Violence, Crime & Protests
112 Security Officer Deaths in 2021, Including
53 Murders by Gunfire
23 Security Officers Charged in Excessive Use-of-Force Incidents
During the last 19 days, twenty-three private security officers have been
charged in excessive Use of Force incidents,
including three cases of alleged murder and an incident where an
armed security officer commanded his dog to bite a man who had been calling him
Kevin Lawton, Gregory Livingston, and Marcus D Johnson are all charged with
second-degree murder in three different fatal shootings that the security
officers were involved in. The cases of two other fatal shootings involving
private security officers this past weekend is in the hands of the district
attorney’s office which may decide to either charge the shooters or send their
cases to a grand jury for an indictment.
A Securitas security officer was arrested after chasing a man from an
apartment complex while shooting at him and an Allied Universal security
officer was charged felony aggravated assault after knocking a man
unconscious and punching in the head while he was laid out at a SEPTA light rail
station. A NYC security officer was arrested for stabbing his supervisor
five times during a confrontation at the New York University.
During this time, private security officers fatally shot 9 persons. All
incidents occurred while the security officer was working and on duty. This
year, thirty-three security officers have been charged in fatal shootings.
As of today, there have been 53 Security Officers
Murdered by Gunfire and 112 on-duty security
'Alarming Robbery Trend' in Oakland, Calif.
Oakland leader urges Newsom to declare state of emergency over violent crime
president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday called
on Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency in the wake of
robberies and assaults in Oakland.
In a letter, Carl Chan urged the governor to declare the emergency and to send
California Highway Patrol and other state law enforcement authorities to
Oakland. Chan was joined by members of the Oakland Chinatown Blue Angels
Volunteer Patrol Team and Oakland City Councilmember Loren Taylor at the
The event followed a robbery and shooting in Chinatown on Saturday that
reportedly left two Good Samaritans injured. The attack was part of what the
Police Department in a Facebook post Monday called “an
alarming trend in robberies.”
Some Oakland Chinatown merchants have already turned to armed private
security guards in response to unease over violence and robberies in the
Homicides spiked to 78 as of Aug. 8, compared with 54 by the same date last year
and 49 by that date in 2019, police data shows. The numbers of assaults with a
firearm and carjackings were roughly double the mid-2019 tally, although
robberies of all categories were on par with pre-pandemic numbers.
But some Oakland politicians and community members say more policing won’t
address the issue, arguing instead that the city needs better social services
and needs to focus on violence prevention.
Progressive Prosecutor Turning Blind Eye to
Chicago’s top prosecutor Kim Foxx defends policy amid wave of violence
top prosecutor Kim Foxx defended her policy of prioritizing resources away
from low-level offenses after records revealed the man suspected of
killing Officer Ella French was on probation.
“There are thousands of people who are on probation every single year,” Foxx
said. “What we saw with Ella French was tragic, but for the thousands of others
who are on probation who do not pick up a gun, who do not kill in cold blood,
to suggest that probation is not the answer I think is a bit short-sighted.”
“Ella French died trying to protect the very neighborhoods that Kim Foxx has
littered with criminals because she feels it’s the right human thing to do,”
said John Catanzara, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police.
“Kim Foxx has never tried a murder case,” Catanzara said. “She wouldn’t even
know the inside of a courtroom if she fell into it. She’s just a political hack,
who literally uses race to get reelected. She has no competency.”
Foxx defended her office amid a wave of violence in the city. “I came
into office in 2016, which was an incredibly violent year in Chicago, the most
violent we’ve seen in 20 years,” she said. “And in 2017, 2018 and 2019, those
violent crime numbers went down, homicides went down.”
From 2019 to 2020, homicides were up 50%.
“We’re in a global pandemic, unlike anything we’ve seen in any of our lifetimes,
which led to a terrible economic downturn, people being confined to their
homes,” Foxx said. “The issues related to gun violence are connected to
economic disinvestment, are connected to poverty, are connected to a lack of
access to educational resources.”
A Crisis Of Violence In Chicago
Looking At Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Record On Crime
CBS 2 dug into city crime data in the three years prior to Lightfoot taking
office. In 2016, 4,321 people were shot in Chicago. Three years later that
number dropped to 2,664. With 1,657 fewer victims, that was a 38% drop.
But as 2019 gave way to 2020, the first full year for the new mayor, the trend
line was about to reverse sharply. In Chicago in 2020, 4,135 people were shot
— nearly 1,500 more victims than the year prior and a jump of 36%. Through
July of 2021, Chicago has seen 2,528 people shot. That is 10% more than the same
stretch last year.
In an interview she gave last month to The New York Times podcast “SWAY,”
Lightfoot frames these trend reversals as a result of the pandemic.
“Prosecutor, courts, jails reatreated. Our Cook Court system for crime trials
still hasn’t fully reopened,” she said.
And Chicago is not alone. In the first half of 2021 New York has seen a 99%
jump in shootings compared to pre-pandemic 2019. Nationally, the Council on
Criminal Justice says the nation has seen a 42% jump in homicides in the
first hall of 2021 as compared to 2019.
$6M Crime-Fighting Plan
Houston, Harris County leaders introduce $6 million proposal to reduce crime
The proposal from Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis would focus on
"health-based strategies" to address root causes of violence.
As law enforcement continues to fight a violent crime surge in Houston and
Harris County, local leaders are adding health-based strategies focused on
The Harris County Violence Interruption Program proposed by Harris County
Commissioner Rodney Ellis adds the healthcare system as an additional
"crime-fighting tool," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo explained at a news
conference on Monday.
Healthcare workers will identify early warning signs of potential gun
violence and attempt to address them before it's too late.
"The program will enlist community leaders to help us fight back at the
neighborhood level," Hidalgo said. "Basically, to try and stop violence
before it happens."
