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Steve Fahey promoted to VP of Asset Protection for Nordstrom

Before his promotion to Vice President of Asset Protection for Nordstrom, Steve served as Director of Store Operations for the company. Before joining Nordstrom, he spent a year with New York & Company as SVP Store Operations & Loss Prevention. Earlier in his career, he served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations, Loss Prevention and Logistics for bebe for more than nine years and Operating Vice President of Loss Prevention for Bloomingdale's for eight years. Congratulations, Steve!

Abraham Gonzalez, CFI, LPC named Director - Investigative Systems & Analytics (Fraud & Risk) for Saks Fifth Avenue
Before joining Saks Fifth Avenue, Abraham spent a short time with CONTROLTEK USA as Product & Project Manager. Prior to that, he spent more than 12 years with Bloomingdale's, most recently as Corporate AP Executive - Fraud Mitigation & OTA Investigations. With Bloomingdale, he also served as Corporate LP Executive - Data, Systems & Investigations, LP Internal Investigations Supervisor, LP Internal Investigator, and LP External Investigator. Earlier in his career, he spent three years with Lord & Taylor as an LP Investigator. Congratulations, Abraham!

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How Have Trade Show Cancellations Impacted The Security Market?

The absence of trade shows has been transformative for the security marketplace, among others, as companies implemented a variety of alternative approaches, with mixed results.

Sean Foley, SVP, National Accounts
Interface Security Systems LLC

While trade shows have traditionally been an important part of our industry, it has been enlightening to live without them. I think we have all seen examples of companies and trade show organisations putting together virtual events that left a lot to be desired. Having an event ‘just because’ is never a recipe for success. Inviting attendees around to virtual booths that are nothing more than vendor websites has wasted people’s time and energy. On the other hand, some virtual events (the RLPSA [Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association] ‘To Go’ conference being a case in point) have been well-thought-out, engaging, educational, and even entertaining. We have learned that we can continue to engage and educate prospects and customers without traditional trade shows and that effective communication can come in many forms. While we look forward to interacting more in person, our core focus will be problem solving for our customers and prospects.

CONTROLTEK Adds New Account Executives to Sales Team

CONTROLTEK, a leader in loss prevention and security solutions, has grown its sales team with the addition of three strategic account executives to offer more dedicated attention to specific regions in the United States.

With extensive experience supporting companies in delivering their solutions, CONTROLTEK’s newest strategic account executives include, Mark Wingfield, a sales veteran with over 20 years of experience, who will manage the Midwest sales territory; Kenna Griffith, an impressive sales leader with a track record of being at the top of her sales teams, who will be dedicated to the South-Central sales territory; and Amy Fargo, who has over 25 years of experience in technology sales with multiple Fortune 500 companies who will service the Southeast sales territory.

Violence & Protests

Home Depot Loss Prevention Agent critically wounded, Chicago Police Officer also shot by fleeing Shoplifter; Suspect killed in shootout
A shoplifting suspect who got into a shootout with Chicago police is dead, and a police officer and a security worker were hospitalized in an incident that broke out Thursday afternoon at a store on the city’s Southwest Side, authorities said. The officer is the fourth Chicago cop to be shot in less than two weeks. The police officer was being treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder and was expected to undergo surgery.

A second victim, a Loss Prevention Agent from The Home Depot store where the incident broke out about 5 p.m., on West 46th Street, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center in grave condition
, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt. The officer wounded in the shooting has four years with the department and is assigned to the 9th District, authorities said. Shortly before 8 p.m., the officer had been released from the hospital. Authorities said the suspect shot the security worker inside or outside the store. Officers responded, and the suspect tried running away and shot one of the officers, authorities said. They also said police who responded at some point fired back and struck the suspect. The security worker was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where his condition was described as grave.

Mesa, AZ: Home Depot Armed Shoplifter led Police on a fatal chase
An armed man stole from a Mesa Home Depot and then tried to get away from authorities only to be boxed in a downtown Phoenix area where a law enforcement task member shot and killed him on Wednesday. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, it all started when the suspect walked out of the Home Depot on Crismon Road with power tools. A loss prevention officer tried to stop him, but he pulled out a knife, so the officer backed off. The armed man got into a black SUV and drove off.

