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Election Day News Coverage
Across the Nation, Retailers & Companies Brace for Unrest

Boarded-Up Windows and Increased Security: Retailers Brace for the Election

Stores are making plans for how to deal with potential civil unrest
stemming from Tuesday's election

Nordstrom, the high-end department store chain, said it planned to board up some of its 350 stores and hire extra security for Election Day on Tuesday. Tiffany & Company, the luxury jeweler, said that "windows of select stores in key cities will be boarded in anticipation of potential election-related activity." Saks Fifth Avenue said it was "implementing additional security measures at certain locations in the event of civil unrest due to the current election."

In Beverly Hills, the police said they would take a "proactive approach" and close Rodeo Drive, a renowned strip of luxury retailers, on Tuesday and Wednesday, citing the likelihood of increased "protest activity." The police, working with private security companies, said they would also be on "full alert" throughout Beverly Hills starting on Halloween and continuing into election week.

The nation is on edge as the bitter presidential contest finally nears an end, the latest flashpoint in a bruising year that has included the pandemic and widespread protests over social justice. Anxiety has been mounting for months that the election's outcome could lead to civil unrest, no matter who wins. In the retail industry, many companies are not simply concerned about possible mayhem - they are planning for it.

In a show of just how volatile the situation seems to the industry, 120 representatives from 60 retail brands attended a video conference this week hosted by the National Retail Federation, which involved training for store employees on how to de-escalate tensions among customers, including those related to the election. The trade group also hired security consultants who have prepped retailers about which locations around the country are likely to be the most volatile when the polls close.

Protecting properties from potential damage is not a simple decision. Retailers can risk alienating their customers by erecting plywood, particularly if the anticipated unrest does not materialize.

Some retailers have debated whether erecting boards would make them more of a target. Others are taking steps like purchasing different screws for the plywood from the ones they used in June, hoping to thwart looters with screw guns. The costs of boarding up businesses can range from a few hundred dollars to $31,000 for large department stores with display windows.

For the stores that stay open through election night and the uncertain days that could follow, their workers will again be thrust into a volatile situation. Already, retail employees are faced with the potential for violence in trying to ensure that customers wear masks to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Election week could pose more dangers. nytimes.com

NYC businesses board up shops ahead of 2020 presidential election
Stores in Soho, Midtown, and other parts of Manhattan have already fortified their glass windows with plywood ahead of Tuesday's face-off between President Trump and Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Shops including Chanel on Spring Street in Soho, Levi's and Gucci in the neighborhood and others along Greene Street like Dior have taken those precautions.

Also boarded up were chain stores such as Staples, Ann Taylor, and a Bed Bath & Beyond in Chelsea, as well as the iconic Macy's flagship in Herald Square.

High-end Manhattan retailers like Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Bergdorf Goodman and Tourneau have also boarded up their storefronts. nypost.com

More Major News Outlets Covering Retailer Election Prep:

Fox Business: Businesses across nation board up windows ahead of potential Election Day unrest

CNBC: Stores and businesses prepare for potential election-related unrest

USA Today: Stores brace for post-election unrest and possibility of violence, damage to businesses after presidential results

Bloomberg: Retailers Are Battening Down Stores Across the U.S., Worried About Election Violence

'Guardian Angels' to Patrol NYC on Election Day
Mayor de Blasio: 'No Specific Threat' to NYC, But 'We're Prepared for Anything'

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that there had been no "specific threat" regarding potential violence or unrest over Tuesday's election. But, he said, "We're prepared for anything."

Many major department stores in midtown Manhattan have already boarded up their windows amid concerns over potential unrest. The Guardian Angels, an unarmed crime prevention volunteer group, announced over the weekend they would have thousands of volunteers in place for "possible rioting and unrest" that develop on Election Day. Volunteers from the Guardian Angels will be spread out, stationed in several neighborhoods across the city. nbcnewyork.com

Chicago Activates Business Operations Center
Mayor Lightfoot unveils pre-election security plan

On Friday, Lightfoot unveiled a 10-day "preparedness and safety plan" focused on Election Day but continuing all of next week. Once again, it relies on a heavy police presence bolstered by Illinois State Police and Cook County sheriffs officers and the use of as many as 300 heavy trucks to block neighborhood commercial corridors.

