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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

392 Workplace Homicides in 2020 - 275 Fatal Injuries in the 'Retail Trade'
Bureau of Labor Statistics Workplace Violence Data: Homicides & nonfatal intentional injuries by another person in 2020
There were 392 workplace homicides in 2020. There were also 37,060 nonfatal injuries in the workplace resulting from an intentional injury by another person.

The five occupational groups with the most workplace homicides in 2020 were sales and related, transportation and material moving, management, construction and extraction, and production. Homicides in sales and related occupations accounted for 23.5 percent of all workplace homicides in 2020.
The 392 total workplace homicides in 2020 represents a 14% drop from the previous year and a 22% decline from 2016. Given that 2020 was when COVID-19 struck, shutting down many businesses and driving up the number of remote employees, it makes sense that the number of workplace homicides fell - there were simply fewer employees in workplaces in 2020.

Digging Deeper into the Data: Retail-Related Fatal Occupational Injuries

Overall, there were 4,764 fatal occupational injuries in 2020 - an 11% decline from 2019 and an 8% drop from 2016.

Of those 4,764 fatal occupational injuries, 275 were in the "retail trade."
The 275 retail trade workers that died in 2020 represented a 5% decrease from the 291 that died on the job in 2019 and a 2% decline from 2016.

When broken down by specific job title, there were 95 "retail sales workers" that suffered fatal occupational injuries in 2020 - essentially flat from 2019 and down 7% from 2016.  bls.gov

America's ORC Crisis: The Economic Impact
Rampant retail theft making inflation worse, threatens bleeding businesses, economists say

Consumers will be forced to pay a theft tax or lose access to goods: economists

The surge in organized retail theft will shutter storefronts and further drive up costs for consumers already grappling with high inflation, economists at the Heritage Foundation said.

"If companies can't increase their costs to cover the cost of the theft, if they're not making a profit, then they're going to go out of business," Andrew Puzder, the former CKE Restaurants CEO and a visiting fellow at Heritage, told Fox News.

In 2021, retail "shrink," or thefts, cost the industry $94.5 billion in losses, up 4% year-over-year and nearly double the $50.6 billion in 2018, according to data from the National Retail Federation. The report shows cases of organized retail crime rings - where thieves are hired to steal specific items to be resold online - have surged more than 26% from the year prior.

"You've got this incredible expense that really comes from a lack of policing," Puzder told Fox News.

Target expects to lose over $600 million in gross profit by the end of the year due to shrinkage from shoplifters, the company's CFO, Michael Fiddelke, said on an earnings call earlier this month: "This is an industry-wide problem that is often driven by criminal networks, and we are collaborating with multiple stakeholders to find industry-wide solutions," Fiddelke said.

Puzder blamed the surge in crime on progressives' soft-on-crime policies, such as how New York and California raised the threshold so theft under $1,000 or $950, respectively, would only be a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

Stores in cities with soft-on-crime policies are left with two options: further hike up prices to cover the cost of theft or close locations struggling to turn a profit. foxnews.com
Seattle is Celebrating Small Steps Forward
But now they're crying, it 'feels like a police state'

A wave breaks? In downtown Seattle, crime is now falling
Mayor Bruce Harrell said "Seattle is back!" he cheered, when he kicked off the holiday shopping season last week in struggling downtown Seattle.

Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo opened a bright new store in the perpetual gloom of the shopping district around Westlake Center a few weeks ago. Where Macy's and the Bon Marché once roamed, across the street from a Starbucks that was so addled by crime it closed last summer.

Another perverse sign of hope: that McDonald's has finally emerged from its hardened plywood shell. The corner it sits on has been so under siege from the drug and stolen goods bazaar outside that they felt forced to sell Big Macs through a dark hole cut in the plywood.

It also appears that Mayor Harrell has succeeded in quelling the worst of the out-of-control petty and violent crime in that corridor.

Seattle's smallest police beat, known as "Mary Three," which covers these central downtown blocks, last August was experiencing more than 150 crimes per month. That's in a zone just four blocks wide by six blocks long. Now reported crimes have plummeted. They've been cut in half, from 166 in August to 82 in October, police data shows.

Some of that decline is probably seasonal, as street crime usually peaks in the summer. It also could be a data artifact of the cop emphasis patrols earlier this year, as having more cops about means they will spot, and then report, more crime.

But October had the lowest monthly total for this troubled corridor since March 2021 - 19 months ago. How did this happen? More cops plus private guards plus charity "navigators" to help the homeless all likely helped.

However, this year so far police have issued 197 narcotic violations in the Mary Three zone, versus only 26 in all of last year. Was that huge shift in emphasis what it took?

But also, Tuesday there were groups of fentanyl smokers clustered around the Ross Dress For Less store, and along Pike Street, as usual. There's also a bit of a police state feel. Security guards were everywhere around and inside the new Uniqlo store, with a Seattle police van parked just outside.

Last year at this time, though, these same streets were lined with people hawking "blues" as well as stuff stolen from Target and other stores. That "street retail" chaos seems dissipated, some of the street violence. seattletimes.com

Editor's Note: Is this a milestone or just the result of flooding the city with police, security, and 'charity navigators'? However, it's interesting that the minute they claim crime reduction, they also say it 'feels like a police state'.

Seattle City Council Approves Mayors Budget - Increases Public Safety Spending & the Seattle Police Department Budget
The final budget includes actual additions to the department by funding Harrell's officer recruitment and retention plan, and continues to fund all existing officers and open positions the department expects to fill in 2023 - a net gain of 30 officers. seattletimes.com

CVS Implements Crime-Fighting Tech in 45 States
CVS cracking down on pharmacy robberies across the country
Amidst a busy holiday shopping season and as part of an ongoing commitment to support law enforcement and help build safer communities, CVS Health announced the installation of time delay safe technology in 800 CVS Pharmacy locations, including those in Target stores, in 13 states across the country.

With this latest installation of time delay safes, CVS Health has now implemented the innovative technology in 45 states.

The safes are anticipated to help prevent pharmacy robberies and the potential for associated diversion of controlled substance medications - including opioid medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone - by electronically delaying the time it takes for pharmacy employees to open the safe.