Witnesses called 911 while another person followed the crook in their car. Investigators said the suspect crashed into that witness on the road. . A detective in the area saw the crash and tried to pull over the robber, but he sped off. The suspect ran stop signs, hit curbs and ran into other vehicles while trying to evade police. He then got onto the U.S. 60 and drove west. Officers on the ground backed off while the Mesa Police Department's helicopter followed him into Phoenix.

The man drove through downtown and at one point made a U-turn and drove toward an officer, the U.S. Marshals Service said. The man nearly lost control on a dirt road but kept going until he stopped at a dead end. An officer with the U.S. Marshals Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force began giving commands to the suspect. But the driver spun his SUV's tires and pushed into the officer's vehicle with the officer standing next to it. That's when the officer opened fire. The suspect died at the scene. No one else was hurt.

Minneapolis area 911 centers developing backup plans as Derek Chauvin trial resumes

Region aims to plug gaps as Chauvin trial resumes.

Metro area 911 leaders are boosting their communication and buying additional equipment in hopes of avoiding problems that hampered their response during riots last year.

Minneapolis officials said Thursday that they have been holding weekly meetings with regional 911 leaders, bought two additional sets of backup equipment, and are creating a dedicated line of communication should more unrest happen during the murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin.

When cell towers flooded with traffic, some calls got automatically transferred to other counties, which lacked the technology to share information as phone lines jammed and emergency radios crowded with traffic.

"If the cell towers become overloaded and we have calls routing into partner agencies, we've developed a dedicated radio channel that can be used to communicate between the [911 centers] so they're not having to call into our already overloaded telephone lines," Hodne said.

In addition, Hodne said they are working with other 911 centers in the area to boost staffing if needed.

Catch & Release + Progressive DAs = A Change at the Core of Law Enforcement
Which ultimately impacts and changes Loss Prevention

California’s top court ends cash bail for some defendants who can’t afford it
For years, California legislators and judges have tried to reform the state’s money bail system to reduce discrimination against the poor. On Thursday, four months after voters rejected such a reform, the California Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to require defendants to remain behind bars simply because they cannot afford bail.

In a unanimous decision, the state’s top court told judges to favor pretrial release and consider a person’s ability to pay before setting bail.

The ruling is likely to lead to many more people being released without bail before they go to trial. Judges may keep criminal defendants locked up only when “clear and convincing” evidence shows there is no other way to protect the public and ensure the defendants’ return for court appearances.

There's Two Illnesses: One is COVID - The Other is Hate
Asian American businesses are defending themselves against rise in anti-Asian violence
Asian American entrepreneurs across the country are combating a sharp rise in racist threats and attacks on their businesses that many feel authorities are not taking seriously, even after last week’s shooting rampage targeting three Asian spas in Atlanta left eight people dead.

Amid heightened fears, business owners have begun hiring their own security, buying guns and cutting their hours of operation as well as advertising, among other costly safety measures that limit their profits — and profile — at a time when businesses are already struggling, according to Asian American chambers of commerce and other business organizations.

Now, community leaders warn that the racism targeting these businesses could hamper the country’s economic recovery from the coronavirus-induced recession.

Asian Americans owned more than 10 percent of all U.S. businesses in 2018. These firms earned $863 billion in receipts and employed 5.1 million people, Census Bureau data shows.

Businesses have been vandalized, robbed, attacked online in racist Yelp reviews. Employees, regardless of their ethnicity, have been blamed for the spread of the coronavirus.

Among the most vulnerable are retail businesses, restaurants and salons whose storefronts open to public sidewalks.

Police Move to Shut Down LA Tent City
It’s the endgame for the Echo Park homeless encampment
A homeless encampment that took over a large swath of Echo Park for more than a year appeared on the brink of extinction Thursday as city officials fenced off the area and police prepared to remove the relatively few remaining campers, some of whom insisted on their right to live in the park.

Scores of Los Angeles police officers surrounded the park Thursday evening, and about a dozen homeless people remained inside the fence. Numerous protesters were also detained by police.

City officials have offered homeless people who had been staying in the park a room in one of several downtown hotels, which most accepted. Some, however, chafed at the rules imposed at the hotels and said they preferred the freedom of being outdoors.

