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October 11, 2011

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Regional LP Mgr Ann Taylor West Coast Ann Inc.

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

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

Coming in October

Kelly Gorman
Vice President LP

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eBay's PROACT Team

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LPRC 2011 Impact Conference

October 10-12, 2011

Office Depot Headquarters
Boca Raton, FL



National Retail Federation
2011 ORC Survey

Executive Summary
Full Report 

Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
Register Here

Watch for our article the day after each event!

October 12, 2011

NRF-Investigator's Network Meeting
NYC Metro Area

October 19, 2011
NRF-Investigator's Network Meeting
McLean, VA


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


FAST Pre-Crime Detecting Machine is coming and it could change the security industry at its core. The Department of Homeland Security has developed a new sensor that can detect mal-intent on the part of a human. Known as Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) determines if a person intends to do harm by using a mal-intent algorithm that uses data from sensors that monitor a persons physiological and behavioral changes. FAST is designed to detect anything from change in body movement, body heat, eye movements, breathing patterns, voice pitch, and your prosody (the tone and rhythm in which you speak). As of now the FAST has only been tested in lab and at least one undisclosed location in the northeast, and the system is proven to be up to 81 percent classification accurate in a laboratory setting. When DHS has deployed FAST in field tests, its has only been used to help security guards pick out and interview suspects, so final judicial judgment wont be delivered by a robot just yet. (Source

Deloitte predicts 2.5% to 3% increase in sales for the months of November through January. Up against last years 5.9% that's very modest growth. (Source

Sports Authority is cutting jobs and has made some significant Loss Prevention cuts nationwide.

59% of online consumers say they'll do most of their holiday shopping online - up from 41% last year - a significant increase and more pressure on same store sales numbers at the brick and mortars. Accenture's survey of 500 consumers online also showed 54% of consumers will use their mobile phones for shopping to compare prices and 35% will use their tablets for the same purposes. The consumer is changing quickly. (Source

72% of consumers expect their holiday spending to be "careful" or "controlled" with 40% saying an item being on sale is the #1 factor in their decision. Accenture's study also shows 88% intend to spend the same or less. "Precision shoppers' will dominate." The best news however is that Accenture says "the research data, and our conversations with clients, leads us to expect a boost from high income shoppers who are planning to treat themselves and their families." This is critical as it was the one component missing in 08' and 09's holiday shopping. If the high-enders spend we'll all get thru the 4th quarter which means next springs budgets won't be that bad. Even with the few reorg's we've seen the last few weeks. (Source

Discount stores dominant position may be fading with 73% saying they will shop at one vs. 81% last year and 85% in 09'. And Black Friday numbers are trending down as well with only 44% saying they'll shop on Black Friday down from 47% last year and 52% in 09'. The consumer is changing. (Source

Two Director of Loss Prevention positions will be named shortly.

Monster Cable publishes list of hundreds of "rogue Web sites" selling counterfeit monster products that includes Costco and Sears. PROTECT-IP (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property) supporters were on Capitol Hill yesterday discussing web sites trafficking in pirated and counterfeited products. One proponent of PROTECT-IP at the discussion was David Tognotti, General Counsel of Monster Cable. Tognotti indicated that "rogue Web sites" stole hundreds of millions in sales through selling counterfeit goods disguised as Monster products so they created this new page mentioned above which also has all the online auction sites on it as well. (Source

Haines City, FL Video Latino store employee murdered in Saturday morning robbery and one suspect has been arrested with one more still at large. (Source

Counterfeit money may be in circulation in Greeley, Colorado as one customer was actually given one for change at a Dollar General store. (Source

Dollar General's ORC team has grown over the last few years and certainly has made a difference.

With a $100 million investment Winn-Dixie is aggressively remodeling and has targeted 60% of their stores for the transformational overhaul designed to rival Whole Foods or Fresh Market in terms of image. (Source

The New York Stock Exchange website slowed down significantly twice the day when the hacker group Anonymous was scheduled to launch a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack on it. But the attack was half-hearted and was supported by only a section of Anonymous. (Source

Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, purchased CompuCredit's 300 retail stores. (Source

Study shows reusable shopping bags may present health risks as only 3% wash their bags and large numbers of bacteria were found in almost all bags and that coliform bacteria were found in 50% of the bags tested with 8% actually containing E coli. (Source