In addition, the safes are anticipated to benefit the safety and well-being of CVS Pharmacy patients, customers, and employees.

The company's rollout of time delay safe technology is in support of each of these states' partnerships with local and state law enforcement and the retail community to fight back against escalating organized retail crime. abcnews4.com

North Carolina's New Store Theft Law Takes Effect Today
Store theft, arson & domestic violence protections: NC's new laws kick in
More severe penalties for committing certain types of arsons and large-scale thefts at stores in North Carolina are among all or portions of 10 new state laws approved by the General Assembly this year that will take effect on Thursday.

The enacted legislation creates new felony crimes for setting fire to a prison, an occupied commercial structure and an unoccupied commercial structure. Someone who commits arson also will face a felony if a first responder suffers a "serious injury" from the blaze.

Another law attempts to crack down on large, organized thefts at stores. Crimes of "organized retail theft" already are on the books, but now there are more serious felonies when the value of property stolen over a 90-day period exceeds $50,000. Store owners also can recover stolen goods more quickly and sue thieves for specific damages.  pilotonline.com

Pa. Senate sets rules for Philly DA Larry Krasner's impeachment trial

New Zealand: Police ramp up presence in areas worst-hit by retail crime


COVID Update

653.5M Vaccinations Given

US: 100.6M Cases - 1.1M Dead - 98.1M Recovered
Worldwide: 648.1M Cases - 6.6M Dead - 626M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 816

Post-COVID Turmoil Leading to Productivity Dip
Is Remote Work to Blame for Lower Productivity?

To put it bluntly, worker productivity in the U.S. is anemic.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that productivity dropped 7.4 percent in the first quarter of 2022 and 4.6 percent in the second quarter. The third quarter looked a bit better, with productivity inching up by 0.3 percent. So what's going on here?

Experts point to an array of factors contributing to the overall decline in productivity, including:

Lingering possibility of recession. Bloomberg Economics predicts a recession will hit the U.S. by October 2023.

Mass layoffs. In the tech sector alone, more than 85,000 workers in the U.S. had been laid off this year as of mid-November, according to Crunchbase News.

Supply chain problems, which the World Economic Forum says are being spurred by rising costs, labor unrest, energy shortages, geopolitical uncertainty and extreme weather.

Worker burnout. Forbes describes worker burnout as an "international crisis."

The Great Resignation-the pandemic-triggered, record-high exit of Americans from the workforce.

"Quiet quitting," which has affected at least 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, according to the Gallup polling organization.

$3.7 Trillion Long COVID Economic Impact
Long Covid may be 'the next public health disaster' - with a $3.7 trillion economic impact rivaling the Great Recession
The tentacles of long Covid reach far beyond its medical impact: from the labor gap to disability benefits, life insurance, household debt, forfeit retirement savings and financial ruin.

All told, long Covid is a $3.7 trillion drag on the U.S. economy - about 17% of our nation's pre-pandemic economic output, said David Cutler, an economist at Harvard University. The aggregate cost rivals that of the Great Recession, Cutler wrote in a July report.

Cutler revised the $3.7 trillion total upward by $1.1 trillion from an initial report in October 2020, due to the "greater prevalence of long Covid than we had guessed at the time." Even that revised estimate is conservative: It is based on the 80.5 million confirmed U.S. Covid cases at the time of the analysis, and doesn't account for future caseloads. cnbc.com

Chinese city of Guangzhou eases COVID curbs after protests
Officials in the southern city announce the lifting of harsh COVID restrictions after protests against 'zero-COVID' policy.

Is it COVID, RSV, or the flu? How to tell the difference amid surge in cases

Remote workers reclaimed 60M hours of commuting time & are prioritizing wellbeing



DHS Issues National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin
The United States remains in a heightened threat environment. Lone offenders and small groups motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances continue to pose a persistent and lethal threat to the Homeland. Domestic actors and foreign terrorist organizations continue to maintain a visible presence online in attempts to motivate supporters to conduct attacks in the Homeland. Threat actors have recently mobilized to violence, citing factors such as reactions to current events and adherence to violent extremist ideologies. In the coming months, threat actors could exploit several upcoming events to justify or commit acts of violence, including certifications related to the midterm elections, the holiday season and associated large gatherings, the marking of two years since the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and potential sociopolitical developments connected to ideological beliefs or personal hostility. Targets of potential violence include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, the LGBTQI+ community, schools, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, U.S. critical infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents. dhs.gov


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Additional Information - How We Are Responding - Resources to Stay Safe

Date Issued: November 30, 2022 02:00 pm ET
View as PDF: National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin - November 30, 2022 02:00 pm

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Security Systems Solution Provider President Defrauds United States
Holding Corporations Personally Responsible - DOJ's Corp. Criminal Enforcement Program in Action

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Lying About Origin of Chinese-Made Products
U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas

Grand Prairie, TX.,: Suhaib Allababidi, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. His company, 2M Solutions Inc., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of filing false or misleading export information.

Mr. Allababidi, the owner and president of 2M Solutions, admitted that the company - which provided security cameras, solar-powered light towers, digital video recorders, and other electronics to various U.S. government agencies - claimed that its products were manufactured in the United States, when in actuality they were manufactured in the People's Republic of China by Chinese companies.I

In order to secure contracts with U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Allababidi represented that 2M was "a USA Manufacturing Company." In actuality, 2M did little to no manufacturing but instead regularly purchased products from Chinese companies, removed labels indicating the true country of origin, and replaced them with labels indicating they were manufactured in 2M's Grand Prairie facility. On its packaging, 2M included logos including the American flag in the shape of a map of the U.S. and the words "Made in the USA."

By falsely representing that its products were manufactured in the United States, 2M was able to secure contracts subject to the Buy America Act (BAA), a law which generally prohibits United States Government agencies from purchasing products made outside the United States with some limited exceptions.