Activating the city's emergency operations center and opening a first-ever "Business Operations Center" inside the city's 911 emergency center. The new center will allow businesses and their private security officers onsite to "exchange real-time information," provide "situational awareness" and enhance the city's ability to "distribute accurate information." suntimes.com

Here's What National Guard Units Across the U.S. Will Be Doing on Election Day
Governors have continued to activate National Guard troops in the final days leading up to the presidential election, which has been transformed by the coronavirus pandemic. Soldiers and airmen are supporting polling stations, leading cybersecurity missions, and even preparing for civil disturbances in the wake of what could prove to be a contentious election in which results might not be known for weeks.

As of Friday, 10 states were actively planning for Guard members to handle election-related missions and 15 were indicating they plan to do so. Those missions include working polling stations and cybersecurity missions. military.com

Police Protecting the Polls
Ahead of Election, Police Prepare for Violence and Disruption
As Election Day nears, many senior law enforcement and other officials have attempted to inject calm while simultaneously warning of dire consequences for those who would disrupt voting.

Police in New York, Las Vegas, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and other cities across the country are grappling with deploying significantly more officers to counteract any disturbances without scaring voters away.

The largest departments have run practice drills on scenarios including violent clashes between Biden and Trump supporters, the sudden appearance of an armed paramilitary group, a cyberattack or a bomb. nytimes.com

Walmart returns firearms and ammunition to store floors
Walmart is returning firearms and ammunition to store shelves after the retail giant removed the products in some of its US stores as a "precaution" in response to protests in Philadelphia that followed the police shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr.

Concurrently, gun and ammunition sales have surged by an unprecedented amount during the pandemic. Gun retailers and industry analysts say the pick up in firearm and ammo purchases during an election year is normal, citing fears that a Democratic president could lead to restrictions on gun ownership. cnn.com

Home Depot Facing Boycott After CoFounder Says Vote for Trump
"Bernie retired from The Home Depot about 20 years ago and does not speak on behalf of the company," a Home Depot spokesperson told Business Insider. "The Home Depot does not give money to presidential campaigns or endorse presidential candidates."

In response to the latest backlash against Home Depot on Twitter, some people vocalized support for Marcus' position. Others criticized the boycott and noted that the backlash for Home Depot was undeserved, given that Marcus had retired in 2002. businessinsider.com

Downtown LA Neighborhood Council Debates Election Night Curfew to Prevent Looting

Beverly Hills, CA: 80 security officers, police and tactical securing Rodeo Drive on Election Day

Denver warns downtown businesses to prepare for Election Day unrest

Washington DC: Federal authorities expected to erect 'non-scalable' fence around White House

LIST: Stores Closed or With Adjusted Hours on Election Day 2020

In Case You Missed It

The D&D Daily's Election Violence Survey Results

LP Leaders Weigh in on Store Safety & Potential Election Day Unrest

Violence & Protests

D&D Daily Crime Analysis: Shootings & Deaths Remain High Ahead of Election
Over 3,000 Shootings & 700 Deaths Recorded Since July 4th Weekend

154 shootings, 35 killed in 20 Major U.S. Cities from Oct. 30-Nov. 1

The D&D Daily continued to analyze violent crime in 20 major cities, including those in the DOJ's 'Operation Legend,' where they've made over 1,057+ arrests since its onset in July.

The study showed 154 shootings and 35 killings from Friday through Sunday, with an average of 51.3 shootings and 11.7 killings per day. Shooting deaths remain high and remarkably stable heading into the election.

As the data shows, July Fourth weekend remains a high point for deadly violence this summer, with 233 shootings and 70 killings in over 30 cities (big and small throughout the U.S.) over just two days during that holiday weekend, averaging 116.5 shootings per day and 35 killings per day.

Below is a weekly breakdown of violence in big cities throughout the summer & fall.

Click here to view the complete breakdown of violence in 20 American cities over the past 11 weekends, and 36 major cities from July to August.

Does this momentum continue after the election?

Department of Justice Awards More Than $458 Million to Fight Violent Crime
The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced that it has awarded more than $458 million in grant funding to support state, local, and tribal law enforcement efforts to fight and prevent violent crime in jurisdictions across the United States.