The initiative also includes the Holistic Alternative Responder Team (HART) made
up of healthcare workers trained to respond to non-violent calls dealing
with issues like mental health, substance abuse and homelessness.
She said the $5 million HART initiative will free up law enforcement to focus
on violent crime. Ellis said Denver's HART members answered 30% of police
calls over a six-year period.
He said Harris County joins cities -- including New York, San Francisco and
Chicago -- in adding health-based interventions to address crime.
Tracking Criminals Using Facial Recognition &
How police monitor social media to find crime and track suspects
are scrolling through social media to find crime and check up on potential
suspects, raising concerns about surveillance in an increasingly online
Monitoring public posts on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
is a common way police departments across the country collect information about
individuals or specific types of activities. Representatives of the Michigan
State Police and Detroit Police Department said officers manually search public
posts and also feed social media photos to facial recognition algorithms
that hunt for similarities between millions of faces collected in police
If your privacy settings are set to “public,” bet on law enforcement being able
to access your profile. There are some
things people can do to protect their online privacy, like setting your
profile to “private,” turning off location sharing, restricting which friends
can tag you in photos and limiting the amount of personal information shared on
A July report to Detroit’s Board of Police Commissioners showed social
media photos were used in 35% of facial recognition investigations this year.
The images were used to search for matches in the DPD database and identify
Civil rights groups worry that the implications of social media monitoring
can be disproportionately used against minorities, activists and young people.
Facial recognition technology also remains controversial because flawed
algorithms sometimes misidentify people with darker skin. Facial recognition
software caused the wrongful arrest of at least two Black men in Michigan.
Critics argue that collecting the faces of millions of Americans, including
many who didn’t commit a crime, opens more people up to being misidentified.
However, law enforcement groups say facial recognition technology is a
valuable crime-fighting tool when used correctly.
Nashville, TN: Community 'violence interrupters' work to stem rising crime
Tucson seeing significant increase in youth committing violent crimes
Providence police officials say city is seeing a spike in violent crime
Fort Wayne, IN: Violent crime down 46% in first half of year, sexual assault up
I’ve heard about defunding
– but this is ridiculous
And they’re complaining about response times!
353.2M Vaccinations Given
US: 37M Cases - 635.2K Dead - 30M Recovered
American South Has Turned into One Giant COVID Hot Spot
205.7M Cases - 4.3M Dead - 184.6M Recovered
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Worst Outbreak in the Country
Florida hospitals are overrun as state fights one of the worst outbreaks in the
Hospitals across Florida are now being pushed to the limit as the state
fights one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in the nation, fueled by the delta
David Wein, an emergency medicine physician at Tampa General Hospital in
Florida, said the Covid-19 outbreak there is the most severe he and his
colleagues have witnessed since the pandemic began.
Hospitals across Florida are now being pushed to the limit with ICU beds
filling up and providers struggling to find enough staff to care for patients as
the state fights one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in the nation, fueled by
the highly contagious delta variant.
Florida’s surge in cases comes as Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to
resist calls from the Biden administration and state advocacy groups to enforce
mask mandates and other pandemic-related measures to help contain the
massive outbreak. He signed an executive order and law in May that lifted all
Covid restrictions across the state and permanently blocked local officials from
enacting new ones starting July 1.
“Everyone is working at full capacity and then some, and it feels like we’ve
been that way for a long time,” Wein said Tuesday in a phone interview. He added
the hospital was beginning to run low on nurses. “It’s hard to see the light
at the end of the tunnel right now.”
No Mask or Vaccine? No Service
Philly Businesses Ordered to Require Masks or Vaccines for Customers
“The science is clear: these measures will protect Philadelphians and save
lives,” Mayor Jim Kenney said
businesses must now require masks or proof of vaccination from employees and
customers, while large outdoor events with no seating will also need to
implement masks as the city updates its coronavirus guidance.
Businesses that require all staff and customers be fully vaccinated will not be
subject to the masking rule, Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole
announced Wednesday. The new guidelines, which took effect at midnight Thursday,
come as COVID-19 infections rise again across the country, driven largely by the
more transmissible delta variant and a struggle to get people vaccinated.
Businesses that opt for requiring proof of vaccination will need to check
vaccine cards – either the paper card issued by vaccine providers or a photo
of said card – at the door, Bettigole said. Business owners who choose
the proof of vaccine option will be subject to fines if
they do not check customers’ status.
The city will put out guidance to show workers how to check someone’s
vaccination card, Bettigole said.
COVID Forces More Store Closures
Saraland, Fairhope Walmart stores closed due to COVID-19
Two area Walmart stores, one in Saraland and one in Fairhope, Ala., are
temporarily closed for cleaning. This is a corporate
response to rising COVID-19 cases in the area, according to news
releases from Walmart.
Walmart issued a separate news release for each closure, but the language in
each is nearly identical, with changes to reflect the two locations. Walmart
said in the releases the cleaning is part of their effort to “assist health
officials working against the pandemic.”
What Walmart calls a “third party specialist” will sanitize the stores. Walmart
offers vaccinations to customers at no charge. On reopening, both stores will
welcome walk-ins. Customers can also schedule vaccinations online. While the
vaccines are free, Walmart asks customers to bring health insurance cards with
Walmart is following CDC guidance about masks. This includes asking “fully
vaccinated people wearing masks in public indoor settings in counties with
substantial or high transmission.”
Retailers Continue to Update Mask Policies
These grocery stores, retailers, restaurants updated mask mandates due to delta
Some retailers, grocery stores and markets have updated mask policies to
help prevent the spread of the virus and outbreaks.
Here are the grocers, retailers and restaurants that are following CDC
Aldi: Face coverings and physically
distancing are required for unvaccinated customers and employees, and where
required by state or local jurisdictions. In areas with a substantial or high
risk of transmission, Aldi requires face coverings for employees and it is
strongly encouraged for customers, regardless of vaccination status.