2M also pled guilty to submitting false information in relation to products exported to foreign customers. In contravention of export laws, the company submitted false information to the Automated Export System, a government-run platform that collects export information and distributes it to multiple federal agencies to assure compliance. The company falsified the description of items exported, misrepresented the ultimate recipient of the items, and falsely stated that no export license was needed for shipments that required a license.

Mr. Allababidi now faces up to five years in federal prison. 2M faces fines of up to $1 million or twice the amount of criminally-derived property, whichever is greater. justice.gov

Apple Sued Over Deadly Storefront Crash
Lawsuits claim negligence in Hingham Apple store crash
The family of a man who was badly hurt when an SUV crashed into an Apple store in Hingham, killing one person and injuring 20, sued the company, the driver and the property owners Tuesday in one of the first lawsuits filed over the crash.

Matthew Timberger, of Falmouth, suffered broken bones and other serious injuries when the vehicle drove into the store on Nov. 21, the lawsuit said. He and his family accuse the driver of negligently operating the vehicle, and Apple and the property owners of negligently failing to place barriers that might have prevented a car from entering the store.

"The frontage of the Apple Store features tall glass windows and doors, reaching all the way to the ground. These glass windows and doors are not designed or engineered or reinforced in such a way where they would act as an effective barrier against a moving motor vehicle," the lawsuit said.

Doug Sheff, an attorney for the family, said that while there were no protective barriers in front of the store, the shopping plaza did have them in front of electrical fixtures and trash receptacles behind the building. Two store employees have also sued over the crash, though they did not name Apple as a defendant.

Driver Bradley Rein has pleaded not guilty to charges that he was reckless when the SUV crashed through the window. wbur.org

Biometric point-of-sales vendor gets patent for fingerprint retail payment system
A U.S. patent has been awarded to a company making fingerprint scanners that can be used to biometrically confirm a person's identity.

OVE, based in San Francisco, has been awarded patent number 11,514,454 for a system it already is marketing. It involves a $149 Touch & Go scanner integrated with a vendor's point-of-sale setup, a shopper's mobile device and a wireless connection.

The company recently came out of stealth, and reveled that it uses payment software from Plaid. Ovo has used ultrasonic fingerprint sensors in the past, according to a blog post, but the patent also mentions capacitive biometric sensors made by Fingerprint Cards and data processing units from STMicroelectronics in possible embodiments of the invention.

Last year, Technavio forecast that biometric point of sale terminals grow by a compounded annual growth rate of 36 percent from 2020 to 2025. biometricupdate.com

IFSEC Global: The Video Surveillance Report 2022

IFSEC Global takes its annual look at the video surveillance market, as we capture, analyse and reveal the views and trends directly from security and facilities professionals in the Video Surveillance Report 2022.

Thanks to responses of over 400 security, facilities and IT professionals from across the security supply chain, we also examine the trends in hardware purchasing decisions for those purchasing, specifying or installing video surveillance devices. The evolution of AI into the industry continues at pace, it would appear, with user awareness growing of how security cameras can now be used for so much more than, well... security.

Finally, we also take a 'deep dive' into key vertical trends this year - asking industry professionals in education, healthcare, logistics and retail sectors what they use video surveillance for, and what demand looks like in these individual sectors.

There's plenty of insight for anyone involved in the installation, management, operation, distribution and sale of video surveillance devices within the Video Surveillance Report 2022, so what are you waiting for? Download and read today!

Simply complete this short form to download this FREE trend report. Click Here: ifsecglobal.com

Apple, Nike, SpartanNash Among Most Flexible Companies
Flexibility and Wellbeing: The 25 Most Flexible Companies
The last three years of Indeed commissioned research conducted by Forrester asserts that flexibility at work is foundational to optimal workplace wellbeing. Before the pandemic forced many employers into remote or hybrid work models, flexibility (time and location) was the top cited reason among people considering new work opportunities.

The findings from the same survey in 2021 and 2022 suggest that changes at work in relation to time and location flexibility brought on by the pandemic were what many were looking for. Time and location flexibility dropped to the fourth most cited reason to consider new work opportunities in 2021 and third in 2022.

Below is the list of the companies rated highest for flexibility over the last year. The list is in order starting with the highest-rated company.

1. Intuit
3. Apple
4. Dell
5. Delta
6. Cisco Systems
7. Microsoft
8. Booz Allen Hamilton
9. Northrop Grumman

10. Nike
11. IBM
12. SpartanNash
13. United Airlines
14. Johnson & Johnson
15. Intel Corporation
16. Marriott International
17. American Airlines
18. Capital One

19. Southwest Airlines
20. American Express
21. Edward Jones
22. Merck
23. KBR
24. Lockheed Martin
25. JP Morgan & Chase



NRF Urges Congress to Avert Rail Strike
NRF: Retailers Encouraged by House Approval of Agreement Averting Rail Strike
"America's railroads serve nearly every sector of our economy and provide access to global markets. The freight rail system is a lifeline for many industries, ensuring the transport of not only retail goods, but also essential food and energy supplies.

"We commend the swift action of the House to approve this critical piece of legislation and prevent a potential catastrophic freight rail shutdown that could cost the economy $2 billion a day. It is imperative that the Senate now acts immediately to approve the measure and send it to President Biden's desk. Until the Tentative Agreement is in place, U.S. economic security remains in jeopardy."

Today, NRF sent a letter to Capitol Hill urging members of Congress to approve H.J. Res. 100. Last week, NRF relaunched a grassroots campaign where more than 500 advocates have contacted lawmakers to pass legislation to prevent a rail strike. nrf.com

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U.S. gas prices have fallen to lowest level since February

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What is Source Tagging and How can it help Retailers?
- EAS in Grocery

Source tagging for high-theft items

There is a very definitive list of items that shoplifters target, especially organized retail criminals who are stealing at scale. These are usually small, expensive (for their size), and with a high resale value.

AdvertisementOne advantage to retailers of thieves continually targeting the same items, across all stores, is that retailers and manufacturers can take proactive action to protect these items. That's why many high-theft items are also protected by source tagging. Manufacturers of these items know that their products are targeted, so see that they have no choice but to provide the retailers that carry their items as much extra protection as they can. After all, they need the retailers to continue to stock and sell the products.

