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July 5, 2011

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July 8, 2011:
Doug Marker
Vice President
LP, Risk and Audit
Michael Stores, Inc.

Stephen O'Keefe
Loss Prevention and Risk Management,
Wal-Mart Canada

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

LPRC invites
innovative solutions providers to join their

Benefit Denial Working Group (BDWG)

to develop and test leading-edge product protection solutions


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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

Retail Council of Canada's

2011 Loss Prevention Conference

Going Beyond LP - Partnering for Success

September 14, 2011
7:30am - 5:00pm
International Centre
6900 Airport Road
Mississauga, Ontario




Contact the RCC Events Team at 1(888) 373-8245 or visit

October 4-6, 2011

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

Police in San Francisco are battling actual sophisticated crime syndicates - ORC - in Union Square with apprehensions up this year by 53%.  Hitting such retailers as The Gap, Macy's, Walgreens, and Nordstrom's, the SFPD is working with the retailers and have actually met with New York City and Sacramento police in order to share strategies on dismantling them.   (Source

A new book just hitting the shelves called "The Steal" authored by Rachel Shteir, who also subtitled the book "A Cultural History of Shoplifting," starts with the 18th-century invention of the loot-concealing pocket to the success of Abbie Hoffman's "Steal This Book" in 1971 and also covering the 1699 British Parliament's Shoplifting Act that imposed the death penalty on anyone caught stealing items worth more than 5 shillings to California's three-strike law that recently gave a burglary ex-con a life sentence for stealing about $150 of videotapes from two Kmart's.  Might be an interesting read.  (Source

ORC counterfeit-check ring busted up in Central Florida with the arrest of its ring leader and another member on Friday.  Operating in multiple counties and hitting such retailers as Home Depot, Publix, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, the investigation continues at Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  The ring would make purchases and return the big ticket items for cash.  (Source

At last week's congressional hearing called "Hacked Off: Helping Law Enforcement Protect Private Financial Information," found that the big problem we're facing in the fight against financial crimes is that the criminal complaint has almost disappeared. Even when a police report is filed, it is often "so the bank will give you your money back."  "The understandable hesitation of law enforcement to 'work a case' in these areas has led to an unfortunate form of apathy by the consumer as well as the financial institutions. Large banks lose millions of dollars each year to phishing and malware, but they reimburse the cost to customers and structure the losses into the cost of doing business."  Therefore, due to general public apathy and collaboration with the law enforcement community, assures that cybercrimes of all sorts will continue to rise.  (Source

Big spending by two hackers led authorities to unearth what may be the largest login-stealing botnet yet known.  Flaunting their money with no apparent means to afford it, these two botmasters in Bosnia and Slovenia developed the Metulji botnet that still may be in control of millions of computers in over 172 countries.  (Source

The PCI Security Standards Council understands the growing demand for guidance on how to safely and securely implement mobile payments according to the requirements of the DSS and PA-DSS and they hope to have it clarified by the end of the year.  However, they did recently provide a document that separates the more-easy-to-certify as PCI DSS from the not-so-easy to certify in several categories.  (Source

U.S. clothing prices may rise 4% to 6% this fall with cotton driving it worldwide and the era of cheap goods coming from China may be over.  (Source


Shrinkage On The Rise
Dr. Hollinger's preliminary NRSS findings

Retail shrinkage increased to 1.58% of retail sales in 2010 ($37.1B) -- up from 1.44% in 2009 ($33.5B)
95% of retailers have been a victim of ORC over the last 12 months
43.7% of retail shrinkage in 2010 was employee theft ($16.2B)
18.7% of cases involved collusion between internal and external sources
32.6% of total losses was shoplifting ($12.1B)
12.9% of shrinkage was admin error ($4.8B)
5.4% shrinkage was vendor fraud ($2B)

46% of retailers said their loss prevention budgets were increasing
 and 35% said they were staying the same


Job Opening




ORC Investigator Walgreens Texas Walgreens
Corp LPM of Analytics & Exception Reporting Confidential Florida Downing & Downing
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
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Detroit, MI 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 Hyannis, MA Sears Holdings Corp
Area Loss Prevention Mgr Lowes Willow Grove, PA Lowes
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Glendale Galleria Glendale, CA Macy's
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Broadway Hicksville, NY Macy's
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Columbia Grand Forks, ND Macy's
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Northtown Spokane, WA Macy's
Loss Protection Mgr Sears Holdings/Kmart Greeneville, TN
Loss Protection Mgr Amazon Phoenix, AZ Amazon
Loss Protection Mgr CompUSA Miami, FL iHireSecurity
Regional LP Mgr GNC New York City, NY GNC
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes East Irvine, CA Lowes
Area AP Mgr Pep Boys Pittsburgh, PA iHireManufacturing
Regional LP Mgr Aeropostale Wayne, NJ iHireSecurity
Services Mgr Impact Security Group Winnipeg, MB, Canada Workopolis
Division Mgr, Security/LP Purolator, Inc. Toronto, ON, Canada Workopolis
Mgr, Security Technology Purolator, Inc. Etobicoke, ON, Canada Workopolis
District LP Mgr Meijer Jenison, MI Meijer
Asset Protection Mgr The Home Depot Port St. Lucie, FL The Home Depot
Asset Protection Mgr The Home Depot Toledo, OH The Home Depot
Asset Protection Mgr The Home Depot Detroit, MI The Home Depot
Mgr District AP Sports Authority North Aurora, IL Sports Authority
LP Mgr Distribution Kohl's Winchester, VA Kohl's
Loss Protection Mgr Sears Holdings/Kmart Caguas, Puerto Rico Indeed
Loss Protection Mgr Sportsman's Warehouse Puyallup, WA Indeed
Loss Protection Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Columbus, OH Indeed
Store LP and Safety Mgr Lowes Bossier City, LA Lowes
Loss Protection Mgr Sears Holdings/Sears Portland, OR Indeed
Area LP Mgr Ross/dd's Discounts North and South Carolina Ross Stores

Darin Barton was promoted to Manager of Field Investigations for Lowes.

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We've all got great ideas and plans.  The problem lies in putting them together, rolling them out and maximizing speed to market.  Making it happen quickly and efficiently - that's the key to success.  The first obstacle is always fear of risk.  Making an idea a reality requires risk taking and sometimes you've just got to make it happen if your inner self, or the bird on your shoulder, tells you it's the right thing to do.  I was writing this e-newsletter for a year before one morning last year, on March 25, I walked in and just said hey we're doing it.  Yes, I was absolutely fearful of all the critics and naysayers, but I took the risk and made it happen.  There will always be torpedoes in the water and sometimes they hit.  But to make things happen you've got to jump in the water and swim as fast as you can.

Just a thought
Gus Downing

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