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Hedgie Bartol, a familiar face in the AP/LP industry, has joined Auror as their new Senior Director of Retail Business Development. He brings with him over 25 years of retail loss prevention experience, a passion for making a difference, and a special knack for making people smile.

So Hedgie, why Auror?

A desire I've held for a long time is to make a difference in society, as far as impacting crime. Organized Retail Crime (ORC) has been a fascination for me and the more I learned about its impacts, the more I saw that something more needed to be done to address it. It's a much bigger problem than what the average consumer may think.

So when I saw what Auror was offering and how it's transforming how retailers address ORC in their stores and communities, I was fascinated. The Auror philosophy around retail incident reporting and ORC investigation software is industry leading and game-changing.

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RLPSA and FIRMA Announce Merge

The Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) and the Foodservice Industry Risk Association (FIRMA) announce the merger of the two organizations to create one powerhouse of value for the foodservice industry. The newly merged organization will provide year-round loss prevention, risk, and safety educational resources including unmatched content, professional development opportunities, as well as virtual and in-person events.

The organization will be led by the RLPSA board which will include three dedicated board seats for FIRMA representatives. Amber Bradley will continue to serve as the Executive Director for the merged association.

Read more here

U.S. Crime & 'Public' Violence Surge
The Retail Impact

Guess This Retailer Didn't See the Great Crime Data Either
'Another Union Square retailer goes down'
DSW is apparently closing its San Francisco shoe store at Union Square, with the entrance of the store at 400 Post St. now featuring a "closed" sign. The four-story store opened in 2012. DSW's parent Designer Brands said in March that it could close 65 U.S. stores over the next four years, including 24 locations in 2021. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Editor's Note: Crime data is only as good as the department that's producing the numbers or that is, not producing the numbers - depending on the laws, courts actions, department instructions, and final disposition of the cases. In downtown San Francisco on one occasion, three years ago, I personally witnessed, along with the retailers Dir of LP, a police officer tell a well known serial shoplifter in possession of stolen property, to drop the merchandise and just get out of the area because they're (the court) not going to do anything to him regardless. The officer politely picked up the merchandise handed it to the Dir. and apologized for proposition 47. True story! So SFPD data may not be reflective of reality.

"On the Frontlines of Today's Cities: Trauma, Challenges and Solutions"
Cities Generally Lack Resources to Handle Harassment, Threats and Violence

Report shows attacks on local leaders have risen since pandemic
A report from the National League of Cities released Wednesday says that 81% of local government leaders it surveyed have been harassed, threatened or experienced violence - destruction of property, assault or unauthorized possession of weapons - in recent years.

The NLC report, "On the Frontlines of Today's Cities: Trauma, Challenges and Solutions," features St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano and Minnetonka City Council Member Deb Calvert, who said she received hundreds of threatening calls and e-mails in 2020 over the city's mask mandate.

"Driven by increasing polarization, the spread of mis- and disinformation and the growing influence and power of social media, local officials face everything from racist, homophobic attacks online to city council meetings that devolve into screaming matches. The COVID-19 pandemic, racial reckoning and other recent national crises pushed many things to the extreme and threats and harassment against local leaders are no exception."

This report, On the Frontlines of Today's Cities: Trauma, Challenges and Solutions, sheds light on the impact felt by local officials and their communities across the country and offers a three-pronged approach to help keep them safe from threats, while maintaining their mental and physical wellbeing.

The NLC report found that cities generally lack strategies to handle incidents of harassment, threats and violence. Some have increased security at council meetings, such as the installation of metal detectors. The NLC suggests moving a potentially contentious meeting online if a plan to handle trouble isn't in place, and to provide mental health counseling to officials after they receive threats. startribune.com nic.org

Fixing NY's Criminal Justice System Requires a Statewide Movement
NYC Mayor Incumbent Vows to Fix NYC's "Botched Criminal Justice 'Reforms"
Mayor-elect Eric Adams has vowed to restore the NYPD's plainclothes anti-gun unit, as well as to push the Legislature to fix the no-bail law to let judges send dangerous perps to jail. But far more needs doing, all across the criminal-justice system, after years of ill-conceived reform.

Rethinking the Raise the Age law, or at least its implementation, heads the longer list. As The Post reported this weekend, law-enforcement insiders say the "reformed juvenile-justice system is proving deadly to those it purports to protect: teenage offenders from the city's most at-risk communities."

Raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18 has produced a "catch and release" cycle that teaches young offenders they can break the law with impunity - leaving them to keep offending at more serious levels until someone winds up shot and/or dead, with the perp's life also ruined.

Knowing that under-18s face no legal consequences if caught, gangs use them as foot soldiers. City teens have been involved in 357 shootings this year, the most since 2015 - including 126 as victims.

NY law condemns at-risk teens to deadly cycle of violence

Bigger-picture, the next mayor will also need to figure out how to fix Rikers: Even if he wants to replace it, de Blasio's plans for new jails are a pipe dream that don't even allow for sufficient holding capacity - and would be years away even if they got built.

Adams will also have to address the larger crisis of NYPD morale, which has retirements far above normal levels even as communities across America hire away younger Finest:

State and city politicians have spent at least half a decade knocking a host of holes in New York's criminal-justice system: Fixing them, especially with an eye on the legitimate issues that drove the reforms, is going to take not just a new mayor but a statewide movement.

Every office-holder needs to know the public is sick of soaring crime and will hold them to account at the polls. nypost.com

Dallas's Great Crime Data - Real? Or Not? Lockdown Driven? Offices Closed
 - No Foot Traffic? Stores Closed - Robberies Down 27%

Violence down about 7% in Dallas as police focus on next phase of crime plan, holiday strategies

Murders and robberies continue to decrease in 2021 compared with last year. Apartment complexes remain #1 problem area

The department's updated stats through October show overall violent crime is down 7.4%, or 773 offenses, this year compared with 2020. Murders and robberies continue to decrease in 2021 compared with last year, while aggravated assaults remain slightly up year-to-date but have begun to decline.

All three types of crime were down in the months since May 7, when the chief's data-driven violent crime plan went into effect.

Police began undergoing training last month on the violent crime plan's next phase, which focuses on locating and disrupting criminal networks.

The plan's short-term strategies are in full swing. They focus on heightened police visibility in 51 small grids - out of 101,402 citywide - identified as areas with a propensity for violence.

Through October this year, there were 182 homicides in Dallas, which is 19 fewer than last year. Reversing the homicide trend remains the department's biggest accomplishment.

Murders and aggravated assaults began trending upward in 2015 after years of steady declines, with a spike during 2019 and 2020, according to a Dallas Morning News analysis.

Robberies were significantly down, with 777 fewer incidents compared with 2020. That's about a 27.1% decrease this year for a total of 2,088 robberies through October. EN: How much of this was driven by lockdowns? dallasnews.com

Loophole in Fed Regulations Allowed Ghost Guns to Flourish
'Ghost Guns': Firearm Kits Bought Online Fuel Epidemic of Violence
They are untraceable, assembled from parts and can be ordered by gang members, felons and even children. They are increasingly the lethal weapon of easy access around the U.S., but especially California.

