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Nov. 6: API Efficiency x 8 - CA ORC Hearings - Costco Anti-Theft - Sharks Circling Ace - Amazon's Secret

Nov. 7: AI & LP - ORC Fuels Global Crime - Store Police Tech - Shoplifting ↑ 60%+ - States Wage Theft War

Nov. 8: Big Cities Theft Report - AI Battles ORC - 'Active LP' - Holiday Retail Threats - Store Violence Coalition

Nov. 9: NYC Theft Task Force - Hi-Tech ORC Crackdown - Shoplifter Shooting - Top Execs Targeted - 2 Dir Jobs



The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

The Robin Report's 'Retail Unwrapped Podcast' - What the CEO's Listen To

Using AI to Fight Retail Crime
Dr. Read Hayes on AI and the Fight Against Organized Theft
Join Robin and Shelley and guest expert
Dr. Read Hayes, leading criminologist and law enforcement pro, as they go behind the scenes of retail crime. Learn from Read how he has been using AI to help organizations worldwide, including Target, Home Depot, Bloomingdales, Coles Meyer, Disney, Proctor & Gamble and Walmart on loss prevention strategies. Artificial Intelligence combined with IoT-enabled science can take a bite out of retail crime. Retail shrink hit $94.5 billion in 2021 and is currently on an upward spiral. Not to mention, ORC was up 27% in 2021.

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'Extreme Steps' to Fight Theft
Dollar Tree follows Walmart and Target in bold theft-prevention move

Rick Dreiling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

That's an approach that Dollar Tree CEO Rick Dreiling, speaking during its second-quarter-earnings call, said his company would take.

"We are now taking a very defensive approach to shrink," he said. "And it's taken us a quarter, but we have several new shrink formats that we'll introduce in the back half of the year. And it goes everything from moving certain SKUs to behind the check stand. It has to do with some cases being locked up."

Dreiling also laid out more efforts the company is making to cut down on theft.

"We have some stores that can't keep a certain SKU on the shelf just discontinuing the item. So, we have a lot of things in the works that's going to roll forward," he added. thestreet.com

   Elevated shrink continue to pressure margins

Jeff Davis -- Chief Financial Officer

Our outlook takes into consideration the following factors: continued shift in sales mix and unfavorable shrink trends over the balance of the year;

I hope don't sound like a broken record here, but, unfortunately, the headwinds we're having in shrink are muting our margins right now. When you get a chance, you have an opportunity, take a look at the supplemental presentation that we have, you'll see that shrink is continuing to be -- restrict our margins by about 75 to 80 basis points on a year-over-year basis. We are taking the appropriate actions, we believe, in the organization to start to address that. As you know, shrink is a sort of a trailing indication because stores are shrinking over the course of the year.

And as you're adding new actions to reduce it, it takes time for those things to actually take hold. But between the sales mix and the shrink, once again, this is one of the things that have been muting the margin

So, sales mix and shrink continues to be a little bit of a headwind for us. fool.com

Retail Council of NY Should Ensure a Couple Retail SME's are on Task Force
Who's got the connections to pull this off?

Store owners, Albany officials pushing Governor Hochul to adopt retail crime task force
Albany's state and local officials gathered on Central Avenue on Thursday,
calling on Governor Kathy Hochul to sign legislation which would organize a retail crime task force.

According to retailers,
New York store owners lost $4.4 billion to shoplifting in 2022, with several retailers saying violence has increased while theft is occurring.

The task force would include:

Eight members appointed by Governor Kathy Hochul
One appointed by the Retail Council of New York State
One appointed by the Governor
Two appointed by the Temporary President of the Senate
Two by the Assembly Speaker
One by the Senate Minority Leader
One by the Assembly Minority Leader
One by the Attorney General

bill passed the New York State legislature with bipartisan support during the 2023 Legislative Session. cbs6albany.com

New York Seeing Progress in Fight Against Crime
Five of Seven Serious Crime Categories Dropped in NYC Compared to First Half of 2022

Governor Hochul Details the First Comprehensive Overview of Crime Trends Across New York State for 2023

Violent Crime Decreased 6 Percent Outside of New York City During the First Six Months of This Year When Compared to the First Half of 2022

Significant Progress Also Reported in New York City, With Five of Seven Serious Crime Categories Declining During the Same Timeframe

Governor Kathy Hochul today detailed the first comprehensive overview of crime trends across New York State for 2023, highlighting a
6 percent decrease in violent crime outside of New York City during first six months of this year as compared to the first half of 2022. Data collectively reported by police departments and sheriffs' offices in 57 counties showed decreases in each of the four violent crime categories: murder (-27 percent), rape (-16 percent), robbery (-5 percent) and aggravated assault (-4 percent). During the same timeframe, there also was significant progress in New York City, with five of the seven serious crime categories tracked by the New York City Police Department in its weekly CompStat report declining. The most significant decreases in the five boroughs were reported in the number of reported murders (-10 percent), and rapes and burglaries (-10 percent each).

