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Interface Security Systems Makes Virtual Security Guard Monitoring Affordable for Retailers of all Sizes

Company Expands its Interactive Remote Video Monitoring Services with new low-cost offering

Interface Security Systems, a leading managed service provider delivering business security, managed network, and business intelligence solutions to distributed enterprises, today announced it is expanding its Interactive Remote Video Monitoring services with a new highly-affordable Virtual Security Guard Monitoring package ideally suited to the needs of small and mid-sized retailers and retail chains with moderate security challenges. With installation costs starting at just $2,500, retailers are now able to protect their employees, customers, and assets with the help of trained security professionals monitoring their premises with live video and two-way audio.

Read more in today's Vendor Spotlight below.

COVID Update

US: Over 5.9M Cases - 181K Dead - 3.2M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 23.9M Cases - 820K Dead - 16.4M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 186   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 93
*Red indicates change in total deaths

CDC Issues Guidance to Retailers Over Mask Violence
Don’t Argue With Anti-Mask Shoppers, CDC Guides Retail Employees

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about a new coronavirus health risk you probably didn’t expect: getting slapped, choked or kicked in the workplace by angry customers. And the best way to avoid it is not to engage.

The health agency issued guidance this week for retail and service workers suggesting ways consumer-facing companies can limit violence toward workers that may occur when businesses implement policies to stop the spread of the virus. Or in other words, how to protect workers tasked with the unenviable job of asking shoppers to wear masks, keep six feet apart or wait their turn before entering a capacity-limited store.

The new CDC page gives a series of actions companies can take to protect workers, from
installing panic buttons to having staff enforcing mask-wearing operate in teams of two. Above all, workers shouldn’t put themselves in the direct line of danger, according to the federal agency that usually focuses on disease prevention.

“Don’t argue with a customer if they make threats or become violent,” the guidance warns. Likewise, if a shopper appears upset when asked to mask up or told about the in-store limit on toilet paper, don’t attempt to make them follow the policy, the CDC says.

That advice mirrors what the world’s biggest reta
iler, Walmart Inc., told its own workers in July: Stay calm and show understanding, but if customers insist on walking in without a mask, just get out of the way.

Read CDC's Guidance for Retailers Here: Limiting Workplace Violence Associated with COVID-19 Prevention Policies in Retail and Services Businesses

'A really tough spot' for employees:
How companies are enforcing mask compliance

As Lowe’s, Home Depot, Starbucks, Walmart, McDonald’s and other businesses implemented mandatory mask orders earlier this summer, workers and customers alike found themselves frustrated by noncompliance.

“At Lowe’s,” one frustrated employee wrote to Yahoo Finance, “we are told to not confront customers who will not wear a mask, or wear it properly. How is a policy without enforcement, actually a policy?”

Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, businesses have both reacted quickly to mask mandates and encountered problems as their usage has been politicized.

Six months into the crisis, however, the situation is normalizing and businesses are learning and evolving — as are their customers.

Lawsuit Over Pandemic Security Practice
Walmart Customer Accuses Chain of Discrimination
Over Designated COVID-19 Shopping Hours

In a motion late last week with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, plaintiff Cheketa McKnight-Nero — on behalf of immunocompromised shoppers — asked a federal judge to certify a class action lawsuit that accuses Walmart of discrimination.

In June, McKnight-Nero filed a proposed class action to represent a
class of customers who oppose Walmart’s practice, introduced amid the pandemic, of relying on security guards to determine who is eligible to enter stores during the hours set aside for elderly or vulnerable individuals as well as people with disabilities.

According to the plaintiff, who is diabetic and has a rare type of blood cancer, a
Walmart guard did not allow her to shop during the company’s dedicated COVID-19 shopping hour at a store in Washington, D.C., after he allegedly did not believe she was immunocompromised.

