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Mark Stinde named Vice President, Asset Protection for Casey's General Stores

Stinde is a veteran of the industry, leading LP/AP teams at large retailers, including Kroger, JCPenney and 7-Eleven

Mark will join Casey's General Stores in early December as Vice President, Asset Protection. Before being named to this new role, he served as Senior Vice President Operations, Retail and Compliance for The Integritus Group. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Asset Protection for Kroger and Senior Vice President of Asset Protection for JCPenney. In addition, Mark has led Asset Protection at other large retailers including serving as Vice President of Asset Protection for 7-Eleven and Vice President of Asset Protection for Circuit City. His experience also includes a variety of leadership roles in Asset Protection at Sears, The Home Depot, and Toys' R' Us. Congratulations, Mark!

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In-Store Black Friday Shopping Up 2.9%
Sensormatic Solutions by Johnson Controls shopper traffic analytics show strong U.S. Black Friday turnout in 2022

NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland-November 26, 2022-Sensormatic Solutions, the leading global retail solutions portfolio of Johnson Controls, today released preliminary shopper visit data for U.S. brick-and-mortar retail stores and shopping centers on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Findings indicate shopper visits resulted in a 2.9% increase in traffic on Black Friday, November 25, compared to 2021. Visits to physical stores on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, increased by 19.7% year over year. These results are informed by retail traffic data analytics within the company's intelligent operating platform, Sensormatic IQ.

Additionally, the analysis also looked at specific store formats. Enclosed mall traffic increased 1.2% and non-mall traffic (e.g., lifestyle centers, strip centers and standalone stores) increased 4.7% compared to Black Friday 2021.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Walmart Massacre: 600+ Mass Shootings So Far This Year
Deadly Shooting at Walmart in Virginia Adds to Nation's Grim Gun Toll

Six were killed, as well as the gunman, in the third recent high-profile mass shooting in the United States.

As nighttime shoppers browsed for household items or Thanksgiving necessities, an employee of a Walmart in Chesapeake, Va., took out a pistol and, without a word, a witness said, opened fire, killing five of his co-workers and a 16-year-old boy, and wounding several others before turning the weapon on himself.

The bodies of the gunman and two victims were found in an employee break room, the authorities said, and another near the front of the store. Three died after being taken to nearby hospitals.

The burst of workplace violence, just after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, tore at the holiday cheer of a popular shopping center now cordoned off with yellow police tape. And it thrust the nation, again, for the third time in less than two weeks, into a familiar and increasingly frequent cycle of mourning and soul-searching, prayer-sending and finger-pointing, in the aftermath of yet another mass shooting.

Days earlier, an attacker killed five people and wounded 18 others at a Colorado Springs nightclub that had been seen as a haven of safety for the local L.G.B.T.Q. community. Earlier this month, a student at the University of Virginia shot and killed three members of the school's football team on a bus as they returned from a class trip.

The Gun Violence Archive has counted at least 609 mass shootings so far this year, through mid-November. Of those shootings, 21 involved five or more fatalities, including the aforementioned attack at a Walmart and L.G.B.T.Q. nightclub.

The group recorded 692 mass shootings last year, with 28 involving four or more fatalities. nytimes.com

   More Coverage of the Walmart Mass Shooting:

   • Virginia Walmart gunman left a 'death note' saying he felt harassed by coworkers
   • City begins vigil to honor those killed in Walmart shooting
   • US Walmart shooting: Weapon purchased morning of attack

   Related Op-Ed: After 600+ mass shootings this year, let's be honest about guns

Stores Beefing Up Theft Prevention Amid Holiday Rush
US Retailers Add Cameras, Steel Cables to Deter Holiday Crime

The retail industry has decried theft this holiday season as it struggles with excess inventories.

Retailers ranging from Walmart to Barnes & Noble are installing cameras or locking away items to deter shoplifters and thieves as they brace for a post-pandemic rush of holiday shoppers this year.

Some, including Walmart, J.C. Penney, Apple Inc. and Walgreens, put in place new surveillance systems or more security guards. Others, like Target and Barnes & Noble, sealed merchandise behind plexiglass or tethered it with steel cables to store shelves.

The retail industry has decried theft this holiday season as it struggles with excess inventories and a pullback in consumer spending at a time of high inflation.

"Sales are suppressed. Profits are being punished at the time of the highest inflation in 42 years. And now with the cost of preventing crime going up, that's going to be passed along in higher prices," said Burt Flickinger, managing director at retail consulting firm Strategic Resource Group

The effect on holiday sales and profits "will be horrific," he added. "Nowadays you can see shampoos are locked up, along with acetaminophen and Tylenol and multipacks of toothpaste locked up.... people planning to shop in stores will not want to go in to these locked and over-secured stores. So overall retailers lose both the planned purchase and the impulse purchases."

Crime has been in the spotlight since a spate of brazen, violent store thefts - including a "smash and grab" incident during the holiday season last year where 80 people rushed into a Nordstrom near San Francisco and ran out with armfuls of merchandise, injuring five employees. One survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF) cited a 26.5% jump last year in "organized retail crime" carried out by groups of people. arise.tv

Small Businesses Hit Hard by Theft Surge
How Small Businesses Can Navigate Rising Retail Theft
Organized retail crime (ORC) is a rising threat across the U.S. According to the National Retail Federation, ORC costs businesses $700,000 for every billion dollars in sales, with a majority of small businesses reporting an increase in shoplifting and organized theft in 2021.

Selling Stolen Items Via E-Commerce

Recently, neighborhood fences have been replaced by e-commerce.

Disorganized Retail Crime

Disorganized retail crime has also become an issue across the U.S. It occurs when individuals, not groups, enter the same retail locations, sometimes multiple times a day, and are grabbing high-end items, and walking out. They taunt store staff and make no effort to hide their actions. They then sell the items on the street for cash.

Why The Sudden Upswing In Retail Crime?

In the past few years, the justice system has changed. Numerous prosecutors ran on a promise to no longer prosecute low-level crimes. Unfortunately, it has emboldened criminals with the belief that there are no consequences for their actions.

Staff Shortage And Less Security

Police staffing shortages have caused law enforcement agencies to no longer prioritize or, in some instances, discourage officers from making any shoplifting or theft arrests if prosecutors are going to dismiss the cases. Adding to the issue, retail security teams have cut back significantly; many companies have adopted a hands-off policy for all members working at their retail locations, and e-commerce has allowed for an environment where thieves selling stolen goods can do so anonymously online with little chance of being caught. securityinformed.com

Crime Closures Continue
Portland store shuts down, posts blistering note on front door slamming rampant crime: 'City is in peril'
A Portland, Oregon, clothing shop permanently shut down this month after facing a string of break-ins that has left the store financially gutted, according to a note posted to the front of the store.

"Our city is in peril," a printed note posted on Rains PDX store reads, according to KATU2. "Small businesses (and large) cannot sustain doing business, in our city's current state. We have no protection, or recourse, against the criminalbehavior that goes unpunished. Do not be fooled into thinking that insurance companies cover losses. We have sustained 15 break-ins ... we have not received any financial reimbursement since the 3rd."

The store's owner Marcy Landolfo said that after 15 break-ins over the last year and a half, the business can't survive the financial burdens the crimes have cost the shop.

"The problem is, as small businesses, we cannot sustain those types of losses and stay in business. I won't even go into the numbers of how much has been out of pocket," she said.

