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Chris Bitner
has been promoted to Sr. Director, Global Information Security and Compliance for Office Depot. Before his promotion, Chris held the position of Director Global Information Security Compliance and Investigations with Office Depot for seven years. Other positions he held with Office Depot were the Senior Manager Systems, the Manager of eCommerce, and Loss Prevention District Manager. Before joining with Office Depot in 1998, Chris spent 10 and a half years with Target as a Regional Operations Manager. Congrats Chris!
John Spirko was named Director of Loss Prevention for True Religion Brand Jeans; their first LP executive. With 125 stores worldwide and a strong wholesale distribution network, this is a fast growing brand. Before joining True Religion Brand Jeans, John spent over four and a half years with Dolce & Gabbana as the Corporate Director of AP & Risk Management. Before that he spent two years with Loss Prevention Experts as the VP of Business Practices & Control. John also spent almost four years with Gucci America, Inc. as the Director of Loss Prevention; over three and a half years with Federated Department Stores / Fingerhut Inc. as the Eastern USA - Loss Prevention Director Logistics & Safety; and five years with J. Crew Inc as the Director of Investigations / Loss Prevention Manager / Corporate Investigator. Congrats John!

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Shooter kills one - injures 7 at Eaton Center food court - downtown Toronto's largest Mall - and gets away. Panic swept through the mall as thousands were shopping in this huge downtown mall that spans several blocks and has multiple levels. Two people were trampled on and pushed, including a pregnant woman who went into labor after she was pushed in the panic. No one had been arrested in the shooting as of late Saturday, the police said. Bill Blair, the police chief, said that "the injuries of the man who was killed clearly indicate that he was a targeted victim." Chief Blair said that the other victims "were very clearly, obviously innocent bystanders" who were struck by indiscriminate gunfire. Several shop workers said they locked themselves into stockrooms during the panic. Chief Blair said that his officers were reviewing security camera videos from the mall and interviewing shoppers. Service was shut down for several hours on a major subway line that has two stations that connect directly to the mall. Streetcars were also rerouted. They've had a real problem with gangs downtown and this could be gang related. (Source

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. CEO Mike Duke said Friday that the retailer is committed to integrity in the wake of recent bribery allegations in Mexico
. "We've all heard about the recent allegations about the company," Duke said to a crowd of about 16,000. "Let me be clear: Wal-Mart is committed to compliance and integrity everywhere we operate. I want to personally assure you, we're doing everything we can to get to the bottom of this matter." Preliminary results from Friday show that all directors up for re-election were re-elected. Final results will be announced Monday. (Source

Manhattan is being flooded by tourist that has driven retail sails up 42% since 2007 hitting $52.4B a year and jobs up 10.2% while the rest of retail jobs have declined by 5%. Mostly foreign visitors from all over the world it's a real hot spot that's helped. NYC is experiencing its strongest decade of retail spending growth since the middle of the 20th century, said Eastern Consolidated's chief economist, Barbara Denham. (Source

60% of employers expected to watch workers social media use for security breaches by 2015. Corporations are starting to embrace technologies used to monitor employee Internet use. Less than 10 percent of companies now monitor their employees' use of Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and other social media sites for security breaches, although many companies monitor social media for brand management and marketing purposes, said the report, released Tuesday. New technologies and services are enabling the growth in employee monitoring, but companies will need to closely manage their monitoring efforts for ethical and legal issues, Andrew Walls, research vice president at Gartner, wrote in the report. (Source

ASIS releases new ANSI Physical Asset Protection Standard. Developed by a Technical Committee comprised of more than 80 members from 17 countries, the Standard provides a comprehensive management approach to identify, apply, and manage physical security measures to safeguard an organization's assets -- its people, property, and information. (Source Security Management Standard: Physical Asset Protection (2012)

New Jersey passes bill that requires sellers of copy machines and scanners to wipe hard drives clean - preventing identity theft. The penalty for not doing that in the way demanded under the bill could run as high as $2,500, and while some might view this as legislative overkill, the concept that printing on digital machines can have privacy and security implications has been long understood by industry experts. (Source

U.S. Transport Administration and the European Commission agree to recognize each other's air cargo security regimes - which cuts costs and speeds the process
. In the past cargo had to go through two separate screening processes and as of this past Friday they'll only go through one process. With over $130 billion in airfreight that crosses the Atlantic from Europe each year, security can cost as much as four percent of a carrier's turnover, and the cost of duplicate transatlantic measures can account for a fifth of that, the Commission said. Shared controls within the European Union saves tens of millions of euros (dollars) a year with no negative impact on security. More than a million tonnes of air cargo passes between the EU and the U.S. a year, the statement said, and last year that was worth more than 107 billion euros, representing 27 percent of the value of all goods exported by air by the European Union. (Source

Canada increases cross-border purchase exemptions from $50 to $200 per-person after 24 hours and from $400 to $800 after a 48 hour stay
. Canadian retailers located close to the borders are just screaming and with the U.S. prices as much as 18 percent cheaper, Canadian consumers are planning shopping trips. (Source

