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Old Spaghetti Factory Revamps Network & Physical Security with Interface

Travis Crownover, Director of IT, The Old Spaghetti Factory (OSF), shares his experience in accelerating digital transformation by partnering with Interface.


OSF implemented Interface's restaurant-technology-in-box that included a secure, high-speed network with wireless WAN backup, along with an advanced VoIP router. The updated network and voice solution has enabled OSF to offer nearly 100% network uptime at the restaurants and handle phone orders at scale.

In addition to network services, OSF rolled out Interface's managed alarm services to streamline physical security at all locations.

For more case studies on how Interface makes a difference to restaurant and retail chains, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3ML7GDo

CLEAR Day 2 Recap: CLEAR got COACHED in Day 2!

CLEAR/FLEPRU attendees huddled up with surprise keynote speaker, the legendary Lou Holtz, for a coaching session they'll never forget. The college football Hall of Fame coach shared his life lessons about winning and helping others - a recurring theme of this year's conference. Attendees walked away with three simple rules: Always do what's right, always do your best, and show people you care!

"You've got to make a sincere attempt to have the right goals to begin with, go after them with appropriate effort, and remember that you can't really achieve anything great without the help of others." -Lou Holtz

The day's breakout sessions delivered a treat to retail and law enforcement professionals looking to roll-up their sleeves with specialized topics, such as:

Advanced Techniques in Threat Assessments
Mobile Surveillance & ORC - Painting a Picture
SURVIVE First - Trauma behind the badge
"Bleeding Edge" Case Study: Evolution of a Partnership to Successful Conclusion

Stay tuned for tomorrow's Day 3 wrap, full of more amazing networking and educational content!

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Crime Statistics that Fueled Midterm Voters
Violent crime was a key midterm voting issue, but what does the data say?
Political candidates around the United States released thousands of ads focusing on violent crime this year, and most registered voters saw the issue as very important in the Nov. 8 midterm elections. But official statistics from the federal government paint a complicated picture when it comes to recent changes in the U.S. violent crime rate.

1. Around six-in-ten registered voters (61%) said violent crime was very important when making their decision about who to vote for in this year's congressional elections.

2. Republican voters were much more likely than Democratic voters to see violent crime as a key voting issue this year.

3. Older voters far more likely than younger ones to see violent crime as a key election issue. Three-quarters of registered voters ages 65 and older say violent crime was a very important voting issue.

4. Black voters were particularly likely to say violent crime was a very important midterm issue.

5. Annual government surveys from the Bureau of Justice Statistics show no recent increase in the U.S. violent crime rate. In 2021, the most recent year with available data, there were 16.5 violent crimes for every 1,000 Americans ages 12 and older. That was statistically unchanged from the year before.

6. The FBI also estimates that there was no increase in the violent crime rate in 2021.

7. While the total U.S. violent crime rate does not appear to have increased recently, the most serious form of violent crime - murder - has risen significantly during the pandemic.

There are many reasons why voters might be concerned about violent crime, even if official statistics do not show an increase in the nation's total violent crime rate. One important consideration is that official statistics for 2022 are not yet available. Voters might be reacting to an increase in violent crime that has yet to surface in annual government reports. Some estimates from nongovernmental organizations do point to an increase in certain kinds of violent crime in 2022 pewresearch.org
How Elections Impacted Progressive Reformers & No-Cash Bail Policies
Midterm Elections Deliver Some Good News for Criminal Legal Reform
Bail reform was perhaps the biggest test of the false and exaggerated crime panic messaging. In recent years, the nation has succeeded in paring back harmful cash-bail policies. But after years of Fox News, local TV stations, and other news outlets pummeling the public with disingenuous stories about crime, some states, like Alabama and Ohio, passed ballot measures that may make it harder for people to make bail. And while Democrat Kathy Hochul won the New York governor's race over anti-bail zealot Lee Zeldin, Hochul also campaigned on toughening bail laws.

District attorney races across the country have shown mixed results, with candidates who support ending cash bail both winning and losing across the country. While there was plenty of cause for optimism in the midterm elections, it's clear that progressives and reformers must redouble their efforts if they want to put an end to this country's excessively harsh criminal punishment system.

Bail Reform

This election season, bail reform was on the ballot across the country, whether it was a topic at candidate forums or a talking point in campaign ads.

In some states, constitutional amendments on the ballot will likely have major implications for those accused of crimes and their loved ones.

See Alabama, Ohio & more results - Progressive supporters thoughts/views - Continue Reading

65% Decrease in Law Enforcement Deaths - 195 Year-to-Date
10 Deaths in October: 6 Gunfire - 3 Auto-Related - 1 Heart Attack
In October, 10 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty. The cause breakdown (October 2022 only) is: 2 automobile crash, 6 gunfire, 1 heart attack, and 1 vehicular assault. This means that the year-to-date total for line of duty deaths is at 195, a 65% decrease from the same time last year.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death this past month. We encourage our supporters to read the memorials of each of the officers who died in the line of duty.  odmp.org

76,000 California Prisoners Set to be Released
California DAs Want Prison Officials to Explain Early Release of Violent Criminals
The California District Attorneys Association wants the state prison system to explain why it is releasing violent prisoners who haven't earned sufficient rehabilitation credits early from prison. In some cases, they have re-offended and committed even more serious crimes, the CDAA said Monday.

