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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

CNBC's 8-Month Investigation Into ORC Rings
Inside the organized crime rings plaguing retailers across the country, including Ulta, T.J. Maxx and Walgreens

As companies continue to call retail crime an industrywide dilemma, CNBC has spent about eight months investigating organized retail crime rings, getting a rare glimpse into the complex layers of the organizations.

CNBC has spent about eight months embedding with various law enforcement agencies and investigating theft groups to understand what organized retail crime looks like from the ground. In some cases, CNBC witnessed low-level shoplifting incidents involving people who appeared to be homeless or mentally ill. In other instances, CNBC saw takedowns of alleged organized theft groups that police said were reselling stolen merchandise at flea markets.

But federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations, the Department of Homeland Security’s law enforcement branch, said some crime groups are even more elaborate — and theft is just one facet of their enterprises.

“Just like any business, they’ve invested their capital into business assets like shrink wrap machines, forklifts,” said Adam Parks, an assistant special agent in charge at HSI, which is the main federal agency investigating retail crime. “That is what organized theft looks like, and it actually is indistinguishable from other e-commerce distribution centers.”

Whether organized retail crime is actually rising is up for debate. Retailers including Target, Foot Locker, Walgreens and Ulta have said theft is a growing problem in recent years.  The government response to the issue has grown in turn. Both local and federal agencies have stepped up enforcement of laws targeting organized retail crime, and lawmakers are proposing and passing more measures that stiffen penalties for theft offenses.

By the end of fiscal 2023, HSI organized theft cases had more than tripled, to 199. Indictments spiked more than fivefold to 284, while arrests soared to 386, more than six times the number in 2021. California Highway Patrol, which runs one of the most active retail crime task forces in the country, reports it made 170% more arrests for organized theft offenses in 2023 than it did in 2022.

It’s not clear whether organized theft offenses increased in that time or officials ramped up enforcement as the issue got more public attention and the retail industry’s lobbying engine pressed them to make it a priority.

Crime Surge Has 'Changed Every Job in Retail'
What Walmart & Target are doing to stop theft - aside from locking items up
On March 8, Christie Fleischer of Benefit Cosmetics and David Johnston, VP of Asset Protection & Retail Operations at the National Retail Federation (NRF) were part of a panel at Austin’s SXSW Festival. The topic of the panel was retail crime and how businesses can better prepare themselves, and their employees, for incidents involving crime.

According to these experts, the perception of an increase in crime, whether or not it is actually happening, has caused issues across the retail industry. "Whether it’s a real or perceived threat to them…” explained Fleischer, “it’s changed every job in retail.”

Johnston added that employers are having difficulty finding and retaining employees, saying that the perceived danger of retail jobs is making it harder for employers to find and keep workers.

Johnston claimed during the panel that in a survey, 45% of responding retailers reduced hours, and 28% have closed stores, because of shoplifting and crime.

“It’s not quantifiable,” he said, regarding retailer perceptions of crime, after being questioned by the Daily Dot on the discrepancy between this statistic and the unchanging level of reported external theft. 

Retailers are finding themselves feeling the need to respond, with Johnston saying during the panel that retailers are in a “reactionary stage.” Technology will play a big role in helping us out,” he stated. “As consumers… we have a role in preventing this retail crime from taking place,” he shared.

Above all, panelists stressed the need for employee safety and better training and preparation for employees in criminal situations. Fleischer noted that retailers are now “considering the entire theft cycle,” ranging from training employees and reporting incidents to altering how inventory is managed.

Even though the data’s not there, what we’re seeing out there is definitely concerning,” summarized Johnston.

New Bill Makes California's ORC Task Forces Permanent
California Retailers Retail Theft Legislative Win

Bill to eliminate ORC sunset passes out of first committee

A key piece of legislation supported by the California Retailers Association to continue the fight against Organized Retail Crime (ORC) passed unanimously out of its first policy committee this morning with zero opposition.

SB 982, authored by Senator Aisha Wahab, removes the sunset provision in Cal. Pen. Code § 490.4.

SB 982's swift and unanimous passage out of the Senate Public Safety Committee is an encouraging sign that our state's policymakers are taking the organized retail crime crisis seriously.

The California Retailers Association appreciates Senator Wahab's leadership on this important issue as this bill ensures the state's Organized Retail Crime Task Forces remains indefinitely and continues to empower the California Highway Patrol on their important collaborative efforts with local law enforcement and retailers to investigate ORC rings, protect retail employees, customers and California communities from the rampant ORC we have seen throughout the state.