Ghost guns - untraceable firearms without serial numbers, assembled from components bought online - are increasingly becoming the lethal weapon of easy access for those legally barred from buying or owning guns around the country. The criminal underground has long relied on stolen weapons with sanded-off serial numbers, but ghost guns represent a digital-age upgrade, and they are especially prevalent in coastal blue states with strict firearm laws.

Over the past 18 months, the officials said, ghost guns accounted for 25 to 50 percent of firearms recovered at crime scenes. The vast majority of suspects caught with them were legally prohibited from having guns.

Law enforcement officials are not exactly sure why their use is taking off. But they believe it is basically a matter of a new, disruptive technology gradually gaining traction in a market, then rocketing up when buyers catch on. Since January 2016, about 25,000 privately made firearms have been confiscated by local and federal law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Ghost guns, and the niche industry that produces them, have flourished because of a loophole in federal regulation: The parts used to build "privately made firearms" are classified as components, not actual guns, which means that online buyers are not required to undergo background checks or register the weapons.

Closing that loophole is the focus of new regulations ordered by President Biden - the most prominent surviving plank of his effort to combat gun violence, The rules would essentially treat ghost guns as traditional firearms - requiring core components to be engraved with serial numbers, imposing background checks and requiring online purchasers to pick up their orders at federally licensed gun shops. nytimes.com

Ghost Gun Epidemic in California
'An instrument of death': The problem of ghost guns in California
LAPD report shows in first half of this year, the department confiscated 863 ghost guns, a nearly 300% increase over the 217 it seized during the same period last year.

The untraceable weapons to 24 killings, eight attempted homicides and dozens of assaults and armed robberies since January.

In 2020, California accounted for 65% of all ghost guns seized by ATF.

In San Jose the police department took 844 guns off the streets in 2020. This year, just through August, they've already seized 862 illegal firearms. Headed for a record year.

In San Francisco, police seized 164 ghost guns in 2020, a 2,600% increase from the six confiscated in 2016. latimes.com

Big Cities - America's Pressure Cookers - Let's Hope The Lids Stays On Over the Holidays


COVID Update

440.5M Vaccinations Given

US: 47.9M Cases - 783.5K Dead - 37.9M Recovered
Worldwide: 254.1M Cases - 5.1M Dead - 229.8M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 325   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 529
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Court Vigorously Condemns OSHA ETS

Appeals court judges say those suing to overturn vaccine standard likely to prevail.

A federal appeals court Friday called a Biden administration rule requiring large companies to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees "staggeringly overbroad" and ordered that its implementation remain blocked in a divisive case likely bound for the Supreme Court.

A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court has not only reaffirmed its temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) emergency temporary standard (ETS) on COVID-19 vaccination and testing but has also asserted that those opposing it are likely to prevail in overturning it.

After the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the ETS on Nov. 6 one day after it was published, a three-judge panel from the circuit on Nov. 12 issued a 22-page decision filled with quotes and footnotes strongly supporting the legal case mounted by those suing to overturn the order. Plaintiffs include state governments, staffing and other private companies and industry associations. ehstoday.com

11 Trade Groups Suing the Federal Government
Retail associations sue to halt OSHA COVID vaccine mandate

National Retail Federation, FMI and NACS among groups claiming proposed rule will cause 'irreparable harm'

The National Retail Federation (NRF), FMI-The Food Industry Association (FMI) and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) are among 11 trade groups suing the federal government to suspend a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employers recently proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Under the lawsuit, filed Nov. 9 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, the business associations seek a stay of OSHA's planned vaccination requirement pending review by the court. They claim the "immediately effective" mandate, announced Nov. 4, is too sudden and being applied to employers unfairly and will cause "irreparable harm" to their companies, especially amid unstable economic conditions and the upcoming holiday season.

Other trade organization petitioners in the suit include the International Foodservice Distributors Association, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, International Warehouse and Logistics Association, Texas Trucking Association, Mississippi Trucking Association, Louisiana Motor Transport Association, American Trucking Associations and National Federation of Independent Business.

"We are deeply concerned about the timing for implementing the OSHA vaccine mandate during the most important season of the year for retailers and customers. Our members are already facing workforce shortages and supply chain disruptions, in addition to the legal and practical challenges of implementing this ETS during the holiday season," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in a statement. supermarketnews.com

10 states sue Biden administration over COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers
A group of 10 states has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration and its requirement that health care workers in the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying the mandate is "unconstitutional and unlawful." npr.org

Court injects uncertainty into OSHA vaccine mandate.
Here's how experts say businesses should proceed.
That preparation is key because compliance isn't something businesses can do overnight. They need to determine if they want to mandate the vaccine or if they will allow the testing option. If testing is permitted, they'll need to determine who will pay for the tests - a decision that could be shaped by state and local laws.

Employers will also need to determine the vaccination status of their workers - another potentially thorny scenario that's fraught with potential litigation risk.

"The most troubling aspect of this situation for businesses is that they face a great deal of work to come into compliance with this rule and it is not even certain that the federal courts will allow the rule to take effect," Nichols said. "For busy companies, the thought of putting a great deal of effort into a program that may ultimately not be necessary is very troubling."

The challenge increases given how quickly the first deadline of Dec. 6 will arrive. bizjournals.com

OHSA's Counting On Whistleblowers
Whistleblowers to play key role in enforcing Biden vaccine rule
And the DOL just increased the fines for not posting required posters last week

"No army" of OSHA inspectors - They've been understaffed for years

"There is no army of OSHA inspectors that is going to be knocking on employers door or even calling them," said Debbie Berkowitz, a former OSHA chief of staff who is a fellow at Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. "They're going to rely on workers and their union representatives to file complaints where the company is totally flouting the law.''

OSHA said it plans to check on compliance with the latter by doing spot-checks of businesses, and will also rely on complaints the agency receives about businesses that aren't following the regulation.

"We will have our staff available and responsive to complaints, which is a No. 1 way we hear about problems in a workplace," said Jim Frederick, the acting chief of OSHA, on a conference call with reporters. He also said the agency will focus on job sites "where workers need assistance to have a safe and healthy workplace." cbsnews.com

Things are going to get worse before they get better
Former FDA head warns of post-Thanksgiving spike in COVID-19 cases
The former head of the Food and Drug Administration warned Sunday that there's "no question" that there will be a surge in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving gatherings.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who sits on the board of Pfizer, said he anticipates the uptick in cases already seen in more than a dozen states to continue after the Nov. 25 holiday.

"We're going to see a post-holiday spike, there's no question about that. People are exhausted right now, but we need to remain vigilant just for a little bit longer," Gottlieb said on "Face the Nation."

Gottlieb said that particularly vulnerable to rising case numbers are regions that weren't hit as hard by the latest Delta wave.

"If you're in the southwest right now, you're in the Great Lakes region, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, you're in parts of New England or western Pennsylvania or northern New York, or certain mountain states like Colorado, things don't look good," he said. nypost.com

"Anybody in CA Who Wants One Gets One"
CA Gov. Newsom warns of winter Covid-19 surge
Gov. Gavin Newsom ended an otherwise positive briefing on California's economy Tuesday with a warning about a new surge in Covid-19 cases he expects to see this winter. bizjournals.com

Fearing a winter surge, California turbocharges its push for COVID booster shots
Health officials in California and other areas are turbocharging the push for COVID-19 booster shots in hopes of getting more adults the extra dose as soon as possible.