"California Gov. Gavin Newsom will be letting another 76,000 prisoners out of state prisons - on his own authority through Executive Order - violent crime is spiking in California's cities," the Globe reported May 2021. The CDCR expanded "good time credits" without criteria to justify early release of dangerous inmates.

Under the newest regulations, "non-violent" second strike inmates would see an increase in number of credits earned, going from 50% to 66%. Effectively, this would reduce sentences even more, going from half the time off to 66% of the time off. Those eligible for the new credit amount includes prisoners convicted for domestic violence, animal cruelty, human trafficking, and weapons possessions with prior convictions.

"They're doing it in secret because they don't want to be called out," El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson told CBS.

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) weighed in Thursday on the District Attorneys' demand: "I firmly stand with the California District Attorneys Association in their call for transparency on how rehabilitative credits are calculated. Violent criminals should not be released early from prison if they fail to meet the necessary credit threshold."

"CDAA calls upon CDCR officials to immediately explain the system for releasing violent criminals-especially those who have not fully engaged in rehabilitation programs." said Greg Totten, CDAA Chief Executive Officer. californiaglobe.com

San Francisco Moves From Screaming Progressives to 'Angry' Moderates - A Good Thing For Retailers?
For San Francisco that's a big step hopefully in the 'Right' direction.

'Voters are really angry': How S.F. Mayor Breed and moderates came out ahead in city elections
San Francisco voters affirmed a shift to the center in Tuesday's election, largely embracing Mayor London Breed's moderate candidates and causes and giving a boost to her political agenda from public safety to education.

The results reflected a San Francisco electorate discontent with city governance many criticize as dysfunctional and demanding quality-of-life improvements. The political picture in San Francisco mirrored national trends as urban voters worried about crime and homelessness shift right.

District attorney Brooke Jenkins declared victory, leaning into her strong lead although 100,000 votes were still left to be counted.

Early results reflect the growing power of moderates, YIMBYs and tech in the city, and show candidates focused on practical solutions are appealing most to fed-up San Franciscans.

Voters will look for the Mayor to address open-air drug use and overdoses (with the Tenderloin safe injection site closing Jan. 1st), bring down property crime, tackle the housing and homelessness crises

Breed and the district attorney have no magic wand to fix crime but will likely be held responsible for rates, despite some forces outside their control, including judges and the economy.

Breed, like many politicians nationwide, pivoted a year ago to be tougher on crime and more pro-police as resident anger rose, culminating in the recall of Boudin, who Breed criticized at times.

San Francisco State University political science professor Jason McDaniel said early election results affirmed Breed's moderate values.

"There's a clear majority of the city that is at least not endorsing progressive candidates and policies and is giving the mayor more say," he said. sfchronicle.com

Progressive DA Fueling Surges in Burglaries, Robberies & Grand Larceny
After 10 months in office, Manhattan DA has nothing to Bragg about

The Manhattan district attorney's first year on the job is nothing to Bragg about - even by the most forgiving of standards.

Since taking office in January, the former civil rights lawyer and a former federal prosecutor has overseen a 30.5% surge in major crimes in Manhattan compared to the same time in 2021, NYPD data through Oct. 30 show. Citywide, the spike is at 29.6%.

Crime is rampant in the Midtown South Precinct, whose confines are a hub for city workers, residents, and tourists and includes Times Square, Penn Station, and Macy's flagship store in Herald Square. Murders this year are up 14% (24 from 21) from 2021, while burglaries have jumped 45% (2,476 from 1,710), grand larceny has increased a whopping 53% (9,648 from 6,295) and robbery has soared 32% (1,785 from 1,356).

Bragg's progressive policies include not seeking bail or prison time for most defendants and downgrading certain felonies to misdemeanors, as outlined in his now infamous "Day 1" memo.

Along the way, he's attracted a growing army of detractors - everyone from everyday New Yorkers, victims' families, and even a gubernatorial candidate who says he will remove Bragg from office if elected. nypost.com

DOJ: Northern Michigan Man Gets 75 Months for Leaving Pipe Bombs at 2 Cell Phone Stores as Part of a $5 Million Extortion Plot
BAY CITY - A Whittemore, Michigan, resident, John Douglas Allen, 76, was sentenced today to 75 months on two separate criminal cases related to a $5 million extortion plot using shrapnel-filled pipe bombs the defendant placed outside cellphone stores in Cheboygan, and Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.

According to court records, Allen admitted that on September 15, 2021, at approximately 7:36 pm, he placed a United States Postal Service (USPS) box with black tape on it and a wire coming out of it outside an AT&T Store in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Later that evening, Allen placed another USPS box with black tape on it and a wire coming out of it outside of a Verizon Store in Cheboygan, Michigan.

