Using lessons from the GFC and Great Depression to help retain your LP Budget
Rhod Thomas, Chief Commercial Officer at
the Retail Crime Intelligence Platform working
with retailers across the world
Some intriguing insights show why investing in Loss Prevention (LP) today is
more important than ever, learning lessons from mistakes made during the Global
Financial Crisis (GFC). King Rogers, former VP of Assets Protection at Target
also shares his experience of managing LP functions through recessions and some
of the trends he saw during the GFC.
With planning and budget processes for the next financial year starting over the
coming months, some of these insights and statistics should help LP
professionals to put forward their case for retaining (and even increasing)
budget and headcount for the challenges ahead.
Why security is more important now than ever
Sean Foley, SVP, National Accounts at
The Wall Street Journal recently stated that commercial burglaries have
almost doubled in New York City since March 12 when a state of emergency was
declared. Reason being, thieves are targeting nonessential businesses that have
shuttered locations as a result of government directives or are robbing
essential businesses that would likely have more cash on hand. Multiple retail
organizations are also reporting an increase in shoplifting attempts and point
of sale shrink since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.
In times like these, as a rise in theft, burglaries and other disturbances are
expected, security is more important than ever.
Coronavirus Tracker: June 24
US: Over 2.4M Cases - 124K Dead - 1M Recovered
Over 9.4M Cases - 481K Dead - 5M Recovered
Officers From the COVID-19 Pandemic: 49 |
NYPD Deaths: 45
Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 150+
Where is COVID-19 increasing, spreading, or ending?
This interactive map will show you
Americans Face New Virus Limbo as Some Reopenings Are Halted
Some states and counties are delaying and
even reversing reopenings as virus cases mount in the South and West.
re-openings and closings could go on for months.
Soaring cases of the coronavirus are forcing cities and states across the
country to halt plans to restart their economies and even reimpose earlier
limits on public life, increasing worries that premature reopenings could lead
to a second round of closures.
In Texas, which reported a record high of more than 5,000 new cases on
Tuesday, the governor told local officials they could restrict outdoor
gatherings to 100 people and urged residents to stay home. Maine
officials called off plans to allow bars to resume serving drinks inside on July
1. The governor of Kansas said rising cases showed that the state was
“not ready” to continue easing restrictions. And in parts of central Idaho,
where coronavirus cases have exploded in recent weeks, bars are shutting down
and gatherings of more than 50 people are again outlawed.
With the number of new daily cases now rising in more than half of the United
States, the debate over whether to reimpose restrictions or push ahead with
reopening is creating divides between neighboring cities and states that mirror
the scattershot responses that emerged as the country went into lockdown this
But public health experts who supported the original shutdowns now worry that
governments will not be able to constrain the resurgent coronavirus with a
blizzard of shifting restrictions that can change the moment a person crosses a
city limit or state line.
Hundreds of city, county and state governments have created their own reopening
plans, each with different “phases” of economic reopening and each with their
rules for how many people can gather at a party, what portion of a restaurant’s
tables can be full and when people must wear masks. The results can be a
baffling patchwork, and one that residents are left to navigate on their own.
Restaurants, electronics retailers, salons and bakeries across the country
have been reopening only to shut down weeks later after workers or customers
report illnesses — a pattern that business owners fear will repeat itself
for months until there is a vaccine or treatment for Covid-19.
Seven states report highest coronavirus hospitalizations since pandemic began
Seven states are reporting new highs for current coronavirus hospitalizations,
according to data tracked by The Washington Post —
Arizona, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and
Texas — as the number of infections continues to climb across the
South and West. More than 800 covid-19 deaths were reported in the United States
on Tuesday, the first time fatalities have increased since June 7.
Texas and California on Tuesday eclipsed 5,000 new cases of the novel
coronavirus over a 24-hour span — records in those states. Arizona, Nevada and
Missouri also logged new single-day highs.
Overall, 33 states and U.S. territories now have a rolling average of new
cases that is higher than last week.
Contact tracing could help avoid another lockdown. Can it work in the U.S.?
To suppress their epidemics to manageable levels, countries around the world
have turned to contact tracing — tracking down people who might have been
exposed to the coronavirus to ensure they don’t pass it to others, a way of
stalking routes of viral spread and severing them before they reach more people.
And, to varying degrees, it has worked. But, for it to succeed in the United
States, experts are cautioning that it’s going to take more people, more money,
and more cooperation than the country has in place.