The message posted to the front store noted that the shop is closing down due to the "unrelenting criminal behavior," "coupled with escalating safety issues for our employees."

When Rains faced a break-in last month, according to KATU 2, Mayor Ted Wheeler's office said they were working on a plan to better financially assist business owners who needed to repair their shops.   foxbusiness.com

New Organized Retail Crime Unit in WA
Washington State Attorney General calls for retail crime unit
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday he is asking the state legislature for $1.5 million annually to fund the creation of a 10-member organized retail crime unit, according to a press release from the Attorney General's office.

The request follows Ferguson's convening of an organized retail crime task force to improve cooperation between law enforcement agencies in dealing with organized retail crime, which involves the theft of goods from retail stores for resale. Such criminal activity costs major retailers billions in losses every year, the press release noted.

The press release said creating a new unit would allow the Attorney General's office to prosecute cases referred by county prosecutors, giving the state limited jurisdiction over such cases.

"Washington law enforcement agencies have limited resources to tackle these sophisticated crimes," Ferguson said in the press release. "A modest investment in a centralized statewide organized retail crimes unit will hold criminals accountable and deter crimes which cause significant economic harm to our state."

According to the press release, nine other states have similar state tasks forces dedicated to investigating and prosecuting organized retail crime. columbiabasinherald.com

Retailers worry about the millions they're losing to 'organized retail theft'
Police, Retailers Work to Crack Down on Brazen Shoplifting Ahead of Holidays

Great News: New SF DA Focusing on Merchant Retail Corridors & Prosecuting Petty Theft - Up 16.4% in First Four Months

SFPD Ramping Up Arrests 20% - 100 More Per Month
New DA is Retail Focused & Cops are Motivated

San Francisco PD Responds to New DA After Former Progressive DA Boudin's Removal
While overall crime rates have not changed significantly, police responded immediately to Jenkins and has presented an average of 100 more arrests per month to the D.A. since Jenkins took over in July.

The one case outcome that has shifted significantly is that Jenkins' office is diverting a smaller share of criminal cases than under Boudin in his final months.

In an interview, Jenkins said she's expecting the gap between her and Boudin's case statistics to widen as her policies spread through the city's criminal justice system.

SFPD spokesperson Robert Rueca said the department has "been able to focus more resources in the downtown area to address drug dealing, theft, and other crime impacting neighborhoods and merchant retail corridors."

Jenkins said she believes her appointment influenced arrest rates "Because I took a different position (then Boudin's not prosecuting "quality of life" crimes), I would imagine that has affected (officers') willingness to make arrests and present those cases," Jenkins said. Second, she said she thinks police are feeling more "motivated."

Jenkins is also charging two crime categories at significantly higher rates than Boudin: Narcotics and Petty Theft. Her office charged 71% of narcotics bookings, a 10% point increase from Boudin's final months. She has also charged 78% of petty theft cases so far, compared with Boudin's 67%, up 16.4%.

"There were certain crimes, mostly misdemeanors, that he was not willing to charge," she said. "I took a different position."

Jenkins is starting to divert fewer cases than Boudin. Her conviction and dismissal rates have both increased slightly. sfchronicle.com

California's War On Organized Retail Crime

California Gov. Newsom Boosts ORC Efforts
Newsom increasing efforts to combat retail theft ahead of holiday season
California Governor Gavin Newsom will be increasing efforts to tackle retail theft during the holiday season. During the holiday season, Newsom said that the CHP officers will increase their presence at shopping centers throughout the state as part of their Organized Retail Crime Task Force.

"Shopping centers across California will see saturated patrols as CHP regional teams work with local law enforcement agencies to help make arrests and recover stolen merchandise," Newsom said in a statement.

The task force was started in 2019. CHP says their task force has been involved in 1,296 investigations which has led to the arrest of 645 suspects. The task force has recovered 271,697 stolen retail items worth nearly $26 million.

"The CHP is dedicated to ensuring everyone is safe during this holiday shopping season," Commissioner Amanda Ray said. "We are working hard to combat organized retail crime and deter organized theft rings." kion546.com

ORC is a Top Concern of CA Law Enforcement & Shoppers
Holiday shopping season marks start of heightened organized retail crime theft prevention efforts
Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season, and with it, organized retail theft is top of mind for California law enforcement agencies and shoppers.

On Friday, Arden Fair Mall's parking lot was parked with shoppers out to find deals, and with more shoppers, the potential for retail crime, like in-store smash-and-grabs or theft targeting shoppers who leave shopping bags in their vehicles while they continue on, goes up.

Ahead of the holiday season, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced statewide efforts to curb organized retail theft in the form of the California Highway Patrol Organized Retail Crime Theft Task Force. The goal of the ORCTF is to increase law enforcement presence at shopping centers and work with local law enforcement agencies to make more arrests.

These efforts were known by Black Friday shoppers in Sacramento who knew to hide their shopping bags in locked trunks or under privacy covers built into their vehicles.

One shopper told CBS13 he even goes as far as wearing new clothing, like a hat he found on sale on Black Friday, while he continues to shop, to ensure it is not targeted in his vehicle by criminals.

To prevent retail theft shoppers are advised to stay vigilant and hide valuables, including shopping bags, out of sight in their vehicles. cbsnews.com

More California Cities Join State ORC Task Force
Rocklin police join California Highway Patrol ORC Task Force
Rocklin police are joining neighboring cities like Elk Grove and Sacramento in launching a renewed effort to fight organized retail theft this holiday season. They're teaming up with California Highway Patrol's Organized Retail Crime Task Force to identify and arrest shoplifters.

The initiative comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 331, providing $255 million in grants for local law enforcement over the next three years to tackle retail theft.

According to the Governor's Office, California Highway Patrol officers have arrested 645 suspects and recovered stolen merchandise valued at nearly $26 million since the task force was created in 2019.

"In cooperation with the California Highway Patrol's Organized Retail Crime Task Force (ORCTF), and our retail partners, the Rocklin Police Department will conduct operations this holiday shopping season, to send a strong message to any potential criminal that retail theft will not be tolerated," said a Rocklin police spokesperson. abc10.com

Orange County, CA stores seeing uptick in retail theft ahead of holidays

Roseville Galleria ramps up security as retail theft meets holiday shopping season



COVID Update

653.5M Vaccinations Given

US: 100.5M Cases - 1.1M Dead - 98M Recovered
Worldwide: 646.6M Cases - 6.6M Dead - 625.1M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 815

Protests Erupt in China Over Lockdowns
China Protests Break Out as Covid Cases Surge and Lockdowns Persist

After a weekend of confrontations between officials and demonstrators, video from two sites in Shanghai and Beijing showed a heavy security presence.

"Lift the lockdown," the protesters screamed in a city in China's far west. On the other side of the country, in Shanghai, demonstrators held up sheets of blank white paper, turning them into an implicit but powerful sign of defiance. One protester, who was later detained by the police, was carrying only flowers.

Over the weekend, protests against China's strict Covid restrictions ricocheted across the country in a rare case of nationwide civil unrest.

Some demonstrators this weekend had gone so far as to call for the Communist Party and its leader, Xi Jinping, to step down. Many were fed up with Mr. Xi, who in October secured a precedent-defying third term as the party's general secretary, and his "zero-Covid" policy, which continues to disrupt everyday life, hurt livelihoods and isolate the country.

