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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

ORC Takes a Dent Out of Target Profits
The retailer uses facial recognition technology to crack down on repeat shoplifters

Target blames 'organized retail crime' for $400M loss in profits this year
Target said it has lost a whopping $400 million in profits this year thanks to organized gangs of shoplifters who have been systematically stealing merchandise from its discount stores.

"At Target, year-to-date, incremental shortage has already reduced our gross margin by more than $400 million vs. last year," Target CFO Michael Fiddelke said on an earnings call earlier this week, which was cited by Yahoo! Finance.

Fiddelke added that "we expect it will reduce our gross margin by more than $600 million for the full year." A Target spokesperson told Yahoo! Finance that the "shrinkage" which the CFO referred to was attributed specifically to "organized retail crime."

Fiddelke said that there are "a handful of things that can drive shrink in our business and theft is certainly a key driver." "We know we're not alone across retail in seeing a trend that I think has gotten increasingly worse over the last 12 to 18 months," he said.

"So we're taking the right actions in our stores to help curb that trend where we can, but that becomes an increasing headwind on our business and we know the business of others."

Target's shoplifting policy is one of the toughest of any retailer and was revised in 2022. Target uses facial recognition technology to gather evidence over time against repeat shoplifters. Target also has a private forensics lab to build cases against shoplifters and shares information on repeat offenders with other retailers.

In September, the CEO of Rite Aid said that the pharmacy chain was burdened with a $5 million year-over-year increase in "shrink" - a term in the retail industry which means losses related to theft, fraud, or administrative errors.  nypost.com  ibtimes.com

How the Midterms Could Impact Retail Crime Legislation & More
NRF: What a divided Congress means for retail and the economy

Midterm election results could affect retail's policy priorities

Policy priorities remain

NRF's RetailPAC continued to play a critical role in building relationships with new candidates and returning incumbents. RetailPAC contributed over $150,000 to congressional races during the 2022 cycle, supporting 83 candidates; initial results show that 80% of RetailPAC-supported candidates won their election. Retailers also made their voices heard in 2022, sending over 5,000 messages to Congress about retail's policy agenda.

A flip in a House majority with a divided Congress could potentially affect several key issues facing retailers. NRF's priorities continue for the remainder of the 117th Congress and into next year, including addressing organized retail crime by advocating for passage of the INFORM Consumers Act and building support for the Combatting Organized Retail Crime Act, reforming credit card swipe fees and promoting greater competition by supporting passage of the Credit Card Competition Act, and avoiding a rail strike by calling on Congress to intervene, if necessary.

Potential actions

A divided Congress will limit the Biden administration's reach in pushing major policy priorities. That likely means an increase in executive actions and rulemaking proposals at federal agencies to advance pieces of the administration's agenda that cannot win congressional approval.

We expect Congress to remain focused on China, including trade and national security. There is room for a bipartisan consensus on addressing crime and community safety across the nation. And, if Republicans win the majority in the House, we expect legislation to combat rising energy prices by expanding domestic energy production. nrf.com

The Nation's #1 Progressive City Promises To Get Tough on ORC

San Francisco's Enacts Retail Crime Crackdown
S.F. leaders to clamp down on retail theft after last year's viral crime spree
The specter of last year's retail crime spree in San Francisco's Union Square loomed large in the downtown hub Tuesday as Mayor London Breed and the city's top law enforcement officials urged shoppers to return to the storied shopping district ahead of the holidays.

"Videos that go viral try to paint a harsh picture of our beautiful city, but I am here to tell you that things have changed," Breed said at a news conference beneath the square's three-story artificial Christmas tree.

The mayor's plea for shoppers to return came one year after she stood on the same spot addressing residents and store owners rattled by the crime spree, in which thieves were filmed looting several luxury businesses. On that day, Breed vowed to clean up the struggling commercial corridor already reeling from pandemic closures.

Speaking to prospective shoppers, Breed said "there will be more people, more eyes and ears... paying close attention to make sure we keep you and your belongings safe."

Breed's blunt comments marked a stark contrast to her surroundings and to the cheery Christmastime activities her administration promoted. But her tone was in line with the rhetoric around crime and public safety that helped sweep newly elected San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins to office with promises to increase punishment for criminals.

Standing alongside the mayor, Jenkins vowed to root out the "lawlessness" of organized retail theft. "We can't allow our businesses to be ravaged, the rampant theft to go on, and expect them to stay," Jenkins said.

While there have been fewer conspicuous incidents of retail theft this year, reported incidents of shoplifting in the department's Central District - encompassing Union Square, North Beach and Chinatown - are up 8% from last year, according to the San Francisco Police Department's online crime dashboard. Robberies in the district are up 6%, while burglaries are down 20%.

In addition to the heavier police presence, the Union Square Alliance hired 150 "ambassadors" to patrol the area ahead of the winter holidays.  sfchronicle.com

   RELATED: San Francisco launches Safe Shopper Initiative

Here's a New One: GOP Holding Progressive DA Accountable for Philly Crime Surge

Philly Progressive DA Who Led Nat'l Progressive Effort Gets Impeached
Philadelphia District Attorney Krasner impeached amid violent crime spike
Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled House voted Wednesday to impeach Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (D) over allegations that his policies led to a spike in violent crime, paving the way for a state Senate trial that could lead to his removal from office.

Republican lawmakers blamed Krasner for how he handled the city's gun and violence crises.

The 107-85 impeachment vote was split almost entirely on party lines, the Associated Press reported. (Democrats made gains in the House in November and have a chance at regaining control of that chamber.) It isn't clear when the Senate trial will be held. Two-thirds of state senators must vote against Krasner for a conviction, but Republicans hold just a slim majority in that chamber.