Just after 9 p.m. Thursday, law enforcement officers circled the park, shining flashlights inside the fenced-in area, saying over a bullhorn that the park would soon close.

Echo Park protester alleges LAPD officer broke his arm with baton strike

COVID Update

133M Vaccinations Given

US: 30.7M Cases - 560K Dead - 23.2M Recovered
Worldwide: 126.2M Cases - 2.7M Dead - 101.8M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 279  
Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 275

*Red indicates change in total deaths

474 Defendants Charged Attempting Over $569 Million in Fraud
Justice Department Takes Action Against COVID-19 Fraud

Historic level of enforcement action during national health emergency continues

The Department of Justice announced an update today on criminal and civil enforcement efforts to combat COVID-19 related fraud, including schemes targeting the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs.

As of today, the Department of Justice has publicly charged 474 defendants with criminal offenses based on fraud schemes connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. These cases involve attempts to obtain over $569 million from the U.S. government and unsuspecting individuals through fraud and have been brought in 56 federal districts around the country. These cases reflect a degree of reach, coordination, and expertise that is critical for enforcement efforts against COVID-19 related fraud to have a meaningful impact and is also emblematic of the Justice Department’s response to criminal wrongdoing.

The Department of Justice has led an historic enforcement initiative to detect and disrupt COVID-19 related fraud schemes,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland.

To learn more about the department’s COVID response, visit:

Retailers in OSHA's 'Crosshairs'
How to Respond to OSHA’s COVID Enforcement

Make sure you are adhering to the agency’s and CDC workplace guidance.

Employers now find themselves in the crosshairs of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) amped-up enforcement of its COVID-19 guidelines and need to take immediate action to avoid the potential flood of citations and penalties expected to result.

The President called for the ETS, Emergency Temporary Standards, to be released no later than mid-March, but as of this writing they have yet to be issued by OSHA. The White House reported that it is currently in the process of reviewing the draft ETS, but it did not reveal what is holding up their publication.

OSHA said it is choosing to target those industry sectors that have been generating the highest number of complaints, such as healthcare, which includes hospitals, healthcare providers, assisted living facilities and home healthcare services. Other industries targeted are general warehousing and storage, temporary help and staffing agencies, discount department stores, both full- and limited service restaurants, supermarkets and grocery stores (excluding convenience stores), and poultry and meat slaughtering and processing plants.

Secondary targets encompass industries where workers come into routine contact with large numbers of co-workers and the general public and as a result are considered to be at higher risk of contracting the virus.

If your company falls into any of these industry classifications, attorneys advise you to review and update your COVID-19 safety documents, programs and procedures.

“Given a recent DOL Office of Inspector General’s report on OSHA’s handling of whistleblower claims in 2020, employers should expect more aggressive OSHA investigations of such claims,” Paul predicts.

All California adults can get COVID-19 vaccine next month
California is dramatically expanding the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines, offering the shots to virtually all residents 16 and older beginning next month, the state announced Thursday. Residents who are at least 50 years old can get vaccines starting April 1, and all Californians 16 and older will be eligible starting April 15.

‘Variants of concern’ dominate recent virus samples tested in L.A. County,
official says
Most of the coronavirus samples analyzed in Los Angeles County last week were found to be variants that are believed to spread more readily, officials said.

“The fact that the majority of sampled specimens are variants of concern suggests that these variants are increasingly widespread in our community,” Wider spread of the more infectious mutations, health officials worry, could potentially fuel another surge that the county, and California, can ill afford after so recently emerging from the devastating fall-and-winter wave.

Amazon starts on-site COVID-19 vaccination for U.S. employees

News Outlets & Legal Publications Picking Up
INFORM Consumers Act Congressional Activity

ORC & Counterfeiting Getting National Coverage INFORM Consumers Act Introduced to Target Online Counterfeiters
The INFORM (Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces) Consumers Act was introduced on the Senate floor on March 23, 2021.

This bill would require greater accountability and transparency from the e-commerce marketplaces that act as intermediaries between buyers and sellers.

The legislation requires online marketplaces to disclose to consumers basic information about high-volume third-party sellers, including the seller’s name and address, email address, telephone number. Violators would be subject to civil penalties.