Florida shatters daily coronavirus case record with 5,511 new infections
84% of Arizona ICU Beds Filled With COVID Patients
Texas governor urges people to stay home as states report surges of new Covid-19
N.Y., N.J., Conn. Announce Joint Travel Advisory, All Visitors From States With
High Coronavirus Infection Rates Must Quarantine for 14 Days
Washington becomes the latest state to mandate wearing masks in public -
Here are all the others
E.U. May Bar American Travelers as It Reopens Borders, Citing Failures on Virus
NYC Comes Alive Again
NYC’s Phase Two: Inside Saks and Around Town
In phase two of restarting NYC's economy, stores are opening at their own pace
in the days ahead.
At Saks Fifth Avenue, the Purell stations are up, the escalators are rigged with
ultraviolet lighting sterilizing the handrails, and with signs cautioning
shoppers to ride three steps apart.
When the Saks flagship reopens on Wednesday for shopping, masks will be
distributed; elevators will be restricted to pregnant women, the handicapped and
the elderly, and the beauty floor will be contact-free. All the spa rooms will
be closed, and the beauty staff won’t apply any makeup or skin care to clients,
who instead will receive wrapped plastic applicators to self-apply the products.
It’s about demonstration, not application.
Under the city’s pandemic guidelines, Saks’ allowed capacity for people has been
cut in half to 5,500, but that’s of little consequence.
Retailers of all types are reopening at their own pace. Macy’s Herald Square and
Bloomingdale’s 59th Street reopened on Monday, as did scores of designer and
brand stores along Fifth and Madison Avenues, in SoHo, on 34th Street and in the
other four boroughs.
Nordstrom Inc.’s six stores in Manhattan — the women’s flagship, the men’s
store, the two Rack units and the two Nordstrom Local service hubs — are
scheduled to open Wednesday, Vince expects a few stores to reopen by the end of
this week and Lafayette 148 plans to open its boutiques on July 6. “We don’t
want to be first,” said Deirdre Quinn, the cofounder and chief executive officer
of Lafayette 148.
“Even though we are in phase two, a bunch of stores are keeping it curbside and
by appointment only,” observed Matthew Bauer, president of the Madison Avenue
Business Improvement District.
“There are definitely people out shopping and the Apple store was very busy. It
had a line outside. Apple provided water and took care of customers as they
“Other retailers will require a few more days,” Barth added. “Tiffany will open
tomorrow [Tuesday], Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora on Wednesday. Nike has set
Monday, June 29, as its reopening to the public. Those all offer curbside pickup
or service by appointment.”
How to De-Escalate Tense Situations
management expert Dave Young shares tips for retailers
do you ask somebody to do something they don’t want to do without things
escalating to violence?
The best thing to do is never let it get to that point. And I want to add — a
lot of organizations don’t understand this — that it’s everybody’s job. It’s not
about training supervisors to put the fire out. It’s about training the entire
staff on how to not have the fire in the first place.
How do you keep the fire from starting?
Treat people with dignity. It starts with empathy — failing to see the world
through someone else’s eyes is where most conflict begins. Secondly, listen.
Most people will say they’re listening when they’re actually waiting for a
chance to interrupt. Instead of that, I want to really listen, with all my
As part of treating people with dignity, I introduce myself, and I ask and
explain. “Hi, I’m Dave Young, I’m an assistant manager or an associate or
whatever, and I need to ask you to, say, put on a face mask. I don’t know if you
noticed, but there are signs on the doors requiring all shoppers to wear masks
in the store. I know this is an inconvenience, but we could be fined for not
following the CDC guidelines about masks.”
I’m not just ordering them to do this or do that, I’m telling them why. I want
us to be on the same side. I want cooperation.
Then what? - That’s if all goes well. What if all doesn’t go well?
If you find yourself faced with a situation like that, is it fair to say that if
things had been de-escalated from the initial contact, it wouldn’t have
Any last thoughts for our readers?
The better trained your people are, the more the out-of-control situations are a
rarity. It’s the same situations most of the time when people call us about
arguments: They didn’t understand me. They didn’t hear me. They miscommunicated.
Well, if I know how, I can control those three problems. I can make sure you
hear me, I can make sure you understand me and I can make sure you’re
communicating with me. It’s a two-way street.
NRF Hosts Hilton President and CEO Chris Nassetta for Retail Leadership Series
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conversations between NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay and CEOs from retail
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Civil Unrest Update
Woman arrested in arson of Atlanta Wendy’s ID'd as Rayshard Brooks' girlfriend
have arrested the woman accused of torching the Atlanta Wendy’s where Rayshard
Brooks was gunned down by police.
