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August 5, 2011

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Doug Marker
Vice President
LP, Risk and Audit
Michael Stores, Inc.

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

Coming in August

Kelly Gorman
Vice President LP

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team


co-hosted by
Universal Surveillance Systems


1st Annual One-Day
ORC Conference


Friday, August 19, 2011
7:30am - 4:30pm
Cal State San Marcos





5th Annual
Crime Symposium & Trade Show

Wednesday, Sept 21, 2011
8:30am - 5:00pm

Hilton Garden Inn
35 Major Taylor Blvd
Worcester, MA



October 4-6, 2011

CLEAR/Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail

2nd Annual Training Conference
Peppermill Resort/Casino
Reno, NV

Albuquerque Retail Assets Protection Association (ARAPA)
is hosting their

2nd Annual
Southwest ORC Conference

Albuquerque Convention Center

October 13, 2011

and the cost is free

Additional information including conference topics can be found at the
link below



Washington State ORC ALLIANCE


1st Annual
Training Conference

Wed, November 2, 2011

Training Site:
WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission Auditorium

19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA


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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National Retail Federation
2011 ORC Survey

Executive Summary
Full Report

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

Join Vangent for a

Complimentary 1-day
Advanced Training and
Certification Seminar on their:

Employee Attitude
Inventory (EAI) Tool

That points investigators in the right direction!

at the Chicago Vangent downtown offices

August 22, 2011

Led by
Dr. John "Jack" Jones

To register or for questions, contact
Mike Tancredi
(312) 242-4231

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

Counterfeit Clothes at Luxury Malls?

Private Eye Helps Police Bust Surprising Counterfeit Outlets

You may think of counterfeit goods as being sold on street corners, out of car trunks and at flea markets ... but what about at your local mall?

It's happening, and few can attest to that better than Kris Buckner, a private investigator who specializes in tracking down counterfeit merchandise through his company, Investigative Consultants.


"You can look at us as sort of the 'counterfeit cops,'" Buckner said.

"Nightline" came along as Buckner and police in Orange County, Calif., raided a store allegedly selling counterfeit goods in, of all places, a luxury mall. Police arrested the store manager, who was accused of selling phony luxury brands such as Dior, Prada and Dolce & Gabana merchandise, as well as a huge stash of True Religion jeans, which had been "on sale" at the store for $199.

Buckner works for the brands themselves. In the case of the Orange County bust, Bucker's client was True Religion.







California police officer arrests man in connection to bust of counterfeit goods
(click photo for video)


"Anything that the cops do to investigate regular crimes, we're really doing here at our company for those brand owners we represent," Buckner said. "Brand owners don't call 911 to report counterfeiting. That wouldn't be fair. They'd suck the resources of law enforcement."

Investigative Consultants is one of just a few companies around the country that do this special kind of work, and sometimes the brands themselves house their own special units to track counterfeiting.

Watch the full story on "Nightline" tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET


According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, $652 billion per year is lost to internal fraud. Small businesses are the most vulnerable, accounting for a whopping 80 percent of all internal fraud cases.  Employee-committed acts are the most common and most expensive type of fraud, accounting for more than half of all reported cases.  (Source

With this weeks stock market plunge wiping away all the gains for the year its evident that the mere signing of the U.S. budget did little to calm the concerns and fears that the U.S. economy may be headed back to another recession, as a number of economist have been talking about recently.  And while LP job growth for the year may appear to be flat to last year, the last month has shown an overall decrease in new jobs posted that can't be denied.  Certainly the candidate pool continues to escalate and there's been no dip in job seekers looking for jobs and viewing what ever is out there.  However with only 18,000 new jobs created in June in the U.S., "the fewest in 9 months" Wall Street is concerned "that the U.S. may be on the verge of another recession."  (Source  (Source (Source

For the first time in the press it's reported that there's also a "stampede" of U.S. retailers also looking at the UK for expansion.  With Aeropostale, American Eagle, Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel's CB2, and others all looking to get into the UK market.  The same holds true for the UK as does the Canadian market.  Virtually the same demographics, culture, and shopping trends.  However the UK market is more developed than Canada.  (Source

Apple is going after the fakes and files a sealed lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Eastern New York against a number of defendants including 52 Jon Does and 3 companies.  One is the Apple Story, a look-alike in Flushing, New York.   (Source

J Crew is opening its first Canadian store August 18th in Toronto and is looking at other leases there as well.  (Source

Coach is opening its first Winnipeg, Canada store at the end of this month and it will be the 24th location for them in Canada.  (Source

Cabela's opened its first Alberta, Canada store yesterday. 