Benefits of source tagging

Undertaking a source tagging program has many benefits to the end retailer. As already discussed, it removes the need for the in-store employees to tag products, a time-consuming process that takes these workers away from their primary duty, assisting customers on the shop floor. However, this is not the only advantage.

Applying security tags during the manufacturing process brings a high level of conformity to the application process. Tags can be placed in exactly the same place on every single item. Uniform label/tag placement maximizes tag performance and minimizes the impact on branding - if the appropriate location on the packaging is selected.

Source tagging also means that products are protected from source to store, rather than simply adding the protection in-store. When source tagging with RFID, this can enable product tracking across the entire supply chain; reducing lost items, streamlining processes, and enabling better on-shelf availability at the end of the chain.

The case for source tagging

A well-run and executed source tagging program can offer retailers a huge differentiator in achieving a positive ROI from any EAS implementation. It offers retailers the most comprehensive protection of their most vulnerable products and gives them the ability to tap into the work done by other businesses in the industry. Deploying EAS requires investment from a retailer, and source tagging can help them get the most out of that investment, in a shorter time too.

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Bracing for 'Wave' of Holiday Cyberattacks
Retail braces for wave of holiday phishing, ransomware scams

Hackers are ramping up their phishing and ransomware campaigns targeting the retail sector as the holiday shopping season kicks off.

The big picture: The ongoing economic downturn is prompting more shoppers to look for online discount codes and more hackers to trick these consumers with phony deals, threat analysts tell Axios. Ransomware gangs are also predicted to target small to medium-size businesses that could be more likely to pay off hackers to prevent an operational outage during the holiday season.

Why it matters: While the retail sector has gotten better at defending its systems against cyberattacks in recent years, no company can ever be considered completely hackproof. Traditional phishing lures - where hackers impersonate retailers in emails to collect consumers' login information and credit card numbers - are nearly impossible for retailers to track unless a consumer reports them.

Threat level: This year's economic downturn and the return of in-person holiday gatherings are exacerbating the existing threats that retailers have long had to fight, says Ashley Allocca, a threat analyst at cyber intelligence firm Flashpoint.

Phishing is also one of the "most popular hacking services advertised within illicit communities" this year, according to a report from the Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC) published earlier this month.

Details: Hackers rely on employees and consumers being too busy during the holiday seasons to spot scam emails. Phishing campaigns can lead to consumers entering their credentials and credit card info into fake sites or employees accidentally downloading ransomware at their organization.

Reports of imposter websites, which mimic well-known retailers and place fake product listings that consumers purchase, also rise during the holidays. axios.com

Cyberattacks: Top 2023 Risk for U.S. Companies
Internal audit leaders flag cyberattacks as top 2023 risk: ManpowerGroup
Internal audit leaders at U.S. companies flagged cyberattacks as the top risk in 2023 while describing plans to focus on averting data loss and detecting malware and other intrusions, ManpowerGroup found in a survey released Tuesday.

"Shifting to remote work appears to be driving the need to have better data loss prevention, while attention to intrusion detection and vulnerability management is being driven by increasingly successful and damaging cyberattacks," according to the report by Jefferson Wells, a unit of ManpowerGroup.

Internal audit leaders said one quarter of their staff work remotely while more than half balance in-office and remote work, Jefferson Wells said. Two-thirds of internal audit leaders plan to conduct an attack and penetration review during the next 12 to 18 months.

By some measures damage from ransomware and other cyberattacks hit unprecedented levels during the past several months.

U.S. financial institutions reported a record surge in ransomware payments last year, with nearly 1,500 filings valued at a total of nearly $1.2 trillion - a 188% increase compared with 2020, according to the Treasury Department.

U.S. companies are often in cyberattack cross-hairs. Cybercriminals targeted U.S. businesses in nearly half of all publicly acknowledged ransomware attacks globally between January 2020 and July 2022, according to data collected by NordLocker. cfodive.com

'Ransomware Cartel' Threatens to Inflict as Much Damage as Possible
What is Ransom Cartel? A ransomware gang focused on reputational damage

Ransom Cartel ups its game by threatening to send sensitive information to victim's partners, competitors, and news outlets to inflict as much damage as possible.

AdvertisementRansom Cartel, a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) operation, has stepped up its attacks over the past year after the disbanding of prominent gangs such as REvil and Conti. Believed to have launched in December 2021, Ransom Cartel has made victims of organizations from among the education, manufacturing, utilities, and energy sectors with aggressive malware and tactics that resemble those used by REvil.

The group employs double extortion, combining data encryption with data theft and subsequent threats to release stolen information on their data leak website. However, the group goes one step further and threatens to send sensitive information to the victim's partners, competitors, and news outlets in an attempt to inflict as much reputational damage as possible.

Initial access and lateral movement toolset

Ransom Cartel attackers make heavy use of stolen credentials for gaining initial access to victim organizations. This includes credentials for various services that are accessible from the internet, remote desktop protocol (RDP), secure shell protocol (SSH), and virtual private networks (VPNs). The group's affiliates -hackers who distribute the ransomware for a hefty cut of the ransom payments - obtain these credentials themselves or acquire them from initial access brokers on the underground market.

Once inside a corporate network, the goal of Ransom Cartel attackers is to steal additional credentials and gain access to Windows and Linux VMWare ESXi servers. The attackers were seen using an open-source tool called DonPAPI that can locate and dump credentials stored using the Windows Data Protection API (DPAPI). csoonline.com

The Growing Threat of Deepfakes
Facing reality? Law enforcement and the challenge of deepfakes
'Facing reality? Law enforcement and the challenge of deepfakes' is the first report produced through the Observatory function of the Europol Innovation Lab. The Europol Innovation Lab's Observatory function monitors technological developments that are relevant for law enforcement and reports on the risks, threats and opportunities of these emerging technologies.