The Chinese government on Monday blamed "forces with ulterior motives" for linking a deadly fire in the western Xinjiang region to strict Covid measures, a key driver as the protests spread across the country. nytimes.com

   RELATED: China Clamps Down on Protesters Against Zero-Covid Policies

Administration Encourages Boosters Ahead of Potential Holiday Surge
The U.S. is 'certainly' still in a Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Fauci says
The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the U.S. is "certainly" still in the middle of a Covid-19 pandemic and he is "very troubled" by the divisive state of American politics.

"As a public health official, I don't want to see anyone suffer and die from Covid," he told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "I don't care if you're a far-right Republican or a far-left Democrat, everybody deserves to have the safety of good public health and that's not happening."

Fauci said between 300 and 400 people are still dying from Covid every day, and the uptake of the latest vaccine booster has been less than 15%.

White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said Sunday he knows it has been a long two years for Americans, but that it is still "incredibly important" to get vaccinated ahead of the holiday season. cnbc.com

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Iconix Founder Fits DOJ's New Aggressive Corp. Criminal Enforcement Initiative
DOJ: Former CEO & Founder Of Iconix Brand Group (Retail Brands) Convicted At Trial Of 10 Counts Of Accounting Fraud - Faces 160 Yrs Fed. Prison
United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced earlier today that a federal jury found NEIL COLE, the former Chief Executive Officer of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. ("Iconix"), guilty of participating in a scheme to fraudulently inflate Iconix's revenue and earnings per share, making false filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and misleading the conduct of audits. The defendant was found guilty following a four-week retrial before U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

"As a unanimous jury has now found,
Neil Cole deceived his company's investors and auditors in order to make his company appear to be performing better than it was. Cole tried to hide his conduct behind tricks and lies, but the truth is now clear: Cole cooked the books. This verdict sends a message that this Office is committed to holding corporate executives accountable when they resort to fraud, no matter how long it takes. Wall Street should know that we will not be deterred from seeking justice in tough cases."

Iconix, whose shares traded on the NASDAQ, was in the business of acquiring various brands, including clothing and fashion brands, and then licensing those brands to retailers, wholesalers, and suppliers who, in turn, produced and sold clothing and other products bearing the brand names.

Iconix utilized joint ventures ("JVs") to profit from its brands in foreign markets. Iconix transferred ownership of a trademark or brand to the JV while maintaining a 50 percent ownership interest in the JV itself. When it entered into a JV, Iconix
recognized as revenue the buy-in purchase price paid by the JV partner, less Iconix's cost basis in the trademarks.

Among the most critical financial metrics disclosed in Iconix's public filings with the SEC were Iconix's quarterly and annual revenue and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share ("EPS"). Iconix executives, including COLE, publicly identified revenue and EPS as the principal metrics demonstrating Iconix's growth. They also touted Iconix's consistent record of revenue and earnings growth and of meeting or exceeding Wall Street analyst consensus with respect to these metrics.

The World-Wide Fraud That Ultimately Led to it's Sale after Scheming Investors For Hundreds of Millions:
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Mass Shootings & Marauding Youths Changing Age Old Christmas Tradition

With 617 Mass Shootings in 2022 & Workplace & Retail Establishments Being the Top 2 Locations - Fear is More Likely the Prevailing Reason
Something the USA journalist didn't even consider

Virtual Santa visits replace trips to the mall

A trend that started during the pandemic appears here to stay: Virtual Santa visits.

For a fee, dozens of websites offer the option to chat with Santa via Zoom, Facetime, Skype or other video chat apps.

The appeal remains this season as cases of the respiratory virus RSV are on the rise and parents worry about young children being hospitalized as a result. usatoday.com ojp.gov gunviolencearchive.org

Editor's Note: Having reported a number of times over the last few years, both anecdotally from informal interviews and survey's, and from other media outlets, mothers predominately are driving this trend out of fear from active shooters.

Prior to the pandemic and the advent of video conferencing mothers were actually reportedly canvassing malls for Santa's located closest to exit doors, because of active shooters and violence. However, yes the RSV and even the flu and COVID variants are impacting as well. But in our opinion it's the mass shootings and the increasing trend we've all witnessed, of youths raiding- fighting - and swarming stores and malls.

   Just a thought. - Gus Downing

Fraudsters Around the Globe Busted in Europol Operations

142 Arrested in Global Bust of Fraudsters Impersonating Major Companies
Action against criminal website that offered 'spoofing' services to fraudsters
Judicial and law enforcement authorities in Europe, Australia, the United States, Ukraine, and Canada have taken down a website that allowed fraudsters to impersonate trusted corporations or contacts to access sensitive information from victims, a type of cybercrime known as 'spoofing'. The website is believed to have caused an estimated worldwide loss in excess of GBP 100 million (EUR 115 million).

In a coordinated action led by the United Kingdom and supported by Europol and Eurojust, 142 suspects have been arrested, including the main administrator of the website.

The services of the website allowed those who sign up and pay for the service to anonymously make spoofed calls, send recorded messages, and intercept one-time passwords. The users were able to impersonate an infinite number of entities (such as banks, retail companies and government institutions) for financial gain and substantial losses to victims.

The investigations showed that the website has earned over EUR 3.7 million in 16 months ($3.83 million). According to UK authorities, losses to victims at present are $51.5 million, with estimated worldwide losses in excess of $120 million.

In an international coordinated action carried out in November 2022, 142 users and administrators of the website were arrested across the world. The main administrator of the website was arrested in the UK on 6 November. On 8 November 2022, the website and server was seized and taken offline by US and Ukrainian authorities.

The case was opened at Eurojust in October 2021 at the request of the UK authorities. National authorities from ten countries, including European Union Member States and third countries, supported the investigation. The Agency played a key role in facilitating the judicial cross-border cooperation among all parties involved. Two coordination meetings were hosted by Eurojust to coordinate the national investigations and to prepare for the action. europol.europa.eu

Europol: $3.9 Million in Counterfeits Seized & 12.5K Websites Shut Down
International operation shuts down sites offering fake goods & pirated content

12,526 websites taken down & 127,365 fake products worth $3.9 million seized

Law enforcement agencies from 27 countries* participated in the 13th edition of Operation In Our Sites, a Europol-coordinated operation to take down websites offering counterfeit goods or involved in online piracy. The recurring operation, which is supported by Eurojust and INTERPOL, targets, investigates and seizes websites hosting a variety of illicit content.

The main issues continue to be intellectual property infringement on trademarks, as well as on copyrighted content available on internet protocol television (IPTV) and movie streaming services, peer-to-peer sharing platforms and hosting websites. Key findings of the operation that took place from 1 May to 14 November also show that more counterfeit products are being assembled within the European Union's borders and that intellectual property crime is closely intertwined with serious and organised crime.

As of this year's Cyber Monday, law enforcement agencies across several continents have taken down 12,526 websites, disconnected 32 servers used to distribute and host illegal content for 2,294 television channels and shut down 15 online shops selling counterfeit products on social media sites. In the physical realm, investigators seized 127,365 counterfeit products such as clothes, watches, shoes, accessories, perfumes, electronics and phone cases worth more than $3.9 million. europol.europa.eu

U.S. Bans More Chinese Security Equipment
FCC Expands Ban on Hikvision, Dahua & Other Chinese Firms
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to formally implement provisions of the Secure Equipment Act of 2021 that will further restrict the sale and import of products by China-based manufacturers including Hikvision and Dahua, telecommunications groups Huawei and ZTE, and two-way radio manufacturer Hytera.