The California Retailers Association is the only statewide trade association representing all segments of the retail industry including general merchandise, department stores, mass merchandisers, online markets, convenience stores, supermarkets and grocery stores, chain drug and specialty retail such as auto, vision, jewelry, hardware and home stores. CRA’s mission is to promote, preserve and enhance the retail industry in California by taking significant leadership positions in development of public policy and regulatory measures that impact members and the business climate in California. For more information visit the CRA website at

Task Force, Legislative Fixes Could Address the 'Golden Age of Shoplifting'
Letter to the editor: Local task force could help better address retail crime spike
Since 2019, New Yorkers have been victimized by a spike in retail crime across our state. It’s no surprise these alarming trends have coincided with the implementation of bail reform and other failed criminal justice policies in New York.

Whether it’s a “golden age of shoplifting,” violence against employees, consumer items under lock and key, or shuttering businesses, my legislative colleagues and I see this every day in our communities. Recently, some of my colleagues joined with state Sen. Jake Ashby, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple and others to announce proposed legislative fixes to this growing problem. I applaud and stand behind their efforts to break the never-ending cycle of retail recidivism started by the state’s changes to pretrial detention and discovery standards.

All too often, we hear a lot of talk and rhetoric from elected officials about this issue, but no solutions. Some of it is as simple as enforcing the laws we have on our books. But we also need to change the conversation around retail crime, which is why I recently asked the County Legislature to consider establishing a local task force on the issue.

Local law enforcement and businesses are at their breaking point. We must demand appropriate action from state officials to increase penalties and restore judicial discretion. In the meantime, bringing every stakeholder to the table to study this issue and come up with real solutions to protect the public is a no-brainer.

Crime Becoming Top Election Issue
Dogged By Crime Concerns, Big City Democrats Walk Back Their Own Reforms Ahead Of 2024 Election
America’s Democratic cities and states are increasingly adopting stringent law-and-order measures in response to heightened public concern and outrage fueled by a surge in crimes like murder, carjacking and retail theft.

Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that she was deploying the National Guard and New York State Police to New York City subways because of the spike in transit crime. New York City Mayor Eric Adams is in agreement with the governor.

San Francisco and Washington, D.C., both advanced tougher crime policies Tuesday in contrast to previous reforms, such as defunding police. San Francisco voters on Tuesday approved two Mayor London Breed-backed ballot measures, Politico reported.

Proposition E grants police more liberty to go after suspects in cars, enables the deployment of drones and surveillance cameras and decreases paperwork mandates. Proposition F compels adult welfare recipients who take drugs to go through treatment in order to get cash assistance.

Washington, D.C.’s city council on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill known as the “Secure DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2024” to backtrack on liberal reforms following homicides increasing to their highest point in 25 years under Mayor Muriel Bowser’s tenure, according to Axios.

RELATED: Why Blue Cities Are Backing Away From Progressive Crime Policies

More Cities Affected by Crime Closures

Oakland Taco Bell Locations Close Indoor Dining Amid Safety Concerns
The decision to close the dining rooms came as a response to safety concerns. According to an employee at one of the affected locations, incidents of troublemaking prompted the closure. This move leaves customers with only one option: utilizing the drive-thru.

City officials like Council Members Dan Kalb and Noel Gallo suggest that these fast-food establishments are becoming targets for criminals. Kalb points out the proximity of these businesses to freeway on-ramps, making them vulnerable spots for quick getaways after committing crimes.

The closures of Taco Bell’s indoor dining spaces follow a pattern seen in other fast-food chains in Oakland. Last year, Raising Cane’s and more recently In-N-Out cited safety concerns as the reason for closing their dining rooms.

Silver Spring Starbucks to close over crime; other businesses call for action
It has been 15 months since 62-year-old Charles Reynolds was robbed and killed inside the parking garage in downtown Silver Spring, and still no arrest has been made. Since then, a handful of businesses downtown have shut down and moved away. The latest is a long-standing Starbucks that has been there for about two decades.

The popular coffee shop now has a sign on the storefront announcing that they are closing at the end of the month and that employees will have an opportunity to transfer to nearby locations. Some of those employees tell 7News they are closing due to safety concerns with crime.

