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Sports Authority’s Senior Vice President of Asset Protection, Steve McClain, resigns.

Microsoft armed with the RICO Act targets Zeus, shutting down 2 servers infecting nearly 13 million computers.
The strain of malware used to steal bank and indentify information was shut down by Microsoft employees and US Marshalls at locations in Lombard, Illinois and Scranton, Pennsylvania. (source

Georgia bill goes to a vote today on non-violent offences. Felony shoplifting will be set at $1,000 up from $500, in an effort to save tax payers the expense of incarceration. As we see this sweeping change move across the country, more states have increased the benchmark for a felony arrest. Lawmakers in Georgia feel the change will save them from building a $30 million dollar jail. (source

United Retail Group (Avenue) to be acquired by Versa Capital Management. United Retail Group operates 433 'Avenue' stores in the United States. CEO Dawn Robertson will be leaving the organization and will be replaced by Elizabeth Williams, the former president of the Fashion Bug division of Charming Shoppes. (source

UK’s ‘GAME’ stores to close 610 stores. GAME Group will close 277 stores immediately and the remaining 333 stores will be closed when administrates fined a buyer for the business. Gamestop and two other possible bidders are looking at the opportunity; Game Group’s same store sales dropped 15% in the past 8 weeks. (source

Versace Forecasts Double Digit increases as new markets emerge. U.S. same stores sales increased, but Versace is counting on the resurgence of the European and China markets in 2012. (source

Dramatic Jewelry Store robbery in Akron caught on video. Authorities are searching for a pair of thieves who used a stolen sport utility vehicle to execute a smash-and-grab robbery at an Akron jewelry store. The robbery occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday. That’s when the thieves smashed into Taylor Made Jewelry, located in Akron, with the SUV they had recently stolen. Suspects were able to successfully ditch the stolen vehicle and flee on foot. (source

$7,000 in Apple iPads/ iPods stolen from a Virginia Wal-Mart. This suspect broke the lock on the Apple case, returned with a suitcase, put several iPads in the suitcase and then fled. The second suspect reportedly moved to the Lawn and Garden section of the store and dropped the suitcase over a chain link fence. The first suspect then picked up the suitcase while the second suspect climbed the fence into the parking lot and left. (source

Women stabs CVS Loss Prevention officer with a pair of scissors. The 32 year old Pawtucket woman is being held without bail, she was attempting to steal $130 worth of products. The Loss Prevention officer wasn’t seriously injured. (source

Charming Shoppes Narrows 4Q Loss; Same-Store Sales Rise 1%. Lane Bryant stores posted a 2% increase in same store sales. In December, Charming Shoppes said it will shed its Fashion Bug business and focus on its flagship Lane Bryant brand instead, in a bid to spark a turnaround in its business.  (Source

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

Walgreens up 0.8%

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2012 International Organization of Black Security Executives

Spring Conference
April 18-20
Chicago, IL

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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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Washington State Organized Retail Crime Alliance (WSORCA)

Annual Training Conference
October 18, 2012

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LAAORCA Session - Retail LP & AP; So, what do we do? -- Coming soon!

LAAORCA Leaders - Part One:
Filmed in Los Angeles the week of LAAORCA's 3rd annual conference the LAAORCA leaders were gracious enough to take the time to sit down and talk with LPNN and share how they developed their association, how it works, and what's involved. In this four part series they talk about exactly how their model operates and give some great advice on how a city or group of retail LP executives can come together and form their own association.

With Captain Bill Williams, Commanding Officer, Commercial Crimes Division, LAPD & LAAORCA Law Enforcement Co-Chair; Kent Oda, LAPD Detective; George Torres, CVS & LAAORCA Retail Co-chair; and Joe LaRocca, Senior retail partner and Senior AP Advisor to the NRF - the group's highly energized discussion serves as a great example of how retail and public law enforcement partnerships can successfully work. A must watch for any retail LP executive who is interested in the national ORC efforts. Stayed tuned tomorrow for part two.