In addition, threat notes demanding $5 million were placed on cell phone towers in the area as well as mailed to the telecommunications companies. Based on video footage taken from the cell phone stores and other nearby businesses, as well as an exhaustive investigation by law enforcement, agents were able to determine that Allen was the person who left the packages outside of the stores. justice.gov

Thurston County Chamber of Commerce to talk about crime impacts on businesses

Mothers demand Chicago police do more to investigate unsolved murders



COVID Update

640.9M Vaccinations Given

US: 99.8M Cases - 1M Dead - 97.3M Recovered
Worldwide: 639M Cases - 6.6M Dead - 618.7M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 813

San Francisco Lags Beyond Other U.S. Cities in Returning to Work
What the 10 fastest-growing metro areas reveal about the world of remote work
By the end of 2020, an estimated 45% jobs, or 1.79 million in total, were eligible for remote work in the Bay Area, according to the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. Since then, data on which downtown facilities were actually being used by workers, provided by Kastle Systems, has consistently shown that San Francisco lags behind other major cities in return-to-work progress.

And just last month, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said that remote work had become a permanent fixture in many people's lives, and would likely cause a "major hit" to the city's budget as commercial property values plummet. "The fact that, until mid-2022, most of the city's vacant space is on the sublease market, and still generating rent for the building owners, is an indication of the lag between a downturn in office demand, and a downturn in property tax," the San Francisco Controller's Office wrote in a memorandum the same month.

The new study from the Kenan Institute suggests that downtown San Francisco had to die so its surrounding metro area could thrive. fortune.com

Drastic Drop in Global COVID Deaths
WHO reports 90% drop in world COVID-19 deaths since February
The World Health Organization chief on Wednesday said a nearly 90% drop in recent COVID-19 deaths globally compared to nine months ago provides "cause for optimism," but still urged vigilance against the pandemic as variants continue to crop up.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that last week just over 9,400 deaths linked to the coronavirus were reported to the WHO. In February of this year, he said, weekly deaths had topped 75,000 globally.

"We have come a long way, and this is definitely cause for optimism. But we continue to call on all governments, communities and individuals to remain vigilant," he said at a virtual news conference from the WHO's Geneva headquarters. abcnews.go.com

COVID helped fuel rise in Portland homelessness
"Whether COVID-19 caused them to become homeless or was preventing them from getting off the streets, for many people COVID-19 created both an immediate and potentially fatal health risk," the report's authors wrote. The pandemic compounded failures an already frayed web of resources that crisscrosses between the housing, education, employment, health care, criminal, legal and social services systems, the report said. oregonlive.com

Covid Curbs Increased in China Factory Hub Guangzhou as Outbreak Balloons

Lower Flu Vaccination Coverage Causes Concern with Early, Elevated Flu Activity



Retail Employment Highest Since 2016
Hiring update: Seasonal hiring slows but overall retail employment up
Employment in the retail sector is higher than last year. According to the BLS, 15,822,300 Americans are employed in retail, the highest October for the sector since 2016, when 15,899,500 were employed.

Similarly, transportation and warehousing employs 6,547,200, the highest total since the BLS began tracking. It is also the highest monthly total of any month with the exception of last December, when the industry employed 6,689,000, according to non-seasonally adjusted figures.

Retailers added 162,000 in October, according to BLS, down 28% from the 224,400 jobs added in October last year. Meanwhile, transportation and warehousing added 65,800 jobs, a 46% decrease from the 121,600 new positions added in the same month last year.

The National Retail Federation expects retailers will hire between 450,000 and 600,000 seasonal workers, compared with 669,800 seasonal hires in 2021. Some of this hiring may have been pulled into October as many retailers were eager to supplement their workforces to meet increased consumer demand, the NRF said. chainstoreage.com

Hurricane Nicole Downgraded to Tropical Storm
Nicole weakens to tropical storm after making landfall in Florida
Nicole made landfall in Florida as a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday morning and later weakened to a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center said it weakened to a tropical storm after its landfall just south of Vero Beach.

As of 7 a.m., Nicole was 30 miles southwest of Orlando and 55 miles east of Tampa. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and was moving west-northwest at 14 mph. Nicole dumped about four inches of rain and wasn't done.

Hurricane warnings for Brevard and coastal Volusia County have been dropped. The worst of the weather is working through the region Thursday morning. Nicole knocked the power out for thousands of residents in Brevard County.

"A turn toward the northwest and north-northwest is expected later today and tonight, followed by an acceleration toward the north and north-northeast on Friday." wesh.com

CSO Event: State of Security Management - Next Steps

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 11:00 AM ET

Co-authors of the ASIS Foundation sponsored "State of Security Management" study will share more details of the findings as well as their perspectives on where we go from here. 

The event is restricted to CSO members.

Click here to learn more

The Nationwide Union Push
Tabletop, card game retailers join the game industry's burgeoning union push
The push to unionize workers in the games industry mirrors the momentum of the modern labor movement as a whole. The number of union election petitions is up in 2022, with more workers filing with the National Labor Relations Board to organize their workplaces. And it's not just making headlines; the data supports the surge, too.

