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Protos Security Hires Peter Platten as Senior VP of Sales & Strategic Accounts
Security Services Holdings, LLC (dba Protos Security), the leading tech-enabled security services company in North America, announces an expansion of its leadership team with the hiring of Peter Platten as Senior Vice President of Sales & Strategic Accounts. Peter brings over 20 years of sales and leadership experience to Protos, with over half of that in the security industry. Prior to joining Protos Security, his recent experience included roles as Vice president of National Sales and Region Vice President of Sales & Operations for Securitas. Read more here

Jeremy Henderson promoted to AVP, Director of Investigations & Safety for TJX Companies, Inc.

Jeremy has been with TJX Companies for nearly 16 years, starting with the company in 2005 as a District Loss Prevention Manager. Before his latest promotion to AVP, Director of Investigations and Safety, he spent nearly a year as Manager of Safety and Investigations. Prior to that, he spent nearly three years as a Regional Investigations Manager and three and a half year as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager. Earlier in his career, he spent nearly 13 years with Meijer as a Corporate Security/Development Specialist. Congratulations, Jeremy!

Daniel Edward Cruz, CFI promoted to Director, Asset Protection - Remote Operations - Louis Vuitton for LVMH
Daniel has been with LVMH for more than 12 years, starting with the company in 2008 as Regional Manager - Loss Prevention, a position he held for four years. Before his promotion to Director, Asset Protection - Remote Operations - Louis Vuitton, he spent eight years as Regional Director, Asset Protection - Louis Vuitton. Before joining LVMH, he spent more than four years with Limited Brands as Regional Loss Prevention Manager (2 years) and ORC Manager (2 years). Congratulations, Daniel!

Tim Humble named Director of Loss Prevention for Daniel's Jewelers
Before being named Director of Loss Prevention for Daniel's Jewelers, Tim spent more than four years with Smart & Final as Regional Loss Prevention Manager - South. Earlier in his career, he spent nearly 15 years with Sport Chalet as Senior Loss Prevention Manager (over five years), Corporate LP Manager (over two years), Regional LP Manager (over two years), District LP Manager (2 years), among other roles he had with the company. Congratulations, Tim!

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Michael Lamb Appointed to Metro LPSG Advisory Board

Staten Island, NY - Metro One LPSG announces new advisory board member, Michael Lamb.

Michael Lamb, LPC has over 40 years of experience in the asset protection / loss prevention industry. He formerly served the Vice President of Asset Protection & Safety for the Kroger family of companies where he oversaw the strategic and tactical direction related to the shrinkage, waste control and safety across the Kroger enterprise, consisting of approximately 2800 store locations.

Under Lamb's leadership, Kroger saw an unprecedented 12 straight fiscal Quarters of year over year shrink reduction. Prior to Kroger, Michael served as the Vice President of Asset Protection & Safety for Walmart US where he led the organization to one of its' lowest shrink rates and returned over $300M USD in shrink savings in his final year with the company before transitioning to Kroger. Previously he served as Vice President of Asset Protection, Regulatory Compliance and Safety for The Home Depot where he delivered among the lowest shrink and safety performance results in the company's history.

As a member of Loss Prevention Research Council Board of Directors, Board of Directors for RILA's Asset Protection Leaders Council, the Editorial Board for Loss Prevention Magazine, Board Member of The Loss Prevention Foundation, and on the Advisory Committee of NASP, he is a pilar of the security industry.

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Protests & Violence

2020 Was A Record-Breaking Year For Gun-Related Deaths In The U.S.
2020 proved to be a record-breaking year for gun homicides in America. According to the Gun Violence Archive, a total of at least 19,223 people lost their lives due to gun violence in 2020. That's an almost 25% jump from the year before. That's also the highest death toll in over 20 years, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), an online site that collects gun violence data, and the Britannia Group's non-partisan site procon.org. time.com npr.org

In over a dozen cities, homicides rose by 50 percent or more in 2020

NYC ends 2020 with 97% leap in shootings, 45% jump in murders

Chicago ends 2020 with 769 homicides as gun violence surges

A year like no other for L.A. crime: Homicides surge, robberies and rapes drop

Philly's violent year: Nearly 500 people were killed and more than 2,200 shot in 2020

Missouri saw deadliest year ever for gun violence in 2020, made worse by pandemic

Overall crime in N.J. decreased in 2020, but violence spiked during COVID-19 pandemic

Line-of-duty police deaths surge in 2020 as coronavirus,
calls to 'defund' pose challenge to officers' safety

The number of police officers who have died in the line of duty in 2020 has jumped by nearly 60% compared to last year as the ongoing spread of the coronavirus continues to take its toll on America's men and women in blue.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is reporting 210 total fatalities this year -- a 58% increase from the 133 it recorded in 2019. "The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has confirmed that the COVID-19 pandemic has accounted for more officer line-of-duty deaths than firearms or traffic fatalities combined," it added. "NLEOMF has also determined that the total number of fatalities will be the largest since the terrorist attacks in 2001."

