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Wes Bank, LPC
was named Director of Loss Prevention for Velocity Express. Previously Wes worked for Office Depot as Regional Loss Prevention & Safety Manager for 11 and a half years. Before joining Office Depot, Wes worked at Albertsons - Jewel/Osco as District Loss Prevention Manager and Senior District Loss Prevention Manager for five years. He also spent five years at American Stores as Loss Prevention Supervisor, Senior Loss Prevention Supervisor and Facilities Loss Prevention Supervisor. Congratulations Wes!

Shoplifter who was shot and killed Friday at Woodbridge Center Mall, N.J., was wanted by authorities since Sept. 15th for violating his parole on a previous robbery conviction. The police officer, who was in uniform, was arriving at the mall for extra-duty work when he was alerted to a suspected shoplifting. Barrett, with the assistance of three mall security guards, approached Garcia on suspicion of shoplifting at an upscale clothing store (not Hollister as earlier reported by numerous press agencies), officials said. Barrett and the mall guards chased Garcia to the entrance of Sears, where Garcia grabbed the woman by the hair, held a knife to her neck and repeatedly threatened to kill her. The woman’s husband tried to hold onto his wife as Garcia dragged her into the store, officials said. Barrett repeatedly warned Garcia to drop the knife before firing the shot that struck Garcia in the head at 5:15 p.m. Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:32 p.m., officials said. (Source

Macy's Herald Square in NYC with the "world's largest shoe floor" is beginning their 4 yr - $400 million face-lift. The multi-year, multi-million dollar ($400 million) renovation Macy’s project will reconfigure the legendary landmark through architectural and technological enhancements, the renovation will be one of the biggest retail remodels ever with the Manhattan flagship ultimately undergoing a total top-to-bottom transformation. Increasing its retail space to 1.2 million sq. ft., the store will bring in new departments, dining destinations and multi-level shops offering. (Source

Apple, who normally keeps everything private, releases their retail store staffing levels - 27,350 U.S. retail employees in 246 stores across 44 states. This number would include part-time and full time employees but would average 111 employees per store. (Source

State of Georgia making major changes in Criminal Code reform. House Bill 1176 is designed to save the tax payers money; money spent to hold criminals in jail. The Bill will increase the dollar amounts of bad checks (from $100 to $500) and shoplifting from $500 to $1000, placing more efforts on supervision and first time offenders programs which are seen as less expensive. The Bill goes much further covering changes in sentencing of drug offenses and even burglary, sighting polls conducted with voters who support the changes. (source

Sioux Falls, S.D., shop shut down after only a few months for selling counterfeit goods. Opened last spring Venecci Boutique was shut down after authorities found the owner to be selling counterfeit merchandise. From Gucci bags, Coach, Juicy Couture, Dolace & Gabbana, Chanel, Gianni Versace, Oakley, Burberry, True Religion and others. The owner pleaded not guilty last week in court. (Source

Loomis Armored Car company "vault" employee pleads guilty to $50,000 theft. With a gambling addiction and credit cards to pay bills the vault employee started stealing money. There's not a month that goes by that an employee of one of the various armored car companies is involved in a robbery of a truck or this type of incident. (Source

There's now 10 senior LP positions available in the U.S. with two becoming available this past week. The hiring season, which is normally April to late October is starting a little early and appears to be up to last year's number already.

U.S. Justice Department considers filing a lawsuit against Apple and five U.S. publishers for an alleged scheme that has driven up the prices of electronic books since the 2010 release of the iPad. The Wall Street Journal broke the news last week that DOJ plans to allege that Apple and the publishers orchestrated the price-fixing scheme to thwart the e-book discounts offered by Amazon. With 315 million iPhones, iPads, and iPods Apple carries a lot of weight in the market. And now with $108 billion in sales last year and a market value of $510 billion - more than Microsoft and Google combined - the Department of Justice will be monitoring their power wielding quite closely. (Source Associated Press)

Submitted by Joe Fryar, CPP

Director of Security and Loss Prevention, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
Member of Food Marketing (FMI) Institute’s Asset Protection Council

On March 11 FMI kicked off the 2012 Asset Protection Conference in New Orleans, LA. With attendance of 62 vendor partners in the exhibit hall and a steady diet of industry related educational information, the 2012 Asset Protection Conference is slated to be one of the best yet.