OJP's Bureau of Justice Assistance made
1,094 grants totaling more than $369 million to support a broad range of initiatives that support local, state and tribal governments in their efforts to prevent and reduce violent crime. OJP's National Institute of Justice awarded $7.3 million to fund research and evaluation on the prevention and reduction of violent crime. OJP's Bureau of Justice Statistics provided more than $69 million to strengthen the quality and accessibility of records within the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. A list of the awards is available here. justice.gov

Portland Police declare a riot after people break windows of several businesses
Police in Portland, Oregon, declared a riot Saturday night after officers observed protesters damaging multiple businesses, the Portland Police Bureau said in a news release. According to police, members of the group threw objects at police and pepper sprayed members of the community. Police say they also shattered windows at several businesses, including two phone stores, a coffee shop, a computer store, a community bank, a hotel, a restaurant, a financial office and two realty offices. cnn.com

Denver judge doubts security guard's self-defense claim in protest shooting, refused to reduce bail from $500,000
A Denver District Court judge on Wednesday refused to reduce the $500,000 bail for the security guard who shot and killed a pro-police demonstrator in Denver earlier this month in large part because a Denver Post photographer captured frame-by-frame what happened during the killing. Those moment-by-moment photographs greatly increase the likelihood that the security guard, Matthew Dolloff, will be convicted, and so increase the risk that Dolloff will refuse to appear in court if released on bail, District Court Judge John Madden IV wrote in a six-page order. denverpost.com

Philadelphia police cuts sought by 4 councilmembers during week of riots, looting
Four first-term City Council members in Philadelphia vowed Friday to continue pushing for cuts to the city police department's budget - during a week that saw more than 200 stores looted in reaction to the Monday police-shooting death of Walter Wallace Jr. foxnews.com

BLM NY co-founder among 11 arrested after anti-Trump protesters clash with NYPD in Manhattan

Supreme Court sides with BLM activist DeRay McKesson in lawsuit over officer injured at protest

'Pretty Concerning That They're Here': Pennsylvania National Guard Troops Deployed Throughout Philadelphia On Halloween

Beverly Hills police declare unlawful assembly after pro and anti-Trump protesters clash


COVID Update

US: Over 9.5M Cases - 236K Dead - 6.1M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 47.2M Cases - 1.2M Dead - 33.9M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 203   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 132
*Red indicates change in total deaths


England's 1 Month Lockdown
Covid-19: PM announces four-week England lockdown
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a second national lockdown for England to prevent a "medical and moral disaster" for the NHS.

Pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops will have to close for four weeks from Thursday, he said.

But unlike the restrictions in spring, schools, colleges and universities can stay open.

After 2 December, the restrictions would be eased and regions would go back to the tiered system, he said.

The prime minister told a Downing Street news conference that he was "truly, truly sorry" for the impact on businesses, but said the
furlough system paying 80% of employee wages will be extended through November.

People are being told to stay at home unless they have a specific reason to leave, such as work which cannot be done from home and education.

And people are also allowed to leave home for exercise medical reasons, food and other essential shopping and providing care for vulnerable people or for volunteering

Meeting indoors or in private gardens will not be allowed.
Read the full coverage

In-Case You Missed It Friday
Axis Communications Survey: The Business Impact of COVID-19 on
the Security Industry
Friday Axis released the findings of their U.S.
Partner Integrator Survey, revealing how system integrators and their customers are responding to the COVID-19 crisis amidst uncertainty and instability in the marketplace. The survey of 455 security professionals cited that end-customers will be more willing to explore IP-based solutions (58%) and the acceptance of AI will accelerate (45%) following COVID-19 crisis.

The pandemic demonstrated a clear understanding that technologies that support business continuity and employee safety should be top of mind for everyone within the organization, not just security professionals," said Fredrik Nilsson, VP of Americas, Axis Communications. businesswire.com

CVS Can Develop Your Customized Testing Program
Chief Medical Officer CVS Caremark: 'Testing's Only 1 Tool in Workplace
Reopening Strategies'
'Along with masks and social distancing guidelines,
testing plays a critical role in our ability to return employees back to on-site work.'