Statistics from the Officer Down Memorial Page, which also tracks the deaths of officers in the U.S. and its territories, indicate that a higher number have died on-duty this year: 304, with the contagious virus being by far the leading cause. Last year, it reported that 148 officers died in the line of duty. foxnews.com

A Silver Lining for a Violent Year
There hasn't been a single mass shooting in the US since the COVID pandemic took hold; 2020 saw the least mass killings in more than a decade
If there's one silver lining in a year marred by a deadly pandemic, civil unrest, and economic and political turmoil, it's this: The number of mass shootings that happened in public was the lowest in more than a decade. Experts who research mass killings say there are two key reasons for the sharp drop-off. For one, most people avoided going out in public during coronavirus lockdowns, which meant fewer opportunities for slayings in workplaces or schools. For another, Americans were so focused on other tragedies that would-be gunmen were less likely to consider carrying out attacks.

A database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University that tracks mass killings - defined as four or more dead, not including the shooter - back to 2006 showed just two public mass shootings this year. Both happened before the lockdowns took hold. masslive.com

'Don't Bring Weapons Into Our City':
Here is how DC is planning to manage pro-Trump protests this week

Protests by pro-Trump groups, including the Proud Boys, are scheduled for the Nation's Capital this week, prompting an all-hands-on-deck response from the District government. The Washington Post reports four protests are permitted for Wednesday, the day when Congress will certify the votes of the Electoral College for President-elect Joe Biden. The protests are planned in Freedom Plaza, near the Capitol and the Washington Monument.

In a statement Sunday, Mayor Muriel Bowser said all Metropolitan Police Department officers would be required to work on Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday will mark the opening of the emergency operations center, which will allow DC to coordinate its response to the protests with federal law enforcement. After anonymous posters in online chats strategized about how to sneak guns into the city, police posted signs warning that firearms are prohibited at protests. Open carry is also banned in DC. Numerous road closures will be in place during the planned protests. fox5dc.com

Washington DC: Some Businesses Boarding Back Up, Others Conducting Business As Usual Ahead of Protests
Business operators in downtown D.C. were unwilling to speak Saturday afternoon about their concerns before Wednesday's electoral vote count and if planned protests could spark trouble on the streets. Street-level windows and glass doors have been boarded with plywood at some businesses and office buildings. Others, including CVS, Nordstrom Rack and restaurants with outdoor dining, were conducting business unimpeded. wtop.com

Trump to attend D.C. protests Wednesday against Congress certifying Biden victory

DC-area leaders discourage counterprotesting on Jan. 6

Anti-maskers Storm California Mall, Harass Shoppers and Refuse to Leave
A group of anti-mask protesters were met with opposition or refused entry into stores as they staged a demonstration against coronavirus safety protocols in Los Angeles. The protesters live streamed their antics as well as being followed by local reporters as they made their way through the Westfield Century City mall on January 3. Among some of the videos posted on social media from the protest include a number of physical and verbal altercations and one of the organizers appearing to be detained by police. newsweek.com

Fresno, CA: 'Burn the mask' protest temporarily shutters Trader Joe's
A group of anti-mask protestors temporarily shuttered a Trader Joe's in Fresno. "Burn the Mask" protestors blocked the entrance of the grocery store on Saturday afternoon. As a result, the store chose to close early. sfgate.com

Nashville bombing destroys store already hurt by coronavirus, looting

Surreal images from inside Nashville store reflect destruction of Christmas Day bombing

Portland Mayor pledges to 'push back harder' against Antifa after New Year's Eve riot

Long Beach, CA: 13 more suspects arrested for May 31 looting, vandalism incidents


COVID Update

US: Over 21M Cases - 360K Dead - 12M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 85M Cases - 1.8M Dead - 60M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 252   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 186
*Red indicates change in total deaths

U.S. COVID death toll tops 350,000 as hospitals fill up
and vaccine rollout struggles to keep up

The COVID-19 death toll in the United States passed 350,000 over the weekend, after the deadliest month so far. More than 77,000 people in America died from complications related to the coronavirus in December.