Follows face mask regulations of state and local jurisdictions. Will
also recommend customers wear masks inside locations in communities where
COVID-19 transmission is high or substantial.
Kroger: "Strongly encouraging" all
individuals, including those who are vaccinated, to wear a mask when in its
stores and facilities. Kroger's current guidelines require unvaccinated
employees to wear a mask and request that customers also do so.
Meijer: Encouraging its team members and
customers to wear face coverings whether they are vaccinated or not.
Sam's Club and Walmart: The nationwide
warehouse club store and grocer/retailer is requiring indoor mask-wearing,
including fully vaccinated people in areas of substantial or high transmission.
Target: Recommends face coverings for
unvaccinated team members and guests at all stores across the country. Also
follows CDC’s guidance requiring face coverings for team members and "strongly
recommends" them for all guests in areas with a substantial or high risk of
McDonald's: The burger chain giant is asking
every customer who enters its restaurants to wear a mask or face covering under
the CDC guidance. McDonald's staff is also required to wear a mask or face
Starbucks: "In alignment with the updated
guidance from the CDC, Starbucks strongly recommends customers wear facial
coverings while visiting our stores, regardless of vaccination status,"
according to its website. Starbucks will also require customers to wear masks
while in our stores, where it's mandated by local law. Employees at all
company-operated stores are required to wear a mask or facial covering during
their shift, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not.
White House Asks Businesses to Step Up Vaccine
Biden Urges Businesses to Require Covid-19 Vaccine for Workers
President meets with the CEOs of United
Airlines and Kaiser Permanente
Biden met Wednesday with the chief executives of United Airlines Holdings
Inc. and Kaiser Permanente in a bid to encourage more companies to follow
their lead and require workers to get
vaccinated against Covid-19.
Howard University President Wayne Frederick and Diane Sumpter, a small business
leader from South Carolina, attended the virtual meeting alongside United CEO
Scott Kirby and Kaiser Permanente CEO Gregory Adams, the White House said.
A White House official said the participants reflected four sectors—large
corporations, small businesses, healthcare providers, and colleges and
universities—that the administration sees as pillars in inoculating the U.S.
against the virus.
Mr. Biden has asked the private sector to help accelerate vaccination
against Covid-19. Two weeks ago, he announced new requirements for federal
workers to either get vaccinated against the virus or get tested regularly,
and he called on businesses to take a similar approach.
The White House reached out to business groups such as the Chamber of
Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and Business Roundtable
before Mr. Biden announced the vaccine requirements for federal workers, the
White House official said, and those associations praised the policy change.
Mask Wars Heat Up - Again
Hundreds of anti-maskers threaten police and health workers during protest over
With the Delta variant surging and mask mandates returning, anti-mask
protests are heating up across the country
of anti-maskers surrounded and threatened police as well as masked health
care workers after the a Tennessee county school board voted to require
masks in elementary schools through September.
“We know who you are,” one man shouted outside the Williamson County School
Board meeting near Nashville. “The police are on our side!” Others yelled “we
will not comply,” and “there’s a special place in hell for you!”
It’s happening at school boards and campuses across America right now. In
Texas, districts like Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin
now require masks on campus, which
defies Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates.
A state ban on mask mandates isn’t faring well in the courts in Arkansas
either. It was temporarily blocked last week by a state judge who said the
prohibition violated the state’s constitution. Republican Gov.
Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas now says he regrets signing the ban, but
lawmakers decided against reversing course during a special session last week.
Masks are a key coronavirus-prevention tool that doesn’t pose health
risks for kids older than toddler age and are most effective when worn by a
larger number of people, public health experts say. The Centers for Disease
Control has again recommended them for schools.
Restaurant Reservations Down
People are starting to shun restaurants as the Delta variant spreads
The new wave of infections could stall recovery for the hard-hit
Delta variant is pushing Americans away from restaurants in some of the
worst-hit states for COVID-19, a trend that might curb economic recovery for
the badly hit industry, CNN reported.
In five of some of the worst-hit states for COVID-19, restaurant reservations
on OpenTable fell to 80% of 2019 levels in the past week, marking a U-turn from
July, when bookings on the platform were 10% above 2019 levels.
The restaurant industry has been devastated by the pandemic, with around
17% of US restaurants permanently closing ther doors since the virus began
spreading. Now, the recovery brought about by climbing vaccination rates and
other policies may be hamstrung by the rise of the highly contagious new
More and More Breakthrough Cases Popping Up
Breakthrough Cases May Be a Bigger Problem Than You’ve Been Told
McDonald’s Requiring Vaccines For Corporate Office Staff; Delaying HQ Reopening
Portland Now Has 24 Bars That Will Request Proof of Vaccination at the Door
See the Data on Breakthrough Covid Hospitalizations and Deaths by State
F.D.A. to Authorize Third Vaccine Dose for People With Weak Immune Systems
Global Forecasts and Retail Trends to Watch in the 2nd Half of 2021
Tony D'Onofrio, Global Retail Influencer &
Prosegur's CEO & Managing
Director, Global Retail Business Unit
While dealing with the Delta variant and continuing to recover from the COVID-19
health crisis, the hot days of August is a good time to ponder the economic
and retail predictions for the balance of 2021.
The global economy is quickly recovering from the impact of the COVID-19
pandemic, with growth likely to approach
6% in 2021 and continue at 4.6% in 2022. However, while the global economic
recovery from the COVID-19 recession has shown strong rebound effects, global
output is still expected to remain as much as 2% below the pre-pandemic forecast
up until 2023.
generated over $18.5 trillion in the United States in 2020. After the
past few months, I predict that we will see similar exciting changes across the
retail industry starting in advanced economies. The USA National Retail
Federation (NRF) raised their 2021
forecast in June and predicted that this year will be the fastest retail
growth year since 1984. On the other side of the world, in an equally important
China retail sales are projected to increase 14.7% in 2021.