Announced Nov. 25, the new rules apply to future authorizations of equipment and services identified on the Covered List, which was published by the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau as required under the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019.

Last year, the Biden administration signed the Secure Equipment Act into law, with the intent to block the authorization of network licenses from several Chinese companies whose hardware had been deemed a national security threat.

The ban allows the Chinese companies to continue selling equipment that has already been authorized for sale in the U.S. However, the FCC said it is also seeking further comment on revisions to the rules and procedures that allow equipment sales, along with potential revisions to the FCC's competitive bidding program and on future action related to existing authorizations.

For Hikvision, Dahua and Hytera, the ban in principle only applies to equipment designed "for the purpose of public safety, security of government facilities, physical security surveillance of critical infrastructure, and other national security purposes," the FCC said. The new requirements call for the three companies to document what safeguards they will put in place on marketing or sale for these purposes. A freeze has also been put in place on all of their equipment authorization applications until that work is completed. sdmmag.com

UK Enacts Similar Chinese Surveillance Ban
UK government moves against Chinese-made security cameras in public sector
The UK Government Security Group has instructed government departments to stop deploying security cameras provided by Chinese companies subject to the country's National Intelligence Law to sensitive sites.

Oliver Dowden, chancellor to the Duchy of Lancaster, made a statement in the House of Lords announcing the findings of a review by the Government Security Group of the risks of surveillance cameras implemented on government properties. The Group found that with CCTV and other advanced cameras systems increasing in capabilities and connectivity, "additional controls are required." The statement was also made in the House of Commons. biometricupdate.com

Retail's Record-Breaking Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend
NRF: Record 196.7 Million Consumers Shop Over Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend
WASHINGTON - A record 196.7 million Americans shopped in stores and online during the five-day holiday shopping period from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. The total number of shoppers grew by nearly 17 million from 2021 and is the highest figure since NRF first started tracking this data in 2017.

"It is important to note that while some may claim that retail sales gains are the result of higher prices, they must acknowledge the historic growth in consumers who are shopping in-store and online during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend and into Cyber Monday. It is consumer demand that is driving growth."

According to the survey, more than three-quarters (76%) of consumers say they shopped over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, up from 70% in 2021. The numbers shattered NRF's initial expectations by more than 30 million. nrf.com

Winners and losers of Black Friday 2022
With inflation looming, consumers waited until the shopping event to get deals on categories like electronics and sought out financing options such as buy now, pay later.

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Retailers Using AI to Fight Holiday Retail Crime
How artificial intelligence is being used to stop retail theft
For many retailers, the holiday season is the biggest time of the year, and with increased concern about retail theft, many stores are putting in new tools to catch those who may be shoplifting. One of those tools is artificial intelligence. It's used at Lunardi's, a Bay Area grocery store.

The system uses artificial intelligence software that scans security camera footage in real-time for customer movements that may be shoplifting.

"Essentially, we're training the cameras to see. We're giving them a brain," says Hiren Mowji of Veesion, the French company that created the technology being used at Lunardi's and several other stores nationwide.

Veesion's technology doesn't consider someone's race, sex or how they're dressed. Instead, it alerts store staff if it thinks a customer may have taken a product and put it in their back pocket or backpack. That employee can then determine whether that person needs to be approached and escorted out of the store. fox4now.com

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FBI Issues Warning Over Automated Attacks
Double Trouble: Why Account Takeover and Fake Accounts are Still Succeeding

The success of automated attacks has both businesses and the FBI on high alert - learn about the fraudulent marketplaces bot operators use to profit off their efforts, the tools and tactics used, and suggestions on optimizing your defenses.

Account takeover (ATO) and fake account generation attacks have become wildly successful in recent years, so much so that the FBI's Cyber Division issued a recent warning to businesses about the growing threat of automated attacks.

To better understand the current landscape as it pertains to retailers, Kasada analyzed the National Retail Federation's (NRF) Top 100 Retailers list and found that 52% had existing accounts for sale on criminal underground marketplaces. What is more shocking is that over two-thirds of these organizations already have a bot solution in place.

Kasada's threat intelligence team monitors several online marketplaces and botting forums where accounts, credentials, bypasses, methods to get free upgrades or items, and more, are listed for sale. Accounts often contain payment methods, gift cards, rewards cards, and loyalty points.

In observing these marketplaces, there's no denying how lucrative using bots to exploit businesses has become.

To maximize their efforts, adversaries often deploy ATO attacks against retailers or hospitality organizations where accounts possess payment methods (credit or debit cards, store cards, gift cards), reward points, or personal information. Threat actors also create fake accounts at these organizations, as it offers scalable ways to purchase hype products, enter contests, launder money, or commit fraud.

To successfully perform ATO or create fake accounts, fraudsters use automated attacks like credential stuffing or credential cracking. rhisac.org

Put Yourself in the Hackers' Shoes
Know thy enemy: thinking like a hacker can boost cybersecurity strategy

Putting on a red hat and trying to understand the motivations, expectations, behaviors, and goals of bad actors can be a key part of a solid cybersecurity plan.

As group leader for Cyber Adversary Engagement at MITRE Corp., Maretta Morovitz sees value in getting to know the enemy - she can use knowledge about cyber adversaries to distract, trick, and deflect them and develop strategies to help keep threat actors from getting whatever they're after.

AdvertisementThat could mean placing decoys and lures that exploit their expectations for what an attacker will find when they first hack into an environment, she says. Or it could mean deliberately disorienting them by creating scenarios that don't match up to those expectations. "It's about how to drive defenses by knowing how the adversaries actually behave," says Morovitz, who is also group leader for MITRE Engage, a cyber adversary engagement framework.

Enterprise security leaders have long worked to identify their likely adversaries and what they might be after. However, their ability to delve into the hacker mindset has been limited by both available resources and knowledge as well as conventional strategies which stressed first perimeter defenses and then graduated defenses that provide the highest protection to the most valuable assets.

Hacker thinking helps shape security strategy

Now security experts - MITRE and others - advocate for CISOs and their security teams to use threat intel, security frameworks, and red team skills to think like a hacker and - more importantly - use that insight to shape security strategies. This, they say, means considering motives and mentalities which in turn influence their levels of persistence, the pathways they may take, and what exactly they want - all of which could be different or broader than assumed. That insight should then shape the direction of a defense-in-depth security; it should be used to create a truly threat-driven security strategy.

"If you're not thinking like a hacker, you're not able to take the actions that are right for your environment. But the more you know about the threats, the more effective you can be in applying that technology," says Jim Tiller, global CISO for Nash Squared and Harvey Nash USA. csoonline.com

Cyber Insurance Market Cools Off
Hot Market for Cyber Insurance Begins to Stabilize

An explosion in ransomware has led to high premiums, but the market shows signs of cooling off

The market for cyber insurance has begun to stabilize after a surge in ransomware attacks in recent years propelled a steep rise in premiums, observers say.

Cyber insurance can pay ransoms to hackers who lock company technology systems, or it can help offset the cost of responding to data breaches. Now, the premium increases of recent years seem to be slowing, if not halting entirely, as insurers get better at evaluating risks, new market entrants begin offering coverage, and supply and demand assert themselves.

"Things are looking better," said Jason Krauss, head of North America cyber product coverage for insurance brokerage WTW. "It's amazing, right, that I would tell you that a 20% increase [in premiums] isn't bad. But it's seen as a good thing."