The new Asset Protection Conference attendees and exhibitors were treated to an orientation given by Rhett Asher, Vice President of Industry Relations for FMI. Following the orientation, everyone had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours roaming the exhibit hall, browsing the latest cutting edge asset protection technology.

As the evening concluded with groups of attendees heading out to dinner, it was obvious that the coming days of educational sessions, workshops, speakers and round table discussions on the industry’s most relevant topics will form lasting bonds between fellow asset protection professionals.

Updates will follow as the week’s activities progress.

In case you missed it last week's most popular news article --

Hollister shoplifter in Woodbridge Center Mall, N.J., takes customer hostage with knife at her throat inside a Sears store and is shot and killed by police officer working Mall Security.
Around 5 p.m. a shoplifter was confronted by Mall security outside Sears where he grabbed a customer - took her hostage - holding the blade to her neck and a police officer became involved in a physical struggle. Prosecutors say the officer gave the suspect several warnings before he opened fire -- killing the suspect. The shopper was not harmed. (Source


Doug Marker
Vice President
LP, Risk and Audit
Michael Stores, Inc.

Coming in February
Kelly Gorman
Vice President LP

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Asset Protection Conference

March 11-14, 2012
Hyatt Regency
New Orleans, LA



NRF 2011 ORC Survey

Executive Summary
Full Report 

Effective Crowd Management Guidelines

Education Awareness on Personal Safety
Full Report

Return Fraud Survey
Full Report



Watch for our article the day after each event!

Washington State Organized Retail Crime Alliance (WSORCA)

Annual Training Conference
October 18, 2012

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2012 International Organization of Black Security Executives

Spring Conference
April 18-20
Chicago, IL

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for more details.

2012 Retail
Loss Prevention

September 12, 2012
International Centre



Retail Fraud 2012

Largest Retail Fraud & LP conference in Europe

Novotel West, London

April 19, 2012

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Northern Michigan University, located in Michigan’s incredible Upper Peninsula, offers one of the only baccalaureate loss prevention management programs in the United States. It is offered completely online and accepts up to 92 transfer credits. An affordable investment into a dynamic and growing profession.

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The NRF LP Leaders 3 Part Series -- March 12th - 14th          InstaKey, Cita Doyle -- March 15th          Bass Security -- March 19th          LAAORCA Leaders -- March 20th - 22th          USS -- March 26th          LAAORCA Session - Retail LP & AP; So, what do we do? -- March 27th - 30th

LPNN announcing three new episodes tomorrow.
Stay tuned for more as we continue to bring you the LP executives, events, and news - recorded live - real people - real stories - no scripts - no writers - "Seeing is Believing"

The NRF Leaders - 3 part series
Filmed during the NRF's Big Show in NYC in January. This three-part episode includes Rich Mellor, VP of LP for the NRF; Joe LaRocca - Senior Asset Protection Advisor for the NRF; and Gary Johnson, VP of LP for Vitamin Shoppe and current Chairperson for the LP Advisory Council for the NRF.

This series is truly about educating and informing the Loss Prevention community as a whole about the NRF's LP efforts and how over the years they've developed the largest LP show in North America. Over the last 25 years the conference has grown from 400 attendees to over 3,000 and is supported by an LP Advisory council comprised of 28 senior Loss Prevention executives. These executives volunteer their time to work on various industry issues and spend a considerable amount of time coordinating and managing their annual Loss Prevention Conference held every June. Their 10 Loss Prevention committees cover a wide range of industry initiatives and efforts and help steer the direction of the LP industry.

As part of our commitment of "educating today for growth tomorrow" we're pleased to provide you with this series as every Loss Prevention executive from the single unit world all the way up to the senior roles should be aware of the National Retail Federation's Loss Prevention efforts.

We hope you enjoy this 3 part series.