Resource 1, Oakbrook, IL. bookkeeper charged with stealing $285,000 - writing himself unauthorized checks and manipulating the company books
. An IT staffing and consulting firm with an impressive retail client base from Sears, Target, Kohl's, Office Max, and Safeway. (Source

Craigslist counterfeit watch seller defrauds real manufacturers of between $750,000 to $1M
. A southwest Florida man has been arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit Rolex watches. The sheriff's office says an undercover detective purchased five watches from Lynch Thursday. Other detectives followed Lynch to his home, where they found 70 counterfeit Rolex, Breitling, Omega and Movado watches. The police are watching! (Source

Travel & Leisure magazine ranks New Orleans as the "best shopping spot" in the U.S. with New York City ranked 4th
.  Santa Fe, NM was second and Charleston, SC was third. Given the NRF's upcoming LP conference, you may not want to share this info with your spouse. (Source

Family Dollar shoplifter pulls a gun on the employee that caught him and pulls the trigger - thankfully it didn't fire
. With 10 previous arrests in the last three years, the shoplifter was apprehended a few hours later. That's a close call. (Source

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Two Philadelphia police officers busted in separate incidents shoplifting - one from Kohl's and one from Toys R Us. (Source

1st Annual Ohio Crime Symposium June 6, 2012  Columbus, Ohio. Ohio is joining the fight against Organized Retail Crime and is holding its 1st Annual Ohio Retail Crime Symposium!! Through the efforts of retail and law enforcement, a one day training event is being held to provide education to partners across Ohio about Organized Retail Crime. The conference will build on our mission of providing Law Enforcement and Loss Prevention with opportunities to come together for Professional Networking, Training and Information Sharing. We invite you to join OROCC, Ohio’s own Organized Retail Crime Coalition and hear about the future launch of our very own website dedicated to ORC. Ohio marks the 3rd state to join the Midwest fight against ORC alongside Cook County Regional Organized Crime Task Force (CCROC) and Indiana Retail Organized Crime Alliance (IROC).


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The ORC Leaders Panel Discussions -  #1 - The Drug Store Industry's ORC Leaders             #2 - The Big Box & Specialty ORC Leaders               Coming soon!

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The LPNN's first official season will be premiering on Monday, June 11 with the release of "The Drug Store Industry's ORC Leaders," part of the Organized Retail Crime Series. In the meantime, be sure to check out the NEW LPNN website which premiered a couple weeks ago.

The Drug Store Industry's ORC Leaders - with Joe LaRocca, senior retail partner and senior advisor of Asset Protection for the NRF, Jerry Biggs - Walgreens Director of ORC, Jim Lynch - CVS's Dir. LP Corp. Investigations & Security, and Cathy Langley - Rite Aid's Senior Director of Asset Prevention. This series is a specialized and focused group, all from the same industry that happens to probably be the most impacted retail segment of all as it relates to Organized Retail Crime. We talk about where they are and how they measure what they're doing in regards to tackling ORC. From staffing ORC positions to leading them, this group gives you the ability to hear about how ORC is impacting the drug store industry and how they're responding. Filmed Feb. 2012

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Asheville, N.C., police chief says ORC boosters are the driving force behind a 46% surge in larcenies over the past year. "There are lots of organized retail theft rings that come through this area," Capt. Tim Splain said, "And we want to capture all that." And Officers have been doing a better job of reporting thefts, Capt. Tim Splain and other commanding officers said in a press conference that was called for by Chief William Anderson when reporting the last 12-month period of crime statistics. Police are paying more attention to organized retail theft in various ways, including the way they report it. Nearly a year ago, officers had the choice not to write a full report. Now, they are required to file all paperwork, even for small larcenies. That is what is behind the growth from 2,577 larcenies two years ago to 3,769 this past year, a 46 percent increase. Thieves often move from town to town, staying in hotels, police say. They have studied the ins-and-outs of how the retail chains operate and will use that and other tricks to lift merchandise from the stores. They then resell the items or exchange them at another store in the chain or sell the goods online. In one case, a group of men changed into women’s clothing while in the store and then changed after grabbing items. "It was a cross-dressing shoplifting crew," Anderson said. (Source

The Mexican Connection - For the third time this year, authorities have arrested a group of Mexican ORC foreigners going on shopping sprees in San Antonio, Houston and West Texas with fake credit cards. All three groups are from Mexico and flew or drove to Texas for their alleged crimes, spawning investigations that stretched across two countries. The three groups may not have been connected but they all were after clothing, electronics and reloadable gift cards. The groups resemble operations of "organized retail crime." In the three cases, the suspects told authorities they were planning to sell the items once they returned to Mexico at flea markets or their small retail shops. The suspects made trial runs and picked up their 72 fake cards from a man in a bar in Mexico City that they were going to split with him the merchandise or its profits, court records said. They also had used five cards in a previous shopping spree at the outlet stores in San Marcos. They had returned, court records said, to buy more merchandise at the San Marcos stores and an outlet near Houston when agents arrested them May 15 at San Antonio International Airport. One suspect admitted to making four trips with as many as 200 fake cards that they had mailed to themselves in San Antonio. Another group busted crossing the border into the U.S. had 363 fake credit and debit cards, seven fake Mexican drivers licenses, and 41 gift cards. (Source

Two indicted for organized retail theft in Kingman, AZ. after theft from local Wal-Mart store. A Bullhead City man and woman were indicted Thursday on seven charges for stealing items including a TV from Wal-Mart. Not a big incident but the male has a history and might be worth identifying for your teams in the stores. (Source


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Thought Challenge

Can you run a store?