For the first half of 2023, the NYPD also reported
declines in transit crime (-4 percent) and petty larceny (-2 percent), while reported burglaries decreased 2 percent outside of the five boroughs during the same timeframe. These positive trends were tempered by double-digit increases in motor vehicle thefts in both regions, and a 3 percent increase in larcenies reported outside of New York City. governor.ny.gov

Is San Francisco Turning the Tide on Retail Crime?
San Francisco's retail crime may not be as bad as you think

According to a recent report, retail crime in San Franciscio is now 5% below its pre-pandemic norm.

For more than a year now, reported shoplifting incidents are
roughly half of what they were at their peak and 5% below the pre-pandemic norm, according to a recent report from the Council on Criminal Justice.

The reduction in the Golden Gate City's shoplifting levels is
better than that of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and effectively in line with Memphis (also Tennessee) and Lincoln, Nebraska - none particularly known as being lawless hellscapes for retail.

Of course, that's not to say everything is copacetic in the Bay Area. The CCJ report also found that even though there may be fewer incidents of shoplifting,
criminals are stealing more expensive stuff and are more likely to use violence.

Even more critically, tax data indicate retail sales remain well below 2019 levels, especially in the city's former powerhouse districts.
Retail's recovery is making some progress, but there's still a long way to go.

Of the numerous challenges confronting San Francisco one year ago,
retail crime is one that at least seems not to be getting worse. businessinsider.com

Keys to Fighting Theft: ID'ing Shoplifters, Focusing on Customers & Using Tech
Three Design Tips for Fighting Shrink
Good store designers know to put themselves in their customer's shoes. Now that
American retailers are shuttering stores and losing billions of dollars because of shrink, it is time for a sharper focus on the "journey" of another group entirely - retail criminals.

Sadly, in addition to imagining how people will shop the store,
designers need to think harder about how they might steal from it, too.

1. Identify your 'core shoplifters.'

Today's retailers have impressive expertise in customer research. Those same research chops could be used to
better understand who is pilfering merchandise, how they are pulling it off and where it is occurring. Internal investigations, third-party studies by loss-prevention experts and deep dives into security footage could provide useful data, including greater clarity into a retailer's "core shoplifters," store by store.

2. Be tough - but preserve the customer experience.

Given the severity of retail crime today,
designers working on new or redesigned stores should be part of the loss prevention conversation much earlier. This could help them harmonize twin goals - deterring crooks and preserving the customer experience. The two are not always in conflict. Open, light-filled, high-visibility store environments are harder to steal from without being seen, and they also happen to be more pleasing to shop.

3. Incorporate new tech.

Store designers also could
collaborate with tech vendors to better safeguard the customer experience and the merchandise. For example, could motion sensors in front of those lockboxes ping store associates each time a person stands in front of them for more than five seconds? retailtouchpoints.com

Philadelphia May Be Cleaning Up the East Coast Largest Open-Air Drug Market
To fix Kensington, a new Philly lawmaker has a controversial proposal: Stronger law enforcement
Councilmember Quetcy Lozada wants Philadelphia police to
more aggressively enforce drug laws in Kensington, and she may soon have an ally in the mayor's office.

Advocating for the city to
take an enforcement-driven approach to handling the billion-dollar opioid trade that has plagued the Kensington neighborhood and brought along with it some of the highest rates of gun violence in the city.

Police have estimated that
there are as many as 80 blocks where open-air drug sales bring in thousands of dollars a day, and that clearing a corner is short-lived. Other dealers quickly move in.

She wants to see a stronger law enforcement presence, and envisions a day when the city could involuntarily commit people in addiction to "stabilization centers," where they could choose long-term treatment
or criminal charges.

She believes that the situation has festered because the city has focused its resources and attention on people who use drugs and "
moved too far off of people who are actually living and working there," creating an unsafe environment for families and children who have long called Kensington home.