Krasner, who first took office in 2018, won reelection by a landslide last year. He is not accused of violating any laws and denies that his efforts led to the sharp increase of violent crime in Philadelphia. He came to power amid nationwide concerns about racist policing and mass incarceration and has embraced polices such as reducing prison sentences and taking a public health approach to drug addiction. Under Krasner, Philadelphia prosecutors have enabled at least 10 people who were wrongly convicted of murder to be released from incarceration.  washingtonpost.com thecrimereport.org inquirer.com

Bail Reform & Prosecutor Requirements Fueling NY Crime
Flawed discovery 'reforms' are still creating chaos at DA offices - and adding to NY's crime surge
Cashless bail isn't the only Albany "reform" fueling New York crime and criminal-justice chaos; so, too, are the tougher new requirements for prosecutors.

Indeed, the 2019 changes in the "discovery" laws are wreaking havoc across the state, to the point where staff at the Bronx district attorney's office have now threatened an illegal strike. Prosecutors who work for DA Darcel Clark vowed to walk off the job unless working conditions improve, as The Post reported this week.

"Management . . . failed to protect Line assistants [prosecutors'] mental health, happiness, and financial status," read their email to Clark, forcing staff "to flee in drastic numbers." They threatened to take sick time or paid time off as a group, all on a single "day of our choosing" and with no advance notice. nypost.com

NYC Crime Continues
NY Gov. Kathy Hochul kicks the can to April on crime reform & Bail reform after narrow election win
Gov. Kathy Hochul appears to have put New York's controversial bail reform law on the back burner following her electoral win over tough-on-crime challenger Lee Zeldin - despite bipartisan calls for action.

During the campaign, Hochul said she was "willing to revisit" the crucial public safety issue when state lawmakers reconvene in January. But her remarks since the Nov. 8 election have prompted speculation that Hochul will kick the can even further and fold such issues as bail reform, judicial discretion and "Raise the Age" into negotiations over the annual state budget due April 1. nypost.com

After saving lives in Buffalo mass shooting, store worker opens up about trauma
Police chief: Overall crime is down in Boise



COVID Update

646.5M Vaccinations Given

US: 100M Cases - 1.1M Dead - 97.6M Recovered
Worldwide: 641.6M Cases - 6.6M Dead - 621.1M Recovered

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

Don't Turn Thanksgiving into a Super Spreader Event
Reduce your risk of getting sick this Thanksgiving season
With this year's Thanksgiving the third since the onset of the pandemic, there are now many tools to help manage Covid-19 risk, including safe and widely available vaccines. But this coronavirus still presents a danger, especially to older people and those with chronic medical conditions. There are also other viruses circulating across the United States, including influenza and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) that are causing some pediatric hospitals to be overwhelmed.

What are steps people can take to protect themselves and their loved ones against Covid-19 during Thanksgiving dinners and other gatherings over the coming holidays? Is it still important to require vaccines for attendees at such events? Does a mini-quarantine period help to reduce risk? If people are testing before gathering together, when should they test, and with what tests? And what's the best way to protect against other circulating viruses? cnn.com

Is this the start of the next surge?
'Swarm' of variants is driving up California COVID cases
New coronavirus subvariants are rapidly spreading across the country and California, overtaking the strain that led to a U.S. summer wave. Cases have begun to tick upward statewide after a monthslong decline, just ahead of the holidays and a cold weather front that will drive people indoors.

Last winter, the omicron surge took off during the holiday season and peaked in the second week of January, when an astonishing 18,000-plus cases per day were being reported in the Bay Area - nearly four times higher than the peak of the previous winter wave.

While a rise in cases may be expected this winter, public health experts voiced optimism that any wave won't be as severe as surges the past two winters. The uncertainty stems in part from dealing with an unpredictable virus that continues to evolve, giving rise to new emerging offshoots. sfchronicle.com

China's Economic Slump Fuels Call for Stronger Policy Action

New York made $11B in improper unemployment payments during pandemic



Going Public Adds New Dimension to Compliance

Sexual Assault & Harassment No Longer Hiding in NDAs
Congress passes bill voiding NDAs in cases of sexual assault, harassment; Biden expected to sign
The Speak Out Act would allow those who have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment in the workplace - and who have signed NDAs - to talk about their experiences.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Speak Out Act on Wednesday. The bill, which the Senate passed by unanimous consent Sept. 29, will head to President Joe Biden's desk.

The White House released a letter in support of the Speak Out Act on Nov. 14.

The Speak Out Act would render unenforceable workplace predispute nondisclosure and nondisparagement clauses involving sexual assault and sexual harassment. It follows a similar bill signed into law in February, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, which invalidated mandatory arbitration agreements in such cases. hrdive.com

Starbucks Workers Plan Walkouts at More Than 100 Cafes

Pro-union baristas say they intend to strike Thursday as they pressure company to bargain on wages, benefits, and staffing levels.

Starbucks Workers United, which recently began bargaining with the company over wages and benefits, said it was the largest coordinated national action taken by the union since it was formed last year. The union posted on social media photos of groups holding up strike signs outside locations that included Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York City. wsj.com

Stress & Mental Health on OSHA's Radar - But No Regs or Procedures - Yet
Other than for Workplace Violence

OSHA Highlights Stress and Mental Health in the Workplace
OSHA, citing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention July 2018 publication on Mental Health in the Workplace, has released a Safety and Health Topics bulletin addressing workplace stress and mental health hazards. According to OSHA, these workplace hazards have a range of potential consequences, including related to:

Job performance
Work engagement and communication
Physical capability and daily functioning

OSHA's concern for the mental health of the American workforce is generally supported by the regulated community. But OSHA has no regulations that address workplace stress and generally does not regulate mental health hazards, even to the extent they could be work-related.