The Steady Recovery of the Global Economy in 2021
Euromonitor updated their 2021-2023 global GDP Forecast. Strong continued
growth is projected in USA, China, developing and advanced economies.
Read more here
Leaving One Retail Job for Another?
Retail Workers Are Quitting At A Record Pace. But Stores Are Rapidly Hiring, Too
Retail workers are still quitting at a record rate. But they appear to be going
to other retail jobs: Stores are actually hiring on an unprecedented scale,
reaching 1.1 million new hires in June.
The story you hear a lot about in retail is devastation from the pandemic -
major chains going bankrupt, lots of people losing jobs. But lately something
quite different has been happening. At the same time that retail workers are
quitting at a record rate, stores are hiring on an unprecedented scale.
Historically, we know that the top destination for most people leaving retail
is a different job in retail. And this is the thing that jumped out at me
from the new Labor Department data that we got this week. It shows retailers
hired over 1.1 million new workers in June, a record hiring spree.
A lot of it is the giants that thrived during last year, like Walmart,
Target, various grocery stores. And here's the thing that you might not
realize. New stores are actually opening in the pandemic. We've heard a lot
about bankruptcies and shuttered shops you mentioned, and there are still
thousands of stores closing. But a good part of the year, the number of
openings was greater than the number of store closures.
Quite a few retailers are expanding - lots of discount stores like
Dollar General and Burlington, also Footlocker, Aldi, Sephora. Many stores
are sort of reinventing their spaces, turning them into hubs for deliveries or
shipments, for example. Or in Sephora's case, they struck a deal with Kohl's
to have stores inside stores.
Compared to earlier predictions, fewer stores are closing than forecast, and
more stores are opening.
More Supply Chain Disruptions
Fast food chains taking extra precautions to avoid shortages amid supply chain
disruptions and increased sales
McDonald's say it is keeping an eye on a tight supply of straws and paper
A tightening of key supplies like paper bags and straws is adding to
pressure faced by fast food chains. McDonald's told franchisees to limit orders
of bags and straws after high usage during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Wall
Street Journal reported.
Fast food restaurants' supply chains are under immense pressure right now, and
bags and straws are just the latest issues.
Drive-thrus became the primary way restaurants served customers for much of
the pandemic, necessitating more paper bags than usual.
McDonald's, Taco Bell, Starbucks, and other
major chains all
relied on drive-thrus over the last year, and invested heavily in them,
which paid off as sales at McDonald's were above 2020 and 2019 so far this year.
Other fast food supply chains have faced bumps, too. In April, more than a dozen
baristas told Insider that Starbucks stores
shortages of cups, flavored syrups, and baked goods. In June, Insider
reported on an internal memo that Starbucks was putting 25 items on temporary
hold because of supply chain issues.
Popeyes took precautions to avoid shortages
ahead of the chicken nugget launch this summer. The chain spent
six months stockpiling frozen chicken to meet demand curb supply issues, a
spokesperson told Insider.
Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, and
Popeyes all told Insider that they aren't experiencing straw or bag shortages
Truckers Finally Get Support & Safer Roads
They Need to Keep U.S. Moving
Senate Approves Truck Equipment Mandates, Dispatcher Oversight Measure
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, is the first major infrastructure
package passed by the Senate chamber in decades. It injects $550 million of
new funding into expanding and maintaining roads and bridges and a
five-year reauthorization of the U.S. DOT’s highway and motor carrier safety
"The bill also contains significant measures to grow and strengthen
trucking’s essential workforce.”
Among the truck-centric provisions included in the Senate bill:
New regulations for rear and side underride guards
Regulatory guidance on
how truck brokers and truck dispatchers operate
Mandates for automatic emergency braking in new trucks
Establishment of a truck leasing task force
“Passage of this bipartisan infrastructure bill is a groundbreaking step
toward revitalizing America’s decaying roads and bridges, supporting our
supply chain and economy with the foundation they need to grow, compete globally
and lead the world. The bill also contains significant measures to grow and
strengthen trucking’s essential workforce.”
Retail Executives Meet with Kamala Harris
Harris to meet with CEOs on Biden's child care proposals
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with the chief executives of
seven companies including Microsoft Corp on Thursday to discuss the Biden
administration's child care proposals as the White House seeks broad support for
The heads of Etsy Inc, AirBnB Inc, Gap Inc , Chobani, Seventh Generation and
Patagonia will also attend, a White House official said.
They and Harris will discuss how childcare provisions in Build Back Better,
Biden's agenda for the economy's post-pandemic recovery, "will lower costs for
families, help businesses and grow the economy," the official said.
On Wednesday, Biden met with business and education leaders including the
heads of United Airlines and health care provider Kaiser Permanente to
discuss efforts to address ways to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19.
Hudson's Bay Announces Separation of Physical and Online Store Businesses
Wendy’s makes deal to open 70 ghost kitchens
How Dying Retail Locations Find New Life As Thriving Mixed-Use Communities
Why Retail Sales Models Still Require a Human Touch
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Largest Cryptocurrency Theft To Date?
Hackers take $600m in 'biggest' cryptocurrency theft
Updated: Poly Network has asked for 'hacked
assets' to be returned by attackers - and it has apparently received millions
A hacker has apparently exploited a vulnerability to steal $600 million from
a blockchain finance platform in what could be one of largest cryptocurrency
thefts to date. The makers of Poly Network, a "DeFi" or decentralized
finance platform that works across blockchains, said on Tuesday that an attacker
stole about $600 million in cryptocurrencies.
The team behind Poly Network
appealed to the hackers to "return the hacked assets".