The move comes amid initial sluggish demand for boosters, which has sparked concern that more people who got their initial vaccinations nearly a year ago will see their immunity wane further into the pivotal holiday season. In California, only 34% of fully vaccinated seniors age 65 and over have received a booster, as have just 14% of fully vaccinated adults.

Dr. Tomás Aragón, state health officer and director of the California Department of Public Health, sent out a letter Tuesday instructing vaccination providers to "allow patients to self-determine their risk of exposure. Do not turn a patient away who is requesting a booster." latimes.com

It's Working - Containers Subject to Fines Down 26%
Cargo jam at L.A. and Long Beach ports begins to ease as hefty fines loom
San Pedro Bay's unwilling flotilla has grown to 78 vessels, and more are on the way to meet holiday shopping demand. But on the docks themselves, the situation seems to be improving - slightly.

One key problem facing the port complex has been the towering piles of containers left at the import terminals for days on end, taking up space that should go to new containers unloaded from the ships offshore.

In response, officials at the ports voted in late October to impose a new fee on containers that sit around for more than six days if intended for rail transport or nine days if intended for trucks. Starting Nov. 15, the ocean carrier companies that brought those idling containers in will be charged $100 on the first day past deadline, $200 on the next, and so on - an escalating fine that could quickly grow into the tens of millions of dollars a day for the thousands of containers on the docks. latimes.com

COVID-19 has cost LAFD $22.5 million in overtime, much of it to cover for sick firefighters


FRT Internet Scraped Images Violate Privacy Regs

Australia Regulators Call For Facial Images Scraped From The Internet to be Deleted
Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) declared Clearview in violation of the country's privacy regulations
An industry dust-up has broken out over the appropriate composition of biometric reference databases for law enforcement applications, with Oosto endorsing a regulator's call for facial images scraped from the internet to be deleted in reference to Clearview AI.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) declared Clearview in violation of the country's privacy regulations and ordered the company to delete the biometric data of Australians from its database, at the conclusion of a joint investigation with the UK's ICO.

"Oosto endorses the Australian Government's decision," states Oosto CEO Avi Golan. "Scraping images of people from the web without their consent is, in our view, a serious violation of the right to privacy. As a vendor of AI based facial recognition products for private companies and government agencies it is important for me to emphasize - facial recognition apps should be provided with an empty database."

Daniel Castro of The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) blasted the OAIC's decisions on Clearview and 7-Eleven. He states that in the case of the Clearview decision, the four alleged harms to consumers are not increased by anything Clearview has done.

Britain's ICO, meanwhile, is likely to eventually follow the OAIC by shutting down any Clearview operations in the UK, a compliance expert tells Infosecurity Magazine. biometricupdate.com

UK Likely To Follow Australia Lead on Shutting Down Clearview
Facial Recognition Firm Could Be Ordered to "Close" in UK, Warn Experts
Controversial facial recognition firm Clearview AI will most likely be required to dramatically scale back operations in the UK, following a joint investigation by the UK and Australian privacy regulators, experts have claimed.

After an investigation lasting over 15 months, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) released its ruling on Tuesday. It said the New York-based firm had breached Australians' privacy by scraping their images from the web without their knowledge and disclosing them through its facial recognition tool.

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) released only an anodyne statement saying it is "considering its next steps and any formal regulatory action that may be appropriate under the UK data protection laws."

However, it's likely to take the same line as its Australian counterpart, argued Jonathan Armstrong of compliance specialist Cordery. infosecurity-magazine.com

Take the shine and target off face biometrics, say researchers
Of the uncounted words, both alarmed and alarming, devoted to law enforcement's use of facial recognition, there is one sentence that could tame pro and con rhetoric.

A subtitle in a scholarly journal reads: 'Facial Recognition is Just Another Forensic Feature Comparison Tool.'

If held to the same professional standards as every other biometric identification tool, use of face biometrics can add to the number of solved crimes with minimal collateral harms (like false positives).

That is the conclusion of an article in the fall issue of Translational Criminology by National Academy of Sciences-affiliated professors Cynthia Rudin and Shawn Bushway. It is a welcome bit of sobriety in a debate dominated by vendors' exaggerated claims and emotional privacy advocates.

The writers strictly differentiate forensic and surveillance roles.

They make the case that treating face biometrics as just another forensic tool has the highest chance of success. That means recognizing that it is fallible but can meet acceptable minimum performance standards.

It also means accepting that there are algorithms with little racial and other biases. The answer is imposing rigid ethical standards for how algorithms and human operators are trained and judged. biometricupdate.com

Gap Inc., Chico's FAS and Victoria's Secret Adding Value To Benchmark Report
Security Magazine's: The 2021 Security Benchmark Report
Welcome to The 2021 Security Benchmark Report, which includes comparisons of all security organizations, sector reports, annual top trends and leadership profiles.

The purpose of The Security Benchmark Report is to allow security teams and organizations to compare themselves with their peers, both among the industry as a whole, as well as among seven individual sectors for even better comparison.

The majority (66%) of this year's Security Benchmark Report leaders saw increases in their security budgets compared with 2020. Placing value on security seems to be a theme for many organizations in this year's survey.

We asked this year's respondents which metrics were most important to their security programs and the enterprise as a whole, as well as what specific services they provided to the enterprise.

Throughout the pages of the 2021 Security Benchmark Report, you will find:

Main tables, charts and graphs from all respondents; rankings: security-related training spends, biggest technology spends, largest security budgets as a percent of revenue and more;

Sector reports and rankings for more insight and comparison among industry sector's security programs;

Security Benchmark profiles, for which Security speaks with a few of our Security Benchmark Leaders for insight into their security programs, their biggest initiatives, critical issues and more.

Our editorial goal is to provide security professionals with comparisons for their roles, responsibilities, budgets, initiatives and more. We will continue to evolve and grow the program year after year.

For more information on The Security Benchmark Report and its methodology, visit the More About The Security Benchmark Report sidebar.

Broken down into seven business sectors Retail is included in the Entertainment, Retail, Hospitality, Restaurant, Cultural Institutions/Museums, Education K-12

With the Gap Inc., Chico's FAS Inc., and Victoria's Secret representing the only three pure retail models included in the study. Obviously with their senior Asset Protection leaders, Chris Nelson at the Gap, Joe Biffar at Chico's FAS, and John Talamo at Victoria's Secret taking the time to share their thoughts, efforts, and models for the benefit of the industry overall.

Overall the study covers a wide range of core and universal topics in each sector, with some great generic data points showing some industry advancements and a few disappointments. It's a great read and should be required reading for any student in criminal justice and especially any security, Loss Prevention, Asset Protection and cyber security practitioner.

Is That You In the Corner Big Brother?
New York Employers Must Soon Provide Notice of Digital Workplace Monitoring

New York employers that monitor employees' telephone calls, e-mails or internet use must soon provide written notice to employees.

The change comes during an era where many employees are communicating with each other via digital means on a near-constant basis, leading to the opportunity to look over workers' shoulders like never before.

Such activity will now be regulated in New York, leading to new compliance obligations for employers. Here's what employers need to know about this new law, signed by the governor on Nov. 8 and taking effect in May 2022.

