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April 8, 2011

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Paul Jones
Head of Global
Asset Protection,
eBay, Inc.

Dan Provost
VP US Retail Store and Distribution Center LP,
Staples, Inc.

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

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Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
Register Here

April 8, 2011
NEW Deadline
NRF LP Awards Program Nominations

April 10-12, 2011
Global Supply Chain Summit
Columbus, OH

April 20, 2011
Georgia Retail Association ORC Symposium
Atlanta, GA

NRF-Investigators' Network Meetings
McLean, VA April 20
Houston, TX April 21
Dallas, TX April 28

April 28, 2011
2011 Great Central U.S. Shakeout

April 28, 2011
Retail Council of New York ORC Conference Albany, NY

May 3, 2011

LP Professional Development Call, hosted by the women in LP Caucus
2:00 p.m. Eastern

May 3-4, 2011
NRF LP Legislative Committee Meeting
Washington, DC

May 16-19, 2011
National Level Exercise




October 4-6, 2011

CLEAR/Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail
2nd Annual Training Conference
Peppermill Resort/Casino
Reno, NV





Jeff McPike named Director of Loss Prevention for Nike North America.  This job was open almost 8 months which is a norm at the Director level.

Microsoft, with 8 stores in the U.S. and plans to open 2 more, is reported to have put new store openings on hold while Apple, with 300 worldwide, continues to own that market share.  (Source

T-Mobile employee confronted in Overland Park, Kansas store by HR after Overland Park Police release a flyer with he and his wife listed as thieves to local businesses, including his employer and claiming he's connected to an ORC ring.  The employee who claims he's innocent was only told by police that they had video of him talking to a person of interest connected to a theft ring.  Lawsuits may be coming on this one, which could impact the sharing of information networks set up all over the country.  (Source

An in-house accountant who raised a red flag about a tax lapse that his employer then ignored, leading him to tip off the IRS, has received $4.5 million in the first IRS whistleblower award.  The accountant's tip netted the IRS $20 million in taxes and interest.  The award represents a 22 percent cut of the taxes recovered. The program, designed to encourage tips in large-scale cases, mandates awards of 15 to 30 percent of the amount recouped.  (Source Associated Press)

The reason why the Russians are leading the cybercrime war is quite simple according to one expert;  "In Russia there is no Silicon Valley where computer experts can make a living. Jobs are scarce, and the Russian world view of crime is different from, say, the US.  Cybercrime is just another career opportunity to them.  Even the good guys are on the take. The way to tell if it's a good guy is to find out what he's taking the bribe for.  For Russian law enforcement, cybercrime cases are another revenue stream."  For the programmers they just write the stuff. They're not necessarily the ones launching the attacks and picking the targets."  (Source

Just listing your birthday and your hometown on Facebook is virtually enough for identity thieves to narrow down your social security number because they are not randomized numbers.  The Federal Government is about to change to a randomized system but it won't help those of us who already have ours.  (Source
Even in the world of dolls, corporate espionage and and spies exist, with MGA Entertainment claiming that Mattel sent "gumshoes" to spy on MGA at toy fairs to gather evidence on the Bratz doll line which Mattel claims MGA stole from them by conspiring with the Bratz designer while the designer was employed with Mattel.  This is a $100 million dollar jury award case they're fighting over.  (Source Associated Press)

Brink's burglar's who blowtorched their way thru the roof and used a rented storage facility to hide the loot pled guilty in Columbus, Ohio.  (Source Associated Press)

March same store sales reports

Price Smart up 16.7%
Costco up 13%
Saks up 11.1%
Tandy Leather Factory up 10%
Zumiez up 8.9%
Neiman Marcus up 8.8%
The Buckle up 8.4%
BJ's Wholesale up 5.3%
Nordstrom up 5.1%
Wet Seal up 4.7%
Walgreen up 3%
Fred's up 0.7%
Rite Aid down 0.1%
Stein Mart down 3.9%
Destination Maternity down 4%
Hot Topic down 5%
Stage Stores down 5.3%
Kohl's down 6.5%
Cato down 9.0%
Gap down 10%

Upcoming event!
Southeastern ORC Conference
Sponsored by the Georgia Retail Association
Loss Prevention Council
April 20, 2011
AmericasMart, Atlanta, GA


eBay Collaborates with FBI Smashing International Counterfeit Art Ring

eBay Global Asset Protection & PROACT team investigators support FBI & US Attorney's office with international art counterfeit investigation. The suspects were indicted on federal fraud charges for allegedly producing and/or selling counterfeit limited edition fine art prints of renowned artists, federal law enforcement officials announced. The charges stem from an international investigation of fraudulent artwork that became public three years ago when federal agents executed search warrants in Chicago. In March 2008, seven defendants from Europe, Florida, New York and Illinois were charged with fraudulently producing and/or selling $5 million worth of counterfeit fine art prints. The suspects also allegedly created and provided bogus "certificates of authenticity," knowing they contained false representations about the artist, year of publication and the number in the purported limited edition.