Democratic mayoral elect,
Cherelle Parker also wants a more aggressive approach, saying last week that she may seek assistance from the National Guard to help "shut down the open-air drug market in Kensington." inquirer.com

56% Decrease in Law Enforcement Deaths - 99 Year-to-Date
6 Deaths in October: 3 Gunfire, 1 Assault, 2 Auto/Vehicle-Related
In October, 6 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty. The cause breakdown (October 2023 only) is: 3 gunfire, 1 assault, 1 automobile crash, and 1 motorcycle crash. This means that the year-to-date total for line of duty deaths is at 99, a 56% 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

Strategic Cargo Thefts Up 430% in Q3
2023 Third Quarter Supply Chain Risk Trends Analysis
CargoNet® has recorded 692 events across the United States and Canada in the third quarter of 2023, a 59% increase when compared to the third quarter of 2022. Like in the second quarter of 2023, much of the increase is due to ongoing shipment misdirection attacks, a kind of strategic cargo theft in which actors use stolen motor carrier and logistics broker identities to obtain freight and misdirect it from the intended receiver so they could steal it. In total, thieves stole over $31.1 million in shipments in the third quarter of 2023.

In the third quarter of 2023,
reported thefts increased in every event category. Documented strategic cargo theft events increased 430% year-over-year and theft of a loaded conveyance such as a full trailer increased 4% year-over-year. These kinds of thefts were most common in California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Illinois. CargoNet also recorded a significant increase in the "other" category, which combines several categories of reports like identity theft complaints, hostage loads, late shipment complaints, and other kinds of criminal intelligence records. now.eloqua.com

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Training Calif. Employees on Workplace Violence Prevention Plans-No Small Task
Employers in California have until July 1, 2024, to prepare and train employees on workplace violence prevention plans. Given all that must be done, that date is closer than it sounds. Of all the bills enacted in the state this year, SB 553, which mandated the plans and training, may be the most challenging for employers to meet.

Meeting the July 1 deadline "is not going to be an easy undertaking for employers," said Robert Rodriguez, an attorney with Ogletree Deakins in Sacramento, Calif. "It will likely require the involvement of many internal stakeholders."

California was the first state in the nation to pass a workplace violence law of this nature," said Marisa Randazzo, executive director of threat management with Ontic, which provides security software and expertise, and is headquartered in Austin, Texas. She predicted that other states will follow California's lead. shrm.org

2.8M Workplace Injuries & Illnesses Last Year
Workplace Injuries and Illness Up 7.5% in 2022

"We have the tools and technology to make our jobs safer," says Peter Dooley, of National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.

On November 8, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said that private industry employers reported
2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2022, up 7.5% from 2021. This increase is driven by the rise in both injuries, up 4.5% to 2.3 million cases, and illnesses up 26.1% to 460,700 cases.

The main component of illnesses come from
respiratory illness cases, up 35.4% to 365,000 cases in 2022. This comes after a decrease in respiratory illnesses in 2021 compared to 2020.

Regarding statistics for 2022, the
total recordable cases (TRC) incidence rate in private industry in 2022 was 2.7 cases per 100 FTE workers. In 2022, the rate of injury cases was 2.3 cases per 100 FTE workers, unchanged from 2021.

The illness rate increased in 2022, with
private industry employers reporting a rate of 45.2 cases per 10,000 FTE workers compared to 37.7 cases in 2021. The increase was driven by a rise in the respiratory illness rate, which rose from 27.8 cases per 10,000 FTE workers in 2021 to 35.8 cases in 2022.

Looking at specific industries,
transportation and material moving occupations experienced the highest number of DART cases among major occupation groups with 835,040 total injuries and illnesses over the 2021-2022 period. These cases occurred at an annualized incidence rate of 410.0 cases per 10,000 FTE. Among these total DART cases, 503,610 cases (60.3%) required at least one day away from work, and 331,430 cases (39.7%) resulted in one or more days of job transfer or restriction.

Do the Numbers Tell the Full Story? - Injuries Can Be Avoided: ehstoday.com

Any New Surveillance Tech Must Be Vetted in SF
Red Tape Over Tech Could Delay Key S.F. Crime-Fighting Tool
San Francisco officials, long beset by relentless car break-ins and theft at downtown department stores, are
seeking to install 400 license plate readers on streets to catch perpetrators.

But the plan - funded by a state grant to combat organized retail theft - could be tied up for months, grinding through an approval process. Under an ordinance passed in 2019,
every new surveillance technology in San Francisco requires a unique use policy and must be vetted at meetings of a subcommittee and the full Committee on Information Technology before going to the Board of Supervisors. Even changes to the back-end functioning of surveillance equipment can trigger this process.