The report provides a detailed overview of the criminal use of deepfake technology, including their potential use in serious crimes such as CEO fraud, evidence tampering, and the production of non-consensual pornography. It also elaborates on the challenges faced by law enforcement in detecting and preventing the nefarious use of deepfakes. It shows that law enforcement, online service providers and other organisations need to develop their policies and invest in detection as well as prevention solutions for misinformation, and policymakers need to adapt to the changing technological reality as well.

Contributing to this report, law enforcement practitioners helped identify a series of challenges that they will have to contend within the decade ahead. In particular, they identified risks associated with digital transformation, the adoption and deployment of new technologies, the abuse of emerging technology by criminals, accommodating new ways of working and maintaining trust in the face of an increase of disinformation. The findings of this report are based on extensive desk research and in-depth consultation with law enforcement experts through strategic foresight activities. These strategic foresight and scenario methods are one means by which the Europol Innovation Lab researches and prepares for the potential impact of new technologies on law enforcement. europol.europa.eu

Cyberattackers Selling Access to Networks Compromised via Recent Fortinet Flaw

The vulnerability, disclosed In October, gives an unauthenticated attacker a way to take control of an affected product.

Fortinet customers that have not yet patched a critical authentication bypass vulnerability that the vendor disclosed in October in multiple versions of its FortiOS, FortiProxy, and FortiSwitch Manager technologies now have an additional reason to do so quickly.

At least one threat actor, operating on a Russian Dark Web forum, has begun selling access to multiple networks compromised via the vulnerability (CVE-2022-40684), and more could follow suit soon. Researchers from Cyble who spotted the threat activity described the victim organizations as likely using unpatched and outdated versions of FortiOS. darkreading.com

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Top Issue Facing Cannabis Businesses: Violence & Crime
Armed Robberies Awareness and Prevention in the Cannabis Industry

How to Prevent Armed Robberies in Your Cannabis Business
Business owners need to identify the risk of armed robberies in their cannabis business. Owners must determine the estimated value of inventory products and the average amount of cash that will be on hand at any time to decide if the business is "high risk". The location of the store or facility is also a consideration. If the area is considered "high crime" or if neighboring businesses have experienced a history of robberies or thefts, this could increase the business' risk of incurring an incident.

To accommodate this increased risk, business owners should increase security measures at their facility, such as installing more security equipment, contracting with a security guard company, or hiring a security expert to conduct a risk assessment to determine the specific risks for the business. Security risk assessments should be completed during the pre-inspection phase, after the build-out concludes, and annually after that. This can include analyzing 3-5 years of crime data for the property and surrounding area, noting robberies, burglaries, nearby instances of civil unrest, gang-related incidents, and other violent crimes.

How to Respond to an Armed Robbery

If an armed robbery occurs at the business, thoroughly vetted and trained employees will know that the business values its employees' safety over replaceable things like products, or cash. Employees should know not to panic, make sudden moves, or attempt to subdue the robber. In the interest of safety, employees should comply with the robber's demands. Employees should not offer any additional information, conversation, cash, or products. Playing the hero can quickly worsen the situation as a confrontation with the robber increases the chances of an adverse reaction. The goal of responding to an armed robbery should be to get the robber out of the premises as quickly as possible. 

The Importance of Preventing Armed Robberies

Cannabis businesses can be appealing targets for criminals since they operate mostly on cash. Business owners should evaluate the store's security plan and standard operating procedures to look for ways to improve the security at the facility and may seek out security consultation to reevaluate the store's security. Cannabis business owners should also meet with their employees to provide additional training and ask for employees' input on the store's security and safety measures. sapphirerisk.com

Security and Surveillance in NY's New Retail Cannabis Market
New York's Cannabis Retail Dispensary Regulations: Security and Surveillance
Licensees must implement sufficient security measures to deter diversion, theft or loss of cannabis and cannabis products, theft or loss of cash, prevent unauthorized entrance into areas containing cannabis or cannabis products, and to ensure the safety of the licensee's workers and the general public.

Per the OCM, the Licensee must implement and maintain a security plan which must include, at a minimum, a description of the measures a licensee will undertake to prevent unauthorized access to the licensed premises, protect the physical safety of all individuals on the premises, deter theft or loss of cannabis products, and prevent loitering.

During the design and buildout of the licensed premises, Licensees must ensure that both the inside, and the outside perimeter of the premises are sufficiently illuminated to facilitate surveillance and the trees, bushes and other foliage outside of the licensed premises must be maintained in such a way as to prevent a person from concealing themselves from sight.

Licensees are also required to have a security system at the dispensary that utilizes commercial grade equipment to prevent and detect diversion, theft, or loss. The system, at a minimum, must include a perimeter alarm that communicates with an internal designee and a third-party commercial central monitoring station when intrusion is detected and specific video camera surveillance and technology. The security alarms and video surveillance system must be able to remain operational during a power outage for a minimum of eight hours. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Good News for the Legalization Effort
Three In Four Americans Support Marijuana Legalization, Expungements And Banking Reform, New Poll Finds
About three in four American voters-including bipartisan majorities-support ending federal marijuana prohibition, expunging prior convictions and allowing banks to work with state-legal cannabis businesses, according to a new poll.

The survey from Data for Progress that was released on Monday builds on recent polling that similarly shows that Americans are ready for fundamental cannabis policy changes.

It found that 74 percent of likely voters back federally legalizing marijuana, including 65 percent of Republicans, 76 percent of independents and 81 percent of Democrats. Support for expunging the records of people with non-violent cannabis convictions was similarly strong, at 74 percent. marijuanamoment.net

Bethel, AK: Police seeking suspect in Marijuana shop Armed Robbery, shots fired, employee injured
Late Monday night, a man wearing a "Res Alaska" logo jacket entered the Alaska Buds store on Third Avenue in Bethel, carrying a duffle bag and an M16-style rifle, police said on Tuesday. The man appeared to be uncoordinated in his movements and was possibly intoxicated. He placed the duffle bag on the counter in what appeared to be an attempt to rob the establishment, and then fired several shots, with the first few hitting the floor of the store. The man jumped over a display counter and took approximately $300 in merchandise and fled the store in an unknown direction. One employee was shot and taken to the hospital, and the alleged robber is still at large. Alaska Buds was the first marijuana store in Bethel, opening in January of 2020. Its founder is Nick Miller, who chairs the Alaska Marijuana Control Board. mustreadalaska.com

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Congress Sets Sights on Amazon Warehouse Safety
Congressional hearing to be held examining warehouse safety
A congressional hearing will be held Thursday morning to examine warehouse safety nationwide, particularly at Amazon warehouses.