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Wal-Mart and Target are known as superior general merchandise retailers, but are also major players in the grocery arena. Best Buy and Radio Shack established their positions in traditional electronics, yet today are known as powers in mobile phone retail. Similarly, CAP Index has been the world leader in crime forecasting.  However, for the past decade CAP Index has been supplying our retail clients with advanced analytical services that take our core data to the next level. 

Through our professional services division, we marry our clients' internal data with CAP Index's external information

& create actionable tools that can be utilized for the following:

·         key performance indicators

·         crime and loss benchmarking

·         security resource allocation and optimization

·         target store identification

If you find yourself asking "How much should I be losing at this store?"
                                          or "Is this store's shrink really a problem?"
                                                  or even "How do I rationalize this security expenditure?"

Then stop by booth #125 next week to speak with CAP Index’s team during RILA’s Loss Prevention, Auditing & Safety Conference or contact Stephen Longo, Vice President of Business Development (484-467-4388 to learn how --

At CAP Index, we are more than crime forecasting -- we are the analytical solution provider you can count on.

Click here for information on CAP Index's Retail Analytics

Cap Index at next week's RILA LP Conference
Booth #125

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Ken Rayca, Director, Loss Prevention, Liz Claiborne, Inc. on --

                 'Objects in the mirror may be larger than they appear'

It is true that the windshield on a car is multiple times larger than a rear-view mirror because seeing where you're going is much more important than seeing where you've been. But remember, 'objects in mirror may be larger than they appear.' Many of us have all been focused for so long on where we want to get to in our careers, or making that 'next step' that we often forget to look back at the people along the way who have been so crucial to our success. This is vital because they weren't obligated to do this for us. Or were they? Did they FEEL a sense of obligation to invest in us personally because someone did the same for them? Is that how our little professional community survives, thrives and grows? When we have 'arrived' or even while we're still 'enroute,' don't we have the same obligation to make those same kinds of personal investments that every one of us can point to in our own careers? When we take a moment to look in that mirror, how much 'larger' do those images appear in retrospect? Shouldn't we all strive to be one of those 'images' in someone else's mirror someday?

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Job Opening




Asset Protection Investigator e-Bay, Inc. San Jose, CA e-Bay
Corporate LP Mgr Confidential NYC, NY Downing & Downing
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Washington DC Sears Holdings Corp.
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Honolulu, HI Sears Holdings Corp.
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Redwood City, CA Sears Holdings Corp.
Regional LP Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Atlanta, GA Sears Holdings Corp.
Director of Investigations Confidential Dallas, TX Downing & Downing
Director of Loss Prevention Confidential Midwest Downing & Downing
National Account Sales Mgr Confidential New York City, NY Downing & Downing
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Phoenix, AZ The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Metro Northern NJ The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Sacramento, CA The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Salem, OR The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Detroit, MI The Home Depot
Director of Loss Prevention Confidential California Downing & Downing

Today's Daily Job Postings from the Net - Appearing Today Only

Job Opening




Loss Prevention Mgr New Breed Logistics Fort Worth, TX CareerBuilder
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Yonkers, NY Sears Holdings Corp
Area Loss Prevention Mgr Lowes Companies, Inc. San Antonio, TX Lowes
Loss Prevention Analyst Shopko Green Bay, WI Monster
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Corporation Torrance, CA LPJobs

Jeff McPike named Director of Loss Prevention for Nike.
Tony Hoapshy named Loss Prevention Market Investigator, Eastern NC for Rugged Warehouse.
Bryant Price named District Loss Prevention Manager, NC/SC, for Rugged Warehouse.

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Sometimes you have to lose in order to win long term.  Picking your battles is an art that many never acquire, but those that do are usually two steps ahead of you.  So while the loss may seem to set you back, regroup and focus two steps ahead because that's where the winner of the last battle is.  And remember always lose with dignity and win with humility.

Just a thought,
Gus Downing

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