One hospital in Alhambra, California, just east of Los Angeles, has been so inundated with COVID-19 patients, it's set up tents outside to handle the surge of people coming in. The ICU is now full and the emergency room has been converted into a COVID ward.

And public health officials say the country still hasn't felt the crush of cases expected from holiday gatherings. "It's terrible. It's unfortunate. But it was predictable that we were going to see the number of cases that we're seeing now. My concern is that it could get worse over the next couple of weeks," Dr. Anthony Fauci said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.

Also, the country's vaccine rollout is struggling to keep up. In both Texas and Florida, seniors waited in lines for hours to get their shots. While in Tennessee, some camped out overnight, only to be turned away.

According to the CDC, more than 13 million doses have been distributed in the U.S., but only 4.2 million have actually been injected into people. Both fall far short of the federal government's goal of 20 million doses by the end of December.

Moncef Slaoui, the head of Operation Warp Speed, said it's up to the states, not the federal government, to effectively distribute doses. "I don't think we are able to identify exactly which long-term care facility or which CVS store should be getting more vaccine or less vaccine. That has to be done with people that have granular knowledge of their population," Slaoui said on "Face the Nation." cbsnews.com

UK becomes world's first to roll out Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine as cases surge
The United Kingdom became the first nation to inoculate people with the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine outside of trials on Monday, with the country's health secretary hailing the day as a "real pivotal moment." Doses of the vaccine, approved by UK regulators on December 30, will initially be delivered at "a small number of hospitals for the first few days for surveillance purposes," before the bulk of doses arrives at medical practices later in the week, said England's National Health Service (NHS). cnn.com

Hospitals serving poor, nonwhite L.A. hit hardest by COVID-19
While all hospitals across Los Angeles County are being slammed by waves of COVID-19 patients, those in lower-income, densely populated and nonwhite communities have been hit hardest and face the greatest challenge in providing care, according to a Times data analysis. latimes.com

An outbreak has killed one, infected 43 at California hospital.
An inflatable holiday costume is likely to blame, officials say.

A staff member dressed as a smiling, red-nosed Christmas tree strolled through the emergency department at a San Jose hospital on Christmas Day, hoping to provide holiday cheer. Days later, a coronavirus outbreak swept through the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center, eventually infecting 43 employees and killing one.

Hospital officials now say the "air-powered" Christmas costume is likely to blame for the 44 positive tests, all recorded between Dec. 27 and Friday. Experts said the fan inside the costume could have blown coronavirus-laden droplets throughout the department. washingtonpost.com

Coronavirus lockdowns by state: What you need to know

Covid variant in South Africa is 'more of a problem' than UK's, official says

Moderna increases minimum 2021 Covid vaccine production by 20% to 600M doses

FDA to weigh half-dosing Moderna COVID-19 vaccines: Operation Warp Speed official

Giant Food administering COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare workers in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Air Travel Hits Pandemic High, Adding to Fears of Yet More Case Surges

Mastercard Projects Holiday Sales Rose 3%

What happened this holiday selling season?
In the first major post-holiday report, Mastercard has projected U.S. retail sales grew 3.0 percent in the expanded selling season from Oct. 11 through Dec. 24, short of 2019's four percent gain, but ahead of a forecast for 2.4 percent growth. Mastercard SpendingPulse tracks online and in-store spending with all forms of payment.

The Wall Street Journal noted that Mastercard's data showed U.S. retail sales rose only 2.4 percent for the two-month period - Nov. 1 to Christmas Eve - below the 3.6-to-5.2 percent growth predicted by NRF.

The publication indicated a "more complete picture" of holiday spending won't arrive until the government's December figures and retail's quarterly results arrive. retailwire.com

  Holiday sales up 6.8%, according to Customer Growth Partners

Garda Trucks Target of Safety Investigation
Lawsuit: Garda enabled fatal SC crash, putting unlicensed driver

in 'unsafe' armored truck
The collision that killed Ronald Seegars this fall was more than a chance accident between the 73-year-old Fort Lawn man's Chevy Suburban and an armored truck, his family's lawyers say. Instead, it was the latest carnage to result from a pattern of safety shortcuts and irresponsible corporate behavior by the massive armored truck company Garda, those attorneys argued in a wrongful death lawsuit filed this month.