South Jersey Congressman Donald Norcross (D, NJ-01) told Eyewitness News he requested the hearing before the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee after three New Jersey Amazon workers died in one month last summer.

Amazon said one of those deaths was not work-related and said it was cooperating fully with OSHA.

A New Jersey Policy Perspective and Rutgers University study revealed in 2021, the injury rate inside Amazon's New Jersey warehouses jumped more than 54% compared to 2020. The study also says that same year, Amazon accounted for 47% of New Jersey's warehouse industry yet it was responsible for 57% of the sector's injuries.

Amazon said in 2021, it invested $300 million in safety innovations and improvements.

South Jersey workers compensation attorney Stephen Matarazzo represents many injured Amazon workers. "Amazon is, number one, at least from my perspective as a New Jersey workers compensation attorney, in terms of injuries that are not handled properly medically," Matarazzo said.

He said many of his clients suffer from repeatedly bending and lifting as they try to meet Amazon's quotas.

"You can only bend and lift so much in an hour," Matarazzo said. "I think the requirements that they're putting on the injured workers are significant and are causing injuries."

In a statement, an Amazon spokesperson said, "The safety and health of our employees is, and always has been, our top priority. We know we have work to do, but we're proud of the various ways we've innovated and invented to make our workplaces safer. We'll continue to do so, and won't compromise or stop until we're excellent when it comes to safety." cbsnews.com

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Twitter's ex-safety/security chief Yoel Roth finally admits mistake of censoring Post's Hunter Biden scoop

The former Twitter executive and safety chief who played a key role in censoring The Post's October 2020 exposé on Hunter Biden's infamous laptop has admitted it was a mistake - more than two years later while his onetime boss, Elon Musk, acknowledged Wednesday that the social media giant "has interfered in elections.".

Yoel Roth, who was Twitter's head of trust and safety until he quit earlier this month in the wake of Elon Musk's $44 billion takeover, confessed Tuesday that the company erred in restricting people from sharing the scoop.

Asked if it was a mistake for Twitter to have blocked the story from being shared, Roth responded: "In my opinion, yes." nypost.com

Evading Taxes While Online Shopping?
When an online shopping money-saving scheme is tax evasion
Yes, people do this "all the time" but it's still a form of tax evasion.

Washington and other states with sales taxes typically have laws requiring people to pay a use tax when they bring home goods purchased in another state that either doesn't charge sales tax or charges less. People may also owe use taxes when they purchase something from an individual who doesn't collect sales tax. An example might be furniture purchased from a Craigslist ad.

But these laws can be difficult to enforce. While businesses can be subject to sales and use tax audits, individual taxpayers are unlikely to face the same scrutiny. latimes.com

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3rd suspect in Normal retail theft investigation faces murder charges in Champaign
A third suspect has been arrested in Normal related to the investigation of suspicious vehicles at the Shoppes at College Hills. Normal and Bloomington police responded to reports of two suspicious vehicles in the Target parking lot Monday afternoon. Upon arrival, Normal police said Target employees reported they suspected four people inside the store were going to commit retail theft. Officers located the reported suspicious vehicles. One of the vehicles had tape covering its license plate, and police learned it had been involved in a recent armed robbery in Champaign. Police said suspects seen outside the store tried to run from officers. Eventually three suspects were taken into custody, two outside and one inside the store. A 35-year-old Champaign woman was arrested in connection to a prior retail theft and a preliminary charge of obstructing justice. Police said she also had multiple outstanding warrants from multiple counties. A 40-year-old Champaign man was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting arrest and obstructing identification. A 17-year-old male from Champaign was also taken into custody with an active warrant charging him with first-degree murder in Champaign. He is suspected in a Nov. 4 shooting in Champaign, in which an 18-year-old woman died of multiple gunshot wounds. The incident remains under investigation.  pantagraph.com

Colorado Springs, CO: Five arrested in targeted Retail Theft Enforcement
The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) arrested five people on Wednesday, Nov. 30, after a targeted retail theft deployment on the city's south side. CSPD said the city continues to experience a rise in retail crime, and noted that there has also been an increase in aggressive behavior toward store employees during the thefts. In response to those statistics, CSPD conducted the deployment on Nov. 3, in partnership with loss prevention employees at retail stores. CSPD said they made five arrests, with four of the people arrested being charged with new cases associated with retail crime. According to CSPD, the arrests cleared 11 warrants, including one felony and 10 misdemeanor warrants. $650 worth of stolen merchandise was recovered through this deployment, and CSPD said one local business reported that 3 of those arrested were among their top repeat offenders. fox21news.com

Hialeah, FL: Surveillance video captures brazen crook stealing dozens of items from Burlington store
Police in Miami-Dade County are searching for a crook who grabbed as much as he could get his hands on from a department store before literally dragging the stolen loot out of the front door. Surveillance video captured the criminal in action. There have been a lot of shoplifting cases but this one may take the cake. "Very brazen thief. Right now we have a saturation of officers out there in uniform and when you see something like that they need to be caught," said Hialeah Police Sgt. Jose Torres. It happened a Burlington store in Hialeah on Black Friday. "He's doing his holiday shopping on the dime of the store. This is something we won't tolerate," said Torres. "The Hialeah Police Department is actively working to stop these types of crimes." Officers have a clear surveillance shot of the man's face. They also have his car on video. He appeared to get away with a ton of pocketbooks, and in the video it looks like he stuffed whatever he could into two large bags. "Look at this guy," Torres said. "Give us a call and we would be more than glad to get him off the street."  local10.com