The new law requires private employers to provide written notice upon hiring to all employees if they monitor or intercept employee electronic communications, effective May 6, 2022. This includes any monitoring or interception of telephone calls, e-mail communications and internet usage. The notice must be in writing or in an electronic form and must be acknowledged by the employee. Employers are also required to post the notice in the workplace.

This law does not prevent you from engaging in the monitoring of employees-employers retain the right to monitor computer usage, so long as employees are informed of the surveillance. The stated aim of the law is to increase transparency within an organization and help to avoid invasion of privacy lawsuits. Violations - $500 - $1,000 - $3,000. shrm.org

McKinsey Consultant Accused of Insider Trading
A former partner at consulting firm McKinsey & Co. has been charged with trading on inside information he had obtained about the potential acquisition of GreenSky Inc. while advising the buyer about the deal.

With the options set to expire on Sept. 17, he cashed them in for a profit of nearly $450,000, a return of approximately 1,944% on his investment, the SEC alleged in a civil complaint. Dikshit, 40, was arrested Wednesday on parallel criminal charges of securities fraud that carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. cfo.com

"The Great Resignation" Continuing with 4.4M Quitting in Sept.
Record-High Job Openings Persist in Tight Labor Market

More than 11m job openings in early November - well above the number of unemployed workers

More than 10 million open jobs since June, an extraordinary stretch of imbalance in the labor market that also includes record numbers of workers quitting their jobs.

The so-called quits rate-a measurement of workers leaving jobs as a share of overall employment-was 3% in September, a record high, Friday's Labor Department data showed, a sign of worker confidence in the job market. Total quits, which reflects the number of jobs that workers left voluntarily, hit another record at 4.4 million.

Many of the open jobs are in warehousing, shipping and consumer-facing retail, a trend that is likely to be supercharged by the holiday shopping season and strong consumer demand. wsj.com

CBRE: Holiday sales could soar as much as 10.5% over 2020

Amazon Fresh Opens 2nd "Just Walk Out" 35K-sq-ft store in Chicago Metro
Now has 21 Fresh stores in U.S.

Discount clothing chain Primark to open 130 outlets over five years

Staples Still Wants to Buy Office Depot - Third Time is a Charm

Quarterly Results

Dillard's Q3 comp's up 43%, sales up 47%

Ahold Delhaize Q3 U.S. comp's up 3.6%, sales up 6.8%

Grocery Outlet Q3 comp's down 4.3%, net sales up 0.6%

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

12 New Senior LP/AP Jobs Posted Since Nov. 5

VP, Corporate Security job posted for Tanger Outlets in Greensboro, NC

SVP Risk Mgmt job posted for Goodwill of Greater New York in New York, NY

Dir. Security - Executive Protection job posted for Walmart in Bentonville, AR

Dir. AP, Safe & Secure job posted for Target in Brooklyn Park, MN

Dir. Compliance & LP job posted for HearingLife in the U.S.

Dir. Security Risk Management & Governance job posted for Dell in Austin, TX

Dir. Security job posted for United Protective Services in Oklahoma City, OK

Dir. Security & Compliance job posted for Goodwin Recruiting in Battle Creek, MI

Asset Protection Corporate Senior Manager job posted for JCPenney in Plano, TX

Sr Manager, Global Security Operations job posted for Callaway in Carlsbad, CA

Sr Manager, Profit Protection job posted for Callaway in Carlsbad, CA

Manager, Corporate Facilities & Support job posted for Big Lots in Columbus, OH

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Innovation in EAS Tags?

Hear what Kroger is doing.

Think EAS tags can't be innovative? Think again. TalkLP host Amber Bradley welcomes Carlton Hemphill, Senior Retail Operations Manager, at Kroger to talk about how he's working to beat organized retail crime (ORC) and opportunistic shoplifters with this simple, yet effective, innovation.

Need proof? Carlton's got it. Hear him explain his product test, how he did it and what the results yielded. Hear Carlton's six considerations for moving forward with a technology spend to ensure it's beneficial for the organization.

Carlton also talks about how his varied experience in grocery operations, asset protection, and merchandising has helped his career growth.

This episode is sponsored by ALL-TAG. Find more information about the solution Carlton's discusses and more by clicking here.






Two New Directors Join Retail & Hospitality ISAC Board

Executives from Wayfair and Hyatt elected to the RH-ISAC Board of Directors
(Vienna, VA) November 15, 2021 - The Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) announced the election of two new directors to its Board of Directors: Marnie Wilking, global head of security and IT risk management at Wayfair, and Benjamin Vaughn, senior vice president and chief information security officer at Hyatt. Additionally, Jim Cameli, vice president and global chief information security officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance, was re-elected to a three-year term on the board.

"The RH-ISAC Board of Directors has some of the best and brightest minds in cybersecurity," RH-ISAC President Suzie Squier said. "Marnie and Ben are valuable additions to the board, and I look forward to working with them, alongside the rest of the RH-ISAC leadership, as we move forward into 2022." 

Read more here

Costco says card skimmers were found at Chicago-area warehouses, less than 500 people affected

The skimmers could read card information from the magnetic stripe of a payment card. In August, Costco found five skimmers on payment card devices in four of their warehouses.

Costco has confirmed a card skimming attack that forced them to send out notification letters to victims last week.

"We promptly removed the skimmers, notified law enforcement, and engaged a forensics firm to analyze the devices," a Costco spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said less than 500 customers were affected by the situation and that all of the customers were notified by letter on November 5. zdnet.com

DOJ Declares War on Ransomware Gangs

"If you come for us, we're going to come for you"

DOJ: "If you come for us, we're going to come for you"
With all the build-up, global pressure, law enforcement activity & economic impact - How does Putin respond now?

US DOJ: Continue to Expect Arrests, Ransom Payment Seizures

Deputy AG Lisa Monaco Outlines Department's Aggressive Ransomware Approach

The U.S. deputy attorney general said last week that the nation is ramping up efforts to cripple ransomware operations and other cybercrime through arrests and seizures of ransom payments. The Biden administration has called ransomware both a threat to national security and an economic threat - resulting in several U.S.-led counter-offensives.

Lisa Monaco, the nation's second-highest-ranking attorney, told The Associated Press, "In the weeks to come, you're going to see more arrests" and the seizure of ransom payments issued in cryptocurrency, among other operations.
"We have not seen a material change in the landscape. Only time will tell as to what Russia may do on this front."

U.S. National Cyber Director Chris Inglis, however, told House lawmakers on Wednesday that the nation is seeing a "discernible decrease" in Russia-based cyberattacks.

Rosa Smothers, a former CIA threat analyst and technical intelligence officer, tells ISMG, "Aggressive extradition of cybercriminals to make an example of them, coupled with an aggressive bounty program, shows that the DOJ means business and is moving with a sense of urgency on the ransomware issue."

Smothers, currently the senior vice president of cyber operations at the firm KnowBe4, also notes, "To put this into context, Thursday's announcement of a $10 million bounty for information leading to the identification or location of senior members of the DarkSide gang ... is the same amount of money offered for Sirajuddin Haqqani ... who is wanted for questioning in connection with the January 2008 attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed six people."

