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August 8, 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

Watch for our article the day after each event!


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

Judges are starting to order shoplifting defendants to stay out and not enter an entire chain of stores where their crime was committed and, while some defense attorneys are complaining, the no-contact order is legal and often times requested by the retailer.  (Source

Rachel Shteir's book "The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting" continues to get press and this time in the Quad Cities Times paper with the heading "Shoplifting study looks at prevention, too."  (Source

Two shoplifting suspects who were chased by a security guard after stealing merchandise from a Burlington Coat store at Crown Point Plaza shopping center in Charlotte, NC, ran down an embankment and into a creek that rose quickly after heavy rain Friday and both drowned.  (Source

Apple's iPhone replicas are being sold via emails.  "This is not anything Apple will be able to stop." "While fake iPhones will not sink Apple, counterfeiting could become a major distraction over the next few years."  (Source

Counterfeit 50's are popping up in Monticello, Minnesota.  (Source

The riots in London over the weekend after Mark Duggan was shot by police last week caused a number of retailers, HMV, Halfords, JD Sports, Footlocker, and Currys, to be looted by rioters.  They've even labeled it a flash mob.  (Source (Source  (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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Law Enforcement Leverages eBay Advanced Technology Tool to Help Solve Employee Theft Case

eBay Global Asset Protection investigators assisted United Kingdom police agency in relation to an employee theft case involving a company specializing in high-end bicycle gear and a warehouse employee who stole greater than $225,000 worth of product and resold it on the internet. The agency investigators leveraged the advanced technology of eBay's Law Enforcement Portal (LEP) to process several requests for user data information. The eBay investigators also provided a witness statement that was provided for court purposes. The arresting officer advised that eBay & PayPal assisted us and this was very vital to prove the case and without their assistance they would not have been able to prove the link between the bank accounts and other applicable investigative material. Prosecutor said: 'He said he had initially done it because of debt but then discovered this was an easy and attractive way of making money.' The suspect pleaded guilty and has been jailed for 2 years. Click here for full article.

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HEB's Operation Meat Locker
Helps law enforcement bust ORC Ring selling stolen meat to 3 restaurants

Take care the next time you order high-quality meat at a lower-than-possible price. With food prices escalating, meat thieves – organized groups who target steaks and high-end cuts at supermarkets for resale to unscrupulous restaurants and markets – are a growing problem. They're also hitting meat lockers, cattle pens and 18-wheelers.

The most recent example was in Austin, where in late July police arrested six men in what they dubbed Operation Meat Locker. The sting operation started when managers at H-E-B, a Texas supermarket chain, called police to say that they had stopped a couple of shoplifters who said they were selling the meat they stole to three local restaurants.

H-E-B was mostly worried about the safety of the consumers who were ending up eating the meat. "They're watching these guys with this stuff in their pants, and besides being nasty, what's the temperature of the meat?" says Sgt. David Socha, who took part in the investigation.

To stop it, officers took fresh meat to more than 28 area restaurants to offer for sale. It wasn't an easy sting to carry out because unlike the thieves, they had to abide by food safety regulations. "The meat had to be kept under 41 degrees, so we didn't have much time to work," Socha says.

None of the 25 restaurants chosen at random would touch the meat brought to their back doors and offered at half off, but the three who'd been fingered by the shoplifters "bought it again and again and again," Socha says. It wasn't just staff looking to make money on the side, but management who were involved, "so we knew it wasn't a fluke," he says.

After each restaurant had bought more than $1,500 worth of stolen meat, making it a felony, police moved in and made arrests July 28.

This sort of organized retail crime is a common and growing problem, says Joseph LaRocca, who focuses on asset protection for the National Retail Federation. A recent poll by the group found 95% of retailers falling victim to it in 2010, up from 89% in 2009. According to LaRocca, more than two-thirds of members say "these groups are getting more brazen and they're getting hit harder."

High-ticket consumable goods that are easily resold "are the most commonly ripped off" and meat falls into that category, along with infant formula, razors and over-the-counter drugs, LaRocca says. Although it doesn't track meat thefts specifically, the federation says annual losses from such organized groups can reach as high as $30 billion.

Organized retail crime rings consist of professional shoplifters, called boosters, who take "orders" from fences who buy the pilfered product. "Their entire job is to go out and steal. It seems that they stay within their realm: Meat thieves will steal meat," says Scott Stanley, an officer with the Tacoma, Wash., Police Department. Stanley is also the founder of the Washington State Organized Retail Crime Alliance.

In his experience, most of the boosters are drug addicts. Many are even paid in drugs. "They say 'You go out and steal me $150 in tri-tip (roasts), and I'll give you enough crack for a week," he says.
The meat gets sold to unscrupulous restaurants or out of the back of a van at swap meets. Sometimes it goes to mom-and-pop convenience stores. "We've gone into a Shell (gas) station and found steaks with the Safeway sticker still on them," Stanley says.

