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June 22, 2011

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June 24, 2011:
Gary Johnson
Vice President LP
The Vitamin Shoppe &
Chair of NRF LP Advisory Council

July 1, 2011:
Doug Marker
Vice President
LP, Risk and Audit
Michael Stores, Inc.

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

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Complimentary Webcast:
Enhancing Your Operational Audit Process

June 29, 2011
2:00 p.m. EST

Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
Register Here

August 7-10, 2011
National Food Service Security Council
32nd Annual Meeting

Hyatt Grand Champion
Indian Wells, CA

October 4-6, 2011

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


According to John Kennedy, President of the Jewelers Security Alliance (JSA), jewelry industry crimes dropped 5% in 2010 with the total losses dropping 17% to $81 million.  To date this year, Kennedy said the number of rooftop burglaries, which were climbing for some time, seemed to have peaked following stepped-up law enforcement efforts and arrests, including the recent arrest of eight individuals in connection with a multi-million rooftop burglary ring that targeted jewelry stores and pawn shops in Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia and armed robberies are up slightly through the first half of the year.  The 2010 Annual Crime Report also showed 1,487 crimes reported with California leading the nation with 214 cases.  Grab and run crimes are the most frequent with 359 reported to JSA, and burglaries, with 312 crimes, not far behind, with 538 criminals arrested in 2010. (Source

A $6 million burglary ring was broken up last month in Florida where 8 individuals would cut holes in roofs of jewelry stores or pawn shops, disable alarms and surveillance systems and use torches to get into safes.  This six-state effort took 2 years to resolve and operated out of Miami-Dade County, Florida.  (Source

A Palisades Park man pleaded guilty Monday to identity theft and wire fraud charges after he admitted to stealing nearly $700,000 in a series of fraudulent credit card transactions as a member of a large scale Bergen County, New Jersey-based identity theft ring of 52 members that had been operating for years, authorities said.  He faces 20 years in federal prison.  (Source

Hacking group LulzSec Security is bragging boldly after taking down the CIA public site, the FBI website, a porn site - where they published the login and passwords for 26,000 users, the U.S. Senate website and the U.K.'s Serious Organized Crime Agency and recently tweeted "Lulz Security, where the entertainment is always at your expense, whether you realize it or not. Wrecking your infrastructures since 2011."  Rest assured every agency is searching for the members.  (Source

Barnes & Noble Q4 same store sales down 2.9% with reporting a consolidated net loss of $59 million.  Border's closings and clearance sales took a toll.   But their digital business is up 65%.  (Source

Yesterday, St. Petersburg Florida Police raided Shoe Fashion and seized $100,000 in counterfeit merchandise.  (Source

The U.S. House voted last week to withhold funding for the new Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act.  The Senate has yet to vote.  (Source

Even with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of Wal-Mart by tossing out what would have been the largest discrimination class action suit in U.S. history, the court did not rule on the merits of the plaintiffs' claims and left the door open for smaller, narrower groups of plaintiffs to continue their actions.  And with one of the largest plaintiffs' law firms in the country having invested $7 million in services to date handling the suit, actions will continue.  (Source

President Obama has signed the new cyber warfare guidelines that define how far we can go and when, depending on the type of attack and "routine espionage."  The entire strategy hasn't been released yet, but the Pentagon is expected to announce it soon.  "You don't have to bomb them anymore. That's the new world," said James Lewis, cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  (Source Associated Press)

In last week's NRF LP Conference session, "How to recruit, hire, retain and mentor women" the panel, comprised of Jill Roadman, Rebecca Trevino and Donna Ferarro, all loss prevention executives for Sears, posed 8 questions for the attendees with the answer being either men or women.  Answer them yourself and tomorrow we'll have the answers and the reasons.  And to find out more about the session visit

1.  Who talks more?
2.  Who gets sick more?
3.  Who communicates more by stating more facts?
4.  Who works harder at keeping conversations going?
5.  Who chooses to be a problem solver?
6.  Who wants to reach consensus and consult with others before deciding?
7.  Who takes verbal rejection more personally?
8.  Who is more likely to interrupt while the opposite gender is speaking?

Annual Technology Showcase and Golf Outing

June 29-30, 2011
Hilton Hotel
Beachwood, OH

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Invitation and Agenda


PayPal Launches New Pre-Pay Card -- Works Like a Credit Card

eBay Inc & PayPal announced plans that will allow using PayPal account to pay for goods away from the internet as it is about to become a possibility, as the online payments company gets ready to launch its first credit card. The card, which automatically takes the funds requested from the user's PayPal account, operates in all other respects like an ordinary credit card. A notable feature is the inclusion of technology which lets card holders simply tap on a touch screen to make a payment, without having to enter a PIN number into a terminal. The cards are the first means by which anyone in the United Kingdom can pay for goods in high street shops using their PayPal account.   (Click here for full article)

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Job Opening




ORC Investigator Walgreens Texas Walgreens
Director of Asset Protection Confidential NYC, NY Downing & Downing
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Honolulu, HI Sears Holdings Corp.
Director of Loss Prevention Confidential Midwest Downing & Downing
National Account Sales Mgr Confidential Chicago, IL 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
Corporate Inv. & Training Mgr Confidential Ohio Downing & Downing
Director of Loss Prevention Confidential California Downing & Downing
Regional LP Director Confidential Los Angeles, CA Downing & Downing

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

Job Opening




Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings/Kmart Farmington, NM Sears Holdings Corp
Loss Prevention Mgr Thirty-One Gifts Columbus, OH Thirty-One Gifts
Loss Protection Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Sacramento, CA Sears Holdings Corp
Loss Protection Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Sanford, FL Sears Holdings Corp
Security & Life Safety Mgr 20 Vic Management, Inc. Calgary, AB Canada Workopolis
Mgr Advisory Services (security/emergency preparedness/life safety) Redd Knights Group Toronto, ON, Canada Workopolis

Dave Hamilton was named Director - Project Resource Group for Best Buy.
Gene James, the Director of LP for Jack in the Box, was named as a board member of the San Diego Police Foundation.
Jim Roe was named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Burlington Coat Factory.

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Don't fool yourself with getting lost in the email world and wondering why the morning flew by and nothing really got done.  With the mere volume of emails we all receive each day, even with spam filters turned high, the shuffling and responding can eat your day away.  The real issue is how we use emails to pass responsibilities and work off to other people or to express our hidden opinions after the boss is gone.  My favorite happens to be the one who says - Oh I never got your email - as if there's a parallel universe and I'm in the one that doesn't exist.  Emails have changed our world.  Don't let it change your performance.

Just A Thought
Gus Downing

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