High-volume third-party sellers are defined in the Act as vendors who have made at least 200 sales totaling at least $5,000 over a 1-year period.

In addition, the proposed legislation requires online marketplaces to provide customers with a hotline to report spurious activity i.e.: the sale of counterfeit, stolen or otherwise dangerous merchandise.

The Federal Trade Commission is charged with implementing the requirements of the legislation.

The Act is supported by the brand-owner community and viewed as a positive step in the fight against counterfeiting.

What’s On the Horizon for Brand Owners

The INFORM Act is the latest in a series of efforts to combat online counterfeiting. Bipartisan bills have been introduced in both the House and the Senate. As we previously reported, the SHOP SAFE Act of 2020 also incentivizes e-commerce platforms to adopt best practices to reduce the presence of counterfeit products on their sites. E-commerce sites that fail to adhere to the steps would be held liable.

As more brands increasingly transition from traditional brick and mortar to online retail, we will continue to see an increase in the sale of counterfeits goods online. Combating counterfeit sales is timely and costly for brand owners. While e-commerce platforms have started to implement policies to manage counterfeit sales, contributory liability puts the burden of responsibility on the both the counterfeit seller and the platform. These practices will begin to create incentives for online retailers to be more diligent and proactive.

Source: Intellectual property attorneys. Legal community getting involved.

Interesting Rankings for the Retail Executive/Student
2021 Top 50 Global Retailers

Walmart continues its reign, closely trailed by Amazon, Alibaba and

2020 was a year of consternation and confusion as shoppers around the world struggled to find what they needed under circumstances that changed weekly. Counterintuitively for many retailers, it was the best year in their history as shoppers had a range of new needs resulting from working from home and various levels of lockdowns. However, for other retailers, primarily those in malls, urban areas or in countries with strict lockdown orders, it was a year of major sales losses.

These conditions point to a clear challenge in ranking retailers internationally simply based on sales. It highlights the need to use additional metrics to establish movement up or down.

Kantar’s 2020 international retailer ranking looks to minimize these challenges and maximize the amount of discussion, debate, education and exploration opportunities the ranking can provide.

The result is a fresh look at the 50 most impactful international retailers based on their operations at the start of 2020.

Shaking Off 2020 With 'Revenge Shopping'
Pandemic Easing - Stimulus Checks Coming - Rising Vaccinations
"Expected to Unleash a Burst of Shopping & Travel"
U.S. households cut spending by 1% last month, as cold weather struck much of the country, but are primed to pick up shopping again with the pandemic easing and a new round of stimulus money landing in bank accounts.

The drop followed a burst of stimulus-induced spending in January, when spending grew 3.4%, stronger than previously estimated.

A spending surge is likely in the offing. Millions of people each day are getting a Covid-19 vaccine, and many are starting to venture out in public and shop and travel. Meanwhile, the federal government this month is sending out yet another round of stimulus money—this time checks of up to $1,400, a part of another Covid-19 relief package worth $1.9 trillion signed by President Biden. The aid—along with other measures by lenders and landlords to suspend consumers’ monthly payments on debt during the pandemic—has left many households sitting on a pile of cash.

That combo—higher incomes and a rising number of people shielded from the worse effects of the deadly virus—is expected to unleash a burst of economic activity in coming weeks, as many Americans resume activities they have put off for a year.

“When they’re let out of the house, there is some pent-up demand, and they’re going to go out into the restaurants” as well as travel and shop, said Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Stifel Nicolaus & Co.

Improvement also is showing up in the labor market, including the lowest level of unemployment claims since the start of the pandemic last week.

Editor's Note: Let's hope - Everyone goes out and 'Shops Till You Drop' - It's been a long time!

Quarterly Results
Darden Restaurants Q3 comp's down 26.7%, sales down 26.1%

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director of LP Insight & Intelligence job posted for Sally Beauty in Denton, TX
Our Director of Loss Prevention is responsible for strategic direction of identifying and quantifying company exposure in both shrink and total retail loss that are impacting business units within SBH. This role requires setting direction and long term focus on loss, creating a vision and road map to reduce loss within the company while also anticipating future trends based on data. Works independently and prioritizes effectively to ensure the right constituents are informed and collaboratively working toward long term solves of issues identified and are looking for continuous process improvement.