"The amount of money you hacked is the biggest one in defi history. Law
enforcement in any country will regard this as a major economic crime and you
will be pursed. It is very unwise for you to do any further transactions.
The money stole are from tens of thousands of crypto community members, hence
the people. You should talk to us to work out a solution," the Poly Network team
Poly Network works across blockchains for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Neo, Ontology,
Elrond, Ziliqa, Binance Smart Chain, Switcheo, and Huobi ECO Chain. The
hackers stole about $267m of Ether, $252m of Binance coins, and $85 million in
Sophisticated BEC Fraud Scheme Busted
Business email compromise: 23 charged over 'sophisticated' COVID fraud ring
sophisticated fraud scheme using compromised emails and advance-payment fraud
has been uncovered by authorities in Romania, the Netherlands and Ireland as
part of an action coordinated by Europol.
On 10 August, 23 suspects were charged as a result of a series of raids
carried out simultaneously in the Netherlands, Romania and Ireland. In
total, 34 places were searched. These criminals are believed to have defrauded
companies in at least 20 countries of approximately €1 million.
The fraud was run by an organised crime group which prior to the COVID-19
pandemic already illegally offered other fictitious products for sale online,
such as wooden pellets. Last year the criminals changed their modus operandi and
started offering protective materials after the outbreak of the COVID-19
This criminal group – composed of nationals from different African countries
residing in Europe, created fake email addresses and webpages similar to the
ones belonging to legitimate wholesale companies. Impersonating these
companies, these criminals would then trick the victims – mainly European and
Asian companies, into placing orders with them, requesting the payments in
advance in order for the goods to be sent.
However, the delivery of the goods never took place, and the proceeds
were laundered through Romanian bank accounts controlled by the criminals before
being withdrawn at ATMs.
Bipartisan Bill Boosts Cybersecurity Funding
Senate Passes Infrastructure Bill Boosting Cyber Funding
DHS, CISA Would Get More Money for
Cybersecurity in $1 Trillion Bill
On Tuesday, the Senate, by a vote of 69-30, passed a
$1 trillion infrastructure spending bill that would provide additional
money for cybersecurity over the next several years, including extra
funds for the Department of Homeland Security and its Cybersecurity and
Infrastructure Security Agency.
the vast majority of the infrastructure spending bill is focused on such
projects as repairing roads and bridges, it also contains security-related
measures, including updating and modernizing the U.S. electrical grid and
providing grants to state and local agencies to help them improve cybersecurity.
"The bill includes additional funding for cybersecurity and provides DHS with
the resources needed to support response and recovery efforts for public and
private entities impacted by cyberattacks,"
Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, noted in a Tuesday statement.
Since the supply chain attack against SolarWinds was uncovered in December 2020,
the Biden administration has sought to provide additional funding to the
Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies. For example, the
$1.9 trillion economic relief package known as the American Rescue Plan
provided $2 billion for cybersecurity and IT modernization (see:
Relief Package Includes Less for Cybersecurity).
The White House's fiscal 2022 budget proposal also includes billions in
spending for U.S. cybersecurity. The Senate is currently debating the full
$3.5 trillion budget proposal (see:
Biden Budget Seeks to Invest Billions in US Cybersecurity).
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Securing Retail Cannabis Shops
Robbery Prevention for Cannabis Businesses
While robbery prevention is a vital part of any retailer’s operations,
it is especially
important for cannabis businesses.
Since cannabis is still illegal at the federal level, cannabis business owners
are often forced to store large amounts of cannabis and cash on-site. This can
make a cannabis business
a tempting target for a
potential criminal if security is not prioritized.
business owners should start by
robbery prevention procedures
to use in training employees and security personnel. These standard operating
procedures should detail how to prevent and prepare for a robbery, what to do
during a robbery, and what to do after a cannabis business robbery.
How to Prevent and Prepare for a Cannabis Business Robbery
Though it is impossible to prevent all robberies, there are methods to
discourage crime and robberies on the premises. These include:
Ensure at least two employees
are on-site from opening until closing.
excellent customer service. This makes it harder and slower for a potential
robber to reach cash or merchandise in the store and increases the likelihood of
Ensure the installation,
maintenance, and monitoring of a video surveillance system and
alarm system to monitor the premises 24/7.
secure storage procedures, including storing cannabis and cash in the safe
or vault overnight.
Implement an access control
system and procedures to keep unauthorized persons out of restricted areas.
Train new employees on robbery
awareness procedures and repeat this training annually.
premises is maintained and that trash and graffiti are removed from the
property daily. This prevents the business from attracting crime since
properties that appear neglected often become targets for criminals.
Ensure the entire property,
parking lot and interior of the business, is well lit during hours of
Continue reading here
for tips on what to
do during and after cannabis robberies.
Cash Handling Tips for Cannabis Businesses
Secure Cash Handling for Cannabis Dispensaries
has yet to be legalized federally and is still classified by the DEA as a
‘Schedule 1’ drug. Due to this classification, federally regulated banks often
refuse to house the earnings of cannabis dispensaries for fear of losing their
license to legally operate. This presents a challenge for dispensaries in states
where cannabis has been legalized.
Many dispensaries do
not have a bank account, and even if they do, operate primarily in cash. This
means that there are frequently large amounts of cash stored on the premises,
and if cash is not handled safely and securely, this increases the risk of
Quick Tips for Cash Handling
When dealing primarily in cash, dispensaries run the risk of internal theft from
employees and external theft, such as a robberies. It is important to establish
and follow procedures to ensure that cash is handled properly and accounted for
at all times, as well as secured compliantly to reduce the risk of losses. Use
these strategies to securely handle cash:
Create and implement
standard operating procedures.
