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24 Hour Fitness LP wins 2012 Global Excellence Award

Named Security/IT Department of the Year

The 24 Hour Fitness security team is proud to note that it has been recognized by Info Security Products as the 2012 Security/IT Department of the Year. The 24 Hour Fitness team is led by Corporate Director of Loss Prevention and industry veteran Owen Shackleton.
Shackleton accepted the award on behalf of his team at the InfoSecurity Products Guide 2012 Global Excellence Awards in San Francisco. These prestigious global awards recognize security and IT professionals and organizations for their advanced, innovative approaches, products and solutions that set the bar higher for others in all areas of technologies. Shackleton highlighted the advantages that his team has had after partnering with their key vendor 3VR and the deployment of a 3VR Enterprise Server and 3VR DVRís and NVR units to remotely view and store video footage. Shackleton pointed out the unique features that drove 24 Hour Fitness to select 3VR for their new DVR platform, they included 3VRís Google like incident search capability, item tracking, facial and license plate recognition analytics and with the use of the 3VR Enterprise Server Appliance, this ES system allows for daily health checks of all DVRís, cameras and system connectivity as well as it has a built in case management system to archive critical incidents and theft cases for permanent storage and protection. In addition, the 3VR units have a link to the CrimeDex website for use in working and sharing with law enforcement agencies suspect photoís and information an networking on criminal investigations. All of these state of the art features help 24 Hour Fitnessís LP Department to create a safe and secure environment for their club members and employees.

Fraudulent gifts cards used to buy a 4 wheeler and trailer. Five men have been charged with felony retail theft after police said they attempted to purchase $17,000 worth of merchandise at Bass Pro Shops in Bolingbrook, IL with gift cards they bought with stolen credit cards. The five men purchased an Arctic Cat ATV and Trailstar trailer using numerous gift cards in order to pay for the units. When Bass Pro employees ran the gift cards, they determined they had been purchased with stolen credit cards at other Bass Pro stores. (source

Department stores Myer and Woolworth focus on shrink reduction Ďdown underí. Theft in retail outlets cost the industry $7.5 billion in 2011, reported the Australian Retailers Association - a 50 percent rise since 2009. Cuts in staff numbers over the last few years have been identified by Myer and David Jones as a tactical error producing frustrated shoppers who are more likely to leave and take merchandise without paying for it. Australian Retail Association show that retailers lost $7.5 billion to theft in 2011, or about 3 per cent of retail sales, up from $6.8bn in 2010. (source

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen victim of ID theft. An AWOL U.S. Army soldier based in Pittsburgh is accused of stealing Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's identity and using it to attempt to steal money from Allen's Citibank account. Brandon Price impersonated Allen on the phone and convinced a Citibank employee to send him a debit card in Allen's name and account number. Price, who has been absent without leave from the U.S. Army since June 2010, is accused of then attempting to conduct more than $15,000 worth of transactions using the illegally obtained debit card. (source

US Secret Service focused on South Florida credit card schemes. Florida topped the nation with 33,595 identity-theft complaints in 2011, according to the Federal Trade Commission, followed by California and New York. Recently four South Florida men have been indicted for stealing $600,000 from Apple stores around the country, as well as an arrest in Fort Lauderdale where a group was arrested with over 100 fake credit cards. (source

Canadaís National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco aims at taking down organized crime. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police estimate that 175 criminal gangs use contraband cigarettes to finance their organizations. (source

An international look at pharmaceutical cargo theft; Canada reporting steady increases since 2009. Last year in Russia a truck carrying 6 million dollars in pharmaceuticals was hijacked by men posing as police, the load was never recovered. (source

Italian jewelry thieves dig over a half mile tunnel, attempt fails. The thieves were just a few meters from their target after digging for a month, but police were called by local citizens curious about what these men had been working on for so long. (source

Amazon announces new fulfillment center in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The new facility will be Amazonís fourth in Indiana and employ over 1,000 people. (source