OSHA currently has no procedures in place for a workplace stress inspection and has no standards in place indicating what would be considered a violation of the general duty clause and what types of abatement would be feasible or useful. Accordingly, OSHA may not yet be equipped to inspect for hazardous levels of workplace stress or craft a General Duty Clause citation. Therefore, we anticipate the probability of enforcement to be remote in the short term absent an unusual event, such as stress induced workplace violence. However, workplace stress is clearly on OSHA's radar screen and we can anticipate further activity as OSHA comes up to speed on the issue. lexology.com

From OSHA to the DOJ to the SEC - Gov't Agencies Are Cracking Down
OSHA Significantly Increases the Number of Investigators by 19% in 2022

OSHA's staffing levels are higher now than they have been in decades.

The influx of compliance officers coincides with OSHA ratcheting up its enforcement priorities, including increasingly aggressive enforcement and increased penalties. Given the increase in inspectors, there is increased risk for on-site inspections. Employers should make sure that they are "inspection ready." jdsupra.com

SEC Had a Record Year for Enforcement Actions

Whistleblower award program received more than 12,300 tips reporting potential wrongdoing in fiscal 2022

The Securities and Exchange Commission ramped up its enforcement efforts in the last fiscal year, as the markets regulator focused its sights on prosecuting high-profile cases and imposing steep penalties for misconduct under the leadership of Chair Gary Gensler.

The SEC filed 760 enforcement actions in the year ending Sept. 30, up 9% from the year before, according to the agency's annual enforcement report, which was made public Tuesday.

The SEC imposed a total of $6.44 billion in monetary penalties, the highest amount on record and 67% above the previous year. The total includes a record $4.19 billion in civil penalties, and $2.25 billion in the disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, about 6% less than the year before.

The agency imposed more penalties than disgorgements in the last fiscal year, which demonstrates that "the potential consequences of violating the law are significantly greater than the potential rewards," Gurbir Grewal, the SEC's director of enforcement. wsj.com

83% of CFOs Plan to Implement Hiring Freezes: Weekly Stat

Faced with a skills shortage and a looming recession, CFOs said automation and outsourcing are critical for the finance team.

As Q4 and 2022 approaches its final weeks, CFO outlook on the overall economy remains low. Alongside large-scale hiring freezes being forecasted in OneSource Virtual's 2023 CFO Outlook Report, data shows CFOs are putting their staff in the best position to remain productive and not feel overworked, even as their teams pause hiring. Many are implementing automation technology in areas surrounding remedial finance and accounting tasks, freeing up labor for work on other projects that can counteract economic woes by driving growth. cfo.com

NRF Response to Positive Retail Sales Data
Retail Sales Growing as Holiday Season Begins
Retail sales grew again in October as consumers set aside concerns about inflation and many got a jump start on the holiday season, the National Retail Federation said today.

"October retail sales data confirms that consumers continue to stretch their dollars on household priorities, including gifts for family and loved ones this holiday season," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "With a strong labor market and excess savings, we are expecting a solid five-day holiday shopping weekend, and retailers are prepared to meet their customers with the right inventory, competitive prices and great experiences. We are keeping a close eye on the railway labor negotiations and urge Congress to do everything in its power to avoid a labor strike this holiday season." nrf.com

'Paralyzing' lake effect storm could blitz Buffalo with over 3 feet of snow
Watch Out For Your Buffalo Stores This Weekend

Chipotle to open 250 to 285 restaurants in 2023

First Look: Starbucks' new mega-store in Empire State Building

Quarterly Results

Richemont Six-Month Period Retail Group sales up 21% (1,283 boutiques), Online retail up 19%, Wholesales up 14%, total sales up 24%

Canada's Metro Q4 Food comp's up 8%, pharmacy comp's up 7.4%, sales up 8.1%

Canada's Loblaw Companies Q3 Food retail comp's up 6.9%, Shoppers Drug store comp's up 7.7%, sales up 8.3%

BJ's Wholesale Q3 club comp's up 5.3% excluding gas, digital up 43%, total comp club sales up 9.7%

Target Q3 store comp's up 3.2%, digital sales up 0.3%, total revenue up 3.4%

Lowe's Q3 U.S. store comp's up 3%, Lowes.com up 12%, sales up 2.2%

TJX Q3 U.S. comp's down 2%, net sales down 3%*
   Marmaxx comp's up 3%
   HomeGoods comp's down 16%
   TJX Canada sales down 1%
   TJX Intern. sales down 16%
   *First ever decrease reported on the Daily

Macy's Q3 Comp's down 3.1% on an owned basis & down 2.7% on an owned-plus-licensed basis, digital down 9%, net sales down 3.9%

Bath & Body Works Q3 U.S. & Canada stores sales down 5%, Direct sales down 6%, total net sales down 5%

Kohl's Q3 comp's down 6.9%, net sales down 7.2%

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Retailers across the country are facing significant increases in retail theft and organized retail crime (ORC) that require immediate action from loss prevention executives.

The industry is struggling under the weight of labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, and higher cost of goods. These economic headwinds have been aggravated by the significant losses incurred by ORC.

In addition to the growing financial costs of these retail thefts, retailers and communities across the country are victimized by these hidden costs.