Still, as pressure mounts on police and politicians to crack down on property crime, criticism of license plate readers seems to have softened. Mayor London Breed and others worry that multiple hearings - combined with a holiday break - will push implementation of the devices into next year, becoming another example of red tape constricting any movement in San Francisco.

The legislation that Breed favors asks for technical adjustments that would enable the city to
use about $4 million it received to place 400 license plate readers at 100 intersections - part of a $17.3 million grant that would also pay for police patrols, crime analysts and prosecutors in the district attorney's office. Hoping to expedite installation of the new readers, Breed asked the supervisors to waive a 30-day waiting period applied to any legislation that would change city policy. govtech.com

'Duty of Care' with basically unlicensed cab drivers?
Uber to Face Almost 80 Negligence Lawsuits from Passengers
A panel ruling determined that 79 lawsuits filed by women claiming that
Uber has not sufficiently protected passengers from being sexually assaulted can be joined in federal court.

This batch of lawsuits only involves passengers, not drivers, who assert they were attacked in some way-ranging from groping to kidnapping to rape.

After a spate of negative media coverage in 2018 about Uber riders being sexually assaulted,
Uber has published two safety reports looking into critical safety incidents between 2017 and 2020. The company has also created safety features for app users, including an in-app 911 feature and an option for riders to share their trip details with trusted contacts-plus a list of safety tips developed with law enforcement professionals.

However, the lawsuits allege that
Uber has been slow or insufficient in its response to safety concerns, including allegedly failing to remove drivers who have had sexual assault violations filed against them. asisonline.com

Negligent Hiring Risk Less Than Employers Believe
Second-chance hiring advocates argue that the fear of being accused of negligent hiring-one of the main reasons given for not hiring people with criminal histories-is overblown.

A recent report by the Legal Action Center and National Workrights Institute shows that while negligent hiring liability does exist, it is
far less common than people might think. And when specific roles dealing with vulnerable populations or access to homes or financial assets are removed, there is virtually no risk, the study found.

The groups examined every reported negligent hiring decision from 1974 through 2022 and found that approximately 435 trial court decisions held employers liable for negligent hiring during that time-
an average of 9 cases per year.

"Almost all cases in which employers have been found liable for negligent hiring occur in a small number of jobs involving specific risks and the employer's vetting process of candidates very often was not comprehensive," said Lewis Maltby, president of National Workrights Institute in Princeton, N.J.
"Employers who conduct record checks and thorough background screens that also include employment history, skills and job-relevant competencies when making hiring decisions are rarely held liable."

When including negligent hiring cases that were
settled before reaching a court decision, that number increases to around 2,260 cases total (47 cases per year) shrm.org

Walgreens to lay off 267 corporate associates after cutting 500 in May

These 8 stores are starting Black Friday early: Amazon, Walmart, more

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Associate Director of Business Operations, Global Safety & Security job posted for Wayfair in Boston, MA
The Associate Director of Business Operations will have the responsibility for day to day operations of the Global Security Operation Center (GSOC), to include intelligence, detection, and response for all types of security threats. This role will be responsible to lead and drive a team consisting of the Global Investigations program, GLOSS Strategic Initiatives, GLOSS Program Management, GLOSS Technology and Systems, GLOSS Executive Protection and GLOSS Business Operations. wayfair.com

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'Innovative Online Cannabis Security
Employee Training Program'

Sapphire Risk Advisory Group Launches Innovative Online Cannabis Security Training Program for Dispensaries

My Sapphire Training, created by Sapphire Risk Advisory Group, is an innovative online cannabis security training program designed to support dispensaries.

DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES -- Sapphire Risk Advisory Group, the nation's oldest cannabis security consultancy, is thrilled to announce the launch of an innovative online cannabis security employee training program. This ground-breaking program, called My Sapphire Training, is currently available for dispensaries and is designed to empower their employees with the knowledge they need to ensure the security and profitability of the dispensary.

The program's initial course offerings include comprehensive modules on Loss Prevention, Facility Security, and Payment & Identification Verification, all of which can be selected individually or bundled together at a discounted rate. These courses were developed based on feedback from clients and can aid dispensaries in meeting state-required security training standards. My Sapphire Training is also designed to equip dispensary employees with knowledge that can help to reduce losses.

Commenting on the launch of this new program,
Tony Gallo, Managing Partner of Sapphire Risk Advisory Group, said, "We created My Sapphire Training because we saw a gap in the industry for credible cannabis security training able to effectively supplement on-the-job experiences in the dispensary. My Sapphire Training is a reflection of our continuing commitment to ensuring the security, safety, and compliance of our clients. We're excited to contribute to the continued growth of this dynamic industry!"