Nashville, TN: Suspected serial thief arrested again after stealing from Home Depot multiple times
A 28-year-old man accused of stealing at least $50,000 worth of merchandise from a home appliance store over multiple incidents has been taken into custody. In incidents that date back to July and September, an arrest affidavit states 28-year-old Travis Thomas Jr. was seen on multiple occasions stealing and attempting to steal power tools from the Home Depot on Powell Avenue in the One Hundred Oaks area. Store officials told officers they saw Thomas Jr. cut the lock on a locked storage container in an attempt take the power tools that were inside. Thomas Jr. was approached by store security and left the $3,500 worth of tools in the store, according to an arrest affidavit. Meanwhile in July, an affidavit states Thomas Jr. was seen doing the same thing to two locked storage containers that were not open to the public. In this incident, officials say Thomas Jr. took the $1,615 worth of tools that were inside and walked out the store. Store officials told officers that Thomas Jr. was identified by loss prevention at the Home Depot based on previous interactions. In November, Metro police asked for the public's assistance in locating Thomas Jr. after investigators discovered he stole more than $50,000 of merchandise from Home Depot. wkrn.com

Voorhees Township, NJ: Police ID 3 Philly men charged in $40,000 Armed Robbery of Voorhees Verizon store
The Voorhees Township Police Department has announced charges against three armed robbery suspects who tied up Verizon workers and stole thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise. The three men, all from Philadelphia, have been charged with robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit robbery, terroristic threats, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. The robbery took place around 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Verizon Wireless store on Route 73. Voorhees police say four armed suspects tied up the employees inside the store and got away with an estimated $40,000 worth of stolen items. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, one of the stolen devices had a tracker which helped authorities follow the suspects' car, a sedan with Florida plates. 6abc.com

San Pedro, CA: Burglars steal $75, 000 of merchandise from San Pedro shoe store
The store's owner said much of the stolen merchandise was for Black Friday customers who bought online from the store. This is the second time he's been robbed in four years. cbsnews.com

Schenectady, NY: Duo allegedly steal over $3,000 worth of goods from beauty store

Erie, PA: Millcreek Police investigating $600 theft from Millcreek grocery store

Roseburg, OR: Man jailed for $400 Theft turned Robbery at Coastal Farm & Ranch store

Hilliard, OH: Couple accused of stealing $350 worth of merchandise

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Shootings & Deaths

Dallas, TX: Customer fatally shoots suspected Robber who was fighting with Family Dollar employees; shooter charged with Murder
Police say they've arrested a North Texas man who shot and killed another man who was suspected of stealing from a Family Dollar store in Dallas and getting into an altercation with two female employees. Kevin Jackson, 47, faces a murder charge in the case, officials said. The Dallas Police Department in a news release said officers responded to a shooting call at approximately 7:27 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the Family Dollar store located at 3200 S. Lancaster Road.

When officers got to the scene, they found a man lying in front of the store with a gunshot wound. He died at the scene, police said. Police said a fight happened when the man was confronted by store employees over items he was allegedly trying to steal. An affidavit obtained by WFAA said the assistant store manager recognized the man as someone who "frequently stole items from the store" and became suspicious he was shoplifting. The assistant store manager asked the victim to leave the store and return the stolen items she believed he was concealing, the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, the man denied stealing anything and tried to leave the store, but the assistant store manager took his backpack until police were able to arrive for the alleged theft. The man briefly left the store, but came back inside and started cursing at the assistant store manager and began hitting her, the affidavit said. Then, another female store employee saw the altercation and intervened by spraying the man with mace, according to the affidavit.

Another customer, identified as Jackson, witnessed the fight between the man and the female store employees, pulled out his firearm and shot the man. The man stumbled outside the store and collapsed, where he later died. The affidavit said Jackson picked up his fired cartridge casing and placed his gun in his vehicle while he waited for police to arrive. Police took Jackson to department headquarters for questioning, where he told police he saw the fight and became concerned for the safety of the two women working at the store. Jackson denied ever seeing the man with a weapon, and police said the man was not found with any weapons in his possession at the time of the incident.

Surveillance footage showed the man striking the assistant manager and her fighting back with a stick, the affidavit said. The man was running toward the door and was being hit by both female employees immediately before he was shot, according to the affidavit. Jackson was arrested, charged with murder and taken to Lew Sterrett jail, police said. wfaa.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Cleona, PA: Lebanon County man arrested for allegedly stealing over $100,000 from hardware store
A man from Cleona Borough, Lebanon County has been arrested after he allegedly stole funds from a Lebanon County hardware store. According to Pennsylvania State Police, the Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) was notified by the owners of Long Machine and Tool-G Force transmissions of suspicious activity going on within their business. The owners had a concern that products were being sold and shipped by Paul Long and he was keeping all the proceeds. Long has no relation to the owners of the business. Troopers began to investigate and found that from January 2020 to September 2022, approximately 106 packages were shipped using the company's UPS account. None of the packages had an accompanying invoice as required by the company. Further investigation revealed that Long was allegedly conducting business on the company's behalf and selling their products while having customers pay him to his personal PayPal account. The proceeds from these transactions totaled over $100,000. abc27.com

Update: Binghamton Man Heads to Prison for Box Cutter Threat at Walmart
The Broome County District Attorney's office is reporting another repeat felony offender is going back to prison. 34-year-old Douglas Holton of Binghamton was sentenced to 5 years in prison and five years post-release supervision after pleading guilty to felony Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree in connection with an incident in which store employees in Johnson City were threatened with a box cutter. Holton admitted that on June 14th, he attempted to shoplift merchandise from the Walmart and threated an employee when he was confronted. Authorities say when Holton had been stopped by the Walmart store employees on June 14, 2022 on suspicion of shoplifting, he flashed the utility blade and threatened to cut a worker. That threat allowed him to flee the store. There were no injuries reported. Holton was arrested a short time after that incident without further incident. Holton is familiar with the felony count with which he had been charged in the Walmart incident. He had previously been convicted in 2008 of Attempted Robbery, in the First Degree in Broome County. wnbf.com