Between October 2021 and September this year, 2,510 petitions were filed for union representation, according to the NLRB, representing a 53% increase from last fiscal year. And the moment isn't just about digital shops. The urge to unionize is spilling over into the tabletop industry as well. polygon.com

Only 20% of consumers plan to shop on Black Friday: report
As retailers extend their sales before Black Friday and Cyber Monday, 20% of PwC's Holiday Outlook 2022 survey respondents said they're planning to shop on Black Friday.

Albertsons: D.C. court nixes action to suspend $4B special dividend

Ace Hardware to open more than 170 stores in 2022

Inflation cools much more than expected in October

Threat of national rail strike eases, for now

Quarterly Results

Ahold Delhaize Q3 U.S. comp's up 8.2% - net sales up 8.8%, Europe comp's up 7.4%, online sales up 11.5%, net sales up 9.1%

SpartanNash Q3 Retail comp's up 8%, Retail net sales up 9.5%, Wholesale net sales up 11.3%, net sales up 10.8%

Weis Markets Q3 comp's up 7.9%, net sales up 8.2%

Ralph Lauren Q2 N.A. comp's flat - sales up 3%, Europe comp's up 3% - sales flat, Asia comp's up 25% - sales up 17%, total sales up 5%

Dillard's Q3 comp's up 3%, sales up 3%

Canadian Tire Q3 comp's up 0.7%, Canadian Tire total sales up 8.1%, SportCheck comp's down 1%, Mark's comp's up 3.6%, retail sales up 2.8%

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Corporate - Sr Director- Asset Protection job posted for Luxottica in Dallas, TX
The Sr. Director of AP will develop and ensure execution of the organizations overall security strategy, implement programs to protect employees and property, oversee investigations, protect sensitive information, maintain high team morale and oversee physical security systems and related technologies. The Sr. Director will align with business leaders on crisis management related concerns and manage the special events program. jobs.luxottica.com

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Prosegur's Budget-Saving Services for Loss Prevention Teams

LP has a tough job: Stop shrink with a shrinking budget. Prosegur is there to help with a suite of services designed to stretch your already outstretched loss prevention dollar.

EAS Depot Service

Temporarily closing a location and need to store your EAS equipment somewhere? Prosegur offers a convenient depot program: the company can de-install your EAS systems, refurbish them to original manufacturers' specifications and warehouse them until they are needed in new locations. Prosegur will also take your tags, pins, detachers and deactivators, then sort, clean, inspect, repackage and inventory them for future use when you are ready.

EAS Repair Service

Don't throw away your broken detachers and deactivators - chances are Prosegur can repair them and have them back to you working as new! Through its in-house express exchange or repair service, the company offers repair or replacement of power or hand detachers and deactivators, usually with same day turnaround. Fast, convenient, and very affordable - just a fraction of the cost of buying new equipment!

Source Tagging Programs

Prosegur offers a range of options for source tagging, including AM and RF labels and hard tags. The company's experienced team can help you develop a program for almost any type of merchandise, including apparel, cosmetics, electronics, liquor and high end items. Operating in 27 countries, Prosegur offers global scale that can help retailers and manufacturers achieve lower shrink and higher source tagging efficiency.

To learn more, visit https://www.prosegur.us/security-solutions/electronic-article-surveillance






2nd Bed Bath & Beyond Breach in 3 Years
Bed, Bath & Beyond Confirms a Data Breach From Targeted Phishing Attack

Bed, Bath & Beyond confirmed a data breach from a targeted phishing attack against one of its employees.

In October 2022, the big box retailer noticed that a third party had improperly accessed its data after a successful phishing scam by an unnamed threat actor. The attacker accessed data on the employee's hard drive and shared drives that the employee could access.

Beth, Bath & Beyond reviewing possible information leakage after a phishing attack

Bed Bath & Beyond said it was reviewing the data breach to determine if the drives contained any sensitive information. "The Company is reviewing the accessed data to determine whether these drives contain any sensitive and/or personally identifiable information," stated the company in its 8K filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

However, Bed, Bath & Beyond believes that no sensitive or personally identifiable information was accessed during the phishing attack. Additionally, the retail giant predicts that the cybersecurity incident would have no material impact on the company.

Second data breach in three years

This incident marks the second time Bed, Bath & Beyond reported a data breach after a credential stuffing attack in 2019 compromised less than 1% of its customer accounts.

According to the company, hackers obtained usernames and passwords from an external data breach and relied on users' password reuse to compromise Bed, Bath & Beyond accounts. On October 29, 2019, Bed, Bath & Beyond began notifying customers and hired a cyber forensics firm to investigate the incident.

Remote Work Tools Fueling Cyberattacks
Multichannel communications need more than email security

To remain protected against social engineering attacks in all communication channels, enterprises need new security strategies that extend beyond email to new collaboration tools.

As workers collaborate virtually, most organizations now depend on digital communication tools beyond email. However helpful to employees, these new collaboration tools provide attackers with opportunities to engage with humans to evade automated controls, extending phishing, business email compromise, credential theft and other social engineering attacks beyond email.

New security strategies are needed to extend email security across all enterprise communication channels.