The cannabis industry is experiencing exponential growth and unique challenges, including regulatory compliance, safety concerns, and
the need for stringent security measures. Having worked on a thousand different projects across 37 states, Sapphire Risk Advisory Group recognizes these challenges and has developed My Sapphire Training as the solution to address them.

In addition to standardized security instruction, My Sapphire Training also offers
custom online training content that can be fully tailored to suit the unique needs of a specific brand, operation, or location. Whether a dispensary is a small boutique establishment or a large-scale operation, My Sapphire Training offers versatile solutions that allow businesses to fortify their security measures in a way that suits their specific needs and goals.

My Sapphire Training is now available to dispensaries nationwide, offering a
one-stop solution for businesses seeking to enhance their security measures, meet regulatory requirements, and protect their staff and customers.

For more information on My Sapphire Training or to schedule a free demo, please visit https://www.mysapphiretraining.com or contact Senior Asset Protection Consultant Jeff Bartley at 219-869-9832.

Click here to learn more about My Sapphire Training







Call for Presentations Now Open for the 2024 RH-ISAC Cyber Intelligence Summit

Retail & Hospitality ISAC invites industry leaders, experts, and innovators to submit proposals for presentations and panel discussions.

Vienna, VA (November 6, 2023) - The Retail and Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) is now accepting speaker submissions for the 2024 RH-ISAC Cyber Intelligence Summit, taking place in Denver, Colorado from April 9 - 11. The conference focuses on cybersecurity threats facing retail, hospitality, and consumer-facing industries, and serves as the premier platform for professionals in these industries to come together and address the latest challenges and strategies.

RH-ISAC invites industry leaders, experts, and innovators to submit proposals for presentations and panel discussions that cover topics including emerging cyber threats and trends, incident response and recovery, risk management and compliance, technology innovations and solutions, regulatory updates and legal considerations, and case studies/success stories.

Interested individuals are invited to submit their speaker proposals through the online submission portal at https://rhisac.org/events/call-for-presentations. Submissions should include a brief abstract, a biography, and relevant experience. The submission deadline is January 12, 2024.

For more information about the RH-ISAC Cyber Intelligence Summit, visit https://summit.rhisac.org/. For sponsorship opportunities or general inquiries, please contact events@rhisac.org.

The Promise & Peril of AI in Cybersecurity
Cyber attackers and defenders are racing to up their AI game

As AI technology advances, cyber defenders are spending more on the technology to defend against malicious actors who currently hold an asymmetric advantage in deploying new AI-generated threats.

AdvertisementArtificial intelligence's power and fast evolution are rapidly altering the cybersecurity landscape in ways that pose opportunities and challenges to cybersecurity defenders. As popular AI tools such as ChatGPT and, more recently, even more robust generative AI systems become mainstays of the digital ecosystem, cybersecurity professionals will increasingly deal with new threats while also turning to AI technologies to identify and ward off those threats.

Security company Axonius released today a survey on the state of IT and security teams, revealing, among other things, how AI is rising to the top of cybersecurity agendas to realize the promise and tackle the peril of the AI era. Axonius surveyed IT and security decision-makers at 950 companies with 500 or more employees in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

The survey found that three-quarters
(76%) of those surveyed said their organizations are spending more on AI or machine learning compared to 12 months ago, and over four in five (85%) respondents said they were interested in applying AI in their organization's IT and security operations in the coming year. Axonius also found that nearly two in five (39%) IT and security decision-makers whose organizations have reduced their IT or security headcounts in the last 12 months say their organizations have adopted AI-based tools to streamline tasks to keep pace with workload in light of reduced headcounts.

These findings go together with another survey finding: Nearly three-quarters
(72%) of IT and security decision-makers reported are concerned about the potential adverse effects of generative AI on their organization's cybersecurity.

As the survey illustrates, c
yber defenders will increasingly use AI technology to defend against AI threats while simultaneously coping with threat actors continuously up their game using AI-powered malware and intrusion tools. "If this technology is allowing an attacker to do something a lot faster or a lot cheaper, then that means that defenders also have to think about how can we do something faster and cheaper and effectively do more of it with the resources we have," Daniel Trauner, senior director of security at Axonius, tells CSO. csoonline.com

AI Fueling the Hottest New C-Suite Role
Chief AI officer: What it takes to land the C-suite's hottest new job

The CAIO role is fast becoming a new fixture in the C-suite, responsible for setting the AI agenda.