Director Field Asset Protection job reposted for Chipotle in Columbus, OH
The Director of Field Asset Protection is responsible for developing field level asst protection and loss prevention programs designed to reduce loss of cash and product while also serving as key cross function partner for all physical security and safety programs for the restaurant organization. Develop and execute programs to aid in the prevention, detection and resolution of, internal theft, external theft and operational loss including the management of the restaurant cash shortage program, internal investigations program, restaurant physical security program and OSHA Health/Safety Compliance.

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Feds Take on Ransomware Attacks
CISA Prepares to Use New Subpoena Power

Acting Director Describes Latest Steps in Battle Against Ransomware

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will soon use its new subpoena powers authorized under the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to help in the battle against ransomware attacks and other cyberthreats, says Brandon Wales, the acting agency director.

Speaking at a Monday event, Wales said the agency is preparing to begin using its new authority to issue administrative subpoenas to internet service providers that would compel them to turn over certain subscriber information that would help better identify potential attacks as well as targeted organizations.

Issuing administrative subpoenas to ISPs will enable CISA to share more information with organizations that might be targeted by attackers or to identify networks that are currently under attack, Wales said.

Exchange Server attacks: Microsoft shares intelligence on post-compromise activities
If you're cleaning up a infected Exchange server, you need to look for traces of multiple threats, warns Microsoft.

Many on-premises Exchange servers are being patched, but Microsoft warns that its investigations have found multiple threats lurking on already-compromised systems.

Microsoft is raising an alarm over potential follow-on attacks targeting already compromised Exchange servers, especially if the attackers used web shell scripts to gain persistence on the server, or where the attacker stole credentials during earlier attacks.

Microsoft released patches for Exchange on-premises systems on March 2. Four Exchange bugs were already under attack from a state-sponsored hacking group called Hafnium.

Major Security Flaw
5G network slicing vulnerability leaves enterprises exposed to cyberattacks
AdaptiveMobile Security today publicly disclosed details of a major security flaw in the architecture of 5G network slicing and virtualized network functions. The fundamental vulnerability has the potential to allow data access and denial of service attacks between different network slices on a mobile operator’s 5G network, leaving enterprise customers exposed to malicious cyberattack.

The issue has the potential to cause significant security risks to enterprises using network slicing and undermine operators’ attempts to open up new 5G revenues. The probability of attack is only currently low due to the limited number of mobile operators with multiple live network slices on their networks.

AdaptiveMobile Security is working in conjunction with the GSMA, operators and standards bodies to address the issue and update architectures to prevent exploitation.

What is 5G network slicing?

Network slicing allows a mobile operator to divide their core and radio network into multiple distinct virtual blocks that provide different amounts of resources and prioritisation to different types of traffic.

Uncovering the flaw

AdaptiveMobile Security examined 5G core networks that contain both shared and dedicated network functions, revealing that when a network has these ‘hybrid’ network functions that support several slices there is a lack of mapping between the application and transport layers identities.

This flaw in the industry standards has the impact of creating an opportunity for an attacker to access data and launch denial of service attacks across multiple slices if they have access to the 5G Service Based Architecture.

How Personally Identifiable Information Can Put Your Company at Risk
By being more mindful of how and where they share PII, employees will deprive cybercriminals of their most useful tool.

Think of everything you've posted online over the past year — photos, blog entries, comments on websites, and so on. Now consider how much of that content says something about you as an individual, from your habits to where you live to what you buy. The Internet is awash in personally identifiable information (PII), and we should never forget that this is a major cybersecurity liability for individuals and companies alike.













California's New Marketplace Liability Bill

Will marketplaces become legally liable for what they sell?
Purchasing from online marketplaces can be a gamble for customers. Now the state of California wants to put responsibility for the safety and quality of products sold through these platforms more squarely on the shoulders of operators.

A new bill, introduced to the California State Assembly last month, would impose strict liability on online retailers that communicate sales offers or facilitate transactions with third parties, according to The National Law Review. The bill comes after earlier legislation to hold marketplaces responsible for the safety of products they sell stalled out in that state’s senate. The earlier legislation was written in probable response to a court case in which a woman purchased a laptop from a third-party seller on’s marketplace and was later injured when the device’s battery exploded.