China's telecommunications giant Huawei will not help build U.S. new national wireless network for first responders "due to U.S. government national-security concerns," Commerce Department spokesman Kevin Griffis. Current and retired U.S. intelligence officials say the longstanding concern about Huawei is that the company’s chips, routers, and other technical equipment will be bugged in a way that gives China’s government a cyber back door into sensitive information networks. (Source

Women lead the way in embezzlement cases according to Rita Simon, an American University professor who co-wrote the book, "The Crimes Women Commit: The Punishment They Receive," said women get jobs handling cash instead and exploit opportunities. As more women enter the labor force they get skills that allow them to commit crime," Simon said. “If you're a housewife, you don't know how to embezzle." Other experts believe women clerks and office managers who steal may be motivated by a sense of frustration that they are being held back from promotion because of their gender. They turn to embezzlement as a way to compensate for the unfairness, said Donald Rebovich, professor of criminal justice at Utica College in New York and National White-Collar Crime Center researcher. They get away with it for so long because they are trusted, he said. Linda Grounds, a forensic psychologist in Oregon who has launched a study on women who embezzle, said single mothers might be trying to raise money to support a family or they may be in abusive relationships where men are forcing them to steal. In any case, women are doing it. FBI statistics indicate embezzlement is one of only two crime categories led by women. (Source

Publix Super Markets ranks #1 on the newly released Corporate Social Responsibility Index, based on a survey of 7,790 online consumers in the U.S. which examines how the public perceives companies in terms of citizenship, governance, and workplace. With Amazon #5, Lowe's #21, Toys R Us #25, and Home Depot #26. See the complete list at (Source


We've all made hot dog bust but this "Tiger Tiger" one makes the record books. With Dan Diggins, Director of LP at Fry Electronics, company sponsoring this past weekends PGA Tour Dan had the unique experience to bust the guy who ran up on the 12th green yelling "Tiger Tiger' and throwing a hot dog right at Tiger. Dan's response to the nation in the Washington Post " I'm just glad it wasn't a chili dog, that would have really been ugly," and said the man would be arrested for "everything" and described him as "just an idiot." Charged with a misdemeanor the man just laid down and put his hands behind his back after throwing the infamous wiener. No one will ever top this one! Way to go Dan.  That was a slippery one, but you still got your 15 minutes of fame. (Source

Thanks to Owen Shackleton for the heads up on this.

Coming in November – The Daily will publish all of this year's Thought Challenges during November in anticipation of the Award Committee's review and nomination process. It's not too late to write your own!



Teresa Godwin Joins Vector Security's NAD Team!
Newest National Account Manager to serve the Southern United States

Citing her long-term experience in serving national retail customers, Gary Fraser, Vector Security's Director of North American Sales for its National Accounts Division, recently appointed Teresa H. Godwin to expand Vector's National Accounts sales force. Godwin, a 19-year industry veteran, held previous positions at Sensormatic – Tyco – ADT, and most recently with Universal Surveillance Systems (USS). She will be responsible for a growing number of Vector Security accounts throughout the Southern United States.

According to Fraser, the appointment makes great use of the strong career experience
Ms. Godwin brings to Vector. "Managing a successful national accounts program requires placing personnel in key performance areas of the company who understand the national retail loss prevention environment as well as they understand the operation and application of the various technologies. As Vector Security advances from its initial focus on intrusion and fire detection services to video, electronic article surveillance and now managed network assets, our goal is to keep searching for high quality people to help us deliver these services. Teresa is the latest in a number of people who we have recruited to meet that demand." Fraser goes on to say that Vector's transition, which began in late 2003, was fueled by attracting a number of highly qualified and enlightened personnel, with experience in national retail video, electronic article surveillance and managed network assets, who were placed in key management roles at the company.

Recently, Vector announced the completion of a new credit facility valued at $225 million, which includes $75 million in new financing, to help fuel the company's future growth. According to Pamela J. Petrow, President, "This additional availability of capital signals Vector Security's strong commitment to embrace future growth opportunities in a variety of significant ways." According to Petrow, "The value of the senior credit facility, in itself, is a strong indication of how lenders view Vector Security's financial viability. In an environment where lenders need to be selective of the companies and business plans they fund, we're proud to know that lenders continue to be very supportive of and continue to grow with Vector Security by making this additional capital available. Vector's superior financial performance and continued strong annual growth, even during the 2008-2010 recessionary periods, is one of the many reasons why lenders continue to support Vector Security."

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David Wood, LPQ was named Loss Prevention/Risk Manager-West Coast Distribution for VF Corporation, Outdoor Coalition.
Michelle Stidham was named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for AutoZone in Salt Lake City.

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