As countless organizations race to investigate or adopt artificial intelligence technologies, many are building out an AI skilled workforce. That includes the decision to
appoint or hire a chief artificial intelligence officer (CAIO).

Indeed, new research from Foundry finds that 11% of midsize to large organizations have already designated such an individual in the role, and another
21% of organizations are actively seeking one.

The ideal individual to assume this role should have much more than top technology and AI skills, says Colin Reeves, principal data and AI recruiter at ConSol Partners in Los Angeles.
They should be a champion for smart AI adoption, and be able to recognize and balance AI benefits with risks. They should be able to work collaboratively with many departments in developing AI strategy and vision, and they should be able to design and target relevant business use cases, assess project outcomes, and measure ROI in each case.

Clear expectations are emerging on the top experiences, skills, and traits that a CAIO candidate should bring to the job, Reeves says. Assuming the candidate passes muster on those counts, the individual can expect
very positive short- and long-term impacts on their careers by taking up this emerging IT leadership role, he says. cio.com

Ransomware Readiness Assessments: One Size Doesn't Fit All
The impact and severity of a ransomware attack can vary depending on the attacker's objectives, the organization's security posture, and other factors. Therefore,
a comprehensive response plan must be tailored to the specific circumstances of different types of impacts from an attack.

Preparing for different scenarios requires a thorough ransomware readiness assessment to better understand the current maturity of response and to develop or improve an incident-response plan that considers each potential scenario's unique characteristics.
There is definitely value in identifying and resolving what keeps the business up at night and hyperfocusing on that in the assessment's first pass.

prepare for the various scenarios that can arise during a ransomware attack, you can hold workshops on topics such as emergency implementation of containment measures, backup tooling and configurations, critical application assessment, Active Directory and network architecture, coordination processes, and surge resourcing. darkreading.com

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Amazon Tests Out Possible FTC Defense
Exclusive: Amazon.com previews FTC defense at companywide meeting
Amazon.com's top lawyer on Tuesday previewed the broad outlines of the company's possible defense against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's antitrust lawsuit against the retailer, at a private companywide meeting.

During the two-hour meeting, covering a range of topics, attorney David Zapolsky expressed
confidence in Amazon's ability to fend off the blockbuster lawsuit, calling the company's tactics "absolutely defensible behavior," according to a transcript of the meeting seen by Reuters.

Along the way, he quoted Taylor Swift lyrics as he sought to assuage employees' concerns.

"The meme of the day, as a very scrutinized company, is to adopt the tao of Taylor Swift:
'haters gonna hate' and you have to 'shake it off," Zapolsky said, according to the transcript. He was joined by Amazon CEO Andy Jassy and other executives.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed the long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Amazon on Sept. 26 and asked the court to consider forcing the online retailer to sell assets as the government
accuses Big Tech of monopolizing the most lucrative parts of the internet.

accused Amazon of operating an illegal monopoly, in part by fighting efforts by sellers on its online marketplace to offer products more cheaply on other platforms. The lawsuit, which was joined by 17 state attorneys general, was filed in federal court in Seattle and follows a four-year investigation into the company's practices.

The agency asked the court to issue a permanent injunction ordering Amazon to
stop what it called unlawful conduct. In antitrust cases the range of solutions may include forcing a company to sell an asset, such as a part of its business. reuters.com

Fake Shopping Sites Flood the Web Ahead of Holidays
Scammers are creating fake retail website copycats - How to spot them
The most ambitious scammers have started creating
massive shopping websites where everything is fake. The site looks real, professional and filled with products at low prices. Get to the checkout, your online cart vanishes and now hackers have access to your bank account or card.

Don't get caught up in the holiday glitter and fall for one of these
carefully crafted traps. I've got your back with all the giveaways.

Scammers are targeting popular brands like
Best Buy, Macy's, Tiffany's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Hardaddy, Brooks Outlet and many more. The URL looks fine, the logos and slogans are there, product pages look normal and they'll add legit payment platforms. Some even have the trusted HTTPS certification and (faked) reviews.

How do you end up there in the first place?
It starts with social media ads and emails. Then you're tempted by extra-low prices, special holiday discounts and free shipping.

Spoiler: You aren't getting that product you ordered, or
it will be a cheap pile of plastic at best. You'll likely end up with a malware download that steals even more personal information.