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ORC couple busted for $1 million in credit card fraud scheme at Sam's Club's in Florida. Hitting Central Florida Sam's Club's Brenda Shoukry and Reginald Holley were obtaining duplicate credit cards on existing and legitimate card holder accounts. With counterfeit ID bearing their photos, along with the pertinent identifying information of their would-be victims the couple obtained duplicate credit cards at the membership desks at various Sam's Club's and went on shopping sprees. From Jan. 2011 to May 2011; Holley obtained 35 duplicate cards. The combined loss is $982,881. Shoukry has an extensive criminal background with two dozen arrests ranging from cocaine possession to larceny to fraud. Orange County court records show Shoukry has been accused of trying to defraud Best Buy, and was also arrested on charges that she stole merchandise from CVS/pharmacy. (Source

ORC group of three women busted in Madison, Wi., with one of them saying she's addicted to shoplifting and the addiction was "worse than crack." Officers and security guards recovered hundreds of dollars in stolen merchandise, taken from four west side stores, including Old Navy, Burlington Coat Factory, Victoria's Secret and Charming Charlie. (Source
Excerpts from GAO-11-675:  Efforts to Combat Organized Retail Crime

The Government Accountability Office report on Organized Retail Crime, Dated June 2011

As part of our on going effort to publish the highlights of this report today we're bringing you the section regarding "stakeholder roles" - those that are involved in the ORC efforts nationally.

Stakeholder roles: A variety of different stakeholders are involved in combating ORC and e-fencing, including retailers, state and local law enforcement, federal entities, and online marketplaces:

State and local law enforcement: Local law enforcement is routinely involved in investigating property crimes, including retail theft, but because ORC cases often span across multiple local jurisdictions, investigations may also include county-level or state law enforcement agencies, as applicable. These agencies are generally responsible for enforcing state laws and are routinely involved in developing evidence against potential ORC suspects, which may include surveillance or undercover sales and purchases.

Federal entities: Although there is currently not a federal statute that explicitly criminalizes ORC, such behavior may be prosecuted under a variety of other federal criminal statutes, including, for example, interstate transportation of stolen property, and laundering of monetary instruments, among others. Principal federal agencies involved in ORC investigations include the FBI and ICE, but may also include the USSS, Postal Service, or Internal Revenue Service if ORC cases involve mail fraud or credit card fraud, among other crimes in which these agencies may have jurisdiction to investigate.

Online marketplaces: With the introduction of the Internet, online marketplaces have emerged as a powerful platform for commerce for both individuals and businesses alike. However, along with legitimate transactions, such marketplaces also present ORC groups with an additional venue to potentially fence their stolen goods. eBay, founded in 1995, is currently the largest of the domestic Internet marketplaces. The site receives approximately 8 million new product listings daily and includes a combination of product auctions and fixed price sales. Other domestic online marketplaces commonly cited by stakeholders include Amazon, Overstock, and Craigslist. Each of these marketplaces has a distinct business model and they vary considerably regarding the scope of product listings and their level of involvement in the transaction, which may impact efforts to e-fencing.


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Axis Communications Network Cameras Now UL Listed

AXIS P13 and AXIS Q16 Series Network Cameras join power source and encoder portfolio as UL Listed; All other IP cameras to be certified in 2012

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – March 12, 2012 – Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, today announced that AXIS P13 and AXIS Q16 Series products are the company’s first network cameras to be UL Listed under the 60950 standard for IT equipment. All other IP cameras in the Axis portfolio will be UL Listed throughout 2012, joining the company’s encoder, Power over Ethernet (PoE) midspan, PoE splitter and power source portfolios, which also hold UL certifications.

Like other IT equipment such as wireless access points and VoIP telephones, IP-based surveillance cameras fall under National Electrical Code (NEC) sections applicable for Limited Power Source (LPS) products because they are powered from a central source via PoE. LPS products typically do not require a UL fire and safety listing because they qualify based on the certification of these respective power sources (the splitter, midspan, switch, etc.). However, municipal and regional requirements in the U.S. often demand UL certification for cameras used in surveillance installations. If products are not UL Listed, a separate inspection is often needed.

"While LPS devices like IP cameras typically do not require a UL listing, there were times when our integrator partners’ projects were delayed because local jurisdiction required non-UL Listed product inspection," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. "To eliminate the cost and complexity of these inspections for our partners, we’ll continue to work very closely with UL’s fire and safety organization to ensure all our video products are UL Listed."