The cyber insurance market has been going through a "hard" period, according to industry insiders, with rising premiums and less flexibility from insurers in terms of offerings. Premium prices on average rose more than 34% in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to data from the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, and some businesses have reported far steeper rate increases.

"It was painful," said Kristen Peed, director of corporate risk management at professional services company CBIZ Inc. and a board member of the risk management society RIMS. Some colleagues in risk-management saw increases as high as 200%, Ms. Peed said.

"We've had two painful renewal years with increasing deductibles, restrictions and...increases in prices," she said.  wsj.com
Cryptocurrency Theft Surge
Cybercrime Carnage: Cryptocurrency-Targeting Attacks Abound

From Cryptojacking to Exchange Hacks to Scam Token Contracts, Innovation Abounds

While the cybercrime story for 2022 has yet to be fully written, cryptocurrency theft will no doubt have a starring role. Buoyed by the collective pilfering of billions of dollars' worth of cryptocurrency already this year, stealing more is sure to be a top New Year's resolution for the criminally inclined.

Illicit interest in cryptocurrency continues despite fallout from the crash and burn of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, which on Nov. 11 filed for bankruptcy. govinfosecurity.com

Crypto's Final Price Could Be Zero
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What is the Cloud?

I am asked often what the "cloud" is and where does the info go. If you store your photos in the cloud they are being stored in the Deep Web (the hidden part of the internet) or in a data center to which you connect directly. The cloud or cloud computing just refers to the idea of using someone else's computers to store information; the internet is basically the road that gets you there.




Over 25% of Americans Have Been Victimized by Porch Pirates
Porch Pirate Survey: Holiday Shopping & Theft to Start Earlier Than Ever This Year
More than 1 in 4 (26%) Americans have had a package stolen from their porch or doorstep, according to a new survey. InsuranceQuotes.com's newly released 2022 Porch Pirates Report also found that 64% of survey takers said that all or most of their 2022 holiday shopping will be done via online delivery, compared to 40% from last year.

What's more, 43% of survey takers said they will start their holiday shopping earlier than ever - which, for many of those millions of shoppers, will translate to holiday package theft also beginning early. While the devices many not prevent porch theft, video doorbell cameras can at least help to investigate who swiped the package, according to the survey report.

"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices are up across the board about 8.2% compared with a year ago. Higher prices mean that swiped packages come with that much more sting," said Michael Giusti, analyst at insuranceQuotes.com and author of the report. "Sustainability was another trend that showed up in the survey. Younger respondents tended to be more likely to say sustainability is going to be a driving factor, with 60% of people between 18 and 29 saying it was an influence, with just 45% of people 65 and older saying the same thing."

Porch piracy is an issue felt across the country but seems to be slightly more concentrated in the northeast, with 32% of respondents living in the northeast reporting having a package stolen, compared to just 23% in the west.

Among the study's additional findings:
• INFLATION: 21% say that, this year, they are spending more than ever on holiday shopping.

• SUSTAINABLE BRANDS: 51% say that, this year, for holiday shopping, they are more likely to buy from a sustainable brand.

• INFLUENCER MARKETING: 23% say that this year, for their holiday shopping, they are buying at least one item they saw marketed by an influencer.

The full 2022 Porch Pirates Report - which provides analysis, protections tips and more - is available here. sdmmag.com

Record-Breaking Cyber Monday
Cyber Monday spend reaches $11.3B with a surge in BNPL usage: report
Following a mixed bag of Black Friday results, Cyber Monday brought in a record $11.3 billion in total spend, marking 5.8% growth year over year, according to data from Adobe Analytics. At the peak hour of 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, consumers were spending $12.8 million every minute, per Adobe.

Toys, electronics and computers drove online spend, with the toys category seeing a 684% jump in sales compared to an average day in October. Discounts hit record highs across those categories, where electronics price cuts peaked at 25% off compared to 8% in 2021. Similar to trends from Thanksgiving this year, mobile shopping was strong with 43% of online sales coming from a smartphone on Monday.

Buy now, pay later saw a surge in use starting during the holidays last week, which continued into Cyber Monday. During Cyber Week - which Adobe counts as Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday - BNPL orders increased by 85% compared to the week before and revenue from it increased 88%. From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, BNPL service provider Afterpay saw transactions rise by 120% compared to before the holiday. retaildive.com

$9B in Online Black Friday Shopping - New Record
Black Friday online sales top $9 billion in new record

Overall online sales for Black Friday were up 2.3% year-over-year.

Consumers spent a record $9.12 billion online shopping during Black Friday this year, according to Adobe, which tracks sales on retailers' websites.

Overall online sales for the day after Thanksgiving were up 2.3% year over year, and electronics were a major contributor, as online sales surged 221% over an average day in October, Adobe said. Toys were another popular category for shoppers, up 285%, as was exercise equipment, up 218%.

Many consumers embraced flexible payment plans on Black Friday as they continue to grapple with high prices and inflation. Buy Now Pay Later payments increased by 78% compared with the past week, beginning Nov. 19, and Buy Now Pay Later revenue is up 81% for the same period. cnbc.com

Amazon has a new drone for 30-minute urban deliveries
As Amazon prepares to debut its long-delayed Prime Air drone delivery service, it's also showing off a smaller, quieter drone that will be ready in 2024 and could be making regular deliveries in major cities by the end of the decade.

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Website Operator Buying Stolen Goods From Addicts
Former Bellevue Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Selling Stolen Items on Amazon
PITTSBURGH, PA - A Florida resident has pled guilty to wire fraud and money laundering charges.

The plea of guilty was entered by Thac Duc Le, age 37, formerly of Venetia, PA, currently from Davie, Florida.

According to the information presented to the Court, during the period April, 2013 through August, 2016, Le operated a business in Bellevue, PA, called Last Call Entertainment. While Last Call was a second hand reseller of small electronics goods, Le also participated in buying health and beauty products (makeup, lipstick, etc.), over the counter medications (ibuprofen, aspirin, dietary supplements) and a wide variety of miscellaneous products (teeth whitening strips, electronic toothbrushes, pet products, small electronics like calculators, etc.), all purchased from walk-in sellers. These walk-in sellers were almost always addicted to various drugs and had shoplifted the products they were offering for sale to Le from local retail merchants. The Court heard of evidence that Le paid these walk-in sellers pennies on the dollar and in turn resold these stolen items on Amazon and that Amazon in turn paid him, by electronic funds transfers, more than $400,000 during the time period of the Indictment. justice.gov

Reno, NV: Police search for suspects in Apple Store burglary
RPD is trying to track down three men they say stole from the Apple store in south Reno. It happened just after 6 p.m. on Sunday at the store at Summit Mall. Police say they went into the store and started grabbing as much merchandise as they could. No weapons were used and no threats were made. kolotv.com

Manistee, MI: Michigan State Police suspect Arkansas couple of big shoplifting spree
A couple from Arkansas was arrested in the midst of a Northern Michigan shoplifting spree, Michigan State Police said. Troopers said they obtained a warrant and conducted a search Monday at a house on First Avenue in downtown Manistee, based on allegations that the young couple had various stolen items in their possession. Various items turned out to be a bit more. "Hundreds of items of stolen property were seized," Lt. Derrick Carroll said in a statement.