Natalie White, 29, was apprehended Tuesday in connection to the arson that
burned down the fast-food chain’s location during protests on Saturday, June 13,
a day after Brooks was killed in its parking lot, according to the Fulton County
Brooks had referred to White as his “girlfriend” during the June 12 traffic stop
that ultimately led to his death, body cam footage shows. White’s lawyer on
Tuesday confirmed the two were “close friends” but declined to comment further
on their relationship.
Philadelphia, PA: Cleaning company gives sneakers to people in need
S & B Organic Cleaning Company is providing
thousands of sneakers to people in need after the recent unrest and looting in
“We were contracted to clean six sneaker stores in the city of Philadelphia. We
went in and separated the trash from the sneakers,” said Sharon Leaks-Morgan,
the founder and President/CEO of S & B. Morgan who says she was shocked when
companies informed her that they were going to throw away thousands of shoes
that became unsellable after looting. “So we thought since we’re working at the
same stores that they’re all the same shoes, so we brought them back here and
we’ve been finding some matches,” Morgan said. After the company’s work, new
brand name sneakers are ready for people in need. They’ve also found many pairs
of different style shoes that fit, and can benefit hundreds of people in the
Washington, DC: Hundreds of National Guard troops mobilized to
protect DC monuments
Madison, WI: Crowds Tear Down Statues, Attack Wisconsin State Senator
Philadelphia, PA: Suspect sought in connection to 7-Eleven fire set during
violent riots last month; $5k reward offered
Leading Retailers Call for Criminal Justice Reforms
injustice first step toward healing
Brian Dodge, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the
trade association for America’s leading retailers, issued the following
statement urging Congress to pass bipartisan criminal justice reforms:
killing of George Floyd was a wakeup call, compelling us all to confront the
harsh reality and long, painful history of racial injustice in America. Leading
retailers have spent the last several weeks listening to employees and customers
and exploring ways they can contribute to positive and meaningful change.
As retailers reflect upon the prevalence of racial injustice and inequity, it is
clear that in addition to looking inward at business practices and policies to
increase representation and opportunities for people of color, there is a
critical need to look outward at the policies that contribute to injustice and
for retailers to engage where appropriate to bring about reforms. The first area
of focus must be criminal justice reform.
For our system of justice to function properly, we must have faith that all law
enforcement officers will exercise their exceptional authority responsibly and
without prejudice. The convergence of discrimination and overuse of force,
particularly in minority communities, has dealt a blow to many Americans’ faith
in law enforcement. We must take a hard look at the policies of policing and
address the shortcomings that have enabled these grievous incidents to occur.
Until we can assure every American family that their sons and daughters will be
treated equally and with dignity, we cannot hope to re-build the trust that must
exist between law enforcement and our communities.
Leading retailers urge Congress to take bipartisan action on meaningful reforms
that get at the roots of these incidents and begin to rebuild trust in law
enforcement. Retailers support reforms that properly address law enforcement’s
use of force, including chokeholds and no knock warrants.
Reforms should also:
● improve federal data collection on incidents of police misconduct;
● require use of body cameras and other technology to modernize policing;
● make lynching a federal hate crime;
● direct resources for de-escalation training and other best practices; and
● ensure accountability for incidents of police misconduct."
Privacy Advocates Come Out Against Technology
Predicting Criminal Behavior
New Coalition Calls to End ‘Racist’ A.I. Research
Claiming to Match Faces to Criminal Behavior
"Criminality cannot be predicted. Full
More than 500 experts on artificial intelligence, technology, and sociology have
signed a letter addressed to a major academic publisher asking to halt the
publication of any research that uses machine learning to predict whether
someone might commit a crime.
The letter was written in response to a May 5 press release from Harrisburg
University in Pennsylvania, which stated that two professors and a PhD
student had created software that could predict whether someone was likely to
commit a crime based on nothing more than a picture of their face.
Harrisburg’s press release claimed that the new software is 80% accurate and
completely unbiased, meaning it supposedly contained no statistical
predisposition to predict someone was more likely to be a criminal based on
their race or gender. It also pitched the software as a tool for law
The university, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment, took
down its press release on May 6 and said it would post an update after the
research was published.
But the experts looking to stop this research, who have named their group the
Coalition for Critical Technology, say the paper’s goal to predict criminality
was only the latest in a series of similarly unscientific efforts that continue
to be laundered through mainstream academia. While the science behind these
studies has been debunked, papers attempting to draw a correlation between
someone’s face and their behavior continue to be published.