Over the weekend, at least two other businesses on the same block have also shut down. Crime has been on the rise downtown for the past couple of years. 7News spoke with the owner of McGinty‘s Public House, which is right next to the Starbucks. Debbie Lea tells us her staff has been assaulted and harassed. They are afraid things are going to get worse.

Report says San Joaquin County has California's highest violent crime rate

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1,000 Closures - Following a Record Safety Fine Earlier This Year
Family Dollar's $41.6M fine was “the largest-ever monetary criminal penalty in a food safety case”

Family Dollar and Dollar Tree will close 1,000 stores
Family Dollar, the struggling discount chain that caters to low-income customers predominantly in cities, will close about 1,000 stores as inflation takes a bite out of consumers’ wallets and low-cost-retailers’ profits.

Family Dollar will close 600 locations in the first half of 2024 and 370 stores over the next several years as store leases expire. Dollar Tree, which owns Family Dollar, also said it will close 30 stores as leases expire.

Dollar Tree bought Family Dollar in 2015 for $8.5 billion. The combined company hoped that by joining forces, it could grow its customer base, reduce costs and fend off bigger retailers like Dollar General and Walmart. But Dollar Tree has struggled to integrate Family Dollar.

Family Dollar stores were in poor condition when Dollar Tree acquired the business in 2015, analysts say. Although Family Dollar has renovated thousands of stores in recent years, many stores under both banners are still poorly maintained.

Many Family Dollar stores have been plagued by health and safety concerns for employees and workers.

Family Dollar was hit with a record fine this year for violating product safety standards after selling items that were stocked in a rat-infested warehouse filled with live, dead and decaying rodents. The $41.6 million fine was “the largest-ever monetary criminal penalty in a food safety case,” the Justice Department said.

'Overworked & Underpaid' Dollar General Staff Walk Out
A Dollar General store's staff all walked off the job at the same time
The staff at a Dollar General store in southwestern Wisconsin walked off the job recently because of a dispute over the company's donation policy and what employees called "a lack of appreciation."

A large handwritten sign posted over the weekend on the front door of the Mineral Point store declared "We quit!" Another sign explained "the whole team has walked away due to a lack of appreciation, being overworked, and being underpaid."

Six employees, including the Dollar General store manager and assistant manager, quit at the same time, according to WKOW.

Trina Tribolet, the former store manager, told the Wisconsin TV station understaffing and excessive work hours factored into the employees' decision to quit but ultimately it was a disagreement on what they could or couldn't donate that prompted the mass walkout.

According to Tribolet, the Dollar General donation policy required workers to throw out items that were getting near the expiration date or that the store no longer sold. She told WKOW to get around the policy they would label items as damaged and donated the products anyway. She said when corporate found out and told them to stop, the workers decided to quit.

California's Minimum Wage Hike Impact on Retail
California is putting up minimum wages to $20 an hour for fast-food chains – and it's likely going to drive up wages in other industries, too

Restaurants and stores compete for labor. If McDonald's and Chipotle pay more, that little coffee store might have to too.

California is raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $20 an hour – and a much wider group of employees could see bigger paychecks. These wages will make the fast-food industry more attractive to workers — and will likely prompt other employers to bump up their pay to compete for labor.

"The repercussions will extend beyond just limited-service restaurants to really include any business that's competing for a similar level of labor, whether that be full-service restaurants or other retail and other sectors," Brian Vaccaro, an analyst at Raymond James, told Business Insider. "It'll probably have broader inflationary ramifications."

Andy Barish, an analyst at Jefferies, pointed out that businesses with hourly-paid staff like convenience stores are going to have to work harder to compete for labor if their employees can "walk across the street" to a higher-paying job at a fast-food restaurant.

Retail Off to Good Start in 2024
NRF: E-commerce spurs sales growth in February
Retail sales built off "solid gains from January" in February 2024, aided by exceptionally strong e-commerce performance, according to the CNBC/NRF Retail Monitor, powered by Affinity Solutions, released Tuesday by the National Retail Federation.

Total retail sales, excluding automobiles and gasoline, were up 1.06% seasonally adjusted month-over-month and up 6.3% unadjusted year-over-year in February 2024, including a roughly 18% year-over-year growth in online and non-store sales, according to the Retail Monitor. That compared with a decrease of 0.16% month-over-month and an increase of 2.34% year-over-year in January 2024.