Police said they believe these items were removed from various storage units and businesses in Manistee, Traverse City, Cadillac and Ludington. A 25-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, residents of Arkansas, had arrived in Northern Michigan in a vehicle that had been stolen in Arkansas earlier this month, according to the report. They were arrested and lodged in the Grand Traverse County Jail on suspicion of retail fraud in a case that's being handled out of the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office, state police said. Capt. Chris Clark of the sheriff's office said the couple faces first-degree retail fraud charges after allegedly stealing clothing, shoes and tools from a business in Blair Township on Nov. 14.

The Blair Township Community deputy in charge of this case connected the alleged shoplifting in Blair Township to a similar incident in Manistee, according to Clark. After realizing the circumstances in each case led to the same couple, Clark said, the deputy called the Manistee Police Department and state police to relay the information that eventually resulted in their arrests. Police did not disclose the names of the suspects, citing the ongoing investigation. The sheriff's office, Cadillac City Police Department, Manistee City Police Department, Manistee County Sheriff's Office and state police troopers from their Cadillac and Hart posts all are assisting in investigation. yahoo.com

Greenfield, WI: Walgreens and Ulta theft, pursuit, South Milwaukee man charged
A South Milwaukee man, 35, is accused of leading police on a chase after stealing from Walgreens in Greenfield. He is also accused of stealing from Ulta in Greenfield weeks before the Walgreens theft and pursuit. Andrew Gbur faces three counts of retail theft, one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and one count of vehicle operator flee/elude officer. fox6now.com

Middletown, OH: Theft suspect spotted by police in Lowe's parking lot arrested, booked in jail
As Middletown police officers were patrolling in the area of Lowes on Towne Blvd., they spotted a blue SUV matching a description from previous thefts at the store, according to the Middletown Division of Police social media page. At approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday, officers on patrol saw the SUV parked in the back of the Lowes parking lot and made contact with the driver, the spokesperson said. After officers made contact, police immediately noticed stolen lumber inside of the vehicle, the spokesperson said. A search warrant was conducted through further investigation at Hephenstine's house in the 4200-block of Roosevelt Blvd. During the search of Helphenstine's home, police recovered four reported stolen trailers from Middletown, Mason, Monroe and Liberty Twp., as well as items from previous thefts reported by Lowe's and Walmart, the spokesperson said. facebook.com

Rockville, MD: Gun store looted on Black Friday, thieves allegedly took 'long guns'
Police in Maryland are investigating after multiple people allegedly broke into a gun store and left with "long guns." The incident happened on early Friday morning at around 1 a.m. when the at least five suspects allegedly broke into Atlantic Guns in Rockville, Maryland, the Montgomery County Police Department told FOX 5. Police said that a black sedan crashed into the gun shop, and the alleged thieves entered the store, taking "long guns." n a Facebook post, Atlantic Guns said the damage appears to be minimal, alleging that the same group of people attempted to enter the store on Nov. 20.  foxnews.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Chesapeake, VA: 'He just started shooting': Walmart manager opens fire in break room, killing 6
Chesapeake police spokesman Leo Kosinski said officers responding to a 911 call Tuesday night found several people wounded or hiding in the store and that rescue and tactical teams swept through providing "life-saving measures."  At least six survivors were transported to local hospitals, one in critical condition, city officials said. There were about 50 people at the store at the time of the attack, police said. Authorities haven't said whether any of those killed or wounded was a customer.

"You hope a day like this never comes, but we train for it, we practice, we talk about it, we learn lessons," Chesapeake City Manager Chris Price said at a briefing Wednesday. "You hope that those lessons will never have to be put to use." Police Chief Mark Solesky said the first 911 call came in at 10:12 p.m., and the first officers arrived two minutes later. The assailant died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and a handgun was recovered at the scene, Solesky said. Police said the gunman was carrying multiple magazines.

The bodies of two victims and the shooter were found in the break room of the store, city officials said. One body was found toward the front of the store, and three other victims were transported to local hospitals but died of their injuries. Walmart identified the gunman as Andre Bing, 31, a "team leader" who had worked for the company since 2010. He was found dead in the break room along with two other people. Police said they searched his home in Chesapeake and investigators are trying to find a motive for the attack. usatoday.com

Atlanta, GA: One dead, 5 injured in shooting near Atlanta mall
A shooting near an open-air mall on Saturday evening in Atlanta has left one person dead and five others injured, including one critically, according to the Atlanta Police Department. The latest: The individual who was killed was 12 years old, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said Sunday. "The individuals that were involved ... knew each other, they were not strangers," Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum also said Sunday, adding that "they had had a conflict earlier in the month." The shooting occurred after a group was escorted off of Atlantic Station property, police Lt. Germaine Dearlove said Saturday night. The group then moved to the 17th Street bridge in Atlanta, where a "dispute occurred that escalated to gunfire." One male was deceased on the scene as of Saturday night and five other victims were transported to area hospitals, he said. The group was removed from Atlantic Station property for "unruly behavior" and curfew violations, Dearlove said. Homicide investigators were on the scene on Saturday evening to investigate the scene and "establish leads on the case and also suspect information," Dearlove said. The victims are believed to be between the ages of 15 and 21, Dearlove said. axios.com

Antioch, CA: Gas Station Cashier fatally shot; 2 linked suspects remain at large
Antioch police are searching for two male suspects linked to a fatal robbery at a Chevron gas station early Saturday morning. Nearby residents say they could hear the gunshots. "This was crazy! Last night I heard the shots," says a woman who lives nearby, who didn't want to be identified. "I have only been living here since April. It makes me wonder, did I make the right move to even move to here in Antioch?" A mom of young children, she says she moved from Oakland, hoping Antioch would be a safer place to raise her kids. "It is just scary. I literally come to this gas station every day. To hear that someone that I used to say hello to, and to find out that he passed away? It's scary. He had small kids. Young children," she said. Antioch police say they received a 911 call just after 2 a.m. to the Chevron located at 2701 Contra Loma Boulevard, just off of Highway 4. When they arrived on scene, they found the 36-year-old man on the ground with a gunshot to the head. Police believe this was likely a botched robbery. abc7news.com

Oklahoma City, OK: 75-year-old man shot, killed after pointing gun at security guard at OKC dispensary
Authorities have released more information after a security guard shot and killed an armed suspect during an attempted robbery at an Oklahoma City dispensary on Thanksgiving Day. Around 11:10 a.m. Thursday, police responded to a report of an armed robbery at Mango Cannabis in the 6200 block of Northwest Expressway. Officers learned that a security guard confronted a suspect and fatally shot him. On Monday, police said in a news release that a 75-year-old man entered the dispensary with a handgun and pointed the firearm at the 42-year-old security guard. Authorities said the security guard shot the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The gun the suspect was carrying was a BB gun that resembled a semi-automatic handgun, police said. Police released the security guard at the scene. The Oklahoma City Police Department identified the suspect as Wayne Zettlemoyer. koco.com

Buffalo, NY: UPDATE: Buffalo Supermarket Shooter Pleads Guilty to Murder, Domestic Terrorism motivated by hate
Payton Gendron pleaded guilty Monday to the racist murders of 10 Black people at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo. Gendron pleaded guilty to 15 charges in all, including domestic terrorism motivated by hate, murder, and attempted murder. He still faces more than two dozen federal charges, some of which carry the possibility of the death penalty. Gendron "planned and carried out a racially motivated attack" spurred by white supremacist ideology that specifically targeted Black peoples, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said. Flynn said Gendron illegally modified his gun, and practiced shooting at state parks in Broome County. Gendron traveled more than three hours from his home near Binghamton, New York to carry out the shooting in a predominantly black neighborhood of East Buffalo after posting on social media about the racist replacement conspiracy theory. The attack was caught on a Tops supermarket surveillance camera and a helmet camera worn by Gendron that he used to livestream on Twitch. A 180-page document believed to have been posted on the internet by the suspect is a hate-filled screed fixated on the notion of "replacement theory," a white supremacist belief that non-whites will eventually replace white people because they have higher birth rates, authorities said. The document also contained the names of past mass shooters he admired, according to Flynn. abc7news.com