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Email was once the sole foundation of digital communications. Today, email communication is only one of many tools used to facilitate virtual collaboration among employees. Messaging and collaboration platforms, video conferencing, project and task management tools, and virtual whiteboarding have become commonplace mechanisms enabling today's work-from-anywhere models. Most of these mechanisms are consumed as a service, resulting in massive amounts of sensitive data and conversations flowing through standardized third-party cloud service offerings.

Accelerated by the move to remote work, 54% of organizations use internet-based technologies -- such as online meeting, shared document collaboration and video conferencing tools -- to collaborate with colleagues on a daily basis, according to the "2019 Digital Work Survey" report from Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). Despite the growth and consumption of this model, few security teams have implemented integrated security strategies capable of protecting data and conversations in this new multichannel communication environment, forcing security and IT teams to manually configure and maintain policy across multiple siloed SaaS applications.

Meanwhile, attackers are acutely aware of the opportunity this creates, opening multiple paths to evade automated or misconfigured controls. Social engineering attacks that use multiple communication channels can challenge even the most sophisticated security analytics platforms -- even with the use of basic phishing techniques -- opening the door for successful credential theft, compromised digital business communications, sensitive data theft and more. techtarget.com

Banning Surveillance Software in Europe?
Spyware Scandals Prompt Calls for Further Bans in Europe

Draft European Parliament report proposes halt on use of surveillance software across 27-member bloc

A Europe-wide moratorium on surveillance software such as NSO Group's Pegasus and similar products is needed to clamp down on abuses, according to a draft report from European Union lawmakers published Tuesday.

The report was authored by Sophie in 't Veld, a Dutch member of the European Parliament, who chairs a special committee that has been investigating the use of spyware in the 27 EU countries. "In a democracy, putting people under surveillance should be an exception and there should be rules," Ms. in 't Veld said.

The report follows a proposal in September from the European Commission, the EU's executive body, which would ban the use of surveillance software to spy on journalists. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Ms. in 't Veld called for even broader curbs to how governments can use spyware.

A European country should be allowed to sell, acquire and use spyware only if it fulfills several criteria, such as disclosing a list of crimes for which it will deploy the spyware and if it has bought a license to use it, her report said. "We need to strengthen supranational enforcement," she said. wsj.com

Arrest in Canada of LockBit operator behind destructive ransomware attacks
One of the world's most prolific ransomware operators has been arrested on 26 October in Ontario, Canada, following a complex investigation led by the French National Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie Nationale), with the support of Europol, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Canadian Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

A 33-year old Russian national, the suspect is believed to have deployed the LockBit ransomware to carry out attacks against critical infrastructure and large industrial groups across the world. He is known for his extortionate ransom demands ranging between €5 to €70 million.   europol.europa.eu

NCCoE Releases Final Project Description for Managing and Mitigating AI Bias
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has released a new final project description, Mitigating AI/ML Bias in Context: Establishing Practices for Testing, Evaluation, Verification, and Validation of AI Systems. Publication of this project description continues the process to identify project requirements and scope, along with hardware and software components for use in a laboratory environment. content.govdelivery.com

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Pot Legalization Succeeds in 2 States, Fails in 3
Marijuana legalization on the ballot in these states: Here's what voters decided
Ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana use will fail in three states and pass in two, CNN projects, as momentum has grown nationwide to push for lifting penalties once associated with cannabis. Here's what voters decided in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota on Tuesday:

Arkansas - Arkansas voters on Tuesday will reject a constitutional amendment that would have allowed cannabis possession and recreational consumption by adults as well as the sale by licensed facilities, CNN projects.

Maryland - Maryland voters on Tuesday will approve a constitutional amendment that legalizes recreational marijuana for people 21 and older. It will go into effect on July 1, 2023, and allow possession of 1.5 ounces or two plants.

Missouri - Missouri voters will approve a proposed measure to end prohibitions on marijuana in the state and allow personal use for those over the age of 21, CNN projects.

North Dakota - A citizen-initiated ballot measure that aimed at allowing the use of marijuana in "various forms" for those who are at least 21 years-old will be rejected by North Dakota voters, CNN projects.

South Dakota - South Dakotans will vote down a measure to legalize cannabis in the state, CNN projects. cnn.com

Black Market Still Thriving Despite Legalization
What have we learned about the arguments for and against legalized marijuana in the past 10 years?
Cannabis legalization did not eliminate the marijuana black market in the state and in some ways created a new opportunity for the black market to flourish. This is in part because, with marijuana remaining illegal in other states, Colorado became an attractive place for black-market growers to set up shop, sometimes using Colorado's cannabis industry as cover for their operations.

A report last year by the Colorado Department of Public Safety found that "the amount of marijuana diverted out of Colorado is difficult to estimate" because only a small percentage of it is caught and because there is no central database to track it. Using a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration's El Paso Intelligence Center, the report found that seizures of marijuana coming from Colorado jumped significantly in the years following 2014, when Colorado's first recreational cannabis shops opened.

There were 286 seizures in 2012. By 2015, there were 768 seizures. The numbers have declined since then and, in 2019, the figure hit 266 seizures, below the 2012 benchmark.