Editor's Note: It’s important to understand and know the advisories'
points and comments when introducing new technology that impacts the safety of
the community, consumers and potential associates.
Google employees petition company to cancel police contracts
More than 1,600 Google employees circulated a petition internally, calling for
Google to end police contracts. The petition states that the signed employees
are “disappointed” in Google’s response to the aftermath of George Floyd’s
killing, despite donations the company made to black businesses. The letter
tells the company to “take real steps to dismantle racism” by cutting off
business contracts with agencies.
Patagonia, The North Face and REI join Facebook boycott
Three of the country’s most high-profile outdoor apparel retailers have joined a
boycott campaign against Facebook, which ranks as the second-largest U.S.
digital ad player after Google. The
“Stop Hate for
Profit” campaign was launched last week by several U.S. civil rights
groups who said Facebook (which also owns Instagram) was doing too little to
stop hate speech on its platforms. In a full-page ad in The Los Angeles
Times last week, the groups called on advertisers to use their power to force
Facebook to make changes to how it handles hate speech and disinformation. The
groups, which included the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP, called for an
ad boycott of Facebook during the month of July, with a hashtag of #StopHateforProfit.
Learn and Listen: Race and Equality in the Workplace
Discussions of race and equality, sparked by the recent protests over police
brutality against black men and women, are likely to arise in the workplace.
What do you do, as a manager or human resources professional, if they occur on
company time? Facilitate them, or quell them to avoid conflict?
There's no one-size-fits-all way to handle these sensitive workplace
conversations or related actions. The response will vary according to an
organization's size, geographic location and mission; organizational culture;
diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts; and other factors. The protests
are a piece of a larger discussion about race and equality.
Free LinkedIn Resources: Combating Bias At Work
As a growing number of companies pledge to root out racism and discrimination,
it's more important than ever to keep informed. LinkedIn Learning has compiled a
list of free resources — now available for free — that review current thinking
and best practices on essential diversity, inclusion and belonging topics such
as bias, allyship and accountability.
Learn More Here
GNC files for bankruptcy, could close up to 1,200 stores
Why Gap’s lawsuits over unpaid rent could usher in new commercial
real estate terms
Tackling the Unsolvable Problem: The Bottomless Email Inbox
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tomorrow and will resume publication Thursday, July 2
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Stores reopened and reimagined:
Using data and
analytics to unlock exceptional customer experiences
Thursday, June 25 @ 10:30-11:30 am ET
Non-essential stores are reopening after weeks of closure. But
while shops may be back in business, this is not retail as we know it. Retailers
find themselves working under strict regulations on how to keep staff and
customers safe while getting to grips with long-lasting changes in how consumers
want to shop, more importantly what they want to buy, and making sure it is on
shelf and available. Data analytics, mainly prescriptive analytics, will be the
engine that powers this new world of retail.
At this RWRC virtual event, a panel session in partnership with
Zebra, we will
What the first weeks of reopening has shown: a
leading ‘non-essential’ retailer will reveal how their customers’ in-store
behaviour has changed, and the implications for workforces and merchandising
Learnings from essential retail: an essential
retailer will share lessons learned from trading throughout the lockdown and
what it means for the future of shopping, but more importantly for the
worker and how to make it easier to serve clients
Why data will be the lynchpin to unlock growth: Data
and analytics have long been a key investment focus for retail, but our
panel will explain why it will be even more critical as retail gets back on
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RH-ISAC Cyber Thursday Webinar:
Tomorrow @ 11:00 am ET
Magecart & Formjacking Victimology:
The Malicious Script Impacting the eCommerce World
Magecart, an umbrella term for dozens of criminal groups that place skimming
stores, is one of the leading threats facing eCommerce today. With the retail
world now more than ever positioned to favor online transactions, Cyber Monday
has quickly gone from a one-day event, to the new normal for retailers to keep
their customers engaged and ensure spending habits continue. While Magecart and
similar threats have been on the rise, experts predict we haven't seen the worst
of it and these malicious threats should not only be something we should expect,
but organizations should plan for.
IoT's Wild Wild West Coming to an End?
Coming Soon: 'Trust Mark' Certification for IoT Devices
Program, Which Could Become Global, Designed
to Evaluate Security of Connected Devices
From connected thermostats to networked door locks and security cameras, every
new endpoint potentially holds risk. But the
IoT Alliance Australia is
developing an independent certification and testing program that's designed to
help ensure connected devices meet high security and privacy standards before
they hit the market.