“Plaintiffs allege that Walmart’s policy of posting door guards or hired security to determine who is immunocompromised or not is an unfair policy that disproportionately impacts those with unseen or non-visible disabilities and increases their risk of harm by shopping with the general public,” McKnight-Nero said in the motion on Thursday.

Walmart has moved to dismiss the lawsuit. It argued, according to court records, that McKnight-Nero’s experience was “regrettable” but does not qualify as disability discrimination.

Two Surveys Same Response - Safety & Child Care
Employers say safety, child care issues prevent workers from returning
Employers cited child care nearly as often as they did health and safety issues in evaluating why some workers are unable to fully return to work, according to the Aug. 3 results of a survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Forty percent of the 170 employers surveyed said they have offered child care assistance, benefits or accommodations in response to the pandemic. Nearly 30% said this additional assistance took the form of remote work, and about a quarter said they offered flexible working hours or working days. 

Twenty-five percent of employers said they would be willing to invest more heavily in employee childcare needs. More than half said they would do so were the government to provide incentives such as tax benefits or subsidies.

COVID-19 Exposure #1 Fear of Returning to Work
Poll: Fielding pandemic accommodation requests, employers offer remote work

More than half of employers have been asked to provide accommodations.

Reasoning behind such requests stemmed chiefly from
increased vulnerability to the novel coronavirus (77%), HR professionals reported. Next up came a fear of returning to the worksite (61%), childcare issues (58%) and disability (33%).

In response, the vast majority of employers
(92%) are offering remote work options. Nearly two-thirds reported they allow modified work schedules or alternate shift assignments. And 60% said they provide personal protective equipment or modifications to it.

Retail Landlords Offer Pandemic Clauses in New Leases
Retail landlords are including pandemic language in new leases, a previously rare feature as tenants seek protection after the first government-mandated coronavirus shutdowns in March complicated their negotiations for rent relief. Because many insurance policies didn’t cover pandemic-related losses, landlords have offered various concessions to attract and retain tenants, including allowing them to defer part of their rent if another shutdown is ordered. Both sides get breathing room: Tenants are able to lower expenses while landlords are still able to collect some money for overhead and their mortgage.

More pain ahead for landlords as restaurant bankruptcies poised to balloon in coming months

Nation’s biggest business lobby is behind the push to shield employers from coronavirus liability

American Airlines is cutting 19,000 jobs when federal aid expires in October

30 states have been approved to offer an extra $300 a week in federal unemployment benefits

Spending to increase on computers, desks as students go back to school – virtually

Protests Devolve Into Riots & Looting

Jacob Blake Shooting Prompts Tense Protests & Fires in Several Cities

Some Kenosha, Wisconsin residents were stunned as buildings went up in flames. Protesters were upset that the police shot Mr. Blake, a Black man, in the back as he tried to enter a vehicle.

Peaceful marches in protest of a police shooting gave way to fires, destruction and looting in Kenosha as a strip of businesses in a central residential neighborhood was consumed in flames early Tuesday.

Residents emerged from their houses overnight to gape at billowing smoke that could be seen for miles. Lost in the blaze, neighbors said, was a mattress store, a storefront church, a Mexican restaurant and a cellphone store. Less than a mile away, a probation and parole office was also on fire.

A line of National Guard members, called to Kenosha amid rising tension over the shooting on Sunday of Jacob Blake, a Black resident who was shot by a white police officer, prevented anyone from getting close as firefighters worked to douse the flames.

“This is our town,” said Mike Mehlan, 33, a chef, as he stared at the buildings, stunned. “People have lost their damn minds.” Mr. Mehlan said that just a half-hour before, he saw at least 20 cars pull up to a nearby gas station, break in and then head to the stores one block away. They entered the mattress store and set it on fire, he said.

In several other cities around the country overnight, there were demonstrations and, in some cases, flashes of destruction in protests that cited the shooting of Mr. Blake as the nation’s latest example of police violence.