Kohl’s brings in Babies R Us after rough holiday quarter
The struggling department store is increasingly relying on other brands, including Amazon and Sephora, to draw customers to its stores.

The Body Shop’s US operation forced into liquidation as UK parent takes its cash

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Cybercrime Fueling a Modern Counterfeiting Resurgence?
How the crime of counterfeiting is making a comeback
The U.S. Secret Service was born out of the need to thwart that rampant counterfeiting and restore the population's trust in the nation's financial system. That task has
become more challenging with the advent of cybercurrencies like Bitcoin, digital currencies, peer-to-peer payment methods like PayPal and Venmo, and more. Criminals and crimes adapt to the times, and, as much as payment methods have increased, so too have the ways to defraud consumers. Cryptocurrency-related crimes grew over 53% in 2023, according the FBI's Internet Crime Report, from $2.57 billion in losses in 2022 to $3.94 billion last year.

Further, a February 2023 Deloitte poll found that, during the previous 12 months, "
34.5% of polled executives report that their organizations' accounting and financial data was targeted by cyber adversaries," with nearly a third of those organizations attacked more than once during the survey period.

one such attack can cripple a business and shut down economic activity, which is why governments around the world have prioritized stopping them. Yet as financial cybercrimes have taken the spotlight, counterfeiting of U.S. currency has quietly experienced a resurgence. As the Secret Service says, "The threat of counterfeit U.S. currency to the financial system of the United States continues to evolve. Advances in technology, the availability of scanning and printing devices and the adoption of the U.S. dollar by nations as their legal tender have exacerbated the global threat."

Before computers, currency counterfeiters created physical printing plates to simulate U.S. currency, and printed their counterfeit currency on different types of paper.
Digital scanners and printers have further enabled counterfeiters, but the biggest challenges for most counterfeiters are the security features in U.S. currency, which are difficult to replicate.

Indeed, over half of genuine U.S. currency is in circulation overseas. Cash, especially genuine U.S. currency, is the preferred payment method in many corners of the world for law-abiding individuals who either can't or don't want to use electronic payment systems.
When counterfeit currency is introduced in these places, it can significantly undermine the local economy and damage trust.

28% Increase in Monthly Insider-Driven Data Exposure, Loss, Leak & Theft
Study: Insider-Driven Data Loss Events Cost an Average of $15M Per Incident
Code42 Software recently released its annual Data Exposure Report (DER) for 2024, examining the intricacies of insider threats facing organizations today. The study found that
data loss from insiders poses increased threats to security, further exacerbated by the introduction of AI and generative AI (GenAI) technology.

Since 2021, there has been a
28% average increase in monthly insider-driven data exposure, loss, leak, and theft events. The majority of respondents (85%) expect this trend to continue over the next 12 months. While most companies (99%) have data protection solutions in place, 78% of cybersecurity leaders admit they’ve still had sensitive data breached, leaked, or exposed.

As today’s risks are increasingly driven by AI and GenAI, the way employees work, and the proliferation of cloud applications, respondents state they need more visibility into source code sent to repositories (88%), files sent to personal cloud accounts (87%), and customer relationship management (CRM) system data downloads (90%).

The cybersecurity skills gap creates a black hole for IP loss and compliance

Over three-fourths surveyed (
79%) believe their cybersecurity team has a shortage of skilled workers, leading cybersecurity leaders to turn to AI (83%) and GenAI (92%) technology to fill the talent gap; but these aren’t a 1:1 replacement, and the report also cautions against the possible data loss risks of these tools.

Setting Boundaries & Limitations on AI Tech
How advances in AI are impacting business cybersecurity
While ChatGPT and Bard have proven to be valuable tools for developers, marketers, and consumers, they also
carry the risk of unintentionally exposing sensitive and confidential data.

From a security point of view, it always pays to think one step ahead and about what might be coming next. One of the latest breakthroughs in AI technology is “interactive AI”.

While generative AI tools can create fresh content, write code, perform calculations, and engage in human-like conversations, interactive AI can be used for tasks like geolocation and navigation or speech-to-text applications, ushering in the next phase of chatbots and digital assistants.

As cybersecurity professionals, we consider the security risks and implications it presents for businesses, and we must do our best to
remain in control and set clear boundaries and limitations on what the technology can do.