According to that lawsuit, Garda - the world's largest cash services and security company - put Seegars in harm's way on that September day when it dispatched an unqualified driver in a truck that should have been out of service with mechanical issues.

The accusations echo an investigation earlier this year by the Tampa Bay Times that found shortcomings in the company's vehicle maintenance and driver training have endangered motorists across the country. They take aim at a visible brand whose trucks can be seen ferrying cash to and from businesses in cities all over the United States. postandcourier.com

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma suspected missing after calling for economic reform
Billionaire Jack Ma, one of China's richest men and the founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is suspected missing since he has not made a public appearance in more than two months, according to a report from Yahoo Finance. Ma's reported disappearance comes after he called for economic reform in an Oct. 24 speech in Shanghai, according to Yahoo Finance.

"Today's financial system is the legacy of the Industrial Age," Ma said according to Yahoo Finance. "We must set up a new one for the next generation and young people. We must reform the current system."

Ma was supposed to take part in the November finale episode of his show "Africa's Business Heroes," a competition for African entrepreneurs, but was replaced by an Alibaba executive, Yahoo Finance reported. foxbusiness.com

Diversity & Inclusion - Unconscious Bias Training Top D&I Training Topic in 2020
Interest - Investment - Training Skyrocket Nationwide Following Protests

Numerous offerings are seeing growth rates over the 1000% mark

As social justice protests continue and some employers work to address systemic racism, numerous organizations have reported a notable increase in participation and investment in training for diversity, equity and inclusion, according to data shared with HR Dive by LinkedIn, Udemy, Skillsoft and ExecOnline.

ExecOnline's program, offered in partnership with Yale University and titled "Fostering Inclusion and Diversity," saw a 298% year-over-year increase in enrollment in the month of July and the upward trend has continued, with September's enrollment at 357% compared to last year.

Skillsoft said it saw similar growth. Company representatives shared that a course on unconscious bias training saw a 1269% increase in traffic and another course titled "Compliance Expert: Diversity - Its Value in the Workplace" had a 1054% increase in traffic. Overall, from May to June, Skillsoft saw a 367% increase in diversity content accessed on its site.

At LinkedIn, company representatives reported that two courses on bias were in the top ten most popular courses across all of LinkedIn Learning for the month of August. hrdive.com

Justice Department Secures Relief for U.S. Army National Guard Reservist on Employment Discrimination Claim Against Luxury Jeweler Harry Winston
In December 2017, reservist Walker applied for a job with Harry Winston, Inc., which denied his application. Walker alleged that Harry Winston, Inc. refused to hire him because of his military service obligations. Under the terms of the settlement, Harry Winston, Inc. has agreed to fully compensate Walker for his back-pay and non-wage damages. justice.gov

US National Guard had biggest mobilization in 2020 than any year since WWII
The US National Guard activated more troops for duty in 2020 than any time since World War II - as the nation dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires and unrest in the streets, according to a new report. Tens of thousands of Guardsmen logged 8.4 million duty days this year - mobilizing in all 50 states, three territories and Washington, DC, according to National Guard data obtained by the Washington Post.

The majority of the efforts were related to the coronavirus pandemic - with Guardsmen distributing protective equipment, conducting tests and, at times, retrieving the dead, according to the report. During the summer, Guard activations also spiked significantly amid civil unrest over the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. nypost.com

JSA to Present Annual Awards and Discuss the State of Crime in the Jewelry Industry at January 6th Virtual Event
Jewelers' Security Alliance announced the names of the recipients of its annual awards which will be presented at a virtual Zoom event on Wednesday, January 6, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Receiving the 22nd Annual James B. White Award to Law Enforcement are FBI Special Agent Ivan Romo and Los Angeles Police Department Detective Dennis Bopp. Both serve on the FBI Major Theft Task Force based in Los Angeles, and have conducted important investigations involving South American theft gangs and Chilean burglary gangs that target the jewelry industry.

Receiving JSA's 16th annual Industry Service Award is Joe Barnard, Director of Stores for Bernie Robbins Jewelers, an Official Rolex Jeweler that has branches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Barnard hosts a crime prevention network that shares information on crimes and suspects with a large group of similar stores, and provides valuable insights on current retail jewelry practices to JSA. Register for JSA's free virtual event here.