One resident said he had little problem with burning businesses to spur social change and reform to policing. “It’s unfortunate, but it has to be done,” said Wayne Gardner, who lives around the corner.

Police use tear gas as Jacob Blake protests in Kenosha devolve into looting, fires

National Guard called out to Kenosha as protesters wreck largely black neighborhood

Jacob Blake’s father says son paralyzed from waist down after police shooting in Kenosha

Nearly $1 million already donated to cover Jacob Blake's medical bills, children and legal fees

Kenosha Professional Police Association issues statement

More Social Unrest Throughout the U.S.

Madison, WI: Protesters light dumpster fires, smash windows on Capitol Square; police bring out tear gas

Portland, OR: Police move in quickly, declare riot as fires set outside union HQ; 25 arrested

Seattle, WA: Officer injured, 1 arrested after multiple fires set during Seattle protest

NYC: Hundreds March From Times Square in Support of Black Man Shot by Wisconsin Police

Minneapolis, MN: Protesters Take To Downtown Minneapolis After Jacob Blake Shooting; 11 Arrested Outside Detention Center

Lafayette, LA: Police clash with protesters over the weekend after police fatally shoot 31-year-old Black man

External Security Shutters Business Booming
Minneapolis businesses bar external security shutters since 2004
Unlike the City of St. Paul, which allows external shutters as long as owners request a permit, Minneapolis limits security shutters to the inside of a property, leaving windows vulnerable to attack. In a report justifying the rule change, Minneapolis officials argued that external shutters “cause visual blight” and create the impression that an area is “unsafe” and “troublesome.”

But in the wake of the riots, when police failed to prevent widespread looting and damage to more than 1,500 businesses in the Twin Cities,
property owners say they can no longer count on the city to protect their property. City council is in the process of reviewing the ordinance.

QMI, an Illinois company and provider of security shutters in the U.S., indicate orders have doubled since this spring. “It’s nationwide, and it’s impacting the whole industry,” Miller said.

Police Defunding

Houston police chief recruits officers from defunded police departments
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is inviting officers laid off by defunded police departments throughout the country to join his force telling “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday, “We’re hiring.” As local governments in other parts of the country, like Austin, Texas, have considered cutting budgets and defunding departments to reform police, Acevedo noted Houston’s plan to hire 400 new officers. He wants to implement a new program making it easier for out-of-state officers to take positions on Houston's force.

NYPD Budget Cuts Put Crime-Scene Investigations at Risk, Union Says
The New York Police Department has begun ordering hundreds of civilian staffers to tow vehicles from crime scenes and accidents without first providing proper training and safety equipment. Officials at the union representing the workers said that the directive is meant to drive down overtime hours in the wake of funding cuts for the department in New York City’s latest budget, but jeopardizes criminal investigations and puts members at risk.

In Effort To Combat Rash Of Gun Violence, NYPD To Change Officers’ Schedules, Require Many To Work Weekend Day

Defund the Police: Can other cities learn from Seattle's stumbling blocks?

Fact Check: Both Biden and Trump say their rival wants to defund the police

NYC: Grocers alarmed by uptick in theft, quality of life crimes
An uptick in shoplifting and other violations during the coronavirus lockdown has hundreds of independent supermarket owners around the city complaining the NYPD hasn’t been responsive enough when they call — whether it’s about thieves, maskless shoppers or neighborhood drug peddlers

“We’re pretty much on our own,” said Pedro Goico, who owns six grocery stores in the Bronx and Brooklyn. “Right now, it’s very tough to be in the grocery store business. We’re getting no help from the city.”
Goico said his stores have been plagued with shoplifters and estimates that 6% to 7% of his bottom line has disappeared because of it since March. Before COVID-19, he said he’d typically lose about 1% to shoplifters.