There isn't a one-size-fits all approach to testing. Each organization needs to adapt clinical protocols and select a testing option that meets their specific population health management needs. We're seeing vast geographic diversity with testing and are working with organizations throughout the country. In fact, more and more organizations are relying on testing to bring employees back responsibly. hrdive.com

State Lockdowns/Restrictions Announced

Illinois: All 11 of state's regions to be under COVID-19 restrictions starting Wednesday

Maine Reinstates Coronavirus Restrictions Amid Rising Cases

COVID Impact
Holiday Festivities Virtual or Disappearing

55% Skipping Holiday Festivities
Nearly 75% of employer holiday parties will be virtual, survey shows
Of those planning a celebration, nearly
three-quarters will hold virtual events, according to the Oct. 26 report.

Roughly 55% of companies said they will not have holiday festivities this year, the highest number recorded since the firm started its survey in 2004. Others remain undecided. Most (44%) who plan to skip the party said they canceled plans because of the coronavirus; 5.3% said they are cutting costs and 4% said they never hold holiday parties.

Many of those holding in-person events said they'd mandate masks and social distancing, limit the number of attendees, hold events outside and take temperatures. hrdive.com

CDC Releases Guidance for: Considerations for Events and Gatherings
The risk of COVID-19 spreading at events and gatherings increases as follows:

Lowest risk: Virtual-only activities, events, and gatherings.

More risk: Smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear masks, do not share objects, and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).

Higher risk: Medium-sized in-person gatherings that are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and with attendees coming from outside the local area.

Highest risk: Large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.

After reviewing the considerations listed on this page,
event planners and administrators can use CDC's Events and Gatherings Readiness and Planning Tool to protect staff, volunteers, and attendees. cdc.gov

Companies Pop Up Specializing in Virtual Events
Even if COVID-19 Is a Party Pooper, Employers Find Ways to Celebrate
Because holding a workplace holiday party doesn't seem practical during a pandemic, managers are finding other ways to help their workers celebrate this year-including virtual gift exchanges, cooking classes and wine tastings.

Other possibilities include virtual happy hours; dinner parties complete with all the ingredients to make a meal; and home entertainment packages that include games, movies and cookie-decorating kits.

Virtual Parties

This holiday season,
Preciate Social-a Dallas-based company that offers virtual socializing products-is giving away 100 subscriptions to virtual holiday parties. Winners receive unlimited virtual parties for three months, a package that includes music customization (think holiday tunes), holiday background themes and icebreakers. Up to 50 people can attend the virtual event, which replicates the atmosphere of real-life business mixers. shrm.org

COVID Violence

Chicago: Guard Stabbed 27 Times After Telling Sisters to Wear Masks & Use Hand Sanitizer in Shoe Store
A West Side security guard was attacked by two sisters he told to wear masks and use hand sanitizer - one of
the women holding him by the hair while the other stabbed him more than two dozen times.

It's the complete randomness of this. It's terrifying," Judge Mary Marubio said Tuesday while ordering the sister held without bail on attempted murder charges.

The argument at Snipes shoe store in Lawndale escalated Sunday when 18-year-old Jayla Hill took out her phone and began filming a guard who asked them to leave for refusing to use personal protective equipment, Cook County prosecutors said. abcactionnews.com

How employers can train front-line workers to implement mask rules
Law firm Littler
maintains a tracker that lists more than 40 states enacting some type of face mask requirement.

video from Walmart's Training Academy that Lundberg provided to HR Dive outlines the steps the newly created health ambassador should take when greeting a mask-less customer. The video reminds employees to stay calm. To prepare employees for these encounters, Walmart also uses virtual reality training.

Companies that have requirements may differ from each other in how stringently they enforce their mandates. To avoid confrontations, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's, Walgreens, CVS and others will still allow customers who refuse to wear a mask to shop in the stores, CNN reported.

But other companies have strict "no mask, no service" approaches. Southwest Airlines, for example, recently tightened its policy, requiring all customers over the age of 2 to wear a mask, regardless of a medical exception. In a July 20 press release, the airline said: "If a customer is unable to wear a face-covering or mask for any reason, Southwest regrets that we will be unable to transport the individual." hrdive.com

The 4 DA Races That Could Impact Retailers
2020's 4 Pivotal Prosecutor Battles to Watch for Police Reform
Tough "law and order" has repeatedly been invoked during the presidential election, the vast majority of criminal justice decisions are made by local lawyers whose names appear much further down the ballot. And this year, a handful of local prosecutor races are drawing national attention.

Elections in Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix and outside of Detroit are coming a few years after the U.S. saw a wave of so-called "progressive prosecutors," candidates who differentiated themselves from traditional law-and-order rhetoric by focusing on the decriminalization of low-level crimes and alternatives to prison.