Following the Money - Crypto Focus - Targeting ransomware operators' cryptocurrency-based model

This month, the DOJ listed a job opening for the director of NCET, who will aid in enforcing digital currency laws and head a team of prosecutors to investigate crypto-related cases. govinfosecurity.com

Ukrainian Nat'l Police & Prosecutor's Office Help Take Down REvil Gang
Ukrainian Arrested and Charged with Ransomware Attack on Kaseya
Justice Department Seizes $6.1M Related to Alleged REvil Ransomware Extortionists and charged two foreign nationals with deploying Sodinokibi/REvil ransomware to attack businesses and government entities in the United States.

Yaroslav Vasinskyi, 22, a Ukrainian national, charged with conducting ransomware attacks against multiple victims, including the July 2021 attack against Kaseya. The department also announced today the seizure of $6.1 million in funds traceable to alleged ransom payments received by Yevgeniy Polyanin, 28, a Russian national, who is also charged with conducting Sodinokibi/REvil ransomware attacks against multiple victims, including businesses and government entities in Texas on or about Aug. 16, 2019.

After the remote access to Kaseya endpoints was established, the ransomware was executed on those computers, which resulted in the encryption of data on computers of organizations around the world that used Kaseya software.

If convicted of all counts, each faces a maximum penalty of 115 and 145 years in prison, respectively.

On Oct. 8, Vasinskyi was taken into custody in Poland where he remains held by authorities pending proceedings in connection with his requested extradition to the United States. In parallel with the arrest, interviews and searches were carried out in multiple countries, and would not have been possible without the rapid response of the National Police of Ukraine and the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine. justice.gov

One of the Worst of All Ransomware Gangs - Money Launder Snagged on Vacation
U.S. Accuses Russian of Money Laundering for Ryuk Ransomware Gang

Arrest is first in connection with group that took in more than $100 million in ransom payments last year

A Moscow entrepreneur was detained during a vacation abroad this month and is now facing extradition to the U.S. on charges that he helped a notorious Russian ransomware group launder payments.

The case marks the first arrest in connection with the Ryuk ransomware group, which gained notoriety with a string of attacks last year targeting U.S. hospitals already strained by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Denis Dubnikov, a Russian citizen, was expelled from Mexico and placed on a plane to Amsterdam, where Dutch police arrested him on Nov. 2 on a U.S. charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to his lawyer Arkady Bukh.

Mr. Dubnikov, 29 years old, is being sought to stand trial as part of a Federal Bureau of Investigation investigation of Ryuk, which was linked to one-third of all U.S. ransomware attacks in 2020, according to cybersecurity firm SonicWall. Since it was first observed in August 2018, Ryuk has been linked to at least 2,400 ransomware incidents, says the Justice Department request, which was viewed by The Wall Street Journal. Extortion payments to the group totaled more than $100 million last year, according to the bitcoin analysis firm Chainalysis.

Cyber experts consider Ryuk to be one of the worst of all ransomware actors, in part because of their reputation for ruthlessness. wsj.com

FBI Feeling the Heat - Sat on REvil's Decryptor Key for Three Weeks
In Ransomware Fight, FBI Balances Unlocking Victims' Data and Chasing Attackers

Top official defends FBI's timing for use of decryption key to help businesses affected by this summer's hack of software maker Kaseya

Law-enforcement officials who get their hands on a key that can unlock ransomware victims' computer systems walk a fine line between aiding the hacked companies and pursuing the criminals responsible.

Act too soon and the hackers will be tipped off, changing their strategies. Act too late and risk criticism for not moving fast enough to help victims.

The dilemma authorities face was illustrated this week as the Federal Bureau of Investigation defended its handling of a decryption key this summer after an attack on software provider Kaseya Ltd. that had spread to hundreds of businesses in the U.S. and Europe, many of them small and midsize.

Authorities increasingly are pursuing decryption tools during cybersecurity investigations that often include various U.S. agencies and international partners. Such probes can complicate the decision of how and when to deploy decryptors without alerting hackers, cyber experts say, potentially leaving victims on their own to restore data before a key is made available.

"You have to take into consideration the reaction of a ransomware group," said Catalin Cosoi, chief security strategist at Bitdefender, a Romania-based cyber company that has built decryption tools and consulted on law-enforcement investigations. "It depends how close you are to ending the investigation," he added.

Mr. Cosoi said using such keys to create and immediately release decryptors could push hackers to change the way they lock up data or alert criminals that law-enforcement agents are on their tail.

Unlocking companies' data-and saving them from costly ransom payments or resource-intensive recovery processes-is a crucial part of the push, cyber experts and law-enforcement officials say.

Lawmakers had criticized the timeline and warned of companies' potential financial losses after the Washington Post reported in September that the FBI sat on the decryptor for about three weeks as it considered a takedown of REvil. wsj.com

Corporate America Wants "U.S. Government Involvement" & "Enhanced Policies"
One-third of retail and hospitality organizations have experienced a data breach
The joint study from Cornell and FreedomPay, "Check Please! How Restaurant, Retail and Hospitality Businesses are Managing Cybersecurity Risks," reveals the state of cybersecurity in small, medium and large-size enterprises across the hospitality, retail and food and beverage sectors.

While 96% of surveyed retail, restaurant and hospitality stakeholders are confident in their companies' internal risk assessment processes, their satisfaction in the security of their systems is misaligned with reality, as one-third of companies (31%) have experienced a data breach in their company's history. Of companies that have been breached, 89% have been hit more than once in a year, and 69% of retail businesses have been breached upwards of three times in a year.

With new cyber threats emerging both internally and externally, business leaders are juggling a full slate of concerns and challenges. Business owners highlighted threats such as payment integrity (59%) and malware (58%) as concerning most often, with risk management (57%) cited as the biggest challenge leaders say their systems face. Companies also fear internal threats, with hospitality companies most frequently citing human error (86%) and lack of employee education (81%) as negatively impacting cybersecurity systems. securitymagazine.com

Hanover Research recruited a total of 300 respondents through a panel and administered the survey online.

Their key questions include:

What cybersecurity systems are merchants currently using?
How optimized are their cybersecurity systems?
What are the factors that are inhibiting them from moving from their current system to the optimal system?
What are the expectations of and reassurances for customers?
What are the underlying issues impacting cybersecurity issues?

This report is just a snapshot of views toward cybersecurity in America's business eco-system. That said, we believe it illustrates the challenges, opinions and actions merchants of all sizes are facing. Download the report now to find out how cybersecurity is being tackled and prioritized as the world shrinks, and hackers and consumers become savvier. freedompay.com

Editor's Note: There's really two standout findings in our opinion. With one concerning but not surprising; More than one-third (35%) of surveyed leaders do not know how much of their company's budget is spent on cybersecurity.

And the other: A majority of companies (87%) say they would welcome involvement from the U.S. government to fight cybersecurity threats as well as enhance policy (84%).

Reflecting an industry's growing frustration with DC's political indecisiveness and lack of courage to do something concrete and take action.

