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August 22, 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

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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
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Join us for a
Complimentary 1-day
Advanced Training and
Certification Seminar on our:

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:
(312) 242-4231

Coming soon ...
Canadian Push Series



LPRC 2011 Impact Conference

October 10-12, 2011

Office Depot Headquarters
Boca Raton, FL



Steven Read was named Director for lululemon athletica.  Steven has over 17 years of experience in retail loss prevention/asset protection with such companies as Sears Canada, Army and Navy Dept Stores, and Best Buy, and 15 years of experience in technology.  Congratulations, Steven!

Art Capone was named Regional Asset Protection Manager for Dollar Tree Stores.  Art has 30 years of experience starting as a Store Detective and working up to several Senior Executive positions.  Working in all retail segments; Home Improvement, Department Store, Specialty, Grocery and Wholesale.

Lowe's to repurchase up to $5B of its common stock; declares regular dividend of 14 cents
Lowe's, which has declared a cash dividend each quarter since going public in 1961, had raised its dividend by 27 percent in May. Last week, the retailer reported weaker-than-expected quarterly sales and cut its fiscal-year outlook for the second time in three months as homeowners put off big renovations in an anemic economy. (Source:

'Gray Market' Drugs with markup of 650%
Health Care Providers face a massive drug shortage, which has led to price gouging on some medications needed to treat critically-ill patients. In response, doctors and hospitals are getting offers from what is called the "gray market" to obtain necessary medications, which experts say are a major health risk to hospitals and patients alike. Prescriptions manufactured in Mexico, China and India, are likely not meeting FDA standards. (Source:

Cleveland Rap artist arrested after organizing a flash mob at South Park Mall, Strongsville, OH

'Machine Gun Kelly' tweeted to 70,000 of his fans to meet him at the food court of a suburban mall in Cleveland, estimates of a thousand showed up, 3 arrested including Kelly, but no reports of looting or violence. (Source:

Tommy Hilfinger will open it's largest Flagship store in UK
The 8,288 square foot space will reflect the same aesthetics as the NYC Fifth Avenue Flagship. Hilfiger's new Flagship is located on Brompton Road near Harrods, Mulberry and Burberry. Tommy Hilfiger currently operates more than 1000 stores worldwide.  (  

Barnes & Noble shares dropped 17.5% Friday ...
After the news that John Malone's Liberty Media Corp. had ended discussions of its $17 a share bid, Barnes & Noble shares dropped 17.5% Friday. Liberty Media had earlier offered $17 a share for 70% of the bookseller in a deal that would have valued the company at about $1 billion.  (Source: 

Southern California Grocery unions ready to strike
The 60,000 members have turned down previous contract offers in April, and are possibly days away from walking out at Albertson's, Ralph's and Vons. Federal mediators are still negotiating the dispute, primarily over the cost of health care benefits. (

Tesco's Fresh & Easy to open 4 new locations in California, adding over 100 associates
Fresh & Easy will donate $1,000 to a neighborhood group every time it opens a new store location. Fresh &Easy operates nearly 175 stores in California, Arizona, and Nevada. (Source:

Verizon employees return to work without a contract
Nearly 45,000 employees went on strike on Aug. 7 after their previous contract had expired. The employees primarily work in the company's landline division in nine states from Massachusetts to Virginia. The company has proposed freezing its pension and switching union workers to its non-union health plan, which has higher costs for employees. Verizon has 196,000 workers, with 135,000 of those non-union. The wireless division, which wasn't affected by the strike, is mostly non-union. (Source: 

Vietnamese gang with foil-lined bags hits Zara for 40 items
A total of 70 items were recovered when the four-person team was arrested in Singapore. The gang had reportedly travelled to Singapore, checked into a budget hotel and immediately went out to begin their crime spree. (Source:

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To register:, (312) 242-4231




eBay Investigators Support Inquiry into Social Benefits Fraud Leads to Jail Sentences

eBay Global Asset Protection investigators assisted Department of Work & Benefits investigators review eBay trading activity along with PayPal transactions of alleged benefit fraudster couple that leads to jail sentences for both. Over 3 ½ years, the man and his wife claimed £105,955 in benefits while at the same time driving his company van and carrying out work for neighbors. The suspect turned up at court in a wheelchair, wearing a neck brace, and his arm was in a sling, but Judge Neil Stewart condemned the 50-year-old's actions and jailed him for 13 months. He told him: 'This was large-scale fraud committed over a number or years. It was brazen the way you went about your work. 'There is nothing reprehensible about working. What is reprehensible is that you claimed benefits while doing it. You took advantage of the system and defrauded the public.' Click here for full article.

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National Food Service Security Council Names
CAP Index as Official Research Partner

The National Food Service Security Council (NFSSC), a professional trade association of loss prevention, risk management, safety and security professionals from the restaurant and quick service restaurant (QSR) industries, announced today that CAP Index, Inc., the world leader in crime forecasting, has been named its official research partner. As part of the organizations' partnership, CAP Index will conduct several surveys of NFSSC's membership, as well as provide and analyze industry-related research.

NFSSC executives announced the news from the floor of the 32nd Annual Conference, currently being held in Palm Springs, CA. Simultaneously, NFSSC announced to its membership the findings of its inaugural CAP Index-commissioned study – the first of its kind in more than seven years – designed to measure and analyze the occurrence of crime among U.S. restaurants.

"Our goal has always been to help our members identify and utilize the tools necessary to reduce crime at their establishments," said Jim Forlenza, Executive Director of the NFSSC. "With CAP Index's expertise, we are taking an extra step forward, keeping our member locations as safe and secure as possible for employees and customers alike."

In commenting on CAP Index's partnership with NFSSC, Jon Groussman, President and COO of CAP Index, said, "CAP Index has enjoyed a long and healthy relationship with NFSSC members, offering loss prevention and crime mapping tools since CAP's inception in 1988. As NFSSC's official research partner, we look forward to conducting industry-specific research and providing actionable intelligence integral to the safety and security of restaurant and QSR chains nationwide."

About CAP Index, Inc.

CAP Index, Inc. is the world leader in crime forecasting. For nearly 25 years, the company has provided innovative solutions to Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies looking to minimize a broad range of losses, including shortage, general liability, fraud and crimes against persons and property.

CAP Index provides loss forecasting tools to 81 of the U.S. Fortune 100 companies, as well as leading retailers, financial institutions, insurance companies and quick service restaurant (QSR) chains throughout the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

About the National Food Service Security Council (NFSSC)

NFSSC is the only organization representing loss prevention, security and risk management professionals from the major casual dining, quick service restaurant and food service chains for the purpose of educational networking, benchmarking and professional development opportunities. The mission of NFSSC is to educate and inform its members on those topics that help improve and enhance the safety and security of their employees and customers, while being an advocate for the food service industry. NFSSC members include 18 of the 20 largest U.S. quick serve chain restaurants.

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Steven Read was named Director for lululemon athletica. 
Art Capone was named Regional Asset Protection Manager for Dollar Tree Stores.

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