Read Gatekeeper's blog here






Directors Elected to Retail & Hospitality ISAC Board

Executives from Target, Chipotle, Skechers, and Wynn Las Vegas will bring expertise to the RH-ISAC Board of Directors.

(Vienna, VA) November 16, 2022 - The Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) announced the results of the 2022 Board of Directors elections today. Rich Agostino, SVP and CISO at Target, and Dave Estlick, VP and CISO at Chipotle, were both re-elected for three-year terms on the board. Brett Cumming, senior director of information security at Skechers, and Steve Bonilla, executive director of information security at Wynn Las Vegas, were elected as new members of the board. Agostino will continue to serve as Board Chair, and Estlick will continue as Board Treasurer. Cumming and Bonilla will each serve as Directors.

"The RH-ISAC Board of Directors has some of the most dedicated professionals in cybersecurity," said RH-ISAC President Suzie Squier. "Brett and Steve are valuable additions to our board, and I look forward to working with them alongside the rest of the RH-ISAC leadership."

Brett Cumming is the senior leader responsible for information security at Skechers, a global footwear leader and The Comfort Technology Company™. As the information security officer, Brett is responsible for cybersecurity operations, security architecture and engineering, digital security, privacy and compliance, and global security strategy. Brett's experience working in both business and engineering-focused tech roles provides a broad perspective that allows him to design and implement an information security strategy-one that successfully bridges risk management practices and business priorities while remaining effective and adaptable to the various unique regional and business unit requirements around the world. In addition to being an active participant with the RH-ISAC, he is a governing body member of the Evanta SoCal CISO community and a SANS Advisory Board member.

Steve Bonilla is the executive director of information security for Wynn Las Vegas, where he is responsible for protecting Wynn's operations across North America. Bonilla leads a staff of analysts, coordinators, engineers, architects, and managers responsible for the security architecture/engineering and GRC efforts for Wynn Las Vegas, Encore Boston Harbor, Wynn Design and Development, and WynnBET. He is responsible for the strategic and tactical direction of Wynn's extensive set of security tools and efforts to comply with Sarbanes Oxley, PCI-DSS, and Minimum Internal Control Standards for the Nevada and Massachusetts Gaming Commissions. Additionally, Bonilla is currently serving as the chapter president for the Las Vegas Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and is the organizer of the invite-only Las Vegas CISO Group.   rhisac.org

Just Published: PCI Mobile Payments on COTS

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has published a new standard designed to support the evolution of mobile payment acceptance solutions. PCI Mobile Payments on COTS (MPoC) builds on the existing PCI Software-based PIN Entry on COTS (SPoC) and PCI Contactless Payments on COTS (CPoC) Standards which individually address security requirements for solutions that enable merchants to accept cardholder PINs or contactless payments, using a smartphone or other commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) mobile device. The PCI MPoC Standard aims to provide increased flexibility not only in how payments are accepted, but in how COTS-based payment acceptance solutions can be developed, deployed, and maintained. blog.pcisecuritystandards.org

Retail is an Easy Target for Cyberattackers
Cybersecurity issues in retail and smart cities

Countering cybercrime requires collective vigilance and cooperation

Easy targets: smart retail and smart cities

The need for vigilant cybersecurity measures is paramount. The retail sector has proven especially vulnerable. Trustwave reports that retail is on the receiving end of 24% of all cyberattacks, more than any other industry.

Retail's reliance on mixed technology, pairing old point-of-sale systems like cash registers and in-store purchases with cloud-based e-commerce and administrative systems, makes it an ideal target for hackers. On top of that, retail's customer data tends to be high value, often consisting of credit card details, phone numbers, and security questions and answers. The industry's high staff turnover rate also makes it vulnerable. Some 64% of retailers report attempted attacks each month, with the cost of a hack to an e-commerce site currently averaging $4 million. In 2020, cyberattacks cost online retailers a remarkable  £5.9 billion  in the UK alone.

But the problem is not limited to e-commerce. Brick-and-mortar retail stores are at enormous risk too. In fact, part of the reason physical stores have become an easy target for cybercriminals is that in-store management is often inattentive, presuming that such attacks only take place online.

That may have been true at one time, but many physical stores today are increasingly reliant on Internet of Things (IoT) devices. IoT solutions offer extraordinary benefits in-store: indoor navigation, presence detection, and preventive maintenance, to name a few. But if not properly secured, increased digitalization can leave retailers exposed.

Problems and solutions

The emergence of intelligent networks made up of billions of connected devices across a range of sectors has created a whole new world of vulnerabilities for cybercriminals to exploit. Some of the most common cybercrimes are phishing scams, ransomware, data breaches, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and supply chain disruptions. Cybersecurity must continually innovate and adapt to confront a diverse and ever-evolving range of threats.  cio.com

Assessing Cybersecurity Vendors
Build a mature approach for better cybersecurity vendor evaluation

Establishing a thorough, well-planned in-house strategy for assessing cybersecurity vendors and their products is a hallmark of an organization's maturity and can avoid hassles, headaches, and unnecessary expense.
A mature evaluation program begins with a clear understanding of a problem and the solutions intended to solve it, Manrod says. An immature team, by contrast, might chase products for no better reason than an executive saw something they liked at a conference without first defining a clear business need for it.

Furthermore, a mature evaluation team understands and reviews a wide range of solutions before narrowing down to those that meet the business-defined needs, Manrod says. Mature organizations also put greater reliance on testing, rather than believing a vendor's marketing pitches without question. For example, he says, an advanced testing team would replicate the exact tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) of an attacker to try and bypass the tool altogether.