Case in point is what we're seeing literally right now with the REvil ransomware gang's response, take down, and arrest (see DOJ article above) coupled with the Administrations position with Putin and the pressure being applied for them to finally do something with these bad actors. As this may be a turning point we're witnessing on a global scale. At least from the criminal bad actor aspect. Certainly nation state issues will never cease. - Gus Downing

Twitter Launches Cryptocurrency Team to Explore Bitcoin, Blockchain Uses
The social-media company said Wednesday it is assembling a team called "Twitter Crypto" to look into ways to help creators on the app to earn money or accept cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin for payment, and other ways to use blockchain technology. Twitter said the new team will "set the strategy for the future of crypto at (and on) Twitter." wsj.com

Job Reposted
Sr. Director, Information Security job posted for Brinker in Dallas, TX
The successful candidate will report to the Chief Information Officer and lead all aspects of Information Security. This role will recommend Information Security investments which mitigate cyber and insider risks, strengthen defenses and reduce vulnerabilities for development, internal and guest facing systems and products. brinker.taleo.net

Interpol Closes in on Global BEC Gang

Crypto creeps into the checkout line







Spoofing the Big Boys For $7M in Ad Sales & Not 1 Ad Was Seen By Any Human
Programming Datacenter Bots Worldwide to Act as Humans Viewing Ads

Russian Cybercriminal Gets 10 Yrs for $7M Digital Advertising Fraud Scheme

"King of Fraud!" Aleksandr Zhukov Con's $7M+ from NY Times, NY Post, NY Daily & a Host of Others

Between September 2014 and December 2016, Zhukov operated a purported advertising network-Media Methane-and carried out a digital advertising fraud scheme that came to be known as "Methbot." Media Methane had business arrangements with other advertising networks whereby it received payment in return for placing advertisements-primarily video advertisements-on websites. Rather than place advertisements on real publishers' webpages where human internet users would see them, Zhukov rented more than 2,000 computer servers housed in commercial datacenters in Dallas, Texas, Amsterdam and the Netherlands, and programmed the datacenter computer servers (the "bots") to simulate humans viewing ads on webpages. Zhukov and his co-conspirators programmed the bots to load real ads on blank webpages while falsely representing that the ads were loading on real webpages, "spoofing" the domains of more than 6,000 publishers, including The New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, Newsday, and the Staten Island Advance. justice.gov

Amazon Delivery - The Teamsters Hail Mary
Work For Amazon? Get Ready To Hear From The Teamsters
Local outreaches are beginning to unfold across the nation as part of a push by the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters, one of the biggest and most powerful unions in the nation, to unionize Amazon after it voted overwhelmingly to go after the e-commerce giant in a resolution this summer.

It's quite the fight to pick. But the century-old union thinks the stakes are that high, calling the $1.7 trillion (market cap) company an "existential threat" to industry standards around pay and working conditions it has long fought for. It's starting to mobilize its 1.4 million members - who work across the logistics industry, from trucking to warehouse operations - to have conversations with friends, family members and neighbors about Amazon.

Union members are starting to show up at city council meetings and school board meetings, voicing opposition to new Amazon warehouses or tax breaks. They're talking to elected officials. They're testifying in front of Congress about antitrust reform. It's all part of an ambitious strategy to effect change through organizing, legislation and public pressure.

UPS driver Stephen Robertson, 38, has started spending his weekends going door to door in Los Angeles, asking people what they think about the impact Amazon it is having on public safety, pollution and jobs in the community. forbes.com

Alibaba, JD smash Singles Day record with $139B in sales & focus on 'social responsibility'

Alibaba & JD.com racked up $139B of sales across their platforms on China's Singles Day, setting new record.

Alibaba said gross merchandise volume (GMV) during the 11-day period totaled 540.3 billion yuan ($84.54 billion), a more than 8% jump from last year's 498.2 billion yuan.

JD said transaction volume on its platform totaled 349.1 billion yuan ($54.6 billion) during the Singles Day period, a 28% increase from the 271.5 billion yuan recorded last year. cnbc.com







DOJ: Bahamian Man Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For More Than $1.2 Million Credit Card Fraud Scheme
KEVIN DION ROLLE, Jr. was sentenced to 60 months in prison for his role in a $1.2 million credit card scheme. ROLLE, Jr. pled guilty before Judge Nathan on August 5, 2021, to one count of wire fraud.

From October 2015 to September 2020, ROLLE participated in what is known by various credit card companies as a "bust-out" scheme whereby the credit card user applies for a credit card and incurs numerous charges with no intention of paying the balance. As part of his multi-year fraud scheme, ROLLE submitted multiple credit card applications to American Express ("Amex"), which often included or were supported by documentation containing false identifying information. Once ROLLE received a credit card, he used the credit card for a short period of time to purchase luxury items, including, among other things, Cartier jewelry and a Bentley.

In total, ROLLE incurred $1,205,318.18 in Amex credit card charges that remain outstanding and collected an $209,500 in insurance proceeds based on a claim for jewelry pieces purchased with the fraudulent Amex credit cards.

In addition to the prison term, ROLLE, 27, of The Bahamas, was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $1,414,818.18 and forfeiture in the amount of $1,504,818.18. justice.gov

DOJ: Armed robber gets 12 years, 7 months prison for attacking customers and stealing opioids from multiple pharmacies
NEWNAN, Ga. - Anthony Lavell Williams, Jr. has been sentenced for perpetrating a string of armed robberies in Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cobb, and Hall Counties during which Williams assaulted pharmacy customers and forced employees to surrender cash and tens of thousands of opioids and amphetamines to him.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Erskine, the charges and other information presented in court: Williams, while armed with a handgun, robbed five retail pharmacies between May 2020 and July 2020. Williams escaped with approximately $9,600 in cash and more than $183,000 of controlled substances. The pharmacies' losses were eclipsed by the street value of the stolen drugs, which included but was not limited to nearly 44,000 doses of opioids and more than 5,700 tablets containing amphetamine.

Anthony Lavell Williams, Jr., 28, of Rome, Georgia, was sentenced to 12 years, 7 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $192,983.77 after pleading guilty to five counts of interference with commerce by robbery and armed robbery involving controlled substances. Williams pleaded guilty to these charges on August 3, 2021. justice.gov

Hitting Best Buy and Lowe's Stores in New Orleans Area
DOJ: New Orleans Man Charged with Wire Fraud, Money Laundering, and False Statements
COREY THOMAS, age 49, from New Orleans, was indicted on October 7, 2021 for wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and making false statements to a federal agent, all stemming from alleged fraudulent charges made in someone else's name at local stores.

According to the indictment, THOMAS used a victim's personal identifying information in an effort to make fraudulent charges at Best Buy and several Lowe's Home Improvement locations. It is alleged, that THOMAS attempted the purchases on behalf of other actual customers, offering to charge the goods on a store credit card in exchange for a cash payment that was less than the purchase price. THOMAS is also charged with three counts of aggravated identity theft, corresponding to three fraudulent charges at Lowe's locations in New Orleans and Slidell. THOMAS is also charged with one count of lying to federal agents, by denying that he was present at Lowe's during a successful fraudulent charge and falsely stating that he did not know the customer who received the fraudulently obtained goods in that transaction.

Faces over 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the gross gain to THOMAS or the gross loss to any victims, as well as a mandatory $100 special assessment fee per count. justice.gov

DOJ: Memphis Man Gets 75 Months Federal Prison in Mail Fraud and Identity Theft Scheme
Passing stolen altered checks at Walmart in Ashland, TN. Fraudulently bought a Porsche from CarMax for $45,998 in TN as well.