Submitted by Dustin Hudgins, CFI
Regional Loss Prevention Manager, Rent-A-Center, Inc.

June 1, 2012

Think for a moment about all that is going on right now- the world economy, our economy, the housing market, unemployment, war, oil prices- the bottom line is that retailers are being forced to scale back and do more with less. How can you stand out in a pool of thousands? Why should a potential employer hire you? Trust me, I have been there...about a year ago I had no job, my wife and I were caring for our son, who was born 8 weeks premature, and we had no health insurance.

During my employment search I discovered that there were many Dustins’ out there; LP certified, college educated and experienced. How was I going to stand out in the pool of thousands? What was my competitive edge? How could I add value to an organization?

Ask yourself- do you know your business well enough to step in and run a store?

Think about the core functions of the Loss Prevention industry...we teach, coach, audit and investigate. How can you be effective and add value to your organization if you don’t understand the nuts and bolts of your operations? We have all had, or administrated, the 6-8 week Loss Prevention training program. If you were fortunate enough, you had the opportunity to spend 1-2 weeks in a store learning the operations; hopefully not just register training. How many of you can honestly say that you took the initiative to learn more?

I recently wrapped up an investigation where a Store Manager and Assistant Manager were terminated for theft. During the course of the investigation I had to speak to multiple customers who were taken advantage of. These were very difficult and delicate conversations; one wrong word or a negative tone could have lost the company revenue. In the end, I had the pleasure of selling a customer an additional item which brought revenue back into the store. More importantly, was the customer relationship that was mended. I am not a sales person, but because I stay in tune with my business I was able to help run the store.

Learning your business takes an extreme amount of self- motivation and patience; trust me you will make mistakes. By becoming a servant leader and putting others first, especially customers, you will gain an incredible amount of knowledge that will help you in more ways than one.

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Shoplifting is a persistent challenge for retailers trying balance a pleasant shopping environment against a drain on their merchandise, profits, and patience. According to the 2010 National Retail Security Survey (NRSS), total inventory shrinkage has shown modest declines over two decades (probably due to better inventory controls) but losses remain unacceptably high. US shrink measured $35.28 billion, or 1.49% of 2010 retail sales — more than auto theft, burglary, larceny, and robbery combined. Worldwide, shrink accounts for more than $107 billion.

Shoplifting accounts for 31% of investigated US cases of shrinkage—even more for high-risk categories like off-price outlets and apparel stores. And although recordkeeping differences complicate direct comparisons, indications are strong that shoplifting is an even greater problem in European and Asia-Pacific markets, where cross-border gangs steal high-end merchandise, then quickly leave the country to avoid prosecution.

A growing proportion of shoplifting losses stem from a disturbing new source: 25% of investigated US shoplifting cases are due to organized criminal gangs. The rise of Organized Retail Crime (ORC) raises the stakes in retailers’ constant struggle to control losses without alienating honest shoppers, and it demands new strategies and technologies to protect retail merchandise, profits, employees, and customers.

Organized Retail Crime
Organized Retail Crime refers to groups of people who illegally obtain merchandise in substantial quantities through theft and fraud for the purpose of resale. It is typically a two-stage process: theft of the merchandise, followed by monetization of the stolen goods, including related financial crimes such as credit- and gift-card fraud, return fraud, and smuggling. It is distinct from employee fraud (although collusion is common), merchandise counterfeiting, after-hours "smash and grab" theft, and theft by habitual local offenders, ORC is a source of increasing concern in the retail community. Almost all retailers—94.5%—report that they have been victims, and
84.8% report increased incidents over the past three years. Retailer reports put ORC losses at an average $6,842 per instance compared with $438 for shoplifting incidents in 2009, so the financial impact of ORC is much greater than incident percentages indicate. And because thieves steal in bulk and concentrate on categories that are easy to resell, indirect losses include inventory turns on popular items no longer available for sale, and "frozen out-of-stock" conditions when shelves have been picked clean of a popular style or size. Frozen out-of-stock conditions are corrected only after the next physical inventory, reorder, and shipping cycle. So assuming a six-month physical inventory cycle, they keep a store’s most popular items from being replenished in the right quantities for more than a quarter of a year—resulting in lost sales opportunity. The scale of the ORC problem is significant. The most recent FBI study, in 2005, estimated direct US economic losses from ORC between $15 and $30 billion, and a more recent European Union study11 of cross-border retail crime estimated losses there at 7.6 billion euros ($US 10.4 billion) from cross-border activity alone.

Tomorrow more on the contributing factors and ORC gang organization and methods.

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