Los Angeles, CA: 15 year old teen passenger found dead after SUV slams into South LA liquor store
A 15-year-old boy was found dead early Sunday morning after an SUV plowed into a South Los Angeles liquor store and erupted in flames, officials said. The crash occurred about 4 a.m. in the 1300 block of West 54th Street in Vermont Square, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said the driver of the vehicle and two passengers managed to escape from the wreckage. The flames spread from the vehicle into the single-story building, making their way into the attic. Thirty-four firefighters extinguished the blaze in just under 30 minutes, after which the teen passenger's body was discovered inside SUV, the Fire Department said. The survivors were treated for unspecified injuries. According to LAPD investigators, the driver was traveling northbound on 54th Street and attempting to make a turn when the SUV veered into the structure. abc7.com

Bridgeport, CT: Restaurant Owner Shot At Twice During Armed Robbery
A local restaurant owner was shot at twice and injured during an armed robbery over Thanksgiving weekend, police said. At 5:20 p.m. on Nov. 25, police responded to 264 Wood Avenue, Bridgeport, CT (Peking Chinese Restaurant). Police said the Peking Chinese Restaurant was "subject of a violent armed robbery." "During the course of the robbery, the 48-year-old restaurant owner was shot at twice," police said in a news release. "Bullet projectiles shattered equipment in the business that fragmented and struck him in the face. The restaurant owner was transported to a local hospital, treated for non-life-threatening injuries, and released. Fortunately, the store owner was not killed." patch.com

Grant Pass, OR: Police search for man who fired a shot after stealing from store
Police in Grants Pass are searching a man who allegedly robbed a store and then fired a shot after an employee pursued him. The Grants Pass Police Department said the alleged theft happened on Friday at approximately 8:50 p.m. when a store employee at the Town & Country Market store reported a theft. "When the employee followed the suspect outside, the suspect discharged a firearm in the direction of the store," according to police. There were no injuries and detectives are looking for a white male in connection with the theft and shooting. heraldandnews.com

Mobile, AL: Tractor Supply customer shoots out tire to stop shoplifters
Customers at Tractor Supply helped prevent two men from shoplifting Friday, according to authorities. Officers said they responded to a call regarding shots fired at the Tractor Supply located at 5618 Highway 90 at approximately 9:10 a.m. Friday morning. Upon arrival, police said they discovered a male subject had left the store without paying for merchandise. As the man attempted to get into a waiting vehicle, he was stopped and detained by a bystander. The driver of the vehicle attempted to leave and a second bystander fired shots at his tires. The driver fled and was later located according to officers. Toby Priest, 53, and Troy Brown, 46, were identified by authorities as the two suspects and were arrested and charged with theft of property. Priest was also charged with driving with a suspended license. fox10tv.com

Catawba, NC: Alleged Argument at Dollar General Ends In One Shot, Another Arrested
Authorities in Catawba County arrested a man charged with firing a gun at a Dollar General store just before 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Catawba Police arrested Dimario Coulter for allegedly shooting a man at a Dollar General store on Oxford School Road in Catawba. When officers arrived, they found the man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Police say the shooting stemmed from an argument in the store's parking lot. wccbcharlotte.com

Greenville, NC: Police provide update on Black Friday shooting inside Greenville Mall
Greenville Police are sharing new details on Friday's shooting that sent two men to the hospital. Police say Theodore Dunn Junior, 21, and Irashamire Perkins, 22, were shot near American Eagle in the Greenville Mall, and were taken to ECU Health Medical Center. Officials say Perkins is currently receiving treatment for a gunshot wound and Dunn's injuries were considered non-life threatening. WITN is told that one of the men told police that the shooting occurred after he got into a fight with someone whom he had previous issues with. witn.com

Jackson, TN: Police searching for suspect after shooting involving 2 Walmart employees
The City of Jackson Police Department is investigating a shooting that involved two Walmart employees. The shooting happened Nov. 27 at the North Jackson Walmart. Police said the victim was taken to a hospital by EMS with what appeared to be a non-life-threatening gunshot injury. Police said the incident happened in a non-customer area in the back of the store. No customers were involved or harmed during the incident. fox13memphis.com

Huntsville, AL: HPD is investigating after one was critically injured in a shooting at Walmart

San Antonio, TX: Fight at Ingram Park Mall leads to parking lot shooting

Pittsburgh, PA: Shots fired outside Walmart in The Waterworks mall, police looking for 4 suspects

Queensbury, NY: Man Recovers from Shooting Outside Walmart

Santa Clarita, CA: Gun in man's pocket accidentally goes off at Valencia mall

Appleton, WI: Firearm accidentally discharged in parking lot of Fox River Mall


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Arcadia, CA: Driver who plowed through 7-Eleven did so intentionally, police say
The driver of a vehicle that crashed through an Arcadia 7-Eleven Thursday morning has been arrested and faces possible charges for attempted murder after police determined he drove through the store on purpose. Officers from the Arcadia Police Department responded to the convenience store on the 1000 block of South Baldwin Avenue around 7 a.m. Thursday, after receiving reports of a customer causing a disturbance inside the business. When police arrived on scene, they found the suspect's dark blue sedan that had crashed through the doors and came to a stop after colliding with several displays. The man apparently tried to flee, but was detained by store employees and customers until police arrived. After interviewing witnesses, officers determined that the suspect, identified only as a man from Monrovia, had entered the store and began throwing merchandise at employees. After being asked to leave, he left the store, got into his vehicle and then intentionally drove through the front doors of the business, accelerating toward customers and employees inside. fox40.com

St Paul, MN: Update: Man hides in West St. Paul Menards overnight, commits Armed Robbery in morning
A man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for armed robbery of a Menards in West St. Paul. Court documents state on Sept. 27, 2021, Cornelius Graham, 61, of Kansas City, Kansas, hid inside the store until it closed. Early the following day, Graham confronted the store manager as he was opening the store for the day. He then brandished a firearm and took cash from the store manager. Graham pled guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robber and was sentenced on Wednesday to 77 months in prison. At the time of the incident, he was on supervised release for separate robbery convictions in Kansas. He will receive an additional sentence of 23 months for a total sentence of 100 months behind bars fox9.com

Gainesville, FL: Man arrested for threatening to shoot Walmart employee
D'Andre Vanshon Jemel Anderson, 26, was arrested yesterday and charged with armed robbery and simple assault after allegedly threatening to shoot a Walmart employee who was trying to stop him from shoplifting. At about 3:00 p.m. yesterday, Anderson was reportedly seen at the Walmart on NW 23rd Street, placing underwear and a knit cap in a shopping bag he was carrying. As the loss prevention officer (LPO) approached him, another customer greeted Anderson, saying, "Hello, D'Andre." Anderson allegedly walked out of the store without paying for the items, followed by the LPO, but when the LPO attempted to detain him, he allegedly reached into the shopping bag, said, "I got my gun," and chased her back into the store. He also allegedly swung at the LPO's head, but she ducked to avoid the blow. He then reportedly fled on foot into the Pine Ridge neighborhood. alachuachronicle.com