Law enforcement discovered hundreds of pieces of opened stolen mail containing personal identifying information of over 100 individuals, check stock, counterfeit checks, and fake IDs in the Morning Hill Dr. residence. - Additional evidence seized included approximately 140 counterfeit checks drawn on 35 different banks, which appeared to have been passed at Wal-Mart stores. The total for the 140 checks was $59,247. - On January 30, 2020, investigators executed a search warrant at Johnson's rented storage unit at Sentry Self Storage and discovered additional pieces of stolen mail, counterfeit checks, and fake IDs. justice.gov

Kansas City, MO: Community rallies to help shoe store robbed of its merchandise
A local store is left with a mess, and no merchandise, after thieves targeted the business. Now, there's a community effort to get the shop, One Pair, back on its feet. Video shows One Pair hours after the Kansas City, Missouri, store was ransacked Wednesday. One-hundred-twenty pairs of shoes, clothing and the store's shirt press were all taken. "It's a bad event, but we look forward. You can't drive in the rearview mirror, so we're going to keep looking forward. Keep the positive things," One Pair owner KJ Farmer said. The shop's founder is hoping to set an example in how they recover from adversity. "Growing up all I wanted was a chance. I own several businesses now and it took me too long to learn life. How to learn to save money, how to do the right things and why it shouldn't be that way," One Pair founder Jerren Thornhill said.

Thornhill is using the misfortune to teach more to these teens. "This just allows us to say, 'Hey, it's another bump in the road, but the road is still there to keep going,'" Thornhill said. Customers and complete strangers are rallying in support. "We're going to chip in on the $50,000 and then some more after that," Thornhill said. More than 200 people have already donated nearly $17,000 online. The owner says they've gotten commitments from banks and other business owners. They plan to come back stronger than ever. One pair also provides WiFi, after-school work and tutoring for teens. On Black Friday they'll celebrate their one-year anniversary. krdo.com

Chicago. IL: Felony Burglary and Retail Theft Charges for 4 Individuals Accused of Stealing $15,000 Worth of Merchandise from Ulta Beauty Store in Oak Brook
DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin and Oak Brook Chief of Police James Kruger announced today that bond has been set for four of six individuals, all of whom are from Chicago, accused of stealing nearly $15,000 worth of merchandise from an Ulta Beauty store located at 2155 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook. Peaches P. Johnson, 29 (d.o.b. 8/26/1992), of the 6900 block of S. Campbell, Kamal J. Hoskins, 25 (d.o.b. 9/19/1996) of the 1600 block of E. 67th Street, Roy Crane, 21 (d.o.b. 9/8/2000) of the 1500 block of E 93rd and Darnell Profit, 19 (d.o.b. 1/28/2002) of the 1500 block of E. 93rd, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Robert Miller set bond at $175,000 with 10% to apply for Johnson and $100,000 with 10% to apply for Hoskins, Crane and Profit. The two remaining individuals, both juveniles, will appear at a detention hearing tomorrow morning. All six defendants have been charged with one count of Burglary (Class 2 Felony) and one count of Retail Theft (Class 3 Felony).

On November 12, 2021 at approximately 5:44 p.m., the Oak Brook Police Department received information from the Chicago Police Department that a vehicle suspected of being involved in illegal activity in Norridge earlier that day was in front of the Ulta beauty store. Officers immediately responded but by the time officers arrived, the vehicle had fled the scene. It is alleged that five male subjects, all wearing hoodies and ski masks, ran into the store. It is alleged that at least three of the individuals pulled out garbage bags and that all five subjects worked in unison, clearing out the shelves of cologne into the garbage bags. It is further alleged that the subjects then fled the scene. Through the course of their investigation into the burglary, the vehicle was located driving southbound on I-294 at which time the Hinsdale Police Department shut down the highway and took the suspects into custody. In all, it is alleged that the individuals stole 153 bottles of cologne worth nearly $15,000. foxnews.com

Jackson County, KS: 3 suspects jailed in Kansas had 22 iPhones after series of store thefts
Law enforcement authorities are investigating a series of thefts from Walmart stores in Kansas and other states and have three women in custody. On November 9, sheriff's deputies were alerted to a possible theft in process at the Walmart Supercenter, 427 Arizona in Holton, according to Sheriff Tim Morse. Deputies stopped the suspect vehicle, a black 2015 Dodge Charger east of Arizona Avenue on Banner Road. They took three women in the vehicle into custody. Deputies located items believed to have been taken from the store as well as other items believed to have been stolen from other Walmart stores including 22 iPhones believed to have been stolen from a Houston, Texas Walmart. hayspost.com

Chicago, IL: Flash Mob Robbery, $50K Merchandise Taken at Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont
Police from Rosemont responded about 2:43 p.m. Friday, November 12, 2021 to a report of a flash mob robbery 2021 at Fashion Outlets of Chicago, 5220 Fashion Outlet Way in Rosemont. The store name was not initially disclosed. Police received a report that ten offenders took shoes and a wall display of purses valued at approximately $50,000.  arlingtoncardinal.com

Victor, NY: Three Car Crash: Deputy hurt following a $5,500 Dick's Shoplifting Incident
A three-car crash on Rt. 96 in Victor was the result of trying to stop a man who shoplifted over $5500 worth of merchandise from Dick's Sporting Goods in Eastview Mall on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13. Darwin Mitchell, 52, was observed at Dick's Sporting Goods putting over $5500 worth of merchandise in a bag, passing through all points of purchase without paying. He attempted to flee security personnel, and then deputies, in his car with Pennsylvania plates, but as he was fleeing police, failed to stop at a red light. Three cars were involved in the accident he caused at that intersection; Mitchell and the other occupants of his car fled the scene of the accident. Mitchell, who was known to police, and who had been banned from Eastview Mall last August due to similar activities, was taken into custody a mile away. A deputy was injured in the crash and taken to the hospital with relatively minor injuries. The Ontario County Sheriff was assisted by the New York State Police, Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Fishers Fire Department, and Victor Farmington Ambulance. geneseesun.com

Nassau County, NY: 2 Nassau Teens Arrested For Stealing Apple Items In 6 T-Mobile Stores

Carson City, NV: Suspected Home Depot ORC Thief booked for electrical wire theft, possession of mushrooms and meth

San Francisco, CA: Thief Casually Walks Into Posh San Fran Store And Steals Heap Of Items In Broad Daylight

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Shootings & Deaths

Richmond, VA: 2 children killed, 2 adults injured in shooting outside convenience store
Police responded to a reported shooting outside of the OMG Convenience Store at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, WWBT reported. Officers found two boys, ages 9 and 14, and two adult men at the scene with life-threatening injuries. All four victims were taken to the hospital, where the children died. The family of the 14-year-old identified the boy as Rahquan Logan. The Richmond NAACP and other community leaders gathered with Rahquan's family outside the convenience store Saturday evening. The group asked the community to step up and look out for each other again. They also asked Richmond Police to step up their presence in the area and be more proactive. 13abc.com