Americaís new small business owners, success stories of ex-cons. Not being able to account for those last 10 years on your resume may be a problem with most employers. These people have succeeded in going straight and making an impact on small business. (source

Wal-Marts seeking dismissal of 2 class action suits. Wal-Mart stated in it's annual Securities and Exchange Commission report that it hopes to have two discrimination law suits dismissed very soon. Dukes vs. Wal-mart has been called the largest civil rights class action suit in United States history. Dukes claims he was hired as a greeter but was never offered the opportunity or training to advance within the Wal-Mart organization. (source

Detroit area shoplifter leads police in a high speed chase. Roseville Police are still looking for the suspect who is now wanted in connection to shoplifting a DVD Blu-ray player and then shooting at two Kmart Loss Prevention Associates. The female, driving the get away car has been arrested, the man jumped from the car and police K-9 units lost the scent. The two Loss Prevention Associates were treated for minor injuries and released. (source

Quarterly Same Store Results

Joseph Banks Clothier up 7.6% with net sales up 9%
Family Dollar up 4.5% with net sales up 8.6%
Brookstone up 2.5% with net sales up 6.1%
Charming Shoppes up 1% with net sales down 2.9%



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2012 International Organization of Black Security Executives

Spring Conference
April 18-20
Chicago, IL

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Retail Fraud 2012

Largest Retail Fraud & LP conference in Europe

Novotel West, London

April 19, 2012

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2012 Retail
Loss Prevention

September 12, 2012
International Centre


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Washington State Organized Retail Crime Alliance (WSORCA)

Annual Training Conference
October 18, 2012

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Northern Michigan University, located in Michiganís 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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LAAORCA Session - Retail LP & AP; So, what do we do? -- Coming soon!

LAAORCA Leaders - Part Two:
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 three.

Organized Retail Crime Series

LAAORCA Leaders -- Part Two

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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

Characteristics of Selected Regional Networks Targeting Organized Retail Crime



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Kristen Silva was named Regional Loss Prevention Investigator at A'GACI, LLC.
Ken D. Gladney, CFI was named Loss Prevention Coordinator for Half Price Books- Dallas, TX.
Sheryl Mason was promoted to District Manager of Investigations for Macy's- Michigan.
Jason Hughes was promoted to District Director of Loss Prevention for Macy's - NJ North.
Darren Adkins was promoted to District Director of Loss Prevention for Macy's.
Jimmy Hernandez was promoted to Regional Training Manager for Macy's.
Joe Kinsey was promoted to District Director of Loss Prevention for Macy's.
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6 Keys to Becoming a Trusted Leader Accountability comes from the presence of trust and the absence of fear. When a manager -- or leadership team -- is both trusted and trusting, others in the organization know where they stand. They have greater confidence in their ability to do the work and in the people they work with. (Create your atmosphere of accountability)

Productivity Tip From Google: Working on the Fly John Militello, head of creative innovation at Google, hates doing expenses. In this 30 Second MBA, he talks about how he gets around it by using his downtime wisely.
(What task do you hate the most?)
Just Say No: 5 Ways to Turn More Down to Get More Done Next generation time management is more about deciding what not to do than what to do. Whether we like it or not that means we are going to have to develop the skill of saying "No." (Cut the procrastination)

Give Credit Where It's Due Most leaders know not to take credit for their employees' work. But few think carefully enough about all the ways in which credit and blame are apportioned in their teams. Here are a few rules designed to help you do better.
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Sending and delivering the LP message in stores and at the corporate office is probably one of the most critical things one can do everyday. How you communicate and how you deliver your message will determine how they respond and react. If you expect to improve performance and influence change in the stores, then you've got to communicate in their words and their terms. Each company has a message, a mission and core values and your message should fit all of them and be an extension of them and not an addition to them. This breeds integration and results in inclusion, all of which are important elements of a successful executive.

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