Organized Retail Crime Series

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Coming soon. LAAORCA Session - Retail LP & AP; So, what do we do? -
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Middle Tennessee TJX apprehends one suspect in ORC ring. One of the five members of an ORC ring has been arrested on felony charges, her four suspected friends are still on the loose. (source
Excerpts from GAO-11-675:  Efforts to Combat Organized Retail Crime

The U.S. Government Accountability Office ORC report June 2011

merging Regional Networks Helping Retail and Law Enforcement Partners Share ORC Information and Build Potential Cases

Given the importance of identifying ORC activity and developing potential cases across multiple jurisdictions, law enforcement entities and retail partners have established regional networks in recent years to facilitate information sharing among stakeholders and potentially identify linkages between connected theft cases. As previously discussed, ORC groups commonly target malls and retail stores across metropolitan areas or even along highway corridors spanning multiple states. As a result of these patterns, a high degree of coordination is required to share suspect information in a timely manner and facilitate the aggregation of multiple thefts into a larger case. A law enforcement official in Florida pointed out that ORC generally requires greater coordination with other state and local law enforcement entities than crimes such as robbery or burglary, which tend to be more localized. To help meet the demand for effective information sharing, a collection of regional networks has emerged in various locales across the country. While each functions independently, these networks commonly identify points of contact and help facilitate identification of ORC suspects and potential linkages between theft incidents. Involvement by federal entities in these regional networks is generally limited as the networks are primarily targeted to retail investigators and state and local law enforcement. However, the networks provide a mechanism with which potential ORC cases can be identified and developed to the point where stakeholders may present them to the attention of federal agencies.

While the specific format and available tools varied between the eight regional networks we studied, they share a number of common elements. For example, all eight of the ORC networks include a contact database of participating retail investigators and law enforcement members, as well as some type of mechanism to vet individuals requesting membership. The primary outputs for all of these eight networks are informational alerts to participating members when ORC or related theft activity occurs within the region. These alerts commonly include such data as suspect information, incident location, and merchandise targeted. The alerts are intended to be issued in a timely manner after the initial incident so that retailers and law enforcement may be able to detect or deter further theft activity or take additional actions if suspects are identified in another location. As table 2 indicates, the ORC networks we identified range from relatively basic technology platforms, such as Google Groups, to stand-alone websites that incorporate more advanced tools, such as maps indicating locations of recent theft incidents, customizable alerts, and keyword searching to identify incidents matching selected criteria. As an additional component, members of six of the regional networks also hold periodic meetings or annual conferences to discuss ORC-related trends and activities.


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Erik Newcomb was promoted to Area Asset Protection Manager for lululemon athletica.
Nancy Schuneman, CFI was named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for The Gymboree Corp.
Chuck Fowler was named Loss Prevention Manager for Bloomingdale's.
Jeff Byrnes was named District Loss Prevention Manager for Dick's Sporting Goods.
Tony Hayes, LPC was named District Loss Prevention Manager for Dick's Sporting Goods.
Robin Johnston was named District Loss Prevention Manager for Dick's Sporting Goods.

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Creating an Environment Where Mistakes are Opportunities In this 30 Second MBA video, Brian Solis, principle analyst with the Altimeter Group, says a courage of culture is needed to recognize, learn, and leverage mistakes as learning opportunities. (Don't be discouraged by mistakes)

Why Encourage Mistakes? You can't just tell employees that you support their decisions to take big risks that could result in mistakes -- you have to prove it to them. If employees don't make mistakes they're playing it too safe and not stretching themselves to a point that will help them grow at an accelerated rate.
(Everybody makes mistakes)
Why Leaders Should Embrace Being Wrong Especially in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse, no business leader wants to be seen as mistaken, or misguided, or just plain wrong. But running away from error is exactly the wrong response. (An opportunity to learn)

Fail Your Way to Success When fear gets in your way, do you choose to take the risk, or do you choose certain failure? Imagine the results if we each committed to do one thing that spikes our fear of failure. Imagine if you were able to complete this statement with a modicum of confidence.
(Be uber-successful)

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In the 1980's, it was common practice when you resigned from a company to make copies of your files and take them with you to a certain extent. Everyone knew about it and it was almost accepted behavior. Today, it's quite different and much more serious. So much more information is available to virtually everyone that, one push of a key, and certainly a well-orchestrated effort can have dramatic consequences and can bring criminal charges. In today's world, intellectual property is a critical asset to every organization and it's the responsibility of every executive to safeguard and maintain their company's intellectual property integrity. Every organization, regardless of size, can be impacted and quite frankly most have been.

Just a Thought,
Gus Downing


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