While it is important to establish SOPs, it is far more important to ensure they
are being followed. This will keep team members accountable and discourage
Counting out the cash drawer and balancing the till at the end of each day is
imperative to finding any discrepancies and keeping track of earnings during
Invest in security at
the dispensary. The
best security is proactive security. Consider investing in quality security
equipment and hiring a security expert in the cannabis industry to guarantee the
facility is protected and successful.
The Look of Pot Shops is Transforming
Pot shops are opening on Main Street America. And they look like Jimmy Buffett’s
dispensaries tried to channel the sophisticated look of an Apple Store. Now
they’re embracing their inner Jimmy Buffett.
Known for its flamboyantly kitschy, Caribbean getaway designs of dozens of Jimmy
Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurants—as well as the slightly less kitschy
Margaritaville resorts and the yes-this-actually-exists Latitude Margaritaville
retirement communities—the McBride Company has been
its themed environment design
to the burgeoning retail cannabis business.
After working with
more than half a dozen
dispensaries and cannabis retailers,
firm founder Pat McBride says
the future of cannabis
design is not so different from an over-the-top Margaritaville.
dispensaries looked more like a pharmacy or GNC or an Apple store.
The connection to the history, the music, and the story of cannabis was
basically eliminated,” McBride says. A former member of the soft rock band New
Colony Six, which charted a few Top 40 hits in the late 1960s, McBride
understands why the first dispensaries took a more conservative design approach
in the early days of decriminalization, but decided that cannabis shouldn’t turn
its back on its counter-culture roots. “We didn’t want to be doing what the
existing few dispensaries that had opened at the time had done,” he says. “They
were actually sort of anti-cannabis in their atmosphere.”
Cannabis Effect on Crime - Most Read Article
in Justice Quarterly
The Cannabis Effect on Crime: Time-Series Analysis of Crime in Colorado and
Previous studies based on relatively weak analytical designs lacking
contextualization and appropriate comparisons have reported that the
legalization of marijuana has either increased or decreased crime.
Recognizing the importance for public policy making of more robust research
designs in this area during a period of continuing reform of state marijuana
laws, this study uses a quasi-experimental, multi-group interrupted time-series
design to determine if, and how, UCR crime rates in Colorado and Washington,
the first two states to legalize marijuana, were influenced by it.
Our results suggest that marijuana legalization and
sales have had minimal to no effect on major crimes in Colorado or Washington.
We observed no statistically significant long-term effects of recreational
cannabis laws or the initiation of retail sales on violent or property crime
rates in these states.
Cannabis Fully Illegal: For Now or Forever?
2020: Psychedelic Reform in Review
'Supercharging' One-Day &
Amazon opens its $1.5B air hub in Kentucky in latest push to speed deliveries
The hub will serve
as the central nerve of Amazon’s U.S. air cargo operations, allowing it to speed
deliveries even further to more corners of the country.
opened its $1.5 billion air hub in northern Kentucky, which will
help accelerate its
push for faster delivery and greater control over its logistics network.
It’s a major milestone for Amazon Air, the company’s burgeoning air cargo arm
that launched in 2016, whose routes are flown by several contracted carriers.
Across the company’s sprawling network of warehouses, trucks and delivery vans,
a critical piece of the
puzzle in ensuring packages can be handed off quickly to customers’ doorsteps.
Amazon Air operates out
of more than 40 airports across the U.S.,
but the terminal at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will
serve as the central nerve of its nationwide cargo network. It will
allow Amazon to
supercharge its one-day and, increasingly, same-day delivery capabilities
in more areas of the country. Amazon has also expanded its aviation logistics
unit beyond the U.S., opening a 20,000-square-meter regional air hub at Leipzig/Halle
Airport in Germany
The Kentucky hub — which is just a short drive from Cincinnati, Ohio — has been
in development for more than four years. Amazon founder and executive chairman
Jeff Bezos, then CEO, broke ground on the project in 2019 by hopping into a John
Deere front loader to “move some earth.”
At the time, Bezos remarked: “This
hub is going to let us get packages to customers faster.
That’s a big deal.”
E-Commerce Boom Driving Up Shipping Costs?
U.S. Postal Service Proposes Holiday Surcharges for Businesses and Individuals
Agency says new
package fees, running from Oct. 3 to Dec. 26, are needed to offset rising cost
U.S. Postal Service plans to
charge more for
packages shipped during the holidays,
including those sent by individuals, to offset the rising cost of deliveries at
the busiest time of the year.
The agency on Tuesday proposed
adding surcharges on
most packages shipped domestically between Oct. 3 and Dec. 26,
saying the fees would apply to both commercial and retail customers. That means
it won’t just be Amazon.com Inc., Target Corp. TGT -0.39% and other big holiday
shippers paying higher-than-normal rates; it will also cost more to ship a box
of cookies to grandma.
The agency said the added fees,
ranging from 25 cents for smaller packages to $5 for heavier items
traveling longer distances, are in line with broader industry practices to
charge more during the holiday season.
“These temporary rates
will keep the Postal
Service competitive while providing the agency with the revenue to cover extra
costs in anticipation of peak-season volume surges similar to levels experienced
in 2020,” the agency
said in announcing the proposal.
Consumers Feel a Personal Connection with In-Store Purchases vs. Shopping Online
Albuquerque, NM: Habitual shoplifter, trespasser keeps catching breaks
something we see far too often, a suspect getting arrested and then catching a
break. The latest example is Clayton Eaton. He’s been arrested for everything
from shoplifting to trespassing and assault. He goes to court, then to jail and
then he’s right back on the streets. Eaton was supposed to face a judge for
allegedly swinging a knife at an Albuquerque Del Taco employee after he asked
for a cup of water. However, he wouldn’t leave his jail cell. He’s behind
bars at Metropolitan Detention Center less than a month after he was jailed for
a different crime.
