, fraudulently represented that his merchant clients were engaged in the sale of low-risk retail goods to obtain debit and credit card payment processing for those clients from banks and credit card companies. Wells, through his company Priority Payout, introduced merchant clients seeking payment processing to Allied Wallet Inc., a payment processing company that served as an intermediary between merchants seeking to accept debit and credit cards and financial institutions that were members of the global electronic payment networks run by credit card companies such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Wells' clients included merchants engaged in prohibited or high-risk transactions and merchants that had already been terminated from card payment processing networks such as Visa and Mastercard for fraud, chargeback, or other compliance concerns. Wells accomplished this with his co-conspirators by, among other means, creating shell companies, designing fake websites that purported to sell low-risk retail goods, and using industry-standard codes that miscategorized the true nature of the transactions.
Wells admitted that he earned approximately $700,000 from the scheme. Wells faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, three years' supervised release, restitution, and forfeiture.  justice.gov

Troy IL : Game shop owner says he lost $100k in rare trading cards to bi-state burglar
A Troy businessman says $100,000 worth of collectible trading cards were stolen from his game store as part of what other store owners believe was part of a bi-state crime spree Sunday night. Sam Bozarth, who co-owns Realms of Gaming with David McGonagall, said the front door of their store at 300 Edwardsville Road was smashed in at around 3 a.m. Monday morning by a lone individual. Bozarth said the man cleaned out the store's display cases where valuable cards were kept and snatched other sealed Magic: The Gathering products.

Albuquerque, NM: Shoplifter hits Target stores 20+ times, taking thousands in goods
Police are looking for the crook responsible for a string of shoplifting cases across the metro, stealing thousands in merchandise from area Target stores. Putting a laser focus on shoplifters, Albuquerque Police are teaming up with big-box stores to curb crime. One of those crooks has a taste for Target. Police say 28-year-old Gabriel Quintana - who already boasts a lengthy criminal history - is striking Albuquerque-area Target stores, often striking the same store days in a row or hitting multiple stores in one day. From pricey items like big-screen TVs and gaming gear to smaller ones like cleaning products and donuts, criminal complaints detail how he racks up each item at the checkout, then continues out the door without paying. From June through September - spawning at least three criminal cases - court records report he struck the Lomas Target at least 17 times, stealing more than $16,000 in goods. They also show he hit the Paseo and I-25 Target three times with more than $1,800 in merch, the Coors and Paseo Target three times with more than $2,700 taken in items, and the Montgomery Target once, taking $550 worth of stuff.

Calcasieu Parish, LA: Three arrested for alleged theft from Lake Charles store, prior thefts
Three people were arrested Wedensday, accused of stealing more than $4,600 dollars from a store in Lake Charles. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says that on October 6 at around 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a store on Derek Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a theft. When deputies arrived they say they made contact with three suspects, 26, 25, and a 16 year old juvenile, all of Beaumont, Texas. According to deputies, an investigation revealed the suspects entered the store two separate times
that day and stole approximately $4,600 worth of merchandise. They found that earlier the same day the suspects stole approximately $2,000 worth of merchandise from the same store in Beaumont, Texas. Deputies also find that Robinson and Bean were also allegedly responsible for stealing over $1,000 worth of merchandise from the same store on Derek Drive on September 9. katc.com

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Dallas, TX: 19-year-old man killed, woman hurt in robbery outside west Dallas shopping center
A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and a woman was in critical condition after a robbery Tuesday night in west Dallas, police said. The shooting happened about 9 p.m. outside of a Party City store in a shopping center near Interstate 30 and Cockrell Hill Road. Police at the scene said two people were found shot multiple times, a man and a woman, and they were taken to a hospital. The man, identified as Juan Carlos Sierra-Garcia Jr., later died and the woman was in critical condition, police said. Their vehicle was taken during the incident and was still missing early Wednesday. No suspects have been arrested in the shooting, and more information was not yet available. wfaa.com

Update: Rochester, NY: Police bodycam footage of fatal shooting inside Family Dollar released
Rochester police released body-worn camera footage Tuesday afternoon that shows the deadly encounter between two officers and an armed robbery suspect at the Family Dollar store on West Main Street. Police released 5 minutes, 33 seconds of redacted, annotated footage to the public. They said Simran Gordon, 24, was shot and killed by police after holding the store manager at gunpoint and attempting to rob the business on Oct. 6. Interim Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan said Gordon died in an "exchange of gunfire" with police, without elaborating. The state Attorney General's Office released two body-worn camera videos of the incident - one each from the perspective of the two officers at the scene. The videos span roughly 12 minutes in total. In a release accompanying the bodycam video, police said Gordon "fired at least one round from his handgun, which was recovered at the scene." Because officers didn't know if there were other suspects in the store, they were unable to immediately render first aid to Gordon, RPD said. No one else was injured during the incident. The state Attorney General's Office is conducting an investigation into the incident.