NYPD stats show that petty larceny cases have risen 3%, up 1,931 cases this year compared with 1,875 cases for the same period in 2019. The petty larceny designation includes any theft under $1,000, not just shoplifting. An NYPD spokeswoman noted that while petty larceny stats are up citywide, they’re down in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

Creating a Safe Space at Work for Discussing Social Justice Topics
Social justice and racial equality are more than just hot topics on social media. Employees are talking about these issues in the workplace, and employers can bolster their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by providing a safe space for workers to have respectful and honest conversations.

The Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) recent report, The Journey to Equity and Inclusion, found a need for more awareness in the workplace about racial inequality. Significantly, almost half of Black HR professionals (47 percent) said they do not feel safe voicing their opinions about racial justice issues in the workplace, while only a little more than one-quarter of white HR professionals (28 percent) say the same. Black and white workers generally agreed, however, that discussions about race can be uncomfortable.

Coin shortage hits retailers, laundromats, tooth fairy
A convenience store chain is offering a free beverage or sandwich in exchange for them. A laundromat owner drove 4 hours across state lines to get $8,000 worth. A young girl in Illinois wrote the tooth fairy saying she’ll gladly take dollars as a substitute if it helps.

There is a shortage of coins across the U.S., yet another odd side effect of the coronavirus pandemic. Quarters, dimes and nickels aren’t circulating as freely as they usually do because many businesses have been closed and consumers aren’t out spending as much.

The Federal Reserve announced in June that the supply system for coins had been severely disrupted. The U.S. Mint and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have urged Americans to use coins or turn them in to banks. As the economy recovers and businesses reopen, the coin supply is expected to normalize.

retailers large and small have urged shoppers to use cards or exact change whenever possible. Some won't provide change. Grocery giant Kroger Co. is still accepting cash, but offers customers the option to load their change onto loyalty cards to use on their next visit or to donate the balance to charity.

Chipotle accused of shortchanging customers in lawsuit
Attorneys of two Chipotle customers filed a complaint in a Pennsylvania court on Aug. 20 claiming Chipotle is shortchanging its customers. The plaintiffs' attorney alleges the company has a
"top-down policy" in place in response to the national coin shortage that has "misappropriated or ... stolen, money from the customer." The suit also seeks class action status.

"If a restaurant is low on change as a result of the nationwide coin shortage, our policy is to only accept exact change or other non-cash forms of payment. Restaurants that are impacted have signage … and employees have been instructed to alert guests prior to ordering," Chipotle said in a statement to Delish.

In the lawsuit, one customer alleges to have received only $4 in change after paying $20 for a $15.51 order effectively rounding up the order total to $16 and costing $0.49 more without any warning.

Mall of America Stays Out of Foreclosure
The mall's owner is three months behind on the $1.4 billion mortgage
Entered a cash-management agreement to avoid foreclosure.

The loan was transferred to special servicing in May after Canada-based Triple Five was no longer making full payments. At the time, a mall representative said
revenue had fallen 85%.

Requiring Canadian owner Triple Five increased reporting requirements and monthly remittance of net cash.

Triple Five pledged a 49% stake in the Mall of America for its American Dream megamall in East Rutherford, N.J., which hasn’t been able to fully open.

Coresight Research
Week 34 Store Tracker
7,637 2020 YTD Closures
3,305 2020 YTD Openings

Lidl Unveils Plans To Add 50 New Stores And 2,000 New Jobs By End Of Next Year

Nike shutting down 9 wholesale accounts in shift to DTC

LVMH and Tiffany push back deal deadline by three months: source

Parent company of Kings Food Market, Balducci's files for bankruptcy

Quarterly Results
The Buckle Q2 online sales up 99%, net sales up 6%


Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Senior Dir. of Safety & Loss Prevention job posted for Floor & Decor in Atlanta, GA
This position is responsible for analyzing safety, shrink and total profit trends and exposures throughout the company. In addition, it is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to address them. The Divisional Safety & Loss Prevention Directors will dotted line report into this position. Responsibilities include: Promote a culture of safety across the company, Review Safety Audits and walks completed by the Divisional Safety & LP Directors, Review safety audits monthly and analyze to improve results Validate that the DS&LPD’s are reviewing the daily safety walk process and store management team is executing with high standards, and more.