No universal framework for vetting cybersecurity vendors

"There is no universal framework that people use to evaluate their security vendors, which is a pity because people replicate work across many different vendors, products, and services. And I am on both sides of this issue - I evaluate companies for investment purposes. Then once we invest, we're on the sell side," she says. "I would love it if there were universal frameworks and standards to use. That would make the sell-side job a lot easier - knowing what to prioritize and how to communicate to customers."

Mature vendor evaluation is aligned with business needs - Align vendor evaluation with the standards that do exist - Evaluate the cybersecurity vendor, not just the product csoonline.com

Protecting Key Credit Card Data
PCI DSS 4.0 is coming: how to prepare for the looming changes to credit card payment rules
New credit card payment processing rules will tighten security and offer more flexibility for enterprises. While they won't come into full effect until 2025, experts say there are significant changes and recommend that consumer-facing business start getting ready for compliance now.

For enterprises that handle credit card data, which means just about every consumer-facing company, payment processing is a mission-critical system that requires the highest levels of security.

However, credit card issuers, merchants, banks, and third-party transaction processors lost $28.58 billion to credit card fraud in 2020, which comes to nearly 7 cents per $100 in purchase volume. And the Nilson Report projects credit card losses will exceed $400 billion over the next 10 years.

In an effort to reduce those losses and keep pace with the rapidly evolving threat landscape, global standards body the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards Council (PCIDSSC) has issued a major upgrade to its rules governing how credit card data is to be stored, processed and protected. csoonline.com

Disneyland Malware Team: It's a Puny World After All
A financial cybercrime group calling itself the Disneyland Team has been making liberal use of visually confusing phishing domains that spoof popular bank brands using Punycode, an Internet standard that allows web browsers to render domain names with non-Latin alphabets like Cyrillic.

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SAFE Banking Plus Act Would 'Enhance Public Safety'
Marijuana banking among reforms on the table in upcoming lame-duck Congress
SAFE Banking Plus, an updated version of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, will be in play.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker co-sponsored Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, a sweeping federal legalization bill introduced in July that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, instruct the U.S Food and Drug Administration to regulate MJ and allow states to retain or create their own laws around the plant.

While details are vague so far, the measure is believed to include: The core components of the SAFE Banking Act - introduced in the House of Representatives by Colorado Democrat Rep. Ed Perlmutter in 2019 - which would protect financial institutions from federal punishment should they work with regulated cannabis companies. The measure has passed the House seven times but hasn't made it to the Senate floor.

Americans and advocacy groups not even focused on cannabis are also joining the chorus for banking reform.

Recent survey results collected by Morning Consult in partnership with the American Bankers Association (ABA) showed that 66% of respondents "support Congress passing legislation that allows cannabis businesses to access banking services such as checking accounts and business loans in states where cannabis is legal."

"Americans firmly believe that now is the time to resolve the ongoing conflict between state and federal law to allow banks to serve legal cannabis and cannabis-related businesses," ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols said in a statement, noting the safety risks involved with cash-only operations.

"We urge Congress to pass the SAFE Banking Act this year to enhance public safety in the ... states where cannabis is legal in some form." mjbizdaily.com

Wrench Thrown In NY's Legal Pot Plan
Judge Blocks Licenses for Some Cannabis Dispensaries in New York
A federal judge has temporarily barred the state of New York from issuing the first batch of retail licenses for recreational cannabis in five regions pending resolution of a lawsuit filed by a Michigan-based company challenging the program's selection requirements.

The decision on Thursday from the Federal District Court in Syracuse spells trouble for the state's plan to begin recreational cannabis sales as soon as this year.

The judge, Gary L. Sharpe, said the state could not issue conditional licenses to operate dispensaries in Brooklyn, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mid-Hudson area and Western New York while the case is pending. His decision affects 63 of the 150 licenses that the state planned to issue to businesses and individuals who met a narrow criteria. nytimes.com

21 State Have Legalized Recreational Marijuana
After election, marijuana advocates look to next states
Law-abiding marijuana enthusiasts could find themselves in a bit of a predicament following voter approval of a recreational cannabis initiative in Missouri. Though it soon will become legal for adults to possess and ingest cannabis, it could take a couple more months before they can legally buy it.

Maryland residents will have to wait even longer - until the middle of next year - before a recreational marijuana measure approved this past week can take effect.

With the addition of Maryland and Missouri, 21 states have legalized recreational marijuana for adults over the past decade - even though it remains illegal under federal law.

Marijuana advocates are pressing forward with similar efforts elsewhere, undeterred by defeats last week in Arkansas, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Efforts to legalize psychedelic drugs for personal use also appear likely to spread, after supporters poured millions of dollars into a Colorado measure that won approval. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Congressional Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Marijuana Legalization In Committee

Beshear signs executive order to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky






Allied Universal Security Guards Taking Bribes to Hijack Facebook Accounts?
Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts

Some workers allegedly accepted thousands of dollars in bribes

Meta Platforms Inc. has fired or disciplined more than two dozen employees and contractors over the last year whom it accused of improperly taking over user accounts, in some cases allegedly for bribes, according to people familiar with the matter and documents viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Some of those fired were contractors who worked as security guards stationed at Meta facilities and were given access to the Facebook parent's internal mechanism for employees to help users having trouble with their accounts, according to the documents and people familiar with the matter.

The mechanism, known internally as "Oops," has existed since Facebook's early years as a means for employees to help users they know who have forgotten their passwords or emails, or had their accounts taken over by hackers.