Annual reports published by the Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a law enforcement group, often highlight the continued presence of the marijuana black market in Colorado. Last year's report noted that 2019 saw the largest marijuana bust in the history of Colorado, involving 250 homes and businesses.

But even legalization opponents believe that Colorado won't remain a national black-market center forever. The same RMHIDTA report cites a 2021 study that found cannabis users perceive legal cannabis to be higher-quality and safer compared to black-market marijuana. But higher prices in the legal market suggest that the black market could persist in some form. coloradosun.com

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40% of E-Commerce Traffic Comes from Bots
The cybersecurity impacts of bots on e-commerce in 2022
A range of cybersecurity threats - including account takeover (ATO), credit card fraud, web scraping, API abuses, Grinch bots, and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks - were a persistent challenge for the e-commerce industry throughout 2022, threatening online sales and customer satisfaction.

The State of Security Within eCommerce 2022 report, a 12-month analysis by Imperva Threat Research, identified cyber threats facing online retailers. The attacks on retailers' websites, applications, and APIs throughout the calendar year and during the peak holiday shopping season is a continued business risk for the retail industry.

In the past 12 months, nearly 40% of traffic on retailers' websites didn't come from a human, the report found. Instead, it came from a bot, software applications controlled by operators that run automated tasks, often with malicious intent. In the retail industry, the infamous Grinch bot is notorious for inventory hoarding during the holiday shopping season, scooping up high-demand items and making it challenging for consumers to purchase gifts online.

Of all the traffic on retailers' websites, nearly one-quarter (23.7%) was attributed specifically to bad bots, malicious automation that contributes to online fraud. The proportion of advanced bots - scripts that use the latest evasion techniques to mimic human behavior and avoid detection - on retail sites grew over the prior year (from 23.4% to 31.1%). Advanced bots are a considerable challenge for organizations to stop without the right defenses in place.

In 2021, bot-related attacks on retail sites grew 10% in October and grew another 34% in November, suggesting that bot operators increase their nefarious efforts around peak holiday shopping periods. In 2021, 64% of ATO attacks used an advanced bad bot. Of all login attempts on retail websites, 23% were malicious, nearly twice the volume of recorded on sites across other industries. Attackers used leaked credentials 95% of the time in credential stuffing attacks targeting retailers, compared to 70% of the time in other industries.

For more report information, click here. securitymagazine.com

Amazon Cost-Cutting
Amazon Launches Cost-Cutting Review Focused on Unprofitable Business Units

Review takes a close look at devices unit, which includes Alexa and has had an annual operating loss of $5 billion in some recent years, documents show

Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Andy Jassy is leading a cost-cutting review of the tech giant and paring back on businesses at the company that haven't been profitable, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Seattle-based company, whose stock is down about 45% year to date, has been experiencing a slowdown in its core retail business as it tries to manage costs from its logistics network. Other technology companies have been making cuts to better navigate a potential recessionary environment. This week, Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. said it would cut more than 11,000 workers, or 13% of staff. wsj.com

80% of consumers planning to shop online for the holidays, down from 85%







$740K Amazon Fraud Scheme
DOJ: Shelton Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Amazon
OSHANE STEWART, 30, of Shelton created multiple vendor accounts with Amazon allowing him to sell merchandise through the website on a third-party basis. He often opened the accounts using false names, email addresses and other identifying information. After setting up the accounts, Stewart represented to Amazon that he was shipping it valuable merchandise to be held for sale by the company.

In reality, he would not ship the merchandise, and would later falsely claim that it had been lost, supporting his false claims with fabricated documents. Amazon sent Stewart a series of refunds for the purportedly lost merchandise. Stewart admitted that his criminal conduct resulted in a loss to Amazon of approximately $742,231.16.

Stewart pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. Judge Thompson scheduled sentencing for January 23, 2023. Stewart is released on bond pending sentencing.

Stewart is the third individual to plead guilty in connection with this scheme. On February 10, 2022, Stewart's brother, Kenoy Stewart, pleaded guilty and admitted that his conduct resulted in a loss to Amazon exceeding $1 million. Rajhni Yankana pleaded guilty on August 26, 2022. Each awaits sentencing. justice.gov

NYC: Two suspects hit with federal charges for $800K NYC jewelry store heist
Two thieves in a Bronx robbery crew were busted this week for an $800,000 smash-and-grab heist at a Bronx jewelry store in August, federal prosecutors said. The suspects, Pablo Armando Valenzuela and Aaron Miller, were allegedly part of a six-person crew that used bear spray, hammers and guns to knock off the shop on East Fordham Road on Aug. 10. Valenzuela, wearing a ski mask, allegedly burst into the shop and fired the powerful form of mace at the clerks. His fellow robbers then ran in, smashed glass cases and swiped $800,000 in merchandise, federal prosecutors said. At least one of the crooks pointed a gun during the heist, the prosecutors added. The robbers fled the store on mopeds, cars and on foot, authorities said. Miller was arrested yesterday and Valenzuela was busted this morning, federal prosecutors in Manhattan said. Miller and Valenzuela were each hit with one count of Hobbs Act robbery, conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.  nypost.com