Reposted Job
Director Asset Protection job posted for Stop & Shop in Quincy, Mass.
The primary purpose of this position is to provide protection of company assets by organizing the investigation and distribution of information. The AP Director is responsible to ensure Brand needs are met through staffing and development of their respective AP team. The incumbent works closely with the Operations Lead & Shrink Lead to ensure programs that positively impact profits and reduce shrink are executed effectively and provide required results. In addition, the incumbent partners with the Investigations Lead regarding large-scale ORC investigations.

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Interface Security Systems Makes Virtual Security Guard Monitoring Affordable for Retailers of all Sizes

Company Expands its Interactive Remote Video Monitoring Services with new low-cost offering

Earth City, MO (August 25, 2020) —
Interface Security Systems, a leading managed service provider delivering business security, managed network, and business intelligence solutions to distributed enterprises, today announced it is expanding its Interactive Remote Video Monitoring services with a new highly-affordable Virtual Security Guard Monitoring package ideally suited to the needs of small and mid-sized retailers and retail chains with moderate security challenges. With installation costs starting at just $2,500, retailers are now able to protect their employees, customers, and assets with the help of trained security professionals monitoring their premises with live video and two-way audio.

With Virtual Security Guard, retailers will be able to rely on Interface’s advanced technology and trained Intervention Specialists to immediately intervene in the event of shoplifting, robberies, customer arguments, and any other emergency or potentially volatile situation.

“We are seeing increased demand from SMBs and enterprises across a range of verticals for advanced security solutions as they embrace new business models and face heightened security concerns,” said Brent Duncan, Chief Revenue Officer at Interface Security Systems. “With our Virtual Security Guard solution, businesses can ensure employee and customer safety, reduce shrink, and lower insurance and guard costs.”

"With the current market conditions and our most recent D&D Daily crime data showing alarming robbery and fatality increases continuing, it's critical if not an absolute necessity that retailers have affordable quality solutions that provide real-time professional security assistance at the store level, ensuring store safeness and supporting their efforts," said Gus Downing, publisher of the D&D Daily. "Virtual Security Guard does just that and comes to market at a time when the returning associates need and are looking for the support more than ever before."

Available immediately, the new low-cost Virtual Security Guard package includes intrusion alarm monitoring, interactive live video, and two-way audio monitoring, up to eight video cameras, and one audio zone. Every alarm will be verified with live audio and video to reduce false alarms. Retailers have the option to leverage their existing security cameras and network connectivity infrastructure to make the solution even more cost-effective and easy to implement.

The low-cost Virtual Security Guard package gives retailers the flexibility to rapidly roll out a security solution and then graduate to a more advanced version of the service based on threat levels or to accommodate business expansion. Enhanced services include remote guard tours and virtual escort services to ensure the safety of store associates when receiving inventory or handling cash, or during store openings and closings. Scheduled and on-demand voice downs can be implemented to check in on associates and remind shoppers to follow social distancing guidelines.

Customers can also upgrade to a full suite of interactive video monitoring solutions that come with extensive video camera coverage, multiple audio zones, on-demand security escorts, and smart personal safety devices, and operational compliance audits. Retailers interested in exploring the Virtual Security Guard service can take advantage of a complimentary security risk assessment that includes a free site survey for a limited time.

Visit the Interface Interactive Remote Video Monitoring page and watch the video to learn more about the service.





'Vishing' Remote Workers
FBI, CISA Warn of 'Voice Phishing' Attacks On Teleworkers

Hackers are taking advantage of the rise of telework during COVID-19 by posing as victims' IT departments and persuading workers over the phone to divulge sensitive data, the FBI and U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have warned.