In November, he was shoplifting and once again, pulled a knife on the manager
at the AutoZone near Carlisle and Menaul. The complaint said the manager
immediately recognized Eaton because he’s been known to steal from the store in
the past. The complaint adds that police were also familiar with Eaton’s
reputation for being a shoplifter and causing problems in the area. Eaton was
sentenced to more than two years behind bars but with a plea deal and good
behavior, he was released after just a few months.
According to online court records, Eaton has a long history of crimes like
trespassing, shoplifting and aggravated assault. The District Attorney’s
Office files motions to keep him in jail, calling him a habitual offender but he
keeps catching breaks. Documents show some of his other cases have been
dismissed because witnesses or officers didn’t show up to court.
KRQE News 13 asked the Public Defender’s Office why people like Eaton seem to be
in and out of jail. The following is their response: When we see clients
arrested multiple times on charges like trespassing or shoplifting, often food
or other small items, we know that the courts and jail aren’t going to solve the
problem. Often there are mental health issues, housing issues and/or drug
addiction at play. This is a common scenario in Albuquerque that hasn’t been and
can’t be solved by jail time. To deter these crimes, we have to address the
Update: Franklin, MA: Police arrest man accused of smashing display cases at
jewelry store, stealing $10K worth of items
A man who was caught on surveillance video smashing into a jewelry store in
Franklin in late July has been arrested. 32-year-old Patrick Maranda of North
Attleboro was taken into custody on Tuesday after an arrest warrant was issued
on his behalf. He was arraigned on Wednesday in Wrentham District Court. The
break-in happened on July 31 around 10:15 p.m. at Vallee Jewelers on Main
Logan, UT: Police searching for theft suspects in $1,400 Ulta Beauty theft
The Logan City Police Department is asking the public for help in locating two
theft suspects. On July 16, police said the two women, pictured below, allegedly
stole $1,400 worth of products from an Ulta Beauty.
Beachwood, OH: Police arrest Sephora theft suspect with $557 worth of
merchandise; active warrants
At 5:50 p.m. Aug. 7, police arrested a Cleveland Heights woman, 57, for stealing
fragrances valued at $557 from Sephora at Beachwood Place mall, 26300 Cedar
Road. The suspect repeatedly lied to police when questioned about her identity.
When police learned who she was, the woman was found to be the subject of active
Geauga County Sheriff’s Office and Highland Heights police warrants for theft.
Shootings & Deaths
Los Angeles, CA: Store Employee fatally shot outside Shoe Palace store in
store employee was shot and killed outside the Shoe Palace in the Fairfax
district Wednesday, police said. The shooting happened just before 12:30 p.m.
near the store, located at Melrose and North Genesee avenues. A 26-year-old man,
identified by loved ones as Jayren Bradford, was shot and taken to a nearby
hospital, police said. The LAPD later confirmed he had died. The suspect fled
the scene and remains on the loose. Witnesses and investigators said the
incident started with a dispute over a raffle the store was holding over a pair
of sneakers. The employee who was shot was just arriving to work and saw a crowd
arguing outside the store and tried to intervene. A witness said the employee
appeared to be trying to de-escalate the situation and was backing away when he
Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, Canada: Woman, 54, dead after armed attack at Quebec
shopping mall; suspect arrested
police say a woman is dead and a man is in custody after an armed attack
Wednesday morning inside a shopping mall east of Montreal. The Galeries St-Hyacinthe
mall on Laframboise Boulevard was evacuated following the attack around 10 a.m.
local time, which left a 54-year-old woman seriously injured. The woman was
taken to hospital after being attacked by a man in an unknown way and later was
pronounced dead, according to police. The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle,
which prompted a police chase that involved officers from Longueuil Police and
the Régie Intermunicipale de police Richelieu-Saint-Laurent, said Sgt.
Audrey-Anne Bilodeau, a spokesperson for the Surete du Quebec (SQ). Police
stopped the vehicle near Edward Street in Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur, in the
Montérégie region, about 50 kilometres south of Montreal and 75 kilometres
southwest of the attack site. Police say the suspect is a 43-year-old man from
Danbury, CT: 16-year-old girl caught in crossfire of Danbury mall shooting;
suspect at large
16-year-old girl was shot in the chest following a fight at the Danbury mall,
police say. The incident happened outside the Macy's inside the mall Wednesday
around 7 p.m. Police say the shooting was an isolated incident that stemmed from
an altercation. Police say they do not believe the girl who was shot was the
intended target. The girl sustained a gunshot wound to her chest and was
conscious and alert when police arrived on the scene. She was transported to the
hospital. Her condition is unknown this morning. Police say a group of around
eight people got into an altercation with another group. They say one of the
people took out a handgun and fired at least one round, and the 16-year-old girl
was caught in the crossfire. Police believe a man seen running away with a
hammer was the intended target. They say the suspects left the mall around 10 to
15 minutes later, and they have not yet been identified. The mall immediately
went into lockdown following the shooting. Police say they're trying to get
surveillance video from the mall enhanced so they can identify suspects.
Henderson, NV: Woman injured following shooting outside Galleria at Sunset Mall;
no suspect in custody
One person was taken to the hospital following a shooting in Henderson. Police
were originally called to the Galleria at Sunset Mall just after 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday. Once there, they found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound. The
victim was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition.
High Point, NC: Arrest made in High Point shooting; store clerk was shot in
dispute over slow-moving line
arrest has been made in the shooting of a store clerk in High Point. Around 10
on July 31, High Point officers responded to Apple Tree Grocery on East Green
Drive when they were told about an assault. When they arrived, officers found
the 30-year-old store clerk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his groin
and legs. According to investigators, the men were agitated about waiting in
line to buy their beer. They approached the clerk to persuade him to let them
pay for their beer and leave, which the employee refused. The shooting was
captured on video surveillance. The video shows two men arguing with the clerk
in the beer cooler area. One of the men then shot the clerk several times.