The indoor and outdoor-ready (-E) versions of AXIS P1343/P1344/P1346/P1347 and AXIS Q1602/Q1604 Network Cameras are officially UL Listed, while all latest generation Axis network cameras are in the process of certification. Moving forward, all new IP camera products in the Axis portfolio will be UL Listed. Axis' encoder portfolio has been UL Listed since 2011, including the blades and blade chassis products.

UL standard 60950 is applicable to mains-powered (AC outlet) or battery-powered IT equipment and references more than 70 other UL standards. It also works to meet IEC 60950, which is an international product safety standard that Axis products comply with today. Unlike the UL 2044 standard common in the security industry for analog CCTV equipment, UL standard 60950 is a more comprehensive and up-to-date standard for today’s intelligent network surveillance products because it is specifically written for IT equipment.

Products that meet the UL 60950 standard are designed to be installed in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, CSA C22.1; CSA C22.2 No. 0; and the NEC, NFPA 70. The standard is also applicable to equipment designed to be installed in accordance with Article 645 of the NEC, NFPA 70 and the Standard for the Protection of Electronic Computer Data-Processing Equipment, NFPA 75, unless otherwise identified by a marking or instructions.

Matt Flanagan
fama PR, Inc.

Domenic Locapo
Axis Communications Inc.

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Submitted by Dan Lieberman

On Thursday, March 8, we published a news article about the attempted robbery at Winn-Dixie that was organized by a Winn-Dixie employee. In response to the article, Corporate Investigator Dan Lieberman wrote this.

As a Corporate Investigator, I was surprised at the high percentage of armed robberies that were committed or assisted by current/former employees. It was easy to find the bad guys, even with little physical evidence, because they were usually easily within our reach. We did everything we could to prevent the incidents (alarms, safes, rigid asset handling policies, security procedures, etc.), then to make them survivable (robbery training and procedures). We also found that our high clearance rate was in-itself a deterrence. People used to ask what kept me awake at night. My response frequently was that a robbery would take an unexpected turn and someone in one of our businesses would get hurt or killed over money.

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Wes Bank, LPC was named Director of Loss Prevention for Velocity Express.
Rick Gipson
was named Manager, Corporate Security for Koch Industries, Inc.
Brian Kristel, CFE, CFI
was promoted to Director of Regional Security, Americas for Tiffany & Co.
Scott Lee was promoted to Regional VP, Ohio Market for Burlington Coat Factory.
Paul Hertz was promoted to NYC Retail Security for Tiffany & Co.
Dan Doheny was named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for CVS Caremark.

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Peyton Manning's Lessons In Career Strategy Last week, the Indianapolis Colts released four-time MVP quarterback Peyton Manning to look for work with another NFL team. As removed as your job or company may feel from the NFL, there are four key career-strategy takeaways for all professionals. (You don't need to wear shoulder pads)
Dina Kaplan on Mentoring the Next Generation When we consider our career achievements and how we have accomplished them, we undoubtedly credit mentors" our parents, teachers, bosses and industry colleagues. You'd be hard pressed to disagree with the statement that mentors provide invaluable support. (For the women in the LP field)
Last week's most popular articles --

Low-Cost Ways to Show Employees They're Highly Valued
This article features 30 low-cost ideas for small businesses that want to show employees they are valued. However, a lot of the featured perks can be used by any size business, especially if that business wants happy employees. (#16 will help your part-timers)

5 Things You Should Say Today
Here are five things you should say -- today -- to people you work with. They're small things, but they can completely change someone's day. Years from now, you don't want to regret the things you didn't say to the employees who worked for you and to the employers you worked for. (#5 may be hard to say)

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Everyday you've got to work and you've got to ask yourself what value are you adding to the company, to the industry and to your career. While this may seem rather ominous at first, try reducing it to your daily tasks and just make sure that with every effort you make there is value you deliver to someone, to some store or to some project. If you can merely focus on the word "value" and ask yourself am I delivering it everyday, you're then one step closer to advancing your career. Because if you can build the field they will come and play.

Just a Thought,
Gus Downing


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