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Wave of Burglaries Hitting Toronto Businesses
2023 saw a nearly 20 per cent increase in commercial break-ins

Toronto small business owners describe alarming commercial break-ins
Ansari’s experiences are part of a wave of commercial break-and-enters that police say are
becoming more brazen in recent years, forcing city councillors, store owners and Business Improvement Areas (BIA) to sound the alarm for the small businesses bearing the brunt of the impact.

“I have
never, in all my 30 years on council, got this many reports about break-ins,” deputy mayor and councillor Mike Colle (Ward 8, Eglinton-Lawrence) told the Star. “I’ve never seen this scale and brazen nature.”

Colle, along with a few other councillors,
hosted a crime-prevention summit late last week as a first step to bring stakeholders together and develop a response to escalating break-ins.

According to Toronto police data,
2023 saw a nearly 20 per cent increase in commercial break-ins to more than 3,000.  And this year has already seen 582 commercial break-and-enters as of March 4, up from just over 400 by that date last year.

Those numbers are the highest since before 2020;
the uptick comes at a time when businesses are still trying to stay afloat after suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s not precisely known if thieves are targeting small businesses especially hard — the police data doesn’t distinguish small businesses from malls, chains or other commercial properties — however, owners and city officials are reporting that methods have certainly changed in recent years.

For one thing, it’s not just inventory they’re after —
thieves are increasingly targeting point-of-sale terminals, highlighting an unsettling vulnerability.

2024 Will Be a Challenging Year for Canadian Retailers
Canadian Retail Sector to Face Challenges and Innovations in 2024 Amid Changing Consumer Behaviours and Rising Insolvencies: CBRE Report
“Continuing from 2023,
consumers will try to save money on essential items in 2024 by trading down to value channels and products, especially for grocery items where inflation has been most acutely felt. This is both to reduce spending and allow consumers the ability to trade up or spend more on less essential items, including luxury goods or other micro indulgencies.

“All that said,
2024 promises to challenge retailers. Expect retailers to lean into discounts or other targeted promotions to capture the selective spending and move product. Expansion and innovation will be greatest among those facing headwinds or that are carving a niche for themselves within the Canadian marketplace.”

onsolidation, rollup, and acquisition will likely be seen among established brands propelling these institutions to grow and reach new highs in 2024. We started to see some of these moves take shape in 2023 including Putman Investments taking on a portion of the former Bed Bath & Beyond portfolio; as well as Unity Brands acquiring Kit + Ace and Mastermind Toys. In each of these cases, the originating brand needed some form of repositioning, either having been stagnant or by growing too quickly.

Canadians Blame Retailers & Government for High Prices
Consumer Perceptions Vary as Canadians Grapple with Rising Grocery Costs, Blaming Retailers, Government, Global Trends
Canadians generally attribute the increase in grocery prices to global economic phenomena (such as global inflation and supply chain issues) (27 per cent), followed by attempts by grocery chains to increase profit margins (26 per cent), and the federal government (23 per cent). Quebecers are more likely to attribute the price increase to global economic phenomena (36 per cent), while Albertans are more likely to attribute it to the federal government.

Three quarters of Canadians
(72 per cent) believe that the federal government should do more to help Canadians with the rising cost of groceries, against 19 per cent who believe it is not their role, and eight per cent who are unsure.  Half of Canadians (52 per cent) believe that the arrival of new competitors in Canada will be helpful in reducing grocery prices, while a third (34 per cent) believe it will not be helpful.

Major grocers invest in discount stores as customers keep budgets tight

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Store Owner Shot 4 Times During Robbery
Suspects charged after Surrey jewelry store robbery and shooting
Two men and a woman have been arrested in connection to an armed robbery at a Surrey jewelry store that was caught on camera last month. Two of the suspects – a man and a woman – have been charged and are being held in custody pending their next court appearance, Surrey RCMP said in a news release Friday. The third suspect was released without charges, pending further investigation, according to police. All three arrests stemmed from the chaos that unfolded at the business near 101 Avenue and 152 Street on the evening of Feb. 18. Video shared with CTV News in the days after the incident appears to show the final moments of the confrontation. In the video, yelling can be heard outside the store, followed by gunshots. The victim, the store's owner, was shot four times after he attempted to stop the suspects from stealing merchandise, according to Mazhar Qawasmeh, the manager of the business.