The program, called the IoT Security Trust Mark, is aimed at helping
connected device manufacturers embed safety and security by design as well as
proactively protect consumers, says Matt Tett, who is chair of IoTAA's
cybersecurity and network resilience workstream enabler and managing director of
Enex TestLab. The
effort, slated to launch in September, could eventually expand worldwide.
There's been much effort worldwide to ensure smart devices don't introduce
ENISA in Europe released good security practices for IoT guidelines two
years ago. Also in 2018, the U.K. released
Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security for manufacturers.
In the U.S., a new law,
SB 327, took effect in January in California that mandates IoT devices must
have reasonable security features. And, the
Cyber Shield Act has been introduced in the U.S. Congress for the second
time. That act would introduce benchmarks that connected devices have to meet to
earn a "Cyber Shield" label.
But for the most part, IoT manufacturers today aren't bound by legislation or
regulations, which also can be tricky to write given the changing nature of
The Trust Mark program will have an independent decision authority that
decides whether products are approved, Tett says. The products will be evaluated
by separate, independent testing facilities. In other countries, a host country
IoT association can promote and market that evaluated products that have gone
through the program, Tett says.
"IoT is not just an Australian problem," Tett says. "It's the world's
60% of Businesses Plan to Spend More on Cyber Insurance
Cowbell Cyber today
Economic Impact of Cyber Insurance,” a survey analysis focused on cyber
insurance for SMEs. The Cowbell Cyber analysis is an extension of “Driving
Cybersecurity Performance” — a research report published by ESI
Thoughtlab — and specifically extracts data for cyber insurance buying
intentions, drivers, satisfaction, limits, and disparities between SMEs (revenue
<$1B) vs. large enterprises (revenue >$1B) in the United States.
65 percent of SMEs are planning to spend more on cyber insurance as part of
their cyber resilience plan in the next two years, compared to 58 percent of
More than 70% of SMEs have a coverage limit lower than $1 million and less than
the total cost of expenses and loss related to a cyberattack they have
experienced in the past or expect to face in the future.
• On average, organizations opt for
cybersecurity insurance coverage limits of about 0.14% of revenue
• Cyberattacks using password and credential
reuse cause the greatest losses today and the greatest risk over the next two
• Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is
significantly under-deployed in SMEs (18 percent) compared to very large
enterprises (43 percent)
• 55 percent of SMEs point to employee-owned
end-user devices as the highest risk in two years.
To download Cowbell Cyber’s cyber insurance survey analysis please visit
here. To obtain access to ESI Thoughtlab’s research report, please visit
Industry leaders join forces to launch PayID, a universal payment ID
Leading technology, finance and nonprofit companies join forces to announce the
launch of PayID, a universal payment ID to simplify the process of sending and
receiving money globally – across any payment network and any currency.
GoPay, Ripple, Blockchain.com, BitPay, Brave, Flutterwave, Mercy Corps and
others have collaborated on the development of PayID through the Open Payments
Coalition, a multinational alliance of industry leaders
PayID brings together companies across all industries with an open solution for
payments, marrying traditional finance, and the new world of fintech under one
More Canadians Refusing to Work
- Contact Tracing Tech
More Canadians are refusing work due to COVID-19 — but it's tough to get
authorities to agree
Fear of COVID-19 is not enough to justify work
on work refusals reported to provincial labour authorities shows
there's been a spike in the number of people who have formally refused to work
citing dangerous conditions.
But virtually none of those work refusals is being upheld, which may illustrate
just how unprepared existing labour laws are for dealing with COVID-19.
All provinces have laws allowing people to refuse dangerous work. But a general
fear of contracting COVID-19 is not enough to justify a work refusal,
and neither are the risks associated with travelling to-and-from work,
illustrating the challenges Canadians face as they balance exposure to the virus
with getting back to the office or factory floor.
As some Canadians grapple with whether it's safe to return to their jobs,
provinces are going ahead with reopening plans
that will see more Canadians getting back to their workplaces.
Canada taps Blackberry, Shopify to help it develop COVID-19 contact tracing apps
The new app will use Bluetooth tech and will
likely launch in July in Ottowa.
Canada is the latest in a long line of countries looking toward contact-tracing
apps. Two of its tech giants, Blackberry and Shopify, are joining forces to work
with provincial and federal governments on the tools, according to a Reuters
The new tech, which employs Bluetooth technology, is
expected to launch in July in Ottawa.