Urinating & Defecating OTJ to Avoid Being Disciplined
Amazon’s no good, very bad PR week
Machine learning cameras in trucks, workers peeing in bottles, union-voting warehouse workers and a visit from Bernie Sanders — this has not been one of’s better weeks. The retail and technology giant has found itself in the headlines — not an unusual occurrence, but for a company that is a serial good news press release machine, all the unflattering coverage and negative social media pushback has got to be unsettling to management.

Vice reported that drivers making deliveries are required to sign a “biometric consent” form that gives Amazon permission to use cameras installed in the trucks to monitor their performance.

The primary purpose of the technology, according to Amazon, is to track if drivers are engaged in unsafe practices. A driver who is seen to be continually yawning, for example, could indicate fatigue and a greater risk for accidents. Many drivers see this as an intrusion, but they either sign or look for other work. Editor's Note: After all, they are not Amazon employees.

Employees at a warehouse in Alabama are currently voting on union representation. Amazon has dismissed concerns raised by disgruntled workers and outside critics by touting its $15 an hour minimum wage and benefit programs it offers employees relative to healthcare and educational advancement.

The news this week that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I -VT) planned to visit the warehouse was not well received by Dave Clark, CEO of Amazon’s worldwide consumer business. He issued a tweet, “I often say we are the Bernie Sanders of employers, but that’s not quite right because we actually deliver a progressive workplace.”

The shade thrown by Mr. Clark at the senator was not the end of it. Rep. Mark Pocan (D – WI) tweeted a response. “Paying workers $15/hr doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles.”

Amazon could have, but didn’t, leave the congressman’s post alone. Instead, it tweeted. “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us.”

The company, forgetting the rule that very few tweets go unpunished, was greeted with reports by The Intercept and The Verge that provided evidence of workers urinating and (ugh) defecating on the job to avoid being disciplined for failing to meet Amazon’s productivity standards.

Biggest Union Vote in Decades - Monday March 29th
This could determine the very future of Unions

Amazon Faces Growing Worker Pressure in Shadow of Alabama Union Vote
Employees organize in U.S. and Europe, signaling e-commerce giant’s labor battles will continue

Whatever the result, the e-commerce giant faces pressure from staff world-wide to make changes to its working conditions.

So far those actions stop short of a formal unionization push, but each one involves hundreds of employees and shows how work conditions at Amazon warehouses are increasingly in the spotlight. President Biden and other high-profile figures have weighed in on the Bessemer, Ala., vote among warehouse employees. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a frequent Amazon critic, is scheduled to travel to Alabama Friday to meet with Amazon workers, a spokesman said. Thousands of votes have already been submitted in the mail-in election, which concludes March 29.

None of Amazon’s 800,000 U.S. employees are unionized. A vote to form a union in Alabama would give workers more power to negotiate with the company on matters such as pay and benefits.

Elsewhere, hourly Amazon employees are gathering petition signatures, discussing potential strikes and consulting with unions about possible demands. The groups are seeking to alter company policies on the rate at which they must prepare packages as well as break time and shift schedules—all factors that can make Amazon a physically demanding place to work, workers say. Such issues have risen to the fore for many employees amid Amazon’s expansion and push to speed up delivery times.

“It would be a victory for us, and it would bring momentum for others,” Jennifer Bates, a worker-organizer in Bessemer, said in an interview. “It would be a fire starter.”

An Amazon spokeswoman said the company “already offers what unions are requesting for employees: industry-leading pay, comprehensive benefits and opportunities for career growth.”

Amid Amazon's growth, Amazon employees have pushed for improved working conditions during the pandemic, and some held walkouts in cities such as New York and Detroit. Amazon moved quickly to improve conditions and reduce worker absences that made on-time deliveries of essential goods more difficult.

The company beefed up supplies of protective equipment and cleaning at facilities and tested employees for Covid-19. It also temporarily raised pay and implemented social-distancing measures in warehouses. Amazon disclosed late last year that more than 19,000 of its workers had tested positive for the coronavirus.

The company also granted vacation pay to all part-time workers—something warehouse employees across the country, including in Chicago, had been asking for since 2019.

Previously, outside pressure has also led Amazon to change its policies. The company in 2018 raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour after criticism from political figures over its hourly pay.