N.S. RCMP arrest man after alleged violent robbery
A 31-year-old man is in custody after allegedly assaulting a store employee during a robbery in Lower Sackville, N.S., on Wednesday. According to an RCMP news release, officers responded to a reported assault at a hardware store on Sackville Drive around 6:35 p.m. They learned the suspect allegedly
attacked the 65-year-old employee who tried to stop him when he attempted to leave with unpaid merchandise. Two other employees and a customer restrained the suspect, who uttered threats, and helped the victim, who suffered minor injuries.

Cold remedy containing opioid among unauthorized health products seized at British Columbia store
Health Canada has seized unauthorized health and beauty products including a cold remedy containing an opioid from a store in Richmond, B.C., saying the products "
may pose serious health risks" to users. The federal department says the Tokyo Beauty and Healthcare store in the Aberdeen Centre mall was selling a number of items for skin treatment or cold-symptom relief labelled as containing prescription or controlled drugs.

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Young woman robbed three Halifax area gas stations in one day, police say

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E-Commerce Fueling the ORC Surge?
Ulta CEO says e-commerce sites can do more to stop the sale of stolen goods

In the first in-depth interview given by a retail CEO about organized theft, Ulta Beauty CEO Dave Kimbell said e-commerce sites are contributing to organized retail crime.

In response to a CNBC investigation about a network of professional thieves that police say stole goods from Ulta stores across the country and sold them on Amazon, Kimbell said more can be done to deter the sale of stolen goods.

Faced with sophisticated organized retail crime rings that investigators say have targeted his company, Ulta Beauty CEO Dave Kimbell is
laying some blame on e-commerce sites.

In the first in-depth interview given by a retail CEO about organized theft, Kimbell responded to a monthslong CNBC investigation that showed how police broke up what they say is a professional network of thieves who
used Amazon to resell millions in cosmetics stolen from Ulta stores and other retailers across the U.S.

While Kimbell wouldn't comment directly about Amazon, he said
online marketplaces are "part of the problem."

[Online marketplaces] give more scale and more opportunity for people to liquidate this product," Kimbell told CNBC in an on-camera interview. "You used to have to sell stolen goods at flea markets or out of the trunk of your car, or maybe just locally. Now, you have more sophisticated tools to have a broader reach across the country or even internationally."

Kimbell said he
doesn't think the onus is on consumers to evaluate whether a product they are buying from an online marketplace is stolen. Many shoppers may not even consider that the products could be stolen from one retailer and sold by another, he said, adding it's a largely online phenomenon.

Anyone who sells products online "should be committed to
ensuring that nothing that they sell is stolen goods," Kimbell said.

Amazon declined CNBC's request for an interview but said in a statement the e-commerce giant has "zero tolerance for the sale of stolen goods." An Amazon spokesperson said the company invests $1 billion annually and employs "thousands of people" to combat fraud, including detection and prevention tools.

The spokesperson said
Amazon works with law enforcement and other retailers to "stop bad actors and hold them accountable."

Amazon Workplace Injury Incident Rate Improves 30%
Amazon makes progress in workplace safety

Amazon is reducing workplace injuries and time lost to recordable incidents.

The e-tail giant is sharing full-year 2023 safety data for its operations network, reporting that its
recordable incident rate (RIR), which includes any work-related injury that requires more than basic first-aid treatment, has improved 30% over the past four years and 8% year-over-year (YoY).

In addition,
Amazon’s lost time incident rate (LTIR)—which includes any work-related injury that requires someone to take time away from work (the most serious injuries)—has improved 60% over the past four years and 16% YoY.

In the General Warehousing and Storage industry:

Amazon’s RIR improved 24% during the past four years. Amazon’s 2023 rate is 6.5, which is better than the latest BLS average of 6.8 for employers with more than 1,000 workers.

The e-tailer’s LTIR improved 77% over the past four years. Amazon’s 2023 rate is 1.1, which is better than the latest BLS average of 2.6 for employers its size.

In the Courier and Express Delivery Services industry:

Amazon’s RIR improved 41% over the past four years. Its 2023 rate is 6.3, which is better than the latest BLS average of 11.5 for employers its size in this division (250-999 employees).

The company’s LTIR improved 66% during the past four years. Amazon’s 2023 rate is 2.4, which is better than the latest BLS average of 4.7 for employers its size.

In 2023,
Amazon conducted almost 6.3 million inspections globally, a 152% increase from the 2.5 million conducted in 2020, and audited 240 sites across the company.