Now, some reformer prosecutors are facing reelection.
This time, they are the incumbents.

"You never come into the prosecutor's job and propose profound change and say four years later, 'Well, I delivered.' Criminal justice just doesn't turn on a dime." law360.com

Inspire Brands to Acquire Dunkin' Brands in $11.3 Billion Transaction
Combined portfolio will represent: $26 billion in systemwide sales; 31,600+ restaurants in 60+ countries; 600,000 company and franchise team members; 3,200+ franchisees; and more than 25 million loyalty members.

Adds iconic Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins brands to Inspire's portfolio, which includes Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, SONIC Drive-In, and Jimmy John's.

Inspire is a multi-brand restaurant company with a current portfolio that includes more than 11,000 Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, SONIC Drive-In, and Jimmy John's restaurants worldwide. The company's vision of invigorating great brands and supercharging their long-term growth has made Inspire one of the largest restaurant companies globally, with $15 billion in annual systemwide sales. restaurantnews.com

Two Mall Operators File Chapter 11
Mall operator CBL & the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) files for Chapter 11

Friendly's Files Chapter 11

Quarterly Results
eBay Q3 Global GMV sales up 22.3%

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

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COVID-19 Safety Essentials Solutions Guide
Now Available from siffron®

siffron®, a leader in retail merchandising, is introducing a new COVID-19 Safety Essentials Solutions Guide to help retailers find the products they need to meet the safety and social distancing requirements of today.

To help retailers deal with new emerging trends in day-to-day shopping as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, retailers need to respond with products that protect both store associates and consumers. The COVID-19 Safety Essentials Solutions Guide compiles all of our products relevant to addressing these needs into four sub-categories:

● Cleaning and Janitorial
● Signage and Messaging
● Safety and Protection
● Health and Wellness

Please take a moment to browse through our new COVID-19 Safety Essentials Solutions Guide here. At siffron, we are always finding new ways to help retailers serve customers. Be safe!

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Rising Ransomware Breaches Underscore Cybersecurity Failures
Ransomware's continued success speaks volumes about what's at stake for businesses and people, and, perhaps, the cybersecurity industry's inability to adapt quickly enough to protect everyone.

"We are doing all the things that we have always done for malware,
but they are just not sufficient," says Greg Conti, principal consultant and co-founder of cybersecurity consultancy Kopidion. "Often it comes down to, do we have backups? If you have a hardened cloud backup or an air-gapped backup system, then you can recover. And if you are not doing those things, then you have a major problem."

AdvertisementThe continued success of ransomware also underscores the failures of multiple stakeholders to adapt quickly enough to the increasingly dire issues of cybersecurity - companies, vendors, and governments have all failed to reign in malicious cyberattacks. The lack of consequences for the perpetrators, the relatively easy profits for cybercriminals, and the continued vulnerability of corporate networks makes ransomware unlikely to go away.

The root of the larger cybersecurity problem is,
how do you defend those under-resourced defenders in a constant game of one upmanship?"

Worse, the cost of failure is increasingly high, with the average ransom topping $1.4 million and the average cost of recovery more than $700,000 for organizations that did not pay a ransom, according to Sophos' May survey.

Ransomware is not the only cybercrime enjoying continued success. Business e-mail compromise and invoice scams continue to siphon off millions of dollars from US companies and organizations every year. darkreading.com

Russian Hacker Now Guest of U.S. Fed. Prison 8 Yrs. - No Parole!
Dark Web Hacker Selling Tools & Services

Russian Cybercriminal Sentenced to Prison for Role in $100 Million Botnet Conspiracy
A Russian national was sentenced Oct. 30
to eight years in prison for his role in operating a sophisticated scheme to steal and traffic sensitive personal and financial information in the online criminal underground that resulted in an estimated loss of over $100 million.

Aleksandr Brovko, 36, formerly of the Czech Republic, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud. According to court documents, Brovko was an active member for over 10 years of several elite, online forums designed for Russian-speaking cybercriminals to gather and exchange their criminal tools and services. Aleksandr Brovko used his programming skills to facilitate the large-scale theft and use of stolen personal and financial information, resulting in over $100 million in intended loss." justice.gov

NIST Comments Wanted for the NCCoE's Data Integrity Paper!
Closing November 13
We recently released a new paper ­­-
Securing Data Integrity Against Ransomware Attacks: Using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guides - that provides an overview of our three Data Integrity projects and how they align with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. This paper offers a high-level explanation of the architecture and capabilities, and it discusses how these projects can be brought together into one comprehensive data integrity solution.