Alongside the Alabama vote, formal efforts to organize are gathering steam. In Europe, where union representation is more common, Amazon warehouse and delivery employees held a strike in Italy Monday to protest working conditions. In Iowa, roughly 400 to 500 current and former Amazon workers connected to two of the company’s warehouses there have been in contact with representatives from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union, according to Randy Korgan, director for Amazon at the Teamsters.

Bessemer workers began organizing last summer, seeking to change policies at the facility related to breaks and Amazon’s monitoring of workers, among other measures.







Deschutes County, OR: More than $13,000 worth of tools stolen at Sisters equipment rental store
More than $13,000 in equipment was stolen from the Sisters Rental equipment store Wednesday night, and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for two men. Deputies went to the site of the burglary Thursday morning and were told two men broke through the store's glass door and stole chain saws and a concrete saw, according to a sheriff's office press release.

Clackamas County, OR: Stolen RV, store merchandise located in Clackamas Town Center parking lot; man arrested
A 56-year-old man is facing several charges after he was found in possession of a stolen vehicle and stolen merchandise, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Just after 1 a.m. Thursday, deputies identified a stolen Toyota RV in the Clackamas Town Center parking lot. The sheriff's office said inside the RV, deputies located a pile of items stolen from the mall, including clothing from Macy’s and Forever 21, with security tags still attached. Deputies arrested Keith Bouvier Smith. The sheriff's office said Smith was wanted on theft charges out of Multnomah County and a felony warrant for a parole violation.

Rock Springs, WY: Man Arrested after Stealing Over $6,900 in Merchandise from Walmart
On March 16 the Rock Springs Police Department (RSPD) requested the public’s help identifying a larceny suspect on Facebook. The post featured photos of the suspect captured on a surveillance video stealing several items from Walmart. Through the investigation and tips from the public, the suspect was identified as Jerry Callahan, 45, of Rock Springs, a social media post from the RSPD today states. Callahan was using a lower cost item’s UPC to place over the more expensive item’s UPC so he could make purchases at a significantly lower cost.

Falls Township, PA: Female Shoplifter arrested at Dick’s Sporting Goods with $2,600 of concealed merchandise
Officers responded to Dicks Sporting Good on Commerce Boulevard for a report of a retail theft. Officers identified the 22-year-old woman as the suspect and made contact with her inside the store. She was found to have over $2,600 worth of merchandise on her person in addition to having a device to remove security tags and drug paraphernalia. She also provided false information to officers. The woman was arrested and faces multiple charges.

Man from California sentenced to 14 months for illegal possession of credit card making devices and counterfeit cards
Paul Osborne, 62, of Victorville, California, was sentenced on March 24 in federal court in Santa Fe to 14 months in prison for crimes that affected interstate commerce with intent to defraud. Osborne pleaded guilty on June 23, 2020.

Osborne was in possession of devices used for the manufacture of counterfeit credit cards and counterfeit credit cards when stopped by New Mexico State Police (NMSP) for erratic driving. Officers found inside a credit card imprinter, a credit card embosser, a credit card reader, and over fifteen credit or debit cards. Subsequent investigation revealed that the credit card numbers were associated with other people throughout the United States. In his plea agreement, Osborne admitted to possessing those items with the intent to defraud.

Ashland, KY: Police nabbed two shoplifters at the River Hill Walmart, less than 14 hours apart, collectively stealing $3,200 in merchandise

Lexington Park, MD: Theft Suspect Card Declines, Flees With Full Cart Of Merchandise at Ollie's Bargain Outlet







Shootings & Deaths

Florissant, MO: Clothing Store Owner shot multiple times, associate charged with firing 'randomly' at suspects
A 43-year-old man is facing multiple charges after police say he fired a gun into a parking lot, trying to hit suspects who shot a Florissant business owner multiple times Monday. The shooting happened around 2:15 p.m.. A man was shot multiple times and was transported by a medical helicopter in critical condition. Witnesses told News 4 that two gunman approached the owner of High Fashion store and opened fire. 42-year-old Johnny Hampton, an associate of the store owner, was inside at the time of the shooting. Police say he "randomly" fired multiple rounds from inside the business out into the parking lot after the suspect vehicle left the area. Two of those shots hit a vehicle with an innocent bystander inside it. After firing into the parking lot, Hampton reportedly fled the scene . He was later arrested for assault, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm, and tampering with evidence. Family members tell News 4 that the store owner is 20-years-old and was shot eight times. Relatives say they believe that the shooting was over jealousy of his store. The store just opened two weeks ago.