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Helicopter Tracks Down ORC Getaway Car
Santa Rosa, CA: 3 men suspected of stealing $75,000 worth of merchandise from multiple Dick's Sporting Goods arrested in Sonoma County
Three Oakland men were arrested Monday after taking a "significant" amount of merchandise from a Santa Rosa sports store and fleeing law enforcement, authorities said. The three men are suspected of stealing about $75,000 in merchandise from multiple Bay Area Dick's Sporting Goods, though Santa Rosa police are still determining the extent of the crimes, the department said in a news release Tuesday. Santa Rosa police responded about 2:46 p.m. Monday to the Santa Rosa Dick's Sporting Goods after employees reported seeing three people putting items into trash bags then leaving in a white Kia minivan.

Soon after,
an officer and the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office helicopter Henry-1 spotted the Kia driving south on Highway 101 near Hearn Avenue. Responding deputies tried to pull over the minivan, but the driver, later identified as Roy Andrew Jr., 22, continued south, reaching speeds above 100 mph and crossing lanes. Andrew was driving on the west shoulder of the road when the Kia crashed into a barrier then reared left, striking the front of another vehicle. A deputy vehicle then tapped the back of the Kia, causing it to spin around and stop. All three men in the Kia suffered minor injuries in the initial collision. The driver of the other vehicle had unspecified injuries.

Authorities detained the men and found more than $5,800 in stolen merchandise from the Santa Rosa Dick's location, clothing they were seen wearing in the store, and a black and pink loaded ghost gun in the vehicle, Sgt. Patricia Seffens said. The minivan also was reportedly used in a retail theft in Sunnyvale, where about $75,000 to $100,000 was stolen, according to an Instagram post from the Sheriff's Office.

Memphis, TN: Teen facing theft charges caught in City Gear burglary
19-year-old is adding more charges to his criminal record after police say they caught him running out of a City Gear store during a burglary. Kamerin Triggs is charged with burglary, evading arrest, and possession of a prohibited weapon, and was jailed on a $35,000 bond. Police say they responded to a burglary in progress around 4:30 a.m. Saturday at the City Gear store at 4641 American Way.
A security guard reported he saw five vehicles pull into the lot and people go inside the building. Police say they saw Triggs run out of the store’s front door and toss something, later identified as a Glock 22 with a modified switch, before he was taken into custody.

Miami, FL: Miami-Dade shop owner sold stolen products, had $1.1M in counterfeit cigar items
A Miami-Dade shop owner has been arrested after police said he was stocking his shelves with stolen items and had a large amount of counterfeit cigar items. Jorge Gomero, 52, was arrested Monday on charges including grand theft, dealing in stolen property, possessing counterfeit lables, and forging or counterfeiting private labels, arrest reports said. According to the reports, Miami-Dade Police and investigators from major retailers and supermarkets have been investigating a group of individuals who have been stealing retail items including clothing and health and beauty supplies. After one suspect was arrested, he told detectives he was selling the items he was stealing to Gomero at his business, El Baraton, at 4746 W. Flagler Street, the reports said. Detectives watched as people were seen entering the store with garbage bags and other bags containing merchandise, then leaving empty handed. Undercover investigators then went to the store posing as people wanting to buy or sell stolen items and conducted several purchases and transactions.

Suffolk County, MA: Boston woman robbed Faneuil Hall Sephora 4 times in 3 months

Indianapolis, IN: 4 Teens arrested for burglary at Gun store on Indy's north side; 9 AR-15s stolen from another store






Shootings & Deaths

Oak Ridge North, TX: Man suspected of robberies fatally shot by Texas officers after the robbery of a liquor store
A man suspected of several robberies in southeastern Texas was fatally shot Monday night by officers with a joint task force after they saw him rob a liquor store, authorities said. The man, whose name was not immediately released, fled officers who had been monitoring him before seeing him rob the liquor store in Oak Ridge North at gunpoint, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon. “
Let's don't get too complex here, something very simple happened, a bad guy came into our community and robbed one of our businesses,” in the town about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Houston, Ligon said. The officers then tried to arrest the man, but he fled on foot in the strip mall where the liquor store is located. “When the suspect gets around the corner, he brandishes a weapon,” Ligon said. “The officers, fearing for their safety, discharged their weapons, the suspect dies.”