As part of the alleged abuse of the system, Meta says that in some cases workers accepted thousands of dollars in bribes from outside hackers to access user accounts, the people and documents say.

A spokeswoman for Meta's security contractor, Allied Universal, said it "takes seriously all reports of violations of our standards of conduct."

The disciplinary actions are part of a lengthy internal probe led by Meta executives, according to the documents and one of the people. wsj.com

Amazon Uses Facial Recognition to ID Third Party Sellers
Amazon pilots face recognition for prospective third-party sellers

Amazon is testing a voluntary program that uses biometric data to verify the identity of sellers applying to utilize its online marketplace.

As of Nov. 15, 2022, the e-tail giant is starting to test a new, optional solution for prospective sellers that uses forgery detection, facial recognition, and liveness detection technology to verify the authenticity of government-issued identity documents and whether they match the individual applying to sell in the Amazon online store.

Identity verification is a key step potential sellers must take before setting up shop on the Amazon platform. Amazon says this test will determine whether it can achieve the same robustness of identity verification as its current processes, which use a combination of proprietary technology and expert human reviews, while also providing a better experience for sellers.

Facial recognition - how it works

If a prospective Amazon seller opts to use facial recognition to verify their identity, they will first provide access to their device's camera, and will be shown a series of steps in which images of their face and government-issued identity document are captured.

Next, the images will be analyzed using machine learning models to create unique facial measurements called facial biometric data. This data is processed in real time to confirm that the prospective seller's face matches the face on their government-issued identification document.

Security steps

To help ensure privacy and security for applicants, Amazon will only use facial biometric data captured through this test in real time to verify a seller's identity by determining whether they are a live person, and whether their face matches the picture on their government-issued identification document.

The facial biometric data captured through this test will not be used for any purpose other than to verify a prospective seller's identity, Amazon said. Images captured through this test will be encrypted both in transit and at rest. chainstoreage.com

From Russia With Love: Two Nationals Sell Millions of Online Pirated Books - FBI Scoops Them Up In Argentina
DOJ: Two Russian Nationals Charged with Running Massive E-Book Piracy Website
Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, an indictment and a complaint were unsealed charging Russian nationals Anton Napolsky and Valeriia Ermakova with criminal copyright infringement, wire fraud and money laundering for operating Z-Library, an online e-book piracy website. The pair was arrested on November 3, 2022 in Cordoba, Argentina at the request of the United States. At the same time, Z-Library's network of online domains was also taken offline and seized by the U.S. government, pursuant to a court order that was also unsealed today.

"As alleged, the defendants profited illegally off work they stole, often uploading works within mere hours of publication, and in the process victimized authors, publishers and booksellers," stated United States Attorney Peace.

Z-Library bills itself as "the world's largest library" and claims to offer more than 11 million e-books for download. Z-Library, which has been active since approximately 2009, offers e-book files in a variety of file formats, stripped of their copyright protections, and encourages users to upload and download titles. In addition to its homepage, Z-Library operates as a complex network of approximately 249 interrelated web domains. As part of this action, those domains were taken offline and seized by the U.S. government. justice.gov

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Copperas Cove, TX: $50K in collectibles gone after veteran-owned shop burglarized on Veteran's Day
A veteran-owned shop in Central Texas is asking for help finding the burglars who hit Apollo's Sports and Collectibles. Adding insult to injury, the crooks broke into the store on Veteran's Day, leaving the store a mess. Four burglars broke into the store around 2:30 a.m., and in the span of three minutes, stole items from signed cards, jerseys, and helmets. Co-owner and Army veteran, John Bostic, said they took over $50,000 worth of merchandise.  kwtx.com

Boynton Beach, FL: T-Mobile burglarized; More Than $30K In Electronics Stolen, Found In North Broward County
An ex-employee of the T-Mobile store in the Boynton Beach Mall allegedly returned to the store after it closed for Hurricane Nicole - gained entrance - and stole $30,000 worth of phones and other electronics. But Nicolas Castellanos apparently forgot to turn off the GPS tracker that was mixed into the equipment he allegedly stole. The tracker revealed that the equipment exited the store, moved down I-95, then became stationary at a house in the northern Broward County town of Margate. Video surveillance of the actual theft indicated the thief looked a lot like Castellanos who had recently been fired. Castellanos had allegedly texted other employees that he planned to "empty out" the safe. He still had a key to the store and access to the safe at the time of the burglary. bocanewsnow.com

Middlesboro, KY: Police are seeking to identify several suspects after a Jewelry store heist
Six people suspected of stealing from the Antique & Modern Jewelry are being sought by police. Surveillance video appears to show two men entering the store and speaking to a woman behind the counter. Four women later enter the store, with one appearing to reach over a glass cabinet, grab a full display of jewelry and hid it in her clothing. Susannah Cadle's family has owned Antique & Modern Jewelry for years. Cadle said, "They were very pushy. It is a 'Oh, we're going to buy.' They were flashing cash. 'We have this money. We have this money. We want to buy all of this.' And [the store employee] was very careful and very diligent about only getting one piece out at a time but with so many people moving about, they had scarves they were switching in between each other and different things. Just tactics to kind of keep you overloaded sensory-wise." wate.com