Nashville, TN: Violent Crimes Detectives Work to Identify Man that Stole Prescription Pills from CVS
Violent Crimes detectives are working to identify the man that went behind the counter at CVS Pharmacy, 3715 Hillsboro Pike, Tuesday night and stole several bottles of prescription drugs, including morphine and oxycodone pills. The suspect, seen in attached surveillance footage, entered the store just before 7 p.m. and approached the pharmacy counter. After speaking with one of the pharmacists, he claims to be armed and demands all of the "oxys." He comes behind the counter and collects seven bottles of prescriptions before walking out of the store. The suspect fled in a vehicle, believed to be a silver Toyota Camry, northbound on Hillsboro Pike. nashville.gov

Charlotte, NC: Police searching for person who attacked North Carolina hardware store employee
Police are looking for the person who attacked an employee at Blackhawk Hardware on Tuesday night
According to police records, a person attacked a 65-year-old employee at the hardware store around 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The suspect attacked the employee while trying to steal a pair of work gloves. The employee had to go to the hospital but is doing better as of Wednesday. myfox8.com

DOJ: Newark, NJ: Union County Man Admits Committing Multiple Armed Robberies and Weapons Offenses Across Northern New Jersey
From August 2018 through February 2019, Fontanez conspired with a number of other individuals to commit 13 armed robberies in Bronx and New York counties in New York and Union, Middlesex, and Essex counties in New Jersey. The conspirators targeted convenience and liquor stores. On one occasion, one of the conspirators discharged a firearm into the liquor store. The Hobbs Act charges each carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison. The brandishing of a firearm during a crime of violence carries a maximum potential penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison, which must run consecutively to any other prison term. Each count also carries a potential $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for April 26,2023. justice.gov

DOJ: Greenbelt, MD: Felon Sentenced Over 7 Years In Federal Prison For Armed Robberies Of Convenience Stores
U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Tiffany Renea Edmundson, age 34, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, yesterday to 94 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for three armed commercial robberies and for violating her supervised release for a previous federal conviction on the same commercial robbery charge. According to her plea agreement, beginning late on August 30, 2020, to the early morning hours of August 31, 2020, Edmundson robbed three Prince George's County convenience stores at gun point. In each robbery, Edmundson stole cash and in the third robbery she also stole approximately $535 in lottery tickets.  thebaynet.com

Charleston, WV: Police raid Charleston convenience store, city gains preliminary injunction
Police raided a convenience store on Charleston's East End Tuesday in connection with a drug investigation and the store was later closed after the city gained a preliminary injunction. The raid occurred Tuesday afternoon at the Par Mar store on Washington Street East. Officers were armed with two search warrants and 20 arrest warrants. Police made six arrests. All were arraigned Tuesday evening. Charleston Police Chief of Detectives Lt. Tony Hazelett said police an investigation several weeks ago after receive a complaint from a resident living near the store that drug activity was taking place there. No long after the raid Tuesday, the city appeared before Kanawha County Circuit Judge Maryclaire Akers seeking the store be declared a public nuisance and be closed. The city claims there have been 350 calls for emergency services at the site since the first of the year. There have been 97 arrests there. wvmetronews.com

St Ann, Jamaica: No arrests in $1M Western Union, shipping company break-ins
Police have not yet identified or held any suspects in connection with the break-in of a Western Union outlet and a shipping company in St Ann two Fridays ago. More than $1 million was stolen from the Western Union, and at least $20,000 was taken from the shipping company, which is owned by former government minister Othneil Lawrence. Head of the St Ann Division, Senior Superintendent Dwight Powell, said the police were still probing the break-in. jamaicaobserver.com

Manchester, NH: Shoe Thief Injured Falling Down Escalator While Fleeing Store
A man who allegedly tried to steal items from a shoe store in New Hampshire on Tuesday was apprehended by police after he injured himself falling down an escalator while attempting to flee the store .Manchester Police said they were called to Off Broadway Shoes on March Avenue on Tuesday for an attempted shoplifting. An employee had reportedly seen a man trying to take items from the store, and when the employee confronted the man, he ran away and fell down the escalator, injuring himself. The man, later identified as 35-year-old Michael Neuberger, of Manchester, was still at the store when police arrived. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment and his condition was not immediately known. Police did not say what, if any, charges Neuberger might face in connection with Tuesday's incident. However, they said he had two active arrest warrants for previous incidents. nbcboston.com

Pittsburgh, PA: Police Officer hurt while breaking up fight between juveniles at Five Guys in Market Square

Cleveland, OH: Man charged federally after allegedly committing 10 armed robberies in 3-week span



Auto Parts - Bristol Borough, PA - Burglary
Barber - Waterloo, IA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Mesa, AZ - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Latrobe, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Oakland, CA - Burglary
C-Store - San Antonio, TX - Burglary
C-Store - Cortland, NY - Robbery
Cellphone - Voorhees Township, NJ - Armed Robbery
Check Cashing - Yakima, WA - Armed Robbery
Collectables - Hopkinsville, KY - Burglary
CVS - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery
Discount- Lexington Park, MD - Robbery
Dollar - Philadelphia, PA - Robbery
Gas Station - Philadelphia, PA - Robbery
Gas Station - Stillwater, OK - Robbery
Grocery - Port Townsend, WA - Robbery
Guns - Glen Burnie, MD - Burglary
Handbags - Hialeah, FL - Robbery
Hardware - Roseburg, OR - Robbery
Hardware - Charlotte, NC - Robbery
Hotel - Charleston, SC - Burglary
Jewelry - Dalton, GA - Robbery
Jewelry - Baltimore, MD - Robbery
Jewelry - Los Angeles, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Chandler, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Springfield, MA - Robbery
Marijuana - Bethel, AK - Armed Robbery / employee wounded
Pawn - Omaha, NE - Robbery
Pets - Bend, OR - Burglary
Restaurant - San Francisco, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Restaurant - Aurora, MO - Armed Robbery (McDonalds)
Restaurant - Washington, DC - Burglary (Smoothie King)
Shoes - San Pedro, CA - Burglary
Thrift - Racine, WI - Burglary
Vape - Lincoln, NE - Burglary
Vape - Toledo, OH - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 24 robberies
• 14 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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