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Saginaw Township, MI: Public helps foil attempted Armed Robbery at Menard’s
What began as a shoplifting complaint at the Saginaw Township Menards around 4:30 Wednesday against a probationer became something else entirely. As police report, a group of civilians followed along every step of the way. According to police, a Menard’s loss prevention worker confronted a suspected shoplifter Wednesday. The situation escalated quickly into something worse. “He asked the individual to stop and return to the store with the stolen merchandise,” Saginaw Township Police Chief Donald Pussehl, junior related. “The suspect said no he was not going to return it and pointed a knife at him.” The suspect then ran from the store and into the parking lot, police said, still allegedly armed with that knife. A group of civilians was now in hot pursuit kept an eye on the suspect and pointed out his hiding spot to Police. Police said, the suspect is a probationer and this would constitute a violation along with the robbery itself, which is a life offense.

Oklahoma City, OK: Smash & Grab Burglar rams car into the wrong Store Front; admits to Police the neighboring store was his target
A 25-year-old Oklahoma City man allegedly backed his car all the way into a northwest Oklahoma City business. He told police he meant to hit the one next to it to burglarize it. Instead, he allegedly destroyed the inside of the one he hit and left the owners to pick up the pieces. Police say 25-year-old John Lytle is the suspect who backed the vehicle into the building and smashed everything in its path. “Major, major damage to the storefront here,” said Lt. Isaac Goodman with the Oklahoma City Police Department. Goodman said they had to get Lytle out of the car and the store. When he eventually came out, he told police he hit the wrong building. “He made some statements to officers after the fact that he had intended to burglarize the neighboring business, which is a smoke shop,” Goodman said.

Atlanta, GA: State study to look at Atlanta rising Crime
House Speaker David Ralston announced Thursday that he would appoint a study committee to examine violence in Atlanta, with the group likely reporting before the 2022 legislative session whether the state should take action.

Riverside, CA: Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Robbery Charges for Month-Long Pharmacy Crime Spree in Inland Empire
According to his plea agreement, from July 6, 2020 to August 10, 2020, Battle robbed six pharmacies – Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid – in Moreno Valley, Colton, and San Bernardino, and attempted to rob two other Moreno Valley pharmacies.

Rockland, MA: Armed robbery suspect steals police cruiser

Moreno Valley, CA: Man who impersonated cops to plead guilty to pharmacy robberies

New York, NY: Postal worker used stolen credit card for $8K Plastic Surgery

Jefferson City, Sam’s Club employee sentenced to 5 years probation for $8,000 theft of cash and gift cards

Sun Valley, ID: Employee charged with Grand Theft in $5,200 cash theft, using coupons and discounts

Reading, PA: Former employee at Turkey Hill stole $2,350 in scratch-off lottery tickets

Norman, OK: Goodwill employee finds $42,000 in donated sweater

South Africa: Green Gold: Avocado boom drives crop theft; Armed Guards in high demand




C-Store – Leesburg, VA – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Elmore County, AL – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Houston – Robbery
Grocery – El Dorado, AR – Burglary
Grocery – Staten Island, NY – Armed Robbery
Grocery – Marshall, MI – Robbery
Hardware – Deschutes County, OR – Burglary
Jewelry – Plantation, FL - Robbery
Jewelry – Elizabeth, NJ – Robbery
Jewelry – Albuquerque, NM – Robbery
Jewelry – Colorado Springs, CO – Robbery
Jewelry – Fairfield, CT – Robbery
Liquor – Adams County, CO – Armed Robbery
Liquor – Downers Grove, IL – Burglary
Menards – Saginaw Township, MI – Armed Robbery
Restaurant – Melrose, CA – Armed Robbery
Restaurant – Angola, IN – Armed Robbery
Shoe – Oklahoma City, OK – Burglary
7-Eleven – San Diego, CA – Robbery                   

Daily Totals:
• 15 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 67 robberies
• 29 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 0 killed

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