Mount Joy Township, PA: Several charged after Adams County police chase, store theft
Several people were charged after a shoplifting call turned into a State Police chase in Adams County. On Nov. 11, Pennsylvania State Police responded to the Under Armour store on Gettysburg Village Drive for a retail theft in progress. Troopers responded and saw seven people fleeing the store while throwing stolen merchandise. One person was apprehended after a foot chase and five others fled in a vehicle. Troopers chased the vehicle and conducted a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle. Five people fled on foot and three were apprehended. An additional get-away vehicle was located nearby and found to be stolen from Baltimore. One of the suspects was found to have three outstanding warrants, including one for armed robbery. abc27.com

Columbus, OH: Two suspects steal thousands of dollars worth of North Face coats stolen from Polaris store
Columbus police are on the lookout for two suspects who stole $2,600 worth of Northface coats from a Columbus store. According to a Twitter post made by Columbus Police, on Oct. 8, two women walked into a store located on the 1500 block of Polaris Pkwy. The duo filled a shopping cart with a variety of Northface jackets, before wheeling the cart and the merchandise out of its front entrance without paying. 614now.com

Portland, OR: Orox Leather the latest Old Town business to be hit by burglars; over $10,000 loss
Another small business has been hit by crooks. Orox Leather said early Tuesday morning someone broke into their Northwest Portland store and robbed them. Central Police responded to the report in the early morning hours and reported that what appeared to be four individuals robbed the small shop. This isn't the first time the local shop has been targeted. Owners say it's exhausting witnessing the uptick in crime in Old Town. "This really hurts," Orox Leather's owner Martin Martinez said, "it takes away about 20% of our retail." Police estimate that between 200-300 items valued at around $10,000 was stolen. koin.com

Bloomington, IN: $1000 dollars in merchandise stolen at Ulta Beauty
Police are investigating after three people stole about 1000 dollars in fragrance items from Ulta Beauty in the 2800 block of East 3rd Street Sunday around 5:46 p.m. According to police, employees heard alarms going off as a male and two females placed the items into bags while attempting to conceal their identities. The three suspects then fled in a car. bloomingtonian.com

Pontiac, MI: Police seek tips on man, woman in Home Depot retail fraud
A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for tips leading to the arrest of a man and a woman who used a stolen credit card number to buy paint equipment and supplies. The suspects made the purchase on Nov. 2, 2022, at the Home Depot store at 545 South Telegraph Road in Pontiac, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. Investigators said they used a stolen credit card number to buy about $745 in merchandise. They were seen loading the items into a late-model black Dodge Ram pickup truck.  detroitnews.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Calumet City, IL: Jewelry thieves at large after Security Guard killed in River Oaks Mall shooting
Police are now searching for several suspects who remain at large after a security guard was shot and killed inside the River Oaks Mall in south suburban Calumet City Wednesday. The 57-year-old security guard's name has not yet been released, but police did confirm his age. Sources told ABC7 Chicago the shooting was carried out by a team of armed thieves that got away with jewelry. The jewelry store owner said he is heartbroken over what happened. Police responded to a report of shots fired at the mall around 12:15 p.m., Calumet City Police Chief Kevin Kolosh said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. The midday gunfire brought a swarm of police and sent mall employees and shoppers scrambling for safety. "All I heard was shots, and me and my co-workers and clients just ran for cover," said George Brown, who works in the mall next door to the jewelry store where gunfire erupted. Officials said about 20 Calumet City police officers were at an active shooter training session on mall property and responded quickly. Kolosh said those officers found a male security guard with multiple gunshot wounds and immediately began performing life-saving measures until paramedics could arrive. A second male victim, who police said is 81, suffered a minor hand injury from broken glass and was treated on the scene. As that guard was rushed to a hospital, officers searched for multiple offenders. But after sweeping the mall for an hour, no one was arrested. The guard died at the hospital. abc7chicago.com

Jacksonville, FL: Manhunt underway following deadly strip mall shooting
Homicide detectives are canvassing a Lake Forest neighborhood following a deadly shooting early Thursday. Police were called to a strip mall parking lot on Palmdale Street just off Lem Turner Road and found a man who had been shot multiple times. It happened outside Balla's Caribbean Restaurant. No suspect information was provided by detectives on scene. Officers were working to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the shooting. actionnewsjax.com

Update: East Point , GA: Suspect arrested, charged with murder in connection to woman's killing at East Point beauty shop
The East Point Police Department has arrested a man they say killed the owner of a beauty shop after robbing it on Tuesday. Nathan Huff, 43, is charged with murder in connection to the deadly robbery at Beauty World Beauty Supply at 3114 Washington Rd. in East Point. When officers arrived at the beauty shop, they found a woman with "apparent gunshot wounds in what appears to be a robbery." The woman was treated on scene by East Point Fire & Rescue, and then taken to Grady Hospital for additional medical treatment, where she later died, police said. Huff was arrested less than 24 hours after police said they had "strong leads" in the case. 11alive.com

Jackson, MS: Man who threatened plane crash into Walmart dies in prison
An airport worker who flew a stolen twin-engine plane erratically over north Mississippi for hours and threatened to crash into a Walmart store has died in federal prison while awaiting trial, federal authorities said Wednesday. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said in a statement that Cory Wayne Patterson, 29, was found unresponsive Monday at a federal prison in Miami. "Responding staff immediately initiated life-saving measures," the statement said. "Staff requested emergency medical services ... and life-saving efforts continued. Mr. Patterson was subsequently pronounced deceased" by the emergency responders. The statement said no staff or other inmates were injured. Patterson had arrived at the prison in Miami on Thursday. greenwichtime.com

Merced, CA: Coroner names man crushed by car while allegedly stealing catalytic converter