In what authorities called a sophisticated "campaign" that has hit several companies, cybercriminals since July have used a tactic known as voice phishing, or "vishing," contacting workers on their personal cellphones and directing them to turn over their login information, U.S. authorities said.

The attackers convinced employees that they needed to turn over their usernames and passwords in order to log in to a new link for the company's virtual private network, or VPN, according to officials. VPNs, which allow remote employees to log in to the same system, have become an increasingly common tool that companies use to monitor and control access to their systems during the pandemic.

Average Cost of a Data Breach in 2020: $3.86M

When companies defend themselves against cyberattacks, time is money.

A recent survey of 3,200 people in 524 organizations that suffered data breaches is a bit of a mixed bag. Ponemon's "Cost of a Data Breach Report 2020" (commissioned by IBM) reveals that despite an apparent decline in the average cost of a data breach — from $3.92 million in 2019 to $3.86 million this year — the price tag was much less for mature companies and industries and far higher for firms that had lackluster security automation and incident response processes. In the same vein, Ponemon's examination of the average cost per record varied widely according to the kind of data that was exposed or stolen.

Among the breaches analyzed in Ponemon's study, the most sought-after record type was customers' personally identifiable information (PII). Fully eight out of 10 hacked organizations reported that the thieves specifically targeted PII. Stolen PII was also the costliest. According to the study, the average cost per lost or stolen data record was $146, but each compromised record containing personal customer information cost businesses $150. That cost grew to $175 in breaches stemming from malicious attacks. A quarter of the breaches in the study involved anonymized customer data — average cost: $143 per record, which increased to $171 per record for malicious attacks.

Read more: Costs Vary Greatly Between Verticals | The Biggest Cost Factor: Lost Business | Malicious Attacks Caused Most Security Incidents | Attacks by Nation-States Were the Most Expensive | Security Automation Lowers the Costs | Time Is Money |

Addressing AI Bias Head-On: It’s a Human Job
Artificial intelligence systems derive their power in learning to perform their tasks directly from data. As a result, AI systems are at the mercy of their training data and in most cases are strictly forbidden to learn anything beyond what is contained in their training data.

Data by itself has some principal problems: It is noisy, nearly never complete, and it is dynamic as it continually changes over time. This noise can manifest in many ways in the data -- it can arise from incorrect labels, incomplete labels or misleading correlations. As a result of these problems with data, most AI systems must be very carefully taught how to make decisions, act or respond in the real world.

This ‘careful teaching’ involves three stages.

Stage 1: In the first stage, the available data must be carefully modeled to understand its underlying data distribution despite its incompleteness.

Stage 2: The second stage of "care" involves the careful training of the AI system to minimize biases.

Stage 3: Finally in the third stage of care, AI systems have to be very carefully monitored by other systems or humans to capture performance drifts and to enable the appropriate correction mechanisms to nullify these drifts.

ICS Cyber Security Conference - Call for Presentations Extended to Aug. 31
The official Call for Presentations (speakers) for SecurityWeek’s 2020 Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cyber Security Conference, being held October 19 – 22, 2020 in SecurityWeek’s Virtual Conference Center, has been extended to August 31st.

While the event has been held in Atlanta for the past several years, the 2020 conference will be held virtually due to COVID-19.

As the original ICS/SCADA cyber security conference, the event is the largest and longest-running cyber security-focused event series for the industrial control systems sector. The conference caters to the energy, water, utility, chemical, transportation, manufacturing, and other industrial and critical infrastructure organizations.

Zoom went down for 4 hours on Monday, disrupting schools and businesses
Zoom outages disrupted meetings and classes around the country Monday, highlighting Americans’ growing reliance on video software to keep things running during the pandemic. After roughly four hours, the company confirmed it had resolved an issue that kept some users from being able to join Zoom meetings and webinars. Zoom first said it was experiencing partial outages on its status page, which it began investigating before 9 a.m. Eastern time. It’s unclear how many users were affected. The platform was back in working order by midday.