Appleton, WI: Gun recoil injures armed robber at Appleton liquor store
armed robber was arrested while trying to run away from the scene, Appleton
police say. Officers were called to Memorial Liquor on S. Memorial Drive just
after midnight Wednesday. When authorities arrived, they found an employee of
the store had sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being struck several
times by the robber who was armed with a handgun. During the robbery, the robber
did fire the gun one time. No one was struck by the round but the robber injured
himself when the firearm recoiled, striking him in the forehead. Officers safely
arrested the suspect as he was leaving the area. They found a gun at the scene.
Incidents & Thefts
Colin County, TX: Man in Allen allegedly threatens Walmart Loss Prevention
employee with a machete during robbery
Authorities are connecting the incident to two suspects, 22-year-old Ahmed White
and 32-year-old Christina Falkner, who allegedly made contact through their
mobile phones over the duration of the incident. According to an incident report
obtained by Star Local Media, White took two electric drills, placed them into
his backpack and wielded a machete. Documents state that when a loss prevention
officer (LFO) confronted White upon his exit from the store, White made a
threatening gesture with the machete while saying, "Don't be running up on me
like that, back up."
San Bernardino County, CA: Suspected ‘Cartel Bandit’, linked to at least four
Southern California robberies, arrested in Highland
Aurora, CO: Police and Feds announce more than 100 arrests in 2-week sting
Amarillo, TX: Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrests 18 violent parole violators in
Cedar Rapids, IA: Fleet Farm employee sentenced to 1 year in Federal Prison for
stealing hand gun from store
Healdsburg, CA: Amy’s Wicked Slush owner arrested on suspicion of felony grand
Raleigh, NC: Pikeville Man Sentenced to Over 12 Years for Armed Robberies of
Waffle House and C-Store
Auto – Mesquite, TX –
C-Store – Forney, TX –
C-Store – Huntington,
WV – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Beaumont, TX
– Armed Robbery
C-Store – Plainville,
CT – Robbery
Dollar General –
Timpson, TX – Armed Robbery
Dollar General –
Kershaw County, SC – Armed Robbery
Home Depot –
Wilmington, DE – Robbery
Jewelry – Franklin, MA
Jewelry – Long Island, NY – Robbery
Jewelry – Charlotte, NC – Robbery
Jewelry – Santa Fe, NM – Robbery
Jewelry – Smithfield, NC – Robbery
Jewelry – San Bernardino, CA – Robbery
Jewelry – Huntsville, AL – Robbery
Liquor – Appleton, WI – Armed Robbery
Pet – Burlington, NJ –
Pharmacy – Milford, DE
Clearwater, FL – Armed Robbery (Subway)
Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
Sport – Anderson, CA –
Walmart – Colin
County, TX - Armed Robbery
• 18 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed
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Seasonal Asset Protection Associate
- posted August 10
The Asset Protection Associate (APA) is responsible for the detection,
apprehension, or deterrence of customer and associate activity that could result
in a loss to Ralph Lauren. APAs are also responsible for ensuring a safe
environment for all customers, associates, and vendors...
Area Loss Prevention Manager
Pittsburgh, PA and/or Cleveland,
- posted July 30
Our Area Loss Prevention Managers ensure safe and secure stores through the
objective identification of loss and risk opportunities. Our Area Loss
Prevention Managers plan and prioritize to provide an optimal customer
experience to their portfolio of stores. They thrive on supporting and building
high performance teams that execute with excellence...
District Loss Prevention Manager
Chicago South / Illinois Central
- posted July 28
The District Loss Prevention Manager develops and implements the Loss Prevention
program for 6 -15 selling locations. The DLPM is responsible for driving results
through achievement of goals related to inventory shortage, budget lines, cash
variance and operational compliance...
Regional Manager LP, Audit & Firearms Compliance
- posted July 21
The Central Regional Loss Prevention Manager is responsible for the control and
reduction of shrinkage at the stores in their Territory and the company’s
Distribution Centers. Investigate and resolves all matters that jeopardize or
cause a loss to the company’s assets...
Senior AP Operations Manager, Supply Chain
- posted July 14
As a Senior Assets Protection Operations Manager (SAPOM), you’ll manage a
multi-level team comprised of both exempt AP leaders and non-exempt AP Security
Specialists responsible for the execution of Assets Protection routines and
initiatives to support secure environments and protect Target’s profitability...
Field Loss Prevention Manager
- posted July 9
Manages and coordinates Loss Prevention and Safety Programs intended to
protect Staples assets and ensure a safe work environment within Staples Retail
locations. Conducts investigations in conjunction with Human resources involving
Workplace violence and Ethics...
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Overland Park, KS
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San Jose, CA
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Director - AP Investigations (Remote)
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Sr. Dir. Risk Management, LP & Safety
Goodwill of Central Florida
Dir. Safety/Risk Mgmt.
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New Orleans, LA
Sr. Dir. Governance & Compliance
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Dir. Investigations, Operations, & Global Security
Dir. of Safety
Ocean State Job Lot
North Kingstown, RI
Executive Dir. AP
Panda Restaurant Group
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New York, NY
Dir AP Ops Execution
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Being too close to the trees to see the forest is an expression that also fits
not appreciating the role you play on your own team. With the needs of the day
seemingly always taking priority, it's difficult for some to step back and truly
see the value you can add to your own team. Realizing it and accepting the
responsibility as a team member is half the battle. But doing something with it
and truly adding value is what helps the team win the game. Every group, every
department is in fact a team and every member plays a vital role towards the
success and the survival of that team. That's why that old expression - One for
all and all for one - took such a hold in literature. Because it is that simple.
The hard part is taking responsibility for it.
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