Submit your comments today! The public comment period for this paper is open until November 13, 2020. Please submit your comments by email to ds-nccoe@nist.gov or through the online comment form.

DHS plans largest operation to secure U.S. election against hacking

Video: Inside DHS cybersecurity election command center




Can You Jot That Down?

You've done a great interview, the subject disclosed information and you're ready to substantiate all the admissions - but you're not done yet! One piece of evidence that you didn't enter that room with, you're about to leave with; the written statement. This is a crucial part of the interview process that is often overlooked and may result in poorly detailed statements or the use coercive measures, unknowingly. Truth be told, this is one of the most common areas that is not only a weakness of interviewers but also a point of contention in subsequent litigation. We could discuss this topic at length, but since it's a Monday I'll keep it quick!

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NYC's Porch Pirates Spikes - Hitting Tens of Thousands
Pandemic porch thieves stoop to new lows, swiping goods and emptying boxes
They're a new breed with a new M.O.: more brazen and pickier, ripping open packages, grabbing the priciest stuff, and leaving the boxes and bubble wrap behind.

Adelaide Spence is a victim. So is Sebastian Shapiro, Alex Morton, Jennifer Chused and tens of thousands of other New Yorkers across the city who have had their deliveries either picked over or stolen outright - sometimes while they were working from home. "Every single neighborhood," Chused, 49, told The Post. "Every single person I talk to is talking about their packages getting stolen."

The NYPD doesn't separate out package thefts from all larcenies so there aren't statistics to back up the stories. And nobody knows for sure why there seems to be a spike, but many victims blame the coronavirus: the high number of New Yorkers left jobless combined with a big bump in quarantine online shopping.

"They're following postal, UPS, FedEx workers into the building," she told The Post. "They hide out on the second or third floor until the coast is clear, then break out their backpacks." nypost.com

Amazon Shipments Impacting Mail-In Ballots?
The flood of Amazon Prime Day packages won't delay your mail-in ballot
Americans will cast a record number of votes by mail in this year's election, raising concerns about the ability of the US Postal Service to deliver all those ballots on time. But the U
SPS and logistics experts say Amazon shipments will not be part of the problem.

"First, it's important to understand that p
ackages are processed on different equipment than mail," said USPS spokesperson David Partenheimer. "Delivering election mail is our No. 1 priority, and we are 100% committed throughout the Postal Service to fulfilling our vital role in the nation's electoral process by securely and timely delivering all ballots."

That means the
Postal Service is able to handle both a surge of shipments from Amazon and an influx of ballots at the same time, Partenheimer said.

"[The] Postal Service has the capacity to flex its nationwide processing and delivery network to meet surges in volume of mail and packages," he added.

The different equipment used to sort packages and letters will limit the impact of Amazon shipments on mail ballots, agreed Tammy Stewart, senior adviser at Democracy Fund, which also has studied the delivery of mail-in ballots. cnn.com

Walmart is turning 4 of its stores into partial e-commerce hubs




Kissimmee, FL: $60,000 worth of animals stolen from Florida pet store
A Central Florida pet store owner is heartbroken after a break-in resulted in dozens of exotic birds and monkeys being stolen. Hilda Matheus, owner of HSAL Animal Paradise Pet Store in Kissimmee, says someone broke into her shop Thursday night and stole $60,000 worth of animals. "I came in on Friday morning around 9:30, that's when I open the store, I noticed the lemur cages were blocking a little bit of this hallway right here and I noticed all the cages were open and birds were missing," Matheus said. In the store's surveillance video a person can be seen crouched down with a flashlight opening doors and looking around the store. Mathus believes the thief will try to resell the animals, and is worried for their safety. wfla.com

Louisa, KY: Four arrested in Louisa in connection with a Walmart theft of over $10,000
Four Flint, Michigan residents were arrested in Louisa Friday after trying to return stolen property to the Louisa Walmart. The Pikeville Police Department informed the Louisa Police Department that they were investigating the four men after they were accused of stealing electronic merchandise and cash from a local Walmart store. Police officials say they received information that the suspects were attempting to return the stolen merchandise for cash at the Louisa Walmart. Officers stopped the car the four were using and discovered numerous stolen electronics.
All four were arrested and charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000 and engaging in organized crime. wymt.com