Apple Buys Spaces, VR Startup That Blends Avatars Into Videoconferences

Sen. Kamala Harris concerned about AI's use in HR







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COVID-19 pandemic accelerated shift to e-commerce by 5 years, new report says

Department stores seeing the most significant declines

As the COVID-19 pandemic reshapes our world, more consumers have begun shopping online in greater numbers and frequency. According to new data from IBM’s U.S. Retail Index,
the pandemic has accelerated the shift away from physical stores to digital shopping by roughly five years. Department stores, as a result, are seeing significant declines. In the first quarter of 2020, department store sales and those from other “non-essential” retailers declined by 25%. This grew to a 75% decline in the second quarter.

The report indicates that
department stores are expected to decline by over 60% for the full year. Meanwhile, e-commerce is projected to grow by nearly 20% in 2020.

The pandemic has also helped refine which categories of goods consumers feel are essential, the study found. Clothing, for example, declined in importance as more consumers began working and schooling from home, as well as social distancing under government lockdowns. However,
other categories, including groceries, alcohol and home improvement materials, accelerated, by 12%, 16% and 14%, respectively.

FBI sees rise in online shopping scams; Tips to check out sellers first
An increasing number of victims are being directed to fraudulent websites via social media platforms and popular online search engines. Cashing in on that online deal could cost you more than the bargain itself.
The FBI has seen an increase in complaints related to online shopping.

In these scams, oftentimes the product is listed for a very low price, but then,
victims get less than they pay for. FBI Agent Davis Christy in Fort Myers says, “They’re either getting low-quality items, they’re not getting the items at all or they’re getting something they never wanted to purchase.”

One thing to be cautious of is websites ending in .club or .top with extremely low prices that advertise on social media or are new websites altogether. You can check the age of a website by going to ICANN or to lookup the domain registry and find out how long they have been around.

Best Buy’s 2Q online sales jump 242 percent

Tesco hiring 16K workers to keep up with online sales demand

China’s e-commerce giants get a boost as consumers continue to shift online after coronavirus







Williamson County, TN: Macy’s seeking suspect in $1,200 theft
Franklin Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying three suspects accused of stealing merchandise from Macy’s. According to police, the theft took place just before 3 p.m. Saturday. Three suspects are accused of stealing nearly $1,200 worth of merchandise.

Steubenville, OH: Pair arrested following apparent theft ring at Fort Steuben Mall
Two people are now behind bars following an apparent theft ring at Fort Steuben Mall. According to Steubenville Police records, Samantha Sinsel, 33, and Brittany Little, 30, both of Weirton, were caught shoplifting from the J.C. Penney at the mall. Sinsel reportedly stole $194 worth of merchandise while Little reportedly stole nearly $973 of clothing, toys and jewelry.

Salisbury, NC: Man banned from Walmart charged with stealing detergent
A Salisbury man banned from Walmart was charged with stealing laundry detergent after he was caught by the store’s loss prevention.
Salisbury police say this arrest is his third this month. He has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor larceny.

Chelsea, MI: Two men and a woman were briefly detained after the group loaded a shopping cart with hard liquor and fled a store without paying
Police searched the vehicle and found a large number of factory-sealed liquor bottles, some of them still with anti-theft tags attached.

Baker City, OR: Two arrested for Burglary of High Mountain Smoke Shop; $15,000 of merchandise stolen






Shootings & Deaths

Oklahoma City, OK: 1 killed, 1 injured in shooting outside convenience store
Oklahoma City police are investigating a shooting that killed one person and injured another one early Monday morning. According to police, the shooting happening outside the Community Food Mart. Police said a male victim died on the way to the hospital and a female victim was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said some sort of confrontation took place at the store, leading to the male victim being shot. During the shooting, the female victim was also hit by gunfire. Two people left the scene after the shooting but were later caught, according to police.