Spot fake sites fast: komando.com

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Anne Arundel County, MD: Burglars Steal $100K+ In Merchandise During Break-In At Annapolis Store
Shortly after 2:15 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, officers from the Annapolis Police Department were called to the unit block of Maryland Avenue, where there were reports of the front door of a store that had been shattered to allow burglars to gain access to the building. Upon arrival, the officers found the door still dead-bolted to its frame, but the center portion of glass had been shattered, and a witness advised investigators that he was woken up from a nearby apartment and when he looked outside, saw a gray sedan parked in the street. The witness also said that he saw two people who he believed broke the front glass door and were stealing items on Thursday. Police say that the suspects were described as having slim builds, with one wearing a Nike-brand hoodie and dark clothing. He stated that the driver's voice "sounded older when shouting orders." The owner of the store told officers that she believes that at least $100,000 worth of merchandise was stolen, according to the department.  dailyvoice.com

Silver Spring Township, PA: Two people suspected in theft at seven Kohl's in region
Police said they are looking for two people who may be connected in thefts from seven Kohl's stores in a 150-mile radius. Police on Thursday released photos of the pair, saying they have been involved in multiple, "high-value" retail thefts at numerous Kohl's over the last 30 days. Thefts at the stores have totaled more than $36,000. 

Westminster, CA: A thief ran off with two iPads from the Target store
A male suspect asked to see two iPads at a Target store in Westminster. When the employee was about to ring the items up at the register, the suspect grabbed the iPads, valued at $1,199.00 and fled from the store, which is located at 200 Westminster Mall. 

North Attleboro Three suspects flee Emerald Square Mall with more than $3,000 worth of fragrances
Three suspects stole over $3,000 worth of perfumes and colognes from Macy's at the Emerald Square mall this week in a crime police and retail officials say is becoming all too common. Two women and a man went to the perfume section and stole about 25 boxes of bottles of various fragrances, dumping them into bags before fleeing the store Tuesday night, police Capt. Jason Roy said Thursday. "They were in an out in about two minutes. They just indiscriminately grabbed bottles of cologne and fragrances and dumped them in a bag," Roy said. 

S Herkimer, NY: Man stole over $5,000 in merchandise from Lowe's

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Beaumont, TX: Update: Grand jury indicts suspect for murder linked to Shell station shooting
The Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a suspect on charges of murder linked to a fatal shooting at a Shell station on Major Drive in Beaumont. Jaye Normand, 29, is indicted in the shooting death of Corry Beckett, 38, of Beaumont. If convicted, Normand could face up to life in prison. Beckett was shot and killed at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29 in the parking lot of the Shell station at the intersection of Major Drive and Highway 105 in Beaumont. Detectives interviewed Normand at the police station before he was charged with murder. According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by KFDM News, the shooting was captured on the store's surveillance camera and shows Normand shooting Beckett at close range and then driving away in an SUV. Police say Normand soon returned to the gas station and and told officers he'd shot Beckett. Sgt. Tom Swope says the shooting appears to have resulted from an argument.  fox4beaumont.com

Aurora, CO: Aurora shooting, armed robbery attempt under investigation
Police in Aurora were investigating Wednesday night whether a gunshot victim is linked to an attempted armed robbery at a business. A male transported himself to an urgent care center with a gunshot wound in his arm, according to the Aurora Police Department. Earlier, around 7:30 p.m., an attempted armed robbery happened at a business near East Mississippi Avenue and Ironton Street. FOX31 arrived at the business around 9:30 p.m. and found investigators were continuing to process the scene. It was at a strip mall near a smoke shop, with crime scene tape blocking off the businesses. The gunshot victim was transported to a hospital in stable condition, police said.  kdvr.com

Huntersville, NC: 1 seriously injured after shooting at Walmart parking lot
One person was seriously injured after a shooting near the Huntersville Walmart Wednesday afternoon, according to officials. The incident happened in the parking lot located on Bryton Town Center Drive near Preysing Street. Medic said one person was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Huntersville Police said the suspect got away before officers could arrive. Police said the suspect and victim may have known each other. Officers said nobody else was hurt in the incident and there is no threat to the public.  wbtv.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Allegheny County, PA: Man stabbed in Wilkins Township Shop 'n Save
A 42-year-old man was stabbed multiple times during a fight in the Shop 'n Save on William Penn Highway in Wilkins Township Wednesday, Allegheny County Police said. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition around 8 p.m. last night. A 41-year-old man was taken into custody by Wilkins Township Police.
Police said he and the man who was stabbed were "engaged in a physical fight inside the store." Homicide detectives are investigating, and will be consulting with the Allegheny County District Attorney's office about charges in the case.  triblive.com