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

St. Louis Man Sentenced to 10+ Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Jennings Auto Parts Store
U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey on Wednesday sentenced a St. Louis man to 10 years and five months in prison for the armed robbery of an auto parts store in Jennings before he crashed into a funeral procession while trying to escape police. Diven Steed, 27, robbed the O'Reilly Auto Parts store in Jennings on Dec. 5, 2020 with a Pioneer Arms "Hellpup" AK-47-style pistol. His co-defendant, Collis Lee, also had a pistol. Steed and Lee took cash from store registers. Lee pistol-whipped a clerk twice. Steed talked openly about killing the two clerks. When Steed and Lee left the auto parts store, witnesses pointed them out to police, who had already begun to arrive in response to a 911 call from a customer who had slipped out of the store during the robbery. While fleeing from police with Steed in the car, Lee crashed into a limousine in a three-car funeral procession transporting grieving family members to a funeral home. Five people in the limousine were injured. Steed got out of his vehicle and ran toward some homes, refusing officers' orders to drop his gun and presenting a danger to officers and area residents, his plea says. An officer fired twice at Steed, hitting him in the buttocks. Steed pleaded guilty in August to a robbery charge and a charge of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime. Lee, now 26, pleaded guilty to the same charges in December and was sentenced in March to 11 years and three months in prison. justice.gov

Orange County, FL: Operation Safe Holidays in includes 7 'burglar boxes'
Law enforcement leaders in Orange County announced the start of their annual initiative to crack down on holiday crime. "Operation Safe Holidays" kicked off Wednesday during an event at the Florida Mall. Officials described the program as a proactive push for increased awareness and security during the shopping and holiday season. Law enforcement leaders said they are increasing patrols around shopping centers and malls to reduce theft.

"We are going to have deputies and officers out there in marked cars and unmarked cars," Orange County Sheriff John Mina said. "They're going to be in plain clothes. They're going to be on horseback. They're going to be on bicycles and motorcycles. All in an effort to keep our residents safe while they shop." While deputies and officers will be on the lookout for suspicious activity, everyone is encouraged to take their own safety measures. As part of the program, shoppers are asked to lock their vehicles, keep valuables out of sight and be aware of their surroundings. People who shop online are urged to ask their delivery company to keep packages out of view or have a trusted neighbor pick up their deliveries if they're away from home. The Orange County Sheriff's Office has also made places available for people to dispose of boxes for things like televisions, so they aren't left on the curb, signaling to thieves that new equipment is in your home.
There are seven "burglar box" locations available in Orange County:

OCSO Sector 1 Sub-station 1111 North Rock Springs Rd, Apopka, FL 32712
Burlington 1250 N. Alafaya Trl, Orlando, FL 32828
Valencia College School of Public Safety 8600 Valencia College Ln, Orlando, FL 32825
OCSO Sector 3 Sub-station 475 West Story Rd, Ocoee, FL 34761
Saint Luke's United Methodist Church 4851 S. Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Sedano's Supermarket 12981 S. Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL 32837
Winn-Dixie 11957 S. Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836 clickorlando.com

Miramar, FL: High-end auto theft crew brought down by South Florida law enforcement
A high-end auto theft ring that started in Palm Beach County was brought down, leading to the recovery of five stolen high-end cars and the seizure of a firearm and tens of thousands of dollars in cash. The Broward County Sheriff's Office said the Burglary Apprehension Team (B.A.T.) and the South Florida Task Force worked out of Palm Beach County on Nov. 10 after a 2021 Range Rover was reported stolen from Boca Raton. Detectives said they were led to a address on River Run Terrace in Miramar. At the location, the car was found on a tow truck, along with four other stolen cars. A 2022 Ford F-350 stolen from Fort Myers, a 2021 Ford F-350 stolen from Tampa Bay, a 2021 Range Rover stolen from Pompano Beach and a stolen Mercedes-Benz, were reported stolen. cbs12.com

Brooklyn, NY: Amazon delivery worker wanted for stealing packages in Brooklyn
Police say a suspect is on the loose after stealing Amazon packages in Brooklyn. Video released by police shows the moments an Amazon delivery worker allegedly stole an armful of packages near 58th Street and 13th Avenue at around 3 p.m. on Oct. 29. The suspect was dressed in a blue Amazon delivery vest over an orange hoodie. bronx.news12.com

Cook County, IL: Teen charged in gun store burglary where 28 weapons were stolen

Skokie, IL: 3 Charged With Armed Robbery Of Cell Phone Store In Lincolnwood

Green Bay, WI: Man sentenced to 7 years in Liquor store Armed Robbery



C-Store - North Wilkesboro, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
C-Store - Bluff City, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Jones Island, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lehigh Acres, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Warren, PA - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Broward County, FL - Burglary
Clothing - Mount Joy Township, PA - Robbery
Clothing - Portland, OR - Robbery
Collectables - Copperas Cove, TX - Burglary
Dollar - Ellenville, NY - Burglary
Gas Station - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Crystal Lake, IL - Burglary
Grocery - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - San Jose, CA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Middlesboro, KY - Robbery
Jewelry - Little Rock, AR - Robbery
Jewelry - Calumet City, IL - Armed Robbery / Sec Guard shot-killed
Jewelry - Lithonia, GA - Robbery
Jewelry - Spartanburg, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Cypress TX -Burglary
Jewelry - Greenville, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Smithfield, RI - Robbery
Liquor - Green Bay, WI - Armed
Pharmacy - Pueblo, CO - Burglary
Restaurant - Asheville, NC - Burglary
Restaurant - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery (McDonald's)
Restaurant - Corvallis, OR - Armed Robbery
Vape - Springfield, MO - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 22 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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