Atlanta: Lenox Square mall adds weapon detectors at main entrance,
GM says more security measures to come

The next time you stroll through Lenox Square, you may go through some weapon detectors. But as Channel 2′s Sophia Choi found out, not everyone is convinced they'll keep shoppers safe, due to a potential flaw in the mall's security plan. The weapon detectors are located at the main entrance to Lenox Square. As Choi watched, they detected three people with guns who were walking into the mall. But the main entrance to Lenox Square is not the only entrance to the mall. wsbtv.com

The Weird World of Disney:
Some wild things happened in 2020 at the theme parks

Guests attacking security guards. A drone flying over an empty Magic Kingdom and a Discovery Island trespasser. Even someone with a fake badge pretending to be a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Read about some of the strange headlines that emerged in 2020 at Orlando's theme parks: orlandosentinel.com

J.C. Penney CEO Jill Soltau exits

Done Deal: Several retail mergers, acquisitions and partnerships closed at year's end

FLIR Systems to Be Acquired by Teledyne for $8B

Half of U.S. states will raise their minimum wage in 2021 - and more pay hikes could be on the way


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FAA Addresses Safety & Security Concerns in New Drone Rules
New Remote ID is "a digital license plate for drones"

Will the FAA's new rules speed commercialization of drones?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday, Dec. 28th, issued guidelines that will soon require remote identification for any drone that has to be registered with the FAA in what could expand the use of the machines for commercial deliveries.

Drones will be required to have Remote ID, an identification technology that will enable authorities to track drones.

The FAA said in a statement, "Remote ID is a major step toward the full integration of drones into the national airspace system. Remote ID provides identification of drones in flight as well as the location of their control stations, providing crucial information to our national security agencies and law enforcement partners, and other officials charged with ensuring public safety. Airspace awareness reduces the risk of drone interference with other aircraft and people and property on the ground."

New rules also relax restrictions for flying drones over people and at night, but add mandates that they be outfitted with anti-collision lights that can be seen for three miles. Currently, a waiver is required to fly a drone at night or over people not involved in the operation of the drone.

"The new rules make way for the further integration of drones into our airspace by addressing safety and security concerns," said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. "They get us closer to the day when we will more routinely see drone operations such as the delivery of packages." retailwire.com

More Attacks - More Sophisticated - More Complex
DDoS Attacks Spiked, Became More Complex in 2020
Global pandemic and the easy availability of for-hire services and inexpensive tool sets gave adversaries more opportunities to attack.
The large-scale shift to remote work and the increased reliance on online services as the result of the global pandemic this year gave threat actors new opportunities to use distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to harass and extort organizations.

Providers of DDoS mitigation services reported an overall increase in attack volumes, attack sophistication, and attack complexity in 2020 compared with prior years. Adversaries went after more organizations in more industries than ever before, and the motives for launching attacks became as varied as the attacks themselves.

Here are the major DDoS trends for 2020, according to Kedgley and other experts.

1. The Global Pandemic Drove a Sharp Increase in DDoS Attacks
2. Extortion DDoS Attacks Increased in Number
3. Multivector Attacks Became More Common
4. DDoS Attacks Became Bigger
5. DDoS Attacks Targeted More Organizations Across More Industries Than Ever

Five ways COVID-19 will change cybersecurity
The main story of 2021 won't be the disease, but the vaccine. With three effective, promising vaccines in development as of November, COVID-19 (and its treatment) will continue causing major shifts in nearly every facet of our lives. That is particularly true for cybersecurity. Our sector transformed in 2020, and we have still not finished adapting to the virus. Here are five ways that COVID-19 and its vaccines will cause cybersecurity to change in 2021:

1. Returning to office will create complex cybersecurity challenges
2. CISOs will retrench and rebuild their security policies
3. Vaccinated employees will return with infected devices
4. Threat actors will prioritize SaaS applications and cloud services
5. Vaccines will give rise to misinformation and phishing attacks 

Microsoft Reveals That Russian Attackers Accessed Some of Its Source Code
Microsoft last week disclosed its discovery that the attackers behind the SolarWinds breach and rigged software update had commandeered one of its internal accounts to view - but not alter - some of its source code "in a number of source code repositories."