Four Chicago men charged in Carol Stream truck-trailer Burglary
Four Chicago men have been accused of breaking into and stealing merchandise from a semi-truck trailer parked outside a Carol Stream business, DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin and Carol Stream police officials said Saturday. The 4 men have been charged with one count of burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools. About 3:20 a.m. Friday, Carol Stream police Department received a call about a van parking next to a shipping trailer in the parking lot of Demar Logistics Inc. It appears the men used bolt cutters to open the trailer, then removed merchandise. Police took the driver of the van, later identified as Gayles, into custody, and detained the others as they attempted to flee, according to the release.
"These men are believed to be part of a crew which has been victimizing businesses in Carol Stream and other communities," said Carol Stream Police Chief Bill Holmer.  dailyherald.com

Matthews, NC: Charlotte woman arrested for stealing over $1,500 in merchandise at Target
On Thursday, Matthews officers responded to a larceny call for service at the Target on Matthews Township Parkway just after 7 p.m. When officers arrived at the store, they were informed by Target's Loss Prevention Department that a woman had left the store with merchandise totaling $1,526.28.

UK: London: Romanian Couple Use Six Year-Old Son To Steal $87,000 Watch From Harrods

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Shootings & Deaths

Seymour, IN: Police shoot, kill Walmart shoplifting suspect; ISP investigating
The Indiana State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting incident after Seymour police officers shot and killed a suspected shoplifter. According to the Seymour Police Department, the shooting occurred around 8:30 p.m. Sunday on Tipton Street in the area of a Taco Bell fast food restaurant. Police said officers were responding to a shoplifting call at a nearby Walmart on Tipton Street when the male suspect fled. Officers pursued him and shot him.
The man was in possession of stolen merchandise and had a handgun, police said. The man was taken to an area hospital for medical treatment and later died from his injuries. fox59.com

Indianapolis, IN: Unarmed Security Guard shot and killed while patrolling Retail Center downtown
Police said it appeared he suffered a gunshot wound to his back. "Officers were dispatched about 20 minutes til 4 to a person down on the 300 block of East New York Street," said Lt. Kerry Buckner with IMPD. "When they got here they identified an individual as a security guard from a local security business. They weren't sure what was wrong with him. Had him transported to a hospital cause he was unresponsive. When he got to the hospital they found what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his back." IMPD Lt. Buckner said that the man was an unarmed security guard who had been patrolling the area near Needler's Fresh Market and Fusek's True Value Hardware when he was shot. "I can't think of anyone who would rob a security officer," Buckner said. "He was an unarmed security guard, so it wasn't like they would have thought he was a police officer."

New Orleans, LA: St. Claude business shooting ruled justifiable homicide, police say
New Orleans Police have determined a shooting that started after an argument at a St. Claude area business to be a justifiable homicide. Through investigation, NOPD Homicide Unit detectives determined that while inside of a business at the location, the person who was killed had entered into an altercation with an employee of the business. The shooting happened on Friday afternoon around 3 p.m. at Hanks Seafood and Supermarket. The employee then escorted the subject out of the store, at which time the subject produced a gun and pointed it at the employee.
Another store employee exited the store armed with a handgun and shot the armed subject, who later died at a hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the shooting. fox8live.com

Kansas City, MO: Man shot, killed in parking lot of south Kansas City McDonald's
Authorities are investigating after a man was shot and killed in the parking lot of a south Kansas City McDonald's. Police were called about 11 a.m. Monday to the McDonald's on Hickman Mills Drive in south Kansas City. When officers arrived on scene, they found the man fatally wounded by a gunshot inside a vehicle. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Rickey Arrington. Detectives have identified a person of interest in this case and are hopeful for charges soon. 

Granada Hills, CA: Man in custody after allegedly shooting LAPD officer inside Ralph's grocery store
The suspected gunman, who police have not identified, was arrested not long after the shooting, police said. On Sunday, just after 10:30 p.m., four hours after officers first responded,
Chief Michel Moore tweeted the officer was released from medical care with sutures on his hand. In a tweet, the department said the officer is expected to "make a full recovery."