Sacramento, CA: Auto Shop Indicted, for Selling Stolen Catalytic Converters Worth Millions
NPR reports that 21 people have been arrested under suspicion of their involvement in a theft ring that made millions of dollars from stolen catalytic converters. A team of law enforcement agencies seized hundreds of millions of dollars in assets, such as homes, bank accounts, cash, cars and jewelry from defendants.  sacobserver.com

Jackson, TN: JC Penney in Old Hickory Mall the target of a Smash & grab Robbery
The Jackson Police Department is investigating a robbery the Old Hickory Mall. Multiple officers were seen at the Old Hickory Mall late Monday evening. JPD later confirmed that there was a robbery at the JCPenney around 8 p.m. JPD later says that there was a "report of subjects" going into the store and using hammers to break display cases and they also stole "unknown quantity of merchandise." wbbjtv.com

Tulsa, OK: AT&T extends $5,000 reward for information about string of copper thefts
AT&T says they are extending the $5,000 reward offered through the end of the year in exchange for information concerning a copper cable theft in the Tulsa area. AT&T says that theft and vandalism can affect communications infrastructure and could potentially inhibit equipment to work properly in some community areas. They say they are working with law enforcement to investigate the alleged copper thefts that have been ongoing since January 2022. Thefts have been reported in Tulsa, Muskogee, Pittsburg, Osage, Rogers, and Washington counties. ktul.com

Jonesboro, AR: Bracelet worth nearly $38,000 stolen from jewelry store

Memphis, TN: $8,700 ring stolen from jewelry store in Wolfchase Mall

Centre County, PA: Man, wife busted stealing $3, 300 of items from State College Walmart

Urbana, IL: Police searching for theft suspect

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Shootings & Deaths

Shelby County, TN: Man charged in fatal gas station shooting in Bartlett
Bartlett Police has arrested a man they say is responsible for a deadly shooting at a local gas station on Tuesday. A man was taken to the hospital after he was shot at the Shell gas station on Hwy 70. According to police, he later died from his injuries at St. Francis in Bartlett. A search warrant was issued for the arrest of Roman McGhee after he was developed as a suspect quickly after the shooting. McGhee was located and charged with first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm. wreg.com

Memphis, TN: Man shot, killed outside Hickory Ridge Mall
A man has been killed after a shooting took place outside the Hickory Ridge Mall Tuesday afternoon. At 3:31 p.m., police responded to 6133 Winchester Road where a man was found dead on the scene. The number of suspects is unknown, but police say the shooter(s) took off in a light-colored vehicle. Police have blocked off a portion of the road and have marked it as an active crime scene. actionnews5.com

Valley Glen, CA: Suspect in Hookah lounge murder is arrested in Mexico
A man was arrested in Mexico and is in custody in Los Angeles Wednesday for allegedly killing a man and injuring another in a shooting at a hookah lounge in Valley Glen. The crime occurred around 12:15 a.m. Oct. 25 at 13007 Victory Blvd., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The hookah lounge is in the Victory Plaza shopping mall. Vardan Dzhandzhikyan, 54, was arrested Friday in the Tijuana area by personnel from the LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force in conjunction with the FBI Legal Attache, the LAPD reported. Dzhandzhikyan was booked Saturday at the Valley Jail in Van Nuys on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, and was being held on $2 million bail. His next court appearance was tentatively set for Nov. 30 at the Van Nuys courthouse. dailynews.com

New Haven, CT: Man shot, killed during apparent robbery at package store
A 61-year-old man was shot and killed during an attempted robbery at a package store in New Haven on Tuesday, according to the New Haven Police Department. Police responded to a shooting victim in the GI Package Store parking lot on Ferry Street after 9 p.m. Tuesday and located Mark Pappacoda of New Haven lying on the ground unresponsive. Police obtained surveillance video of the incident where the suspect is seen attempting to rob Pappacoda before shooting him, police said. courant.com

Elkhart, IN: One victim in shooting at Concord Mall
One person was injured in a shooting at Concord Mall on Monday, according to the Elkhart Police Department. At 2:31 p.m., police were called to the mall for reports of a fight and shots fired. Law enforcement arrived and found a potential scene at the Level Up Fashion store inside the mall. No victim or suspect was found at the scene. Shortly after, a man arrived at a local hospital with a gunshot wound. After further investigation, police confirmed the man is connected to the shooting. His injury is not life-threatening.  abc57.com

Escalon, CA: 2 men arrested in connection to Escalon Family Dollar shooting
Andre Brooks, 34, and Brian Sewell, 33, have been arrested and charged with attempted murder and robbery, according to police. Two men were arrested in connection with the Family Dollar shooting that occurred Oct. 10. Andre Brooks, 34, and Brian Sewell, 33, have been arrested and charged with multiple felony violations including attempted murder and robbery, according to the Escalon Police Department. The department said they worked alongside the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, Stockton Police Department, Oakdale Police Department and the community. Authorities were able to connect Brooks and Sewell to a string of robberies in Waterford, Oakdale, Escalon and Stockton. Police said one of the employees was shot multiple times and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. On Oct. 18, they said the victim was stable and making a recovery. abc10.com