Miami, FL: Women Caught in Crossfire of Shooting Outside Miami Restaurant
Police are investigating a shooting in which two women were caught in the crossfire outside of a restaurant early Wednesday in Midtown Miami. Police arrived at the scene, located at Victory Restaurant near Northeast 32nd Street and 1st Avenue, just before 1 a.m. after reports of a fight among several men that lead to the shooting. One woman, who is an employee at the restaurant, was struck in the chest and arm, police said. She was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she was in stable condition. Another woman who was just getting out of a Lyft was grazed by a bullet and was treated at the scene. msn.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Winston-Salem, NC: Food Lion employee stabbed inside store
A man working at Food Lion at University Plaza shopping center was stabbed inside the supermarket Monday evening in what police described as a fight involving the employee and another man. Police closed off the store as they began their investigation around 6:51 p.m. An ambulance carried the injured man away from the store. Police identified the injured employee as Keshawn Jerquez Wilkins, who is 23 years old and lives in Winston-Salem. Wilkins suffered multiple serious stab wounds to his legs, police said. Police said a suspect entered the store holding a knife and confronted Wilkins. The men fought.

Brooke Darby said she was shopping in the store when she saw a commotion taking place between the cash registers and the doors at the front of the store. At first she thought maybe someone had tripped and fallen, or knocked something over. As she approached, she said, she saw two men in a scuffle. The men were trading punches, she said. Then she saw the store employee fall to the floor. When the employee got up, he walked in her direction toward a side aisle of the store, and Darby saw that he was bleeding. She said the employee had blood on his arm and on his legs. The store employee said, "He stabbed me, man," or something similar, according to Darby.

Police said Wilkins' injuries were serious, but that he was in stable condition at a local hospital. The other man ran out of the store and Darby didn't see what became of him. Police said that after fleeing the store on foot, the suspect got into a four-door Chevrolet Impala that left the area at a high rate of speed. morganton.com

Evesham Township, NJ: 2 Robbery suspects wanted for Assault on 7-Eleven Store Clerk who refused to sell them Vape products
Evesham Township police are asking for the public's help in identifying two innocent robbery suspects. Police say they assaulted a store clerk at 7-Eleven on Greentree Road, around 10.44pm on Tuesday. Police say the clerk refused to sell the suspected vape products because they are suspected of being minors. That was when the suspects allegedly broke a glass bottle in an attempt to lure the clerk behind the counter. They then knocked the store clerk to the ground and punched him repeatedly in the face before fleeing with objects.

Vernon, BC, Canada: Vernon Square Shoplifter pulls Weapon
Police converged on the Vernon Square shopping centre Tuesday night after reports a shoplifter threatened a staff member with a weapon. Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Chris Terleski says shortly before 9 p.m., police responded to a theft from a business on the 4400 block of 32nd Street. "When confronted by a staff member from the business, the suspect allegedly threatened the employee with a weapon prior to fleeing from the location," says Terleski. "The responding frontline officers located and safely arrested the suspect, a 36-year old woman, in a nearby business." Witnesses tell Castanet they saw multiple RCMP cruisers outside the Safeway store.

Colchester, VT: Crossbow-Wielding Man Robs C-Store, Crashes Stolen Jeep Into 3 Cop Cars Before Arrest
A Vermont man was arrested after a crime spree involving a hit-and-run, attempted robbery with his crossbow, and a police chase involving a stolen vehicle, according to police.

Beachwood, OH: Officers wait for boy in mall lot to return to stolen car; he does so wearing stolen pants worth $350
Officers checked the lot of Beachwood Place mall and identified a parked car as stolen. Officers waited for the driver to come out of the mall and return to the car. The male suspect returned with four other males. Seeing police, the suspect left his acquaintances and ran. Police apprehended the suspect, a Euclid boy, 16. It was then found that the boy was wearing a pair of pants he stole from the mall's Saks Fifth Avenue store. The pants were valued at $350.

Riviera Beach, FL: Police searching for a suspect who robbed a banking center inside of a Walmart

Maui, HI: Man sentenced to 10 years in prison following smash-and-grab at Maui pawn shop

Erie, PA: Man charged with 3 Armed Robberies; Rite Aid, Walgreens and Dollar Tree




C-Store - Spartanburg County, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Colchester, VT - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Auburn, ME - Robbery
C-Store - Amarillo, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chesterfield County, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Rock Island County, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - North Attleboro, MA - Robbery
Check Cashing - Baltimore County, MD - Burglary
Collectables - St Louis, MO - Burglary
Jewelry - Huntsville, AL - Robbery
Jewelry - Bakersfield, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Charlotte, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Olympia, WA - Burglary
Restaurant - Miami, FL - Robbery
Thrift - Branson, MO - Burglary
Tobacco - New Castle, DE - Robbery
Walgreens - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Hazel Dell, WA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Evesham Township, NJ - Robbery


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


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