According to police, officers responded to a report of a man causing a disturbance inside a Ralph's grocery store near Balboa Boulevard and Devonshire Street around 6:30 p.m. They learned the suspect was armed with a gun as they headed to the scene, police said.
"He definitely smelled like alcohol, and then he pulled a gun on anyone who would talk to him," said a Ralph's employee named Brad. "So my manager came out, called police." Police said the suspect assaulted several people inside the grocery store. Video obtained by KTLA shows him not wearing a shirt as he stands on top of a store shelf and dances.

That's when the cops came and shot him with a bean bag, and then he pulled his gun, shot a cop," Brad said, explaining he was outside the store and heard the gunshots. The store was evacuated. Police said the man fled the store after shooting one of the officers. The suspect went inside another nearby business and officers took him into custody shortly after, police said. He was not shot but he was taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. A firearm was found at the scene, police said. ktla.com

Houston, TX: 2 injured as people rushed out of store during Target parking lot shooting at Memorial City Mall
Houston police are investigating a shooting in the parking lot of the Target store at Memorial City Mall. It happened around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Police said it
started after two people got into an altercation in the parking lot and exchanged gunfire. "The person that was doing the shooting here was out of a car and they got into a car and fled," HPD Chief Art Acevedo told reporters at the scene. "The individual that he shot at got out of a car, saw him coming, got back into his car and he left. We believe that this incident didn't start here. It ended here." No one was shot, according to police, but Acevedo said two people were injured as shoppers were trying to run out of the store. "We did have reports of two minor injuries as a result of people "stampeding," if you will, when the shots rang out in front of the Target," he said. One of those two victims was sent to the hospital and another was treated at the scene. A description of the two people involved has not been released, but Acevedo said investigators were able to obtain the vehicles that were involved. abc13.com

New York, NY: A child and two adults were injured in a shooting outside a Harlem supermarket on Saturday
It happened just after 7 p.m. on Lenox Avenue near West 116th Street. Officers found a 33-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her arm at the scene. She was taken to a local hospital, where she was last reported to be in stable condition. Police were later told that two additional victims who were also shot in front of the supermarket had walked into a local hospital. According to police, a 39-year-old man was shot in the arm and an 8-year-old girl was shot in the knee. Both are reported to be in stable condition. Police say the investigation is ongoing, but they do not believe the victims were the intended targets of the shooting. No arrests have been made at this time. newyork.cbslocal.com

St Petersburg, FL: Man shot and killed outside beer and wine store

Phoenix, AZ: Teen in custody after firing shots in North Phoenix grocery store during attempted robbery


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Petersburg, VA: Man arrested after starting fire inside Goodwill store
On Nov. 1 at approximately 10:19 p.m., police and fire crews responded to the Goodwill located on Crater Circle for the report of someone starting a fire inside of the business. Once crews arrived on the scene, they discovered the fire suppression system had extinguished the fire. Police say Johnathan Phillips, 23, was on the scene and was taken into custody without incident. Phillips has been charged with arson and destruction of property along with additional charges pen. nbc12.com

Rome, GA: Walmart Shoplifter facing Felony obstruction and battery on a Law Enforcement Officer; Punched Officer over $150 of stolen merchandise

Rome, NY: Teen faces Felony charges for Family Dollar theft after striking at Officer

Topeka, KS: Federal marshals catch suspect in 4 Kan. business burglaries




C-Store - Crystal Lake, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Worchester, MA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Laredo, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Douglas County, NV - Robbery
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Bainbridge, GA - Burglary
C-Store - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Cell Phone - Portland, OR - Burglary
Cell Phone - Portland, OR - Burglary
Dollar General - Lexington, KY - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - San Antonio, TX - Burglary
Dollar General - Roby, MO - Burglary
Family - Dollar - Rome, NY - Robbery
Grocery - Phoenix, AZ - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Glendale, WI - Burglary
Jewelry - Newburgh, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Pleasant Prairie, WI - Burglary
Jewelry - Troutdale, OR - Burglary
Jewelry - St Charles, IL - Robbery
Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Portland, OR - Burglary
Restaurant - Portland, OR - Burglary
Restaurant - Long Island, NY - Burglary
7-Eleven - Evesham, NJ - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 14 robberies
• 11 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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