The revelation is the latest twist in a complex breach believed to be perpetrated by Russian hackers on behalf the nation's SVR intelligence arm that has infiltrated major US government agencies, including the US State Department and Treasury, as well as major companies such as Microsoft and FireEye, the security giant that first detected and revealed the breach. darkreading.com

T-Mobile: Hackers Accessed Customer Call Data

Remote Desktop Bugs: Patches That Took Priority in a Pandemic Year

6 New Year's Resolutions for Forward-Looking Cyber-Risk Leaders





We get to flip the calendar to 2021, finally. I'm not going to recap the disaster that 2020 was, as you all lived it in your own ways. Unfortunately, as the clock strikes midnight and the sun sets on 2020 it doesn't guarantee us any change of luck for 2021. However, what I've learned over this past year is that we can't be consumed with problems out of our control - but we can be responsible for how we let them affect us. From a professional and personal development standpoint, truth be told, it's your time to shine. Check out this article, New Year, New You by WZ's Tony Paixao, CFI, CFE to take a deeper dive into this concept. Set goals, create a strategy and work towards something that creates fulfillment. Not every "resolution" needs to be a major undertaking, create a strategic plan to get there.

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26,000 Fraudulent Online Stores
Shopify hosts thousands of fraudulent shops, analysis finds
Shopify says it does "not condone the behavior of bad actors" after a Fakespot analysis found that more than 20 per cent of the Shopify stores it analyzed posed a risk to shoppers.

Fakespot is a program and browser extension that helps online shoppers to spot fake reviews and counterfeits. But recently, the company used their tools proactively to do an analysis of a little over 10 per cent of Shopify's storefronts.

The analysis found that almost 26,000 of the over 124,000 Shopify stores it looked into were "related to fraudulent practices" and were flagged with a "caution" or "warning determination" by the Fakespot tool. Shopify hosts over a million stores.

In addition, almost 39 per cent of the stores were said to be "problematic sellers," with either poor reputations, counterfeit issues or possible brand infringements.

Meanwhile, another 28 per cent were found to be possible scam stores - such as those with privacy leaks and suspiciously low prices. In addition, over 16 per cent had problematic consumer reports and just under 10 per cent had no transaction history. globalnews.ca

Alibaba Under Investigation
China launches anti-monopoly investigation into e-commerce giant Alibaba

China has launched an anti-monopoly investigation into Alibaba, sending the share price of the e-commerce giant tumbling and intensifying the troubles of its billionaire founder Jack Ma.

Regulators will also hold "supervisory and guidance" talks with Alibaba's gigantic financial services subsidiary Ant Group, state media reported, just weeks after its record-breaking IPO was halted at the last minute by Beijing.

The continued squeeze on one of China's most influential companies is the latest sign that the Communist leadership is ready to deflate the ambitions of big tech firms in a runaway internet sector, which has made Ma one of China's richest people with an estimated $58 billion fortune.

Investigators are probing Alibaba for "suspected monopolistic practices", the State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement. The probe threatens to impede the growth of Alibaba, a tech juggernaut which revolutionised the e-commerce landscape of China. nbcnews.com france24.com

Digital Commerce 360
The most-read online retail stories of 2020

What retailers need to know about gift card fraud
Amazon is the fourth‑largest US delivery service and growing fast
A repeal of Section 230 could create big changes for online retailers-or not
Ecommerce shipments increase 47%, order delays spike as coronavirus continues
Coronavirus will boost ecommerce in the long run, but brings new risks
The coronavirus impact on Amazon sellers
Coronavirus is changing shoppers' relationships with grocery retailers

Data: Omnichannel consumption up 50% during 2020
Omnichannel consumption in the U.S. spiked 50% during 2020 with nearly half of all consumer goods purchases completed via e-commerce, according to Nielsen Connect's Omnichannel Shopping Fundamentals survey. retailcustomerexperience.com

Amazon Delays Hike in Fees It Charges Merchants Until June







Albuquerque, NM: Couple charged in armed robberies at ABQ Malls
Last October, store security guards at Coronado and Winrock malls in Albuquerque were stymied in their efforts to stop a young couple, sometimes equipped with a power saw, from stealing pricey items and escaping on foot or in a gold Cadillac. The two were not normal shoplifters, but armed robbers who would brandish a black handgun when confronted, according to Albuquerque police.

"Don't even bother, bro," the young male offender warned while pointing a gun at a Macy's store security officer Oct. 27 before the couple fled with several handbags, an APD criminal complaint states. The robbers hit Nordstrom Rack, Dick's Sporting Goods, JC Penney and Macy's in the span of two weeks. They stole expensive clothing, shoes and handbags.

After a robbery on Oct. 26, police interviewed a Nordstrom "loss prevention employee" who reported noticing a couple near a display of handbags, "and he could hear what he believed to be the sound of a battery powered saw." The security officer said he believed the woman was using the device to sever the cable and lock securing the purses to the display. The couple then grabbed "multiple Michael Kors purses" valued at more than $749, states the complaint.