Pooler, GA: 'Crisis situation' at Amazon facility in Pooler was a hoax, search underway for culprit
24 hours after the Amazon distribution center in Pooler was evacuated for a reported 'crisis situation,' police confirm to WJCL that the call they received was a hoax. Now they're looking for the person responsible. It was Tuesday when police were called to the facility, just before 4 p.m. Initial reports indicated someone at the building could be suicidal. The building was evacuated as authorities searched the center for any sign of someone in crisis, a bomb or even shell casings. None were found. The Chatham County Police Department is now investigating and searching for a person of interest in the case. They did not elaborate Wednesday on who that might be.  wjcl.com

Toledo, OH: Clerk sustains serious injury during alleged robbery at Family Dollar
A clerk was hospitalized after sustaining a serious injury during an alleged robbery at a Toledo Family Dollar on Wednesday. On Nov. 8 at 2:40 p.m., Toledo Police responded to a call for a robbery at the Family Dollar located at 3020 Cherry St. According to TPD, when officers arrived, they found a store clerk, a 59-year-old woman, who had sustained a serious injury during the robbery. The clerk was transported to an area hospital where officials say she is expected to survive. The incident is currently under investigation.  13abc.com

San Antonio, TX: Two suspects at large after assaulting Loss Prevention officer and robbing La Cantera store
Police are on the hunt for two suspects who are still at large for a daylight robbery on the Northwest Side. According to the San Antonio Police Department, the incident happened near the 15900 block of La Cantera Parkway on Oct. 27. Police share that two suspects went inside the store to grab and conceal merchandise. The loss prevention personnel in the store approached the two suspects while they were exiting. One of the suspects fled on foot while the other assaulted the 34-year-old loss prevention officer and then fled on foot according to authorities. The two suspects have yet to be found.  news4sanantonio.com

Columbia, SC: DOJ: Serial Armed Robber Convicted at Federal Trial Following String of Midlands Armed Robberies
Deveon Antonio Belk, 36, of Irmo, was convicted following a multi-day bench trial on 15 counts: seven counts of Hobbs Act robbery, seven counts of Brandishing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence, and one count of Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition. Evidence presented by the Government at trial established that Belk robbed at least seven Columbia and Lexington-area businesses at gunpoint between Nov. 9 and Nov. 16, 2020 During some robberies, he did not wait for that transaction, he would point the firearm at the clerk and demand money upon entry. Belk forced many victims to the back of the store or into a closet. He then left on foot at a casual pace, often passing legitimate customers on the way. He disposed his clothing at or near the crime scenes. Belk faces a mandatory minimum of 49 years in federal prison following the firearm brandish in connection with a crime of violence convictions, plus any additional term of imprisonment he receives for the robberies or the firearm possession count.  justice.gov

2 men charged with more than 20 counts of burglary in sprees that hit York-area businesses
Two suspects have been charged with more than 20 counts of burglary in cases that caused tens of thousands of dollars in damages and thefts to businesses in York City and neighboring jurisdictions. Joseph Lugo-Nazario and Jelani Gassana, both 19, have been charged. A third suspect is still unknown.

Over the past few months, the City of York and neighboring jurisdictions have been dealing with multiple burglaries of convenience stores and other small businesses," the posts read. "York City investigators were able to link multiple incidents to two suspects using surveillance video and other evidence. The two suspects would typically steal a motor vehicle in the city and then burglarize multiple businesses in one night." Resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in damages as well as thefts of just as much if not more in cash and merchandise from area businesses. yorkdispatch.com

Mobile, AL: Man arrested for allegedly stealing an electric shopping cart from Piggly Wiggly



C-Store - Lafayette, IN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Linden, NJ - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - North Haven, CT - Burglary
Clothing - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Clothing - Vallejo, CA - Burglary
CVS - Grand Rapids, MI - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Isabella County, MI - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Farmington, CT - Burglary
Grocery - Roseburg, OR - Robbery
Guns - Tallahassee, FL - Burglary
Hardware - Bakersfield, CA - Burglary
Hardware - Herkimer, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Spokane, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Spokane Valley, WA - Robbery
Kohl's - Silver Spring Township, PA - Robbery
Liquor - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
Liquor - Bloomfield, CT - Burglary
Liquor - Windsor, CT - Burglary
Liquor - Louisville, KY - Robbery
Marijuana - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Pharmacy - Holiday, FL - Burglary
Target - Valley Stream, NY - Robbery
Target - Westminster, CA - Robbery
Walgreens - San Mateo, CA - Robbery                                            


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


Weekly Totals:
• 61 robberies
• 46 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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