Lexington, KY: Update: One charged with murder in connection with Fayette Mall shooting, two others arrested
Police have arrested a man on a murder charge and two other people are facing charges in connection with the shooting at Fayette Mall that resulted in the death of 17-year-old Kenneth Wayne Bottoms Jr. According to police, 19-year-old Xavier Hardin has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting. Police say investigators arrested Hardin Monday evening. Hardin is charged with murder and two counts of assault. He’s lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center.

Odessa, TX: Would-be robber shot during attempted Robbery
A shooting at an Andrews store sent one person to the hospital. According to a news release issued by the office, a white man walked into the Gebo’s store at 6:45 Monday evening. The man attempted to rob the store clerk at gun point and pointed a gun at employees and shoppers. Shots were fired, and the suspect was injured. No employees or customers were harmed.

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Iowa City, IA: Suspect admitted to stabbing convenience store clerk
Trell T. Grant 34, who is homeless, faces charges of attempted murder and first-degree robbery in the Aug. 20 stabbing. Iowa City Police said Grant went to Deli Mart, around 11:55 p.m. Aug. 20 armed with a knife. Police said Grant immediately approached the clerk on duty and began stabbing him “quickly and repeatedly” until the clerk opened the cash register. The incident was captured on surveillance video. Police said they tracked down Grant and he identified himself in the surveillance footage. He admitted to stabbing the clerk — who suffered life-threatening injuries. Grant also allegedly told investigators he had issues with the clerk.

Pembroke Pines, FL: Man completes application/turns over ID, then forcibly steals a $6,000 puppy
A man has been caught on camera stealing a puppy from a Pembroke Pines pet store that sells specialty breed dogs. The theft occurred at the Petland, just before noon, Monday. Employees said that the customer displayed a possessive behavior towards the male pomeranian-poodle mixed puppy after playing with it. “He started getting possessive over the puppy, and normally we don’t see customers like, ‘Oh, this is mine,'” employee Tiffany Carrazana said. “He started filling out the financing application and everything of that sort, gave his ID over.” The customer handed over his ID, then decided it was time to go with the dog without paying the roughly $6,000 cost and without his ID.

West Chester Township, OH: Police seek shoplifting suspect who assaults Walmart employee

Frankfurt, Germany: Car smashed into Bulgari Jewelers store front, Smash & Grab crew makes off with Several Hundred Thousand in merchandise


Cargo Theft

Bayonne, NJ: 2 charged with trying to rip off warehouse; $5,000 of merchandise recovered



C-Store – Panama City, FL – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Odessa, TX – Armed Robbery/ Suspect shot
C-Store – Johnson City, TN – Armed Robbery
CVS – Birmingham, AL – Robbery
Clothing – Lafayette, LA - Burglary
Clothing – Paramus, NJ – Burglary
Eyeglasses – Kansa City, MO – Burglary
Family Dollar – Lexington Park, MD – Robbery
Gas Station – East Lyme, CT – Armed Robbery
Gas Station – Bay Minette, AL – Armed Robbery
Gas Station – Durango, CO – Armed Robbery
Gas Station – Durango, CO – Armed Robbery
Hotel - East Lyme, CT – Armed Robbery
Jewelry – Portland, OR – Robbery
Jewelry Jeffersonville, OH – Robbery
Jewelry – Sugarland, TX – Robbery
Jewelry – Auburn, WA – Robbery
Jewelry – Laredo, TX - Robbery
Liquor – Chelsea, MI - Robbery
Pet – Pembroke Pines, FL – Robbery
Restaurant – Hubbard, OH – Robbery (Burger King)
Restaurant – Paramus, NJ – Burglary (Wendy’s)
7-Eleven – Lubbock, TX – Armed Robbery
7-Eleven – Norfolk, VA – Armed Robbery

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• 20 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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