Dubbed COVID Alert, its users can tell the system if they have tested positive
for the virus, and the tech, in turn, will be able to
alert individuals who came into contact with them.
Canada already has a special app for individuals entering the country,
called ArriveCAN. It lets people arriving in the country submit the
coronavirus-related data and required questionnaire to before entering Canada.
Ontario records slight spike in new COVID-19 cases, confirms first death under
Planes, salons and grocery stores: Companies that require face masks in Canada
Ontario to allow Toronto and Peel Region to enter Stage 2 this week
Canada hits 100,000 coronavirus cases, major challenges remain
'Defund the Police' Movement in
Ottawa PD Reimagined? - Retailers Under
Defund the Ottawa police, groups tell police board
People calling to defund the Ottawa police brought their message directly to the
group overseeing the force's budget Monday night. Four of the five members of
the public who addressed the Ottawa Police Services Board asked it to
redirect money from police to social services such as mental health and housing.
They said officers too often resort to the use of force,
especially against people from racialized communities, and are ill-equipped to
respond to calls involving people with mental health issues.
"We need to reimagine
what law enforcement looks like in Ottawa,"
said Robin Browne, a member of 613/819 Black Hub, an advocacy organization. "We're
not calling for the abolition of policing … Rather a proper, reallocation of
that could begin the process of ending the culture of police brutality."
Oshawa store owner says he didn't know Nazi, Confederate flag items were for
sale on his website
Oshawa military surplus store has pulled Nazi and Confederate flag items off its
online shop after being contacted by CBC Toronto this week about concerns they
were being sold.
There were more than 10 items for sale with a swastika or other Nazi-related
flags, wall and desk ornaments, belts, a badge and a medal. None of the items
are authentic, but newly-made replicas.
The site also included more than 50 products with the Confederate flag,
including several knives, a toy truck, ornaments and a decal for gun magazines.
CBC Toronto spoke by phone with Jeff Schwartz, the owner of Hero Outdoors, after
being alerted about the items by a concerned viewer. Schwartz said he wasn't
aware the items were for sale on his website and that
they were immediately taken down.
Week of pop-up protests condemns anti-Black racism in Manitoba
Calgary, AB: Police investigate shooting in Marlborough Mall parking lot
police are investigating after gunfire was reported in the parking lot of
Marlborough Mall in the city’s northeast
Saturday afternoon. According to police, officers were called to the 400 block
of Marlborough Way N.E. around 3:40 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports of
On arrival, police found a vehicle that had been hit by gunfire. Shell casings
were also found. No suspects were taken into custody. “Mall
Security is cooperating with Calgary Police Service
who are investigating an incident which occurred in the parking lot on June 20,
2020,” the statement read.
St. Catharines man stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from Niagara
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Amazon establishes new Counterfeit Crimes Unit
The global team will investigate crimes and
bring legal action against counterfeiters to protect our customers and brands.
Amazon is launching a new Counterfeit Crimes Unit, dedicated to bringing
counterfeiters attempting to list counterfeit products in its store to justice.
The global team, made up of former federal prosecutors, experienced
investigators, and data analysts, will support the company's substantial
efforts already underway to protect its store from counterfeits.
Amazon’s primary focus continues to be in preventing a counterfeit from ever
being listed in its store. In 2019, Amazon invested over $500 million and had
more than 8,000 employees fighting fraud and abuse, including counterfeit.
Amazon’s efforts have blocked over 2.5 million suspected bad actor accounts
before they were able to make a single product available for sale and blocked
over 6 billion suspected bad listings in 2019. However, it’s critical that
Amazon, brands, and law enforcement also go on the offensive and hold
counterfeiters accountable for their crimes.
Amazon’s Counterfeit Crimes Unit will investigate cases where a bad actor has
attempted to evade Amazon’s systems and listed a counterfeit in violation of
Amazon’s policies. The Counterfeit Crimes Unit will mine Amazon’s data, cull
information from external resources such as payment service providers and open
source intelligence, and leverage on-the-ground assets to connect the dots
between targets. The Counterfeit Crimes Unit enables Amazon to more
effectively pursue civil litigation against bad actors, work with brands
in joint or independent investigations, and aid law enforcement officials
worldwide in criminal actions against counterfeiters.
Amazon makes 'Distance Assistant' available to other individuals, businesses
recently rolled out 'Distance Assistant' to provide employees with live feedback
on social distancing via a 50 inch monitor, camera, and a local computing
device. As people walk past the camera, a monitor displays live video with
on-screen indicators to show if employees are within 6 feet of one another.