Houston, TX: 1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at SW Houston restaurant
Police said an argument over a soccer game led to the shooting of two men inside a restaurant in southwest Houston. It happened at about 1:30 a.m. at El Rinconsito de Tela on South Gessner, according to police. abc13.com

Chicago, IL: Suspect Captured By SWAT Team After Shooting At Safari Land Indoor Amusement Park In Villa Park
Police now have a suspect in custody in the shooting inside Safari Land's indoor amusement park Saturday night in west Suburban Villa Park. Police say the person was found 20 miles away inside a Chicago home. Safari Land was closed for the day Sunday after the shooting. Hours before it turned into a crime scene, Villa Park's Safari Land was holding birthday parties for toddlers, but just before 8 p.m. Saturday, one man shot another at least three times. The victim was taken to a hospital. The gunman took off running. chicago.cbslocal.com

Baltimore, MD: Off-Duty Officer Involved In Fatal Shooting In Southeast Baltimore Barbershop

Chicago, IL: Boy, 16, charged with fatal shooting in a Humboldt Park liquor store


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Kannapolis, NC: Suspect facing charges of attempted rape at Dollar General and Family Dollar stores
A man is facing several charges after two incidents that happened on Friday, Nov. 12, according to the Kannapolis Police Department. According to a news release from the department, officers were called to a Dollar General Store in the 400 block of Cannon Boulevard just after 6 p.m. on Friday. Investigators say a female employee at the store reported being grabbed by a man but she was able to get away. The suspect, identified as Omar Elijah Boyd, 18, reportedly left the store after the incident. The news release says investigators later responded to another incident at a Family Dollar Store on N. Cannon Boulevard, where another woman employee was reportedly assaulted. The woman said Boyd was walking into the bathroom where she was and started to attack her. She said she was able to get away, and store employees reportedly were able to detain him before police arrived. Boyd has been charged with first degree kidnapping and two charges of attempted second degree forcible rape.  wcnc.com

Puyallup, WA: Suspect used fireworks in attempt to steal from store, causing scare at mall
Puyallup Police and Central Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to the South Hill Mall Saturday evening after receiving multiple calls of possible gunshots or fireworks being set off in the mall. When officers arrived, they found individuals running from a smoke-filled store. Police say someone set off fireworks in an apparent attempt to create a diversion and steal merchandise from the store. Fireworks were recovered from the scene. No firearms or shell-casings were found, police say. Officers are working to gather information on the suspect, no injuries have been reported. Police did not say if any merchandise was stolen. komonews.com

Olympia, WA: Man admits to stealing clothes from Dick's, pointing knife at employee
An Olympia man admitted to stealing clothes from a retail store and pointing a knife at an employee who confronted him. Olympia police arrested Collin Carden, 29, on Tue., Nov. 2, after employees of the Dick's Sporting Goods store along Lake Boulevard reported two suspects allegedly stuffing clothes into their backpacks. An employee told law enforcement that he walked over to two males in the store and allegedly saw them putting clothes into their backpacks, prompting one suspect to flee. The employee said he managed to grab Carden, who had also turned to walk out of the store, but the suspect allegedly spun around, pulled out a pocketknife from his pants, and said "You want me to use this? Let me go." Carden ran out of the store with stolen items worth $290.97 still in his backpack, according to the employee. The total value of the clothes stolen by both suspects was estimated to be around $800. thejoltnews.com

Westmoreland County, PA: Macy's employee accused in retail theft scheme

UK: Kent, England: 'Professional' thieves smash through jeweler's window with 4×4 in Kent ram raid


Cargo Theft

US ports logjam sees rocketing levels of container thefts
Bottlenecked US container ports are being targeted by crooks, compounding supply chain problems even further. Stolen shipments are becoming an increasingly common theme, as slow-moving cargo that crawls through backlogged West Coast ports is being targeted by criminals looking to cash-in on consumer electronics, the price of which has been driven up by the semiconductor shortage. On the East Coast, meanwhile, refrigerated trucks used to transport food have also become a top target of thieves. "The more the supply chain in general is backed up, the more cargo you're going to have sitting around, and that creates a bigger opportunity for thefts," Scott Cornell, a crime and theft specialist at insurance giant Travelers told CBS MoneyWatch. Meanwhile, Keith Lewis - VP of CargoNet, which tracks supply chain thefts - told Yahoo Finance: "With the ports logjam freight is sitting, and as the old saying goes, 'freighted rest is traded risk'." CargoNet says thieves made off with more than $5 million in supply-chain theft in California alone in Q3 2021. supplychaindigital.com

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C-Store - Roscoe, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chester County, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Providence, RI - Armed Robbery
CVS - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery
Collectables - Paducah, KY - Robbery
Gas Station - Roscoe, IL- Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Bibb County, GA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Goshen, IN - Burglary
Grocery - Keyport, NJ - Robbery
Jewelry - Mebane, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Temecula, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Huntington Station, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Cerritos, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Palmdale, CA - Robbery
Outlet - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Restaurant - Baltimore, MD - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Rochester, MN - Burglary
Restaurant - Newark, NJ - Burglary
Restaurant - Ventura, CA - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Winnebago County, IL - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Saratoga Springs, NY - Burglary
7-Eleven - Riverhead, NY - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Seattle, WA - Burglary
7-Eleven - Colorado Springs, CO - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 18 robberies
• 6 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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David Carreno promoted to Area Asset Protection Manager for Nordstrom

Traci Collins named Asset Protection Manager for JCPenney

Dereck Ethington promoted to Loss Prevention Site Lead for Amazon

Sharon Nawrocki Paige named District Asset Protection Manager for Lowe's Companies

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This role is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing purpose-directed occupational safety and health programs designed to minimize the frequency and severity of customer and associate accidents, while complying with applicable regulatory requirements. This leader is the subject matter expert on all safety matters

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Manhattan, NY - posted October 19
This role will conduct investigations focusing on Habitual Offenders, high impact external theft/fraud incidents through the use of company technology (CCTV, Incident Reporting, Data Analysis). This role directly teaches and trains Store Leaders and Brand Associates in the safe practices of effectively handling external theft events...

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Houston, TX (Remote Opportunity) - posted October 14
The position will be responsible for: Internal theft investigations; External theft investigations; Major cash shortage investigations; Fraudulent transaction investigations; Missing inventory investigations; Reviewing stores for physical security improvements

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Eden Prairie, MN - posted October 7
The Environmental Health, and Safety Manager will implement policies to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Inspects the facility to identify safety, health, and environmental risks. Develops and implements inspection policies and procedures, and a schedule of routine inspections. Prepares and schedules training to cover emergency procedures, workplace safety, and other relevant topics. Read more here

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Staples is focused on our customer and our community. As a Field Loss Prevention Manager for Staples, you will manage and coordinate Loss Prevention and Safety Programs intended to protect Staples assets and ensure a safe work environment within Staples Retail locations.

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In preparing for any interview or meeting, I would suggest that, not only do you educate yourself about the potential employer, but that you study their competitor as well, because not only do these executives know their business, the good ones will know their competitors business even better. And if you show them you've taken the time to really learn their business and the number one thing that impacts them beyond the customer which is their competitor, then they'll be impressed that you went to that effort. And at the end of the day you'll learn an entire channel of trade.

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