Las Vegas, NV: C-Store Shooting: Man killed 2 in dispute over infidelity
Police accused a 43-year-old man of killing two people outside a southeast Las Vegas business last week over a dispute he was having with another man he believed was sleeping with his wife. Summer Lange and Rona Ah-Foon, both 29, were standing outside Pocket Change, a convenience store near Tropicana Avenue and Nellis Boulevard, with a man in his 20s in the early morning hours of March 5 when Jason Manuel rode by on a bicycle and fired four shots at them, according to a Metropolitan Police Department arrest warrant. Both women later died and the man, only identified by police as Sam, was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center after being shot in the wrist. Video surveillance from surrounding businesses captured Manuel shooting without stopping his bike and continuing to ride away from the scene after the shooting. As of Tuesday afternoon, Manuel had not been arrested.

Memphis, TN: Deadly double shooting reaffirms dangers of Sherwood Forest C-store
A deadly double shooting Monday afternoon at the Quick and Easy Food Mart on South Highland Street has nearby Sherwood Forest residents sounding off about crime in their neighborhood. “We are very tired of seeing crime scene tape on the street,” said a woman who wanted to remain anonymous. Memphis police said the shooting at the store stemmed from an argument. A man was killed and another was critically injured.
Residents we spoke with say the store has become a danger to the community.

Marion County, SC: Marion County deputies identify man accused of shooting outside convenience store
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has identified a Georgia man accused of walking into a Turner’s BP convenience store with a gun and firing shots in the parking lot. Marion County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division has obtained arrest warrants for 60-year-old Gerardo Tant. Tant faces the charges of breach of peace-aggravated nature and posting and presenting a firearm.


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Los Angeles, CA: Update: Cosmetics store manager fighting for life after being attacked by group of robbers
An East LA beauty store owner is fighting for her life after she was assaulted while trying to defend her business from a group of robbers last week. Family of the victim named Marlene, a manager at M Beauty in Commerce, say that she was trying to stop the robbery from happening when they attacked her on March 6. Surveillance footage from that day shows the moments that the manager tries to prevent the women from entering the store. Seconds later, the incident turns violent when the manager is hurled to the floor of the parking lot. "That's a brutal attack, the most part of the video made me feel really so bad was when she fell down the second time," said Enrique Sandoval, the victim's father. "That was the moment most terrible for me." Now, the 32-year-old woman is fighting for her life after hitting her head so hard that her heart was damaged, according to Sandoval. He says that she had two heart attacks following the incident, brought on by the emotion and trauma of the event. Family is concerned that if the medication that she's currently on fails to make her heart respond in the right way, she's going to need a heart transplant. "It's really hard," Sandoval said. "It's extremely, extremely hard for anybody, any father or family, any member of the community. ... I have no words to explain it." She remains hospitalized on life support.

Salisbury, NC: Police investigating after two people brandish guns while stealing from Walmart
Police are searching for two people that they said robbed Walmart and both pulled out guns when a loss prevention employee approached them. The incident occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Monday. An employee noticed the two suspects attempting to conceal items on their person and in a backpack, according to a spokesperson for the Salisbury Police Department. A loss prevention employee then attempted to approach the two and get them to give up the items, at which point they both allegedly pulled out guns and threatened the employee with them. Both of the suspects then fled the store, the spokesperson said. Police reports indicate that they fled with an estimated $50 in stolen food, snacks and candy

Chicago, IL: Robbers target Chicago plumbing, electrical businesses 21 times in 2 months

Naples, FL: 7-Eleven employee accused of stealing $25K from Naples store's safe

Sacramento, CA: Deputies arrest nearly 100 in Target retail theft operation

National Football League: Former Jaguars employee gets 6.5 years in prison after stealing $22 million from team; $21M ordered in Restitution



C-Store – Ogden, UT – Burglary
C-Store – Naples, FL - Burglary
C-Store – Bowie, MD – Robbery
Clothing - Memphis, TN – Burglary
Grocery – Cleveland, OH – Robbery
Guns – Ames, IA - Burglary
Guns – Indianapolis, IN – Burglary
Hardware – Alton, IL – Burglary
Hardware – Chicago, IL – Burglary
Hardware – Wyoming County, WV – Burglary
Jewelry - Ogden, UT - Robbery
Jewelry - Albuquerque, NM - Robbery
Liquor – Montgomery County, TX – Armed Robbery / Susp killed
Theatre – Clinton, IA – Burglary
Thrift – Odessa, TX – Burglary
Walmart – Salisbury, NC – Armed Robbery                                                                         

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• 6 robberies
• 10 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed


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