When confronted on their way out of Nordstrom, the male offender lifted his hooded sweatshirt to reveal a black handgun tucked in the waistband of his pants. The man then told the security officer to "stand back" as he placed has hand on the gun.

By that time, Davone Warner, 21, had become a familiar sight from previous shoplifting incidents in the area and several store employees ultimately identified him as one of the robbers. The criminal complaint also quotes a manager from an Ulta Beauty Store on Louisiana Blvd. NE as having "repeated problems with (Warner) entering the store, stealing whatever he wants and even flaunting it to store employees." Warrants were issued Nov. 4 for the arrest of Warner and his alleged accomplice, 21-year-old Markie Ann Zubia on armed robbery charges. A month later, records show, Albuquerque police arrested Warner at his Westside Albuquerque home. And the Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office asked a judge to keep him in custody pending resolution of his criminal charges.

Warner had been arrested or summoned to court for 23 crimes over the past 20 months, the DA's office stated in a Dec. 10 motion for pretrial detention. abqjournal.com

Bellingham, WA: 3 men suspected of robbing Costco, but this allegedly
wasn't their first
Three men are suspected of stealing floor-model laptop computers from Costco stores in Bellingham and Burlington the day after Christmas. Bellingham Police booked Yahya Mohamed Adan, 22; Abdi Farah Abdi, 22; and Abdifatah Omar Hussein, 24, into Whatcom County Jail Dec. 26 on suspicion of second-degree robbery. Jail records show all three were released on bail Monday, Dec. 28. Court records say it's unknown where the three reside. Officers were called to the Bellingham Costco at approximately 5:04 p.m. for a theft in progress after it was reported two men had entered the store, stolen three laptops and left in a grey Ford Focus, Lt. Claudia Murphy told The Bellingham Herald in an email. Officers learned that Adan and Hussein entered the store through the exit, went directly to the computer counter, pulled out bolt cutters, cut the floor model cables to three laptops and exited to the waiting car, Murphy reported. The robbery matched a report of another robbery earlier in the day at the Burlington Costco, when three men entered the store through the exit, used bolt cutters and left in a Ford Focus with a temporary license, according to Murphy. The value of the three laptops allegedly stolen in Bellingham was less than $4,000, according to Murphy. bellinghamherald.com

Boston, MA: Men charged with using disaster funds to buy iPhones
Two Massachusetts men have been brought up on federal charges alleging they fraudulently obtained disaster loans from the Small Business Administration for a scheme that involved buying large numbers of iPhones for resale. According to the Department of Justice press release, the two 24-year-olds have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for the alleged scheme to "use stolen identity information of United States citizens to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans." The funds were allegedly used to open bogus bank accounts, which the government says the two men used to spend $250,000 on the iPhones. appleinsider.com

Beverly Hills, CA: Teens rob Fendi Store, video captures escape attempt
Several teens were taken into custody after 10 suspects in an armed robbery grabbed handbags and were seen fleeing from a high-end fashion store in Beverly Hills on Tuesday evening, authorities said. A person in a passing vehicle captured video footage of the getaway, which reported at 6 p.m. outside a Fendi store on North Rodeo Drive. According to Beverly Hills police, one of the robbers pushed a security guard to the ground during the robbery. The suspects then ran out of the store and fled in three waiting vehicles that were parked around the corner. Patrol units later pulled over one of those vehicles, took the juvenile occupants into custody and recovered several stolen Fendi items, authorities said. tmz.com

New York, NY: Cops bust thieves within 15 minutes of snatching Givenchy handbags from Bergdorf Goodman store
Police caught up with a group of thieves just minutes after they snatched a pair of Givenchy handbags from a high-end Manhattan store last weekend. According to officials, at around 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, two men entered Bergdorf Goodman and walked out with two Givenchy bags worth nearly $4,000. Authorities said the pair got into a gray Jeep Cherokee driven by a third suspect and sped away but were caught about 15 minutes later.  radio.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Lake County, OR: Man killed by police after C-Store Armed Robbery
A man who robbed the Silver Lake gas station was killed by police Friday after a standoff in Lake County. Isaac Matheny, 37, was shot and killed by police about 10:45 a.m. following a brief standoff. According to Lake County District Attorney Ted Martin, Lake County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 10 a.m. on Jan. 1 for a report of a man who had brandished a firearm and threatened to kill people before taking cash from the register at Silver Lake convenience store. Officers deployed spike strips on the suspect's car on Highway 31, about 10:45 a.m. Friday. According to police, Matheny refused to comply with commands and was shot and killed by police. The weapon used in the robbery was found to be a replica of a rifle, which he had at the scene when he was killed, according to police. heraldandnews.com