A fake "Yellow Pages Group" fax deceives businesses as a mere update your contact info request but has in the fine print a two-year obligation of $1,428 annually and the FTC is all over this scam.  (Source

Michigan State Police
from Bay City. Mi., arrested a 48-year-old parolee, Steve Vanwert, for operating a "complex retail fraud scheme" and targeting Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Lowes and Meijer stores in the Bay, Saginaw, Midland, Genesee, Isabella, and Ogemaw counties.  No other information was released.  Some may wish to investigate this.  (Source

Several flash mobs formed around State Fair Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last night. Two police departments and one sheriff department responded to calls for help. Reports indicate there were hundreds of people fighting and causing damage, with at least seven people taken to local hospitals. (Source

According to a recent survey in the UK over 50% of people think cash will become extinct in the future with two thirds of people finding carrying cash is inconvenient and change is just a pain.  (Source

The Employee Attitude Inventory (EAI) Tool

is a validated "top of the funnel" assessment tool that investigates current employees on their theft-based attitudes and admissions, theft in general, and theft triggers


Quickly points investigators in the right direction

Join Vangent
for a complimentary

1-day Advanced EAI Training and Certification Seminar
in Chicago, August 22, 2011

Led by
Dr. John "Jack" Jones
The author of the EAI Tool

To register or for questions, contact Mike Tancredi or 312-242-4231.

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eBay Asset Protection Supports Federal Investigation Leads to Prison Sentence

eBay Global Asset Protection assisted the United States Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh, PA with researching account activity of a former US Airways employee leads to conviction and jail sentence. According to information presented to the court the suspect stole various properties from U.S. Airways valued at nearly $580,000 between 2004 & 2009. The suspect sold the stolen property on the internet, including eBay. The resident of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania was sentenced in federal court to 24 months in prison, followed by three years’ supervised release, on his conviction of interstate transportation of stolen property, said US Attorney David J. Hickton. Prior to imposing sentence the Judge stated that this crime was not a single isolated incident, but involved a course of conduct that occurred over several years. Click here for full article.

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Las Vegas is one of the Top 10 in ORC activity in the U.S. and here's there local story with Target taking a major role in the video with interviews of LP executives and crime footage.

Police, Retailers Work Together to Fight Retail Theft

LAS VEGAS - Primetime crime dramas like "CSI" feature forensic investigators who are trained to solve thrilling murder mysteries through cutting-edge scientific methods.

Some corporations are also using modern technology and old-fashioned police work to catch shoplifters. Target operates two state-of-the-art forensic laboratories - one in Minneapolis and one in Las Vegas.

"We specialize in forensic video, audio, image analysis, and latent fingerprint examinations. These allow us to recover and analyze evidence for Target," said Rick Lautenbach with Target Forensic Services.





(click photo for video)

"Investigations Centers are a critical part of our strategy to resolve organized retail crime activity and help support safe and secure environments," said Target team member Nate Hartle.

The chain works with law enforcement to gather and analyze evidence to stop thieves in their tracks. A chart maps out a crime ring's network.

The National Retail Federation's 2011 Organized Retail Crime Survey reveals organized retail criminals are becoming more violent. They use fake price tags or grab anything they want - from designer jeans to medicine to baby formula. Sometimes, they steal the items from the stores. Other times, they steal the items straight off the trucks.

Retail theft not only costs stores money, it drives up prices for everyone else.

Metro Police Property Crimes Detective Mona Connell says Metro is now part of the Southern Nevada Organized Retail Crime Association or SNORCA. The agency enables law enforcement and retailers to share information about troubling trends.

"It's to communicate with other retailers, to explain to them that this is what's going on at our store or stores, and there's a possibility you can be a victim as well," Det. Connell said. "We're in the top ten in the country currently. We just became part of the top ten, and nationally, it's a $30 billion loss every year."

A $30 billion-a-year problem is huge, so federal authorities are also working to fight this theft.

The FBI says it uses many of the same investigative techniques against organized retail theft groups as it does any criminal enterprise or terror network.

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