Supermarkets have long been aware of the problem, says Jason Moulton, Safeway's Seattle District loss prevention director. "They'll steal shrimp and lobster and high-value cuts of meat," he says. His job has been made somewhat easier recently by new laws smoothing the way for prosecution of organized retail theft. There's also a movement within the grocery world to work together to fight the thieves. "We don't compete in this area," he says. "We share information with other grocers so we get to these guys quicker."

Not only are the meat cuts stolen goods, but they're potentially a source of sickness. These meats aren't being refrigerated. A common way for thieves to grab the meat is to shove it down their pants. "They'll rubber-band the bottom of their sweats at the ankle and then they just start shoving it down their pants and they load up their pants leg," Stanley says.

"The lack of refrigeration is a serious food safety concern; so is the suspect handling," says Douglas Powell, a professor of food safety at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. "And if restaurant owners are willing to cut corners and buy street meat, what else are they cutting corners on in the back kitchen? It doesn't inspire confidence."

The organizations aren't all small-scale. Thieves made off with $11,000 worth of meat from Sedlacek's Wholesale Meat Co. in Melbourne, Iowa, in February. Owner Barry Sedlacek came in one morning to find his cooler door open and 2,500 pounds of top-quality meat missing.

Though he had security, Sedlacek says, he has come to realize how much meat is a target. "Now we've got cameras on, we've got new locks, steel mesh over the windows. People go by and they say it looks like Fort Knox," he says.

Texas has had between 700 and 800 cattle rustling cases this year, says Larry Gray, law enforcement officer for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in Fort Worth. "There's been an uptick in cattle thefts, first because of the economy and also because cattle prices are so high," he says.

An 800-pound steer is worth about $880 right now, he says. Thieves will pull up to a feeding pen, load up their truck and "be out of there in 10, 15 minutes," Gray says. They sell them at livestock auctions for quick cash.

The thieves aren't novices when it comes to cattle, Gray says. They're people who have worked in the industry and know how to load and market big, dangerous animals. "We don't find many city boys who decided to steal some cattle."

The market is big. Sometimes it's 41,350 pounds of ground beef out of an 18-wheeler. That's what police in Geneva, Ala., discovered when they checked out an empty tractor-trailer parked in town on Feb. 1 and traced it to a $95,000 load of ground beef that had been stolen from a Louisiana truck stop.

"The driver parked it, and when he got back, it was gone," says Lt. Rickey Morgan of the Geneva police. Meat inspected by USDA is shipped with a special locking tag on the back of the truck, Morgan says. "You'll have folks that ride around truck stops, they'll see the tag and they know it's some type of meat product. It may be hamburger, it may be steaks, they don't know, but they know it's a high-dollar load," he says.

Geneva police traced "eight or nine pallets" containing 20-pound packages of ground meat to a local store that sells discount foods, "a bent-can store" as Morgan describes it. Each package had a serial number and the insurer had photographs of all of them, so they were able to identify the meat. It was recovered and then destroyed because it was impossible to know whether it had been contaminated during its sojourn.

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What a Thought!

Submitted by Bill Nichols, Regional Director, Loss Prevention at Bed Bath & Beyond

Late last year, I was speaking with Gus Downing regarding an idea that he and several other Loss Prevention professionals had to stimulate Loss Prevention professionals at all levels of the industry to share their thoughts, philosophies and knowledge using the D&D Daily Newsletter "Thought Challenge" as the vehicle of dissemination, and turning into a contest. He gathered an elite board of LP Executives as judges, and even developed a prize package. I was intrigued, but skeptical. Then my boss told me about this exciting new contest he was working on with Gus through the "Thought Challenge," and went on to tell me about a great prize package they were putting together. I wasn't so skeptical anymore. Finally, in February, Art Silva announced the contest and prize packages through the newsletter. $5000 first prize! I was in!

Since that time, I have written three Challenge pieces, and have had the pleasure to read numerous other thought provoking pieces from colleagues throughout our profession. However, the number of articles does not come close to representing the thousands of LP professionals reading the newsletter, and the myriad of ideas, techniques, observations and wisdom that could be shared through the "Thought Challenge."  Think of all the problems facing our industry, all of the day-to-day problems we deal with and the accelerating pace of change that we all must keep up with in order to maintain our position and growth in the industry. Look at all the difficult people we have to deal with and the array of unique, sometimes dangerous, situations many of us have to react to on a regular basis. I, for one, would like to read how others think about, react to and manage the wide variety of responsibilities we all have.

So, that's my Challenge; what are your thoughts? Send an article and enter the "Thought Challenge" today.

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Asking for advice is a great thing and we all need it from time to time merely because as the old adage goes we're too close to the trees to see the forest.  However, the key is who you ask for it and what are their agendas, because we all have them and even well-intentioned advice can be swayed by an individual's need or desire to accomplish their objectives.  Advice is the easiest thing to give and the hardest thing to practice.  But getting a second opinion is always good.  You've just got to realize that we're all just humans and even the best advice givers and mentors are influenced by their own needs.

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