Sterling, VA: Suspect Arrested After Shooting, Carjacking, Chase That Injured 3 at Virginia Walmart
Three people, including a sheriff's deputy, were shot Saturday at Dulles Crossing Plaza in Sterling by a man who took off in a stolen vehicle before he was apprehended in Chantilly, deputies said. All three victims suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital, according to Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell. Sheriff Mike Chapman explained at a news conference that at around 5 p.m., a man was being taken into a Walmart security office by two security guards on suspicion of felony theft. He pulled out a gun and began shooting when deputies arrived to take him into custody, Chapman said. Both security guards and one of the deputies were shot. The other, uninjured deputy returned fire and hit the shooter, who managed to escape through the back of the Walmart and carjack a pickup truck that had keys inside, Chapman said. The shooter took off with deputies and Fairfax County officers in pursuit, crashed and fled on foot. After a massive search, the suspect was found and taken into custody.  nbcwashington.com

Milledgeville, GA: Woman sought for questioning in shooting outside TJ Maxx
Detectives with the Milledgeville Police Department have identified the victim of a shooting outside a store at the Milledgeville Mall on Saturday night. They have also named a woman wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting, according to Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord. No one was injured when a single gunshot rang out in the parking lot in front of the TJ Maxx store at the mall.  unionrecorder.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

La Grange, KY: Police looking for suspect in Walmart assault, robbery
Officials with the La Grange Police Department are searching for a suspect caught on camera who allegedly stole jewelry from a La Grange Walmart store on New Year's Eve. Police said the suspect walked into the Walmart store on December 31 around 12 p.m., where he proceeded to push a clerk on the ground, steal several pieces of jewelry from the jewelry case and flee the store on foot, according to a Facebook post from the police department. wave3.com

Dunwoody, GA: Police are looking for a man suspected of shoplifting who pointed a gun at a Macy's employee at Perimeter Mall on Christmas Eve
Police said three men were caught shoplifting from the department store about 12:40 p.m. Dec. 24, according to a news release. When a loss prevention officer confronted the three as they left the store, one of the men pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the employee, spokesman Sgt. Robert Parsons said. ajc.com

Philadelphia, PA: Man wanted for trying to burn down Target store
On December 22, 2020 at approximately 7:30 PM, the suspect, an unknown male, was captured on surveillance video entering the Target Store located at 1020 S. Broad Street. While inside the store the suspect concealed items inside of his jacket, then set other merchandise on fire to make his escape. shorenewsnetwork.com

Omaha, NE: Police respond to teen attacked at Taco Bell

Toms River, NJ: Police arrest man suspected of five C-Store/ Gas Station robberies




Today's 'Robberies & Burglaries' section covers incidents reported after January 1st.
Stay tuned this week as we report full data from the holiday period, Dec. 23-Dec 31.

C-Store- Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Nacogdoches, TX- Armed Robbery/ Clerk wounded
C-Store - North Haven, CT - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Angelina County, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lake County, OR - Armed Robbery/ suspect killed by Police
C-Store - Bronx, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Palmyra, MI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Vidor, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Cumberland, MD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chicopee, MA - Armed Robbery
Costco - Bellingham, WA - Robbery
Family Dollar - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Wenatchee, WA - Robbery
Gas Station - Reading, PA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Tukwila, WA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Oxford, PA- Robbery
Jewelry - Chattanooga, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - Poughkeepsie, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Orange, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Glendale, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Columbus, OH - Robbery
Jewelry - Calumet City, IL - Robbery
Jewelry - Winston Salem, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Elizabeth, NJ - Robbery
Jewelry - Dallas, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Vancouver, WA - Robbery
Liquor - Galesburg, IL - Armed Robbery
Marijuana - Portland, OR - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Providence, RI - Robbery
Sports- Chicago, IL - Burglary
TJ Maxx - Riverhead, NY - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - Dover, DE - Armed Robbery
Tobacco - Georgetown, SC - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Berkeley, CA - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Cadiz, KY- Robbery/ Assault on employee
7-Eleven - Suffolk, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Bay City, MI - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Winchester, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Tukwila, WA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 39 robberies
• 1 burglary
• 2 shootings
• 1 killed

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