Now Amazon is open sourcing the software and AI behind this innovation so
that anyone can create their own Distance Assistant. Individuals and
businesses large and small can
the package at no cost and get up and running with just a computer and
Amazon's Shakopee, MN warehouse has 88 COVID-19 cases
'Fix it': Amazon workers demand protections as COVID cases grow
in Southern California facilities
Miami, FL: Six Accused Of Stealing Identities Of Florida Seniors;
$650,000 in losses
Six people suspected of stealing the personal information of
more than 100 victims, including dozens of Florida seniors, have been arrested,
according to the office of Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody.
Investigators say Samishia Askew, Gregory Engram, Carnessa Rouse, Towan Rush,
Donta White and Valisha Williams used the victims’ personal information to
obtain scores of credit cards from multiple banks.
Authorities said losses totaled more than $650,000. PCSO took Williams, the
final defendant arrested, into custody earlier this week. The defendants used
the stolen credit cards to purchase merchandise, pay rent and utility bills,
rent luxury cars, buy airplane tickets, rent hotel rooms and obtain cash,
Bellevue, WA: Police make 23 arrests, recover over $19,000 of items stolen
during May looting
Bellevue Police announced on Tuesday that they have made 23
arrests in connection to looting that took place on May 31st. Much of the
looting took place at Bellevue Square that afternoon and evening. Alleged
thieves took items like thousands of dollars in clothing, alcohol and jewelry,
said police. During an arrest on Friday at a home in Renton, police also found a
cache of weapons and drugs. According to Police, they served a warrant at their
residence in Renton, with the assistance of Renton Police. Police recovered more
than $19,000 worth of suspected stolen merchandise, alcohol and tobacco
products. Detectives also confiscated an AK-47, a 10 mm Glock, stockpiles of
ammunition, drugs, and cash. Both Magana-Arevalo and Valenzuela are accused of
targeting the d'Original Jewelers store, just north of Bellevue Square.
Delray Beach, FL: Lowe’s files a ‘delayed retail theft ‘ report on suspects in
$775 April power tool theft, female arrested
Estero, FL: Wine thief caught on camera, tied to several thefts totaling nearly
Shootings & Deaths
Carson, CA: Man killed in confrontation with Security Guard at Albertsons
person is dead after a confrontation between a security guard and a shoplifting
suspect at an Albertsons in Carson, witnesses and officials say. The incident
was reported at the Albertsons on the 100 block of East Carson Street around
6:45 p.m. Lt. Derrick Alfred with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
said two men went inside the Alberstons store and stole a couple of items before
running out. Employees and shoppers alerted the security guard, who confronted
the men in the parking lot and a fight occurred. The security guard and one of
the suspects suffered stab wounds during the fight and were taken from the scene
to a hospital. The suspect later died at the hospital. Alfred said some of items
stolen appear to be beer and toilet paper. Authorities are still determining who
the knife belonged to, but it did not appear that the security guard was armed.
Alfred said the second shoplifting suspect fled the scene. An investigation is
Tulsa, OK: C-Store Armed Robbery turns violent, 1 employee shot and killed
man shot and killed a convenience store clerk on Tuesday night before taking
items from the store and fleeing. Tulsa police were dispatched about 11:15 p.m.
to a convenience store at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
and East Pine Street. Officers found one man dead on arrival. Two employees were
taking out the garbage when a masked man approached, a Tulsa police supervisor
said. Words were exchanged, and the masked man pulled a gun.
Riverside County, CA: Deputies Shoot, Kill Suspected Burglar At Palm Desert Gun
A man suspected of burglarizing a Palm Desert gun store was shot and
killed by deputies Monday night. The fatal shooting occurred around 10:30 p.m.
at the store located on Boardwalk. Deputies responded to a call about a burglary
in process at the store, with suspects still inside. When they arrived, deputies
found an unoccupied vehicle rammed into the store's front entrance. Deputies
surrounded the business, and at some point an armed man exited the store's
front, which is when deputies fired, according to the sheriff's department.
St John, MO: 1 woman dead, 2 hurt in shooting at Applebee’s near St. Louis
man was arrested in a shooting that left one woman dead and two others wounded,
including a firefighter, at an Applebee’s restaurant in suburban St. Louis,
St. John Police Chief said a man walked into the St. John restaurant about 9:20
p.m. Monday and opened fire. The chief said it appears that he targeted two
women, killing one and leaving the other with non-life-threatening injuries.