Fort Wayne, IN: Suspect in shooting outside Sport's Bar arrested
Fort Wayne Police have arrested the man they have tied to the shooting outside a crowded southwest-side bar in August .Jaleen Willis, 23, was arrested around 5:45 p.m. in a traffic stop at East Coliseum Boulevard and Parnell Avenue, Fort Wayne Police said Wednesday. Willis was jailed on warrants for Criminal Recklessness, Resisting Law Enforcement and a violation for Carrying a Handgun without a License. Willis was named a suspect in the Aug. 27 shooting outside Mitchell's Sports Bar - inside the Westland Centre - that left two people injured. wane.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Indianapolis, IN: Police arrest 2 suspected in series of robberies targeting Walgreens, CVS, Family Dollar stores
Indianapolis Metropolitan police arrested two people suspected of carrying out several robberies around the Indianapolis area in October and November. According to IMPD, 38-year-old Howard Jones Jr. and 37-year-old Ashley Bell were taken into custody on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, following a robbery at a Family Dollar store. The investigation also involved the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force Unit. "Those guys were not in the area by chance. It was work that they put in to identify what was going on and the likelihood of it recurring and when and where," said IMPD Capt. Dulin Nelson. IMPD robbery detectives and task force members were aware of an increasing number of robberies in the area of 5300 North Keystone Ave. on the north side. Nelson said their detectives monitor robberies as they occur, looking for trends and similarities in cases, and come up with a plan to identify anyone potentially involved. fox59.com

Mentor, OH: Police to continue Retail Theft Deterrence Program this winter
In an effort to curb retail theft this holiday season, the Mentor Police Department announced that it will be continuing its Retail Theft Deterrence Program. As a part of the program, plainclothes officers will patrol participating stores and surveil the parking lot in unmarked cars. The program allows officers or any Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) who witnesses a theft to quickly make an arrest. "We continue to support this program because of the positive effect it has on deterring criminal activity in our retail locations, and making the community a safer place to shop," Mentor Police Chief Ken Gunsch said in a release. First launched by a Mentor patrolman who recognized the correlation between theft rings and drug abuse in 2014, the program's success has led to it being used as a model in other departments across the country. The patrolman who developed the program ascertained that "thieves will typically steal high-value items that they can flip quickly to feed their habit." wkyc.com

High Springs, FL: Duo arrested for fraudulent crime sprees, while one under human trafficking warrant
The High Springs Police Department arrested two suspects Tuesday involved in a fraudulent crime spree, while one of the suspects is under a warrant for human trafficking. The two suspects, Darren Brown, 24, and Jenipher Milan, 25, were at a Santa Fe pawn shop on October 24, 2022, dropping off a computer to be pawned. The police were called when fraudulent financial material was reported from the transaction at the shop. The two suspects returned to the shop Tuesday and tried to flee from police already there, but they were both apprehended. mycbs4.com

Toronto, Canada: Suspects sought after axe allegedly used in Toronto robbery
The Toronto Police Service (TPS) Hold Up Squad is seeking help in identifying two suspects in connection to a recent robbery where an axe was allegedly used. On Oct. 25, police were called down to a store in the area of St. Clair Avenue West and Runnymede Road, TPS said in a Wednesday news release. TPS alleges a man and woman went into the store, started to grab items and concealed them. They both tried to walk away without paying for anything until the woman was confronted. Police say she managed to run away and leave the store. When employees confronted the second suspect as he was exiting the store, police say he swung an axe and struck someone. The victim suffered minor injuries, and employees did not approach the man any further. cp24.com

Philadelphia, PA: Young female suspects sought after armed beauty store robbery in Southwest Philadelphia

Goshen, IN: Former Pro basketball player arrested for Gas Station Robbery



Greenville, SC: Crews respond to small fire at Haywood mall
The Greenville City Fire Department said crews responded to a small fire at the Haywood Mall on Wednesday night. Officials said the fire started in a storage area of the Aéropostale store. According to officials, crews quickly extinguished the fire, and no injuries were reported. Shoppers on the second floor were briefly evacuated but have since been let back inside. foxcarolina.com



Beauty - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store- Burien, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store- Burien, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Abilene, TX - Burglary
CVS - Clovis, CA - Burglary
Dollar - Tulsa, OK - Robbery
Dollar - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery / Clerk injured
Dollar - Pawtucket, RI - Robbery
Dollar - Atlanta, GA - Burglary
Dollar - Atlanta, GA - Burglary
Gas Station - Queensbury, NY - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Tracy, CA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Goshen, IN - Robbery
Liquor - New Haven, CT - Armed Robbery / man killed
Jewelry - Orlando, FL - Burglary
Jewelry - Trumbull, CT - Robbery
Jewelry - Austin, TX - Burglary
Jewelry - Tampa, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Memphis, TN - Robbery
JC Penney - Jackson, TN - Robbery
Restaurant - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Vape - Newport News, VA - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 15 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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