San Bernardino County, CA : Liquor Store clerk is stabbed by suspect during robbery, but is still able to hold suspect at gunpoint until deputies arrive

San Francisco, CA: Holiday shoppers feel safer at San Francisco's Union Square but robberies continue nearby

San Francisco, CA: $178K worth of camera equipment stolen in armed robbery at store near SF's Union Square

Cedar Fall, IA: Police investigate Armed Robbery with a Baseball Bat at Metro Mart

Portland, OR: People at NE Portland sports bar stop armed robbery early Saturday morning

Spokane, WA: Police report 3 gun store robberies in 2 days

Trenton, NJ: Mercer Man Sentenced in String of Strong Armed Robberies Across County, State



Manhattan, NY: More than $10M in 'high-end' knock-offs seized
Cops netted more than $10 million in "high-end" counterfeit goods Monday in a crackdown on illegal street vendors in Lower Manhattan, police officials said. The NYPD's sweep of knock-off purses, sneakers and other illicit goods on Canal Street led to 17 total arrests, with the rogue vendors facing a top charge of trademark counterfeiting property over $1,000, a felony in the state, Chief of Patrol Jeff Maddrey said.

"The area of enforcement we went to today resembled a local street market," the chief said at a press conference a few hours after the bust. "Sidewalks are blocked, there's property everywhere, merchandise everywhere. This really impacts local businesses in a negative manner, as well as reduces the quality of life. "We seized over three truckloads of merchandise."

Maddrey said the department will start to step up its outreach throughout New York City on how to legally obtain vendor's licenses as the holiday season approaches while reminding sellers: peddling counterfeit trade merch is still illegal. nypost.com



Apple - Reno, NV - Robbery
Boost - Memphis, TN - Burglary
C-Store - Suffolk, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Washington County, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Texarkana, AR - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lynchburg, VA - Robbery
C-Store - Washington, DC - Burglary
C-Store - Swainsboro, GA - Armed Robbery
Car Wash - Arizona City, AZ - Armed Robbery
CVS - Erwin, TN - Armed Robbery
Check Cashing - Saginaw Township, MI - Armed Robbery
Clothing - San Francisco, CA - Armed Robbery
Collectables - Redding, CA - Burglary
Dollar - New Castle, PA - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Ebro, FL - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Berkeley County, SC - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Oak Ridge, TN - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Saint Albans City, VT - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Berkeley County, SC - Armed Robbery
Goodwill - Waterville, ME - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Grants Pass, OR - Armed Robbery / Shooting
Grocery - Cedar Fall, IA - Armed Robbery
Guns - Rockville, MD - Burglary
Guns - Spokane, WA - Burglary
Gun - Spokane, WA- Burglary
Gun - Spokane, WA - Burglary
Hotel - Casa Grande, AZ - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Little Rock, AR - Robbery
Jewelry - El Cajon, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Rock Hill, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Pineville, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
Jewelry - Roseburg, OR - Robbery
Jewelry - West Covina, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Garden City, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Little Rock, AR - Robbery
Jewelry - Elizabeth, NJ - Robbery
Jewelry - Ft. Collins, CO - Robbery
Jewelry - Columbia, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Glendale, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Pleasanton, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Daytona Beach, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Elmhurst, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Garden City, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - North Wales PA - Burglary
Jewelry - Tukwila, WA- Burglary
Jewelry - Houston, TX - Burglary
Jewelry - Baltimore, MD - Burglary
Jewelry - Colorado Springs, CO - Burglary
Liquor - San Bernardino County, CA - Armed Robbery / Clerk stabbed
Liquor - New York, NY - Robbery
Marijuana - Portland, OR - Robbery
Restaurant - Tulsa, OK - Burglary
Restaurant -Portland, OR - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Bridgeport, CT - Armed Robbery / Shooting
Tobacco - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
Ulta - Greenfield, WI - Robbery
Walgreens - Greenfield, WI - Robbery
Walmart - Gainesville, FL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 47 robberies
• 13 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 0 killed

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District Loss Prevention Manager - Seattle District
Seattle, WA - posted October 31
DICK'S Sporting Goods is seeking a Big Box Retail District Loss Prevention Manager to oversee LP functions in the Seattle district. You will be responsible for driving company objectives in profit and loss control, sales performance, customer satisfaction, and shrink results. District LP Managers are responsible for leading LP functions within a specific operations district and for collaborating with Store Operations and HR in an effort to prevent company loss...

Store Loss Prevention Manager
Sunnyvale, CA - posted October 31
Store Loss Prevention Managers are responsible for leading Loss Prevention functions within a specific location and for partnering with Store Operations in an effort to prevent company loss. You will be responsible for driving company objectives in profit and loss control, sales performance, customer satisfaction, and shrink results...

Area Asset Protection Manager - South New Jersey
South New Jersey - posted October 11
In this role, you will embody Do The Right Thing by protecting People, Assets, and Brands. You will work in an energized, fast paced environment focused on creating a safe environment for our employees, teams, and customers; this is critical to driving our Brand Power, Enduring Customer Relationships, and exuding our commitment to Team and Values...

Field Loss Prevention Manager
Seattle, WA - posted September 27
The Field Loss Prevention Manager (FLPM) coordinates Loss Prevention and Safety Programs intended to protect Staples assets and ensure a safe work environment within Staples Retail locations. FLPM's are depended on to be an expert in auditing, investigating, and training...

Sr. Manager, Brand & Asset Protection - West
Pacific Northwest or California - posted August 29
As the Senior Manager of Brand and Asset Protection for North America, you will part of an innovative Asset Protection team, whose mission is to prevent, identify and mitigate risks to our business. You will support with the creation of foundational asset protection programming and will lead its delivery to our North American store base...

Region AP Manager (Florida - Treasure Coast Market)
Jacksonville, FL - posted June 17
Responsible for managing asset protection programs designed to minimize shrink, associate and customer liability accidents, bad check and cash loss, and safety incidents for stores within assigned region. This position will develop the framework for the groups' response to critical incidents, investigative needs, safety concerns and regulatory agency visits...

Corporate Risk Manager
Seattle, WA / Tacoma, WA / Portland, OR - posted June 14
Summary of Role and Responsibilities: A proactive approach to preventing losses/injuries, whether to our employees, third parties, or customer's valuables. They include but are not limited to cash in transit, auto losses, or injuries....

Loss Prevention Specialists (Store Detective)
Albany, NY; Hyannis, MA; Burlington, VT; Hartford, CT
- posted May 6
Detect and respond to external theft and fraud by working undercover within the store(s) you are assigned to. Working as a team with store management and associates in combating loss in the store(s). Developing and analyzing external theft trends, utilizing information in company reports and information gathered from store management and associates...

Retail Asset Protection Associate
Medford, MA; Brockton, MA; East Springfield, MA - posted May 6
The Asset Protection Greeter role is responsible for greeting all customers as they enter the store, ensuring that customers see the Company's commitment to provide a safe and secure shopping environment, as well as deterring theft, shoplifting, or other dishonest activities...


Regional Loss Prevention Auditor
Multiple Locations - posted April 20
The Regional Loss Prevention Auditor (RLPA) is responsible for conducting operational audits and facilitating training meetings in our clients' locations. The audit examines operational controls, loss prevention best practices, and customer service-related opportunities.

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