KTVI reported that the motive is unknown. Fire Chief Kevin Stewart said the
third victim was a firefighter who was shot while eating at a different table
with other first responders. He said she had just finished training and was a
bystander. As of early Tuesday, the firefighter was in critical but stable
Durham, NC: Police investigating person found murdered outside Tobacco store
According to police, a person was shot and killed around 11 p.m. Tuesday,
outside the 98 Tobacco Shop. Police said they’re not sure what led up to the
shooting and they currently have no suspect information.
Venice, CA: Two Shot, Killed, In Parking Lot At CVS / Whole Foods
Two men were
killed in a shooting in the parking lot of a CVS Pharmacy and Whole Foods in
Venice and the shooter was at large Tuesday morning. The shooting occurred about
9:15 p.m. Monday in the parking lot in the 100 block of Lincoln Boulevard,
according to the LAPD. A motive for the shooting was unclear. "Victim one and
victim two were standing in the parking lot when a suspect approached on foot
striking both victims," Officer Jader Chaves of LAPD.
Bon Air, VA: One person suffers life-threatening injuries in shooting at
Chesterfield Towne Center
One man was transported to the hospital with
life-threatening injuries after a shooting inside Chesterfield Towne Center
Tuesday evening. Around 6 p.m., police received multiple calls about a fight
that ended in gunfire. Every entrance and exit to the Town Center was locked
down as police and tactical teams did a store by store search and cleared the
mall for forensics to do their part around 8 p.m.
"At 6:09 pm this afternoon, we got a call for a fight in progress,” said Maj.
Mike Louth. “Somehow gunfire erupted. It resulted in one victim being taken to
the hospital with life-threatening injuries." Police are still investigating and
developing suspect information.
Seattle, WA: Police investigate 3rd shooting near Seattle protest zone
on Tuesday were investigating the third shooting incident near a neighborhood
protest zone in Seattle that has been occupied since a police station was
largely abandoned after clashes with demonstrators over a week ago. The latest
shooting occurred early Tuesday and left a man in his 30s wounded in the Capitol
Hill neighborhood east of downtown. His injuries were not life-threatening.
Lorenzo Anderson, 19, was killed Saturday and the condition of a 33-year-old man
shot around the same time was upgraded Monday to satisfactory. A 17-year-old boy
was shot in the arm Sunday night near the area. He was treated at a hospital and
Robberies, Incidents & Thefts
Rash of Gun Store Burglaries Put Strain on ATF
A rash of gun store thefts has
alarmed law enforcement officials amid widespread protests accompanied by
looting and vandalism across the U.S., Politico reports. In the last days of May
and first week of June, there were more than 90 attempted or successful
burglaries of gun stores, says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives. More than 1,000 guns were stolen in that period. ATF’s Tom Chittum
says, “It’s the biggest spike I have ever seen of gun store burglaries.”
Lafayette, IN: Police seeking Burglary suspect in Multiple June 1st incidents at
Best Buy, Verizon, Walmart and a Liquor Store
Superior, WI: Impaired driving in Menards lumberyard leads to 5th OWI charge
Romanian National Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Installing Identity
Theft Devices on ATMs
International Falls, MN: U.S. Customs officers seize over $460K in counterfeit
Barber Shop – Fort
Myers, FL – Burglary
C-Store – Clovis, CA –
C-Store – Tulsa, OK –
Armed Robbery / Clerk shot & killed
C-Store – San Mateo,
CA – Robbery
C-Store – Kechi, KS –
C-Store – Maui, HI –
Robbery/ assault on Security
C-Store – Citrus
County, FL – Robbery / Assault
C-Store – Glen Carbon,
IL - Robbery
C-Store – Kelso, WA –
Family Dollar –
Norfolk, VA - Burglary
Family Dollar – Akron,
OH – Armed Robbery
Gas Station – Ludlow,
MA – Armed Robbery
Gas Station – Colbert
County, AL – Armed Robbery
Guns – Galesburg, IL –
Guns – Riverside
County, CA – Burglary / suspect killed
Health Club –
Evanston, IL – Burglary
Scarborough, ME – Armed Robbery
Pharmacy – East
Patchogue, NY – Armed Robbery
Burlington, VT – Burglary (Ben & Jerry’s)
Restaurant – Chicago,
IL – Armed Robbery
Restaurant – Moreno
Valley, CA – Armed Robbery
Restaurant – Santa Fe,
NM – Burglary
• 13 robberies
• 9 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 2 killed
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