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October 12, 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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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
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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


Mike Skrypek was named Director of Loss Prevention for Zales.  Mike has been with Zales' Loss Prevention team for over 15 years and, prior to that, TJX and Rite Aid's LP Departments.  Mike also sits on the Board of the The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners-Northeast Ohio.  Congratulations on your new position, Mike!

Columbus, Ohio Eastland Mall flea market bust of 41,000 counterfeit items reaches $8 million total seized with 54 suspects as originally reported in the Daily at $4 million.  (Source

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 30,300 counterfeit Lacosta sunglasses at Long Beach seaport in a shipment from China.   "The theft of intellectual property poses a serious threat to the vitality of our nation's economy." said Todd C. Owen, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles.  (Source

Chinese Police used live video monitoring to arrest 200 suspects and seize millions of counterfeit items throughout five provinces on Saturday as part of a year-long campaign to curb the spread of counterfeiting and maintain market order, according to the Ministry of Public Security (MPS).  The live-video system, used for the first time in this campaign, enabled police in different provinces to coordinate in real-time and conduct the joint operation, said Meng Qingfeng, a senior official with the MPS.  (Source

Across the Pond a new website details all the work LP is doing in the C-Stores.  The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) have rolled out a new web site that details the hard work being done by retailers to curb crime and create safer communities.  It features case studies of retailer work in communities, best practice guidelines for store owners and downloadable POS materials.  ACS chief executive James Lowman said the site can provide inspiration for retailers plagued by crime. "Tackling Retail Crime Together is a great resource for retailers to share the many positive projects that they participate in to stop retail crime," he said. "The clear message from existing case studies is that retail crime is best tackled in partnership with communities, police and local authority agencies. I hope this site continues to develop and can be used as a learning resource for retailers across the country."  BRC director general Stephen Robertson said the site should be key reading for any potential Police and Crime Commissioners. "Retailers of all sizes are contributing to efforts to prevent crime and create safe neighborhoods," he said. "They run projects to oversee offenders on community sentences and to provide resources for local beat officers, for example.
"Retailers are playing their part by investing time and money in crime prevention for the good of their local communities," he added. "The message this new website sends out to the Police and Crime Commissioners of the future is – we expect you to support us in that."  (Source

Stanford University new study shows many top websites "leak" their visitors' names, usernames or other personal information with their partners without telling users and, in some cases, without knowing they're doing it.  "Given the prevalence of social networking, oftentimes, once you have a username for a social network, you then also have a person's real name, possibly a photo, possibly more." The Stanford researchers looked at 185 of the largest websites and found that 61 percent of them shared usernames or user IDs with third parties.  At, viewing a local ad resulted in the user's first name and email address being sent to 13 companies, the study said.   (Source

Liz Claiborne agrees to sell its Liz Claiborne and Monet brands to J.C. Penney, and Kensie brand to Bluestar Alliance, and has completed its sale of its Dana Buchman brand to Kohl's for total cash proceeds of approximately $328 million.  (Source

Weis Markets 3Q reports same store sales up 6.5%.  Mike Limauro, their new VP of LP, just posted 5 District LP positions and is obviously starting to truly roll out a new LP program.  With his subject matter expertise and experience, they should be very successful.

Regional and super-regional mall vacancies rose to 9.4 percent, the highest since 2000.  (Source

Shoplifter in Beall's store in Florida gets arrested for the 100th time.  What a milestone!  (Source

With women only representing 18% of the LP industry and 12% in public law enforcement the number is even lower in IT security workforce at 8%.  And interestingly enough for the third straight quarter no unemployment exists among IT security analysts according to the Labor Department.   Carolyn Leighton, founder and chairwoman of the professional group Women in Technology International, says there are so many reasons why more women aren't in IT security, "starting with young girls in school often being pushed away from interest in computers by teachers, the male model of teaching some of the topic areas required for IT; and right up there at the top: people hire in their own image - most of the IT hiring is by men."  (Source

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The Daily will publish all of this year's Thought Challenges during November
in anticipation of the Award Committee's review and nomination process.
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PayPal Leaders Travel to Moscow to Discuss Cyber Crime

A PayPal delegation comprised of members of the company’s Government Relations, Legal, Emerging Markets and Information Security teams recently traveled to Moscow to lead a workshop on cyber security with staff of the Central Bank of Russia. PayPal leaders shared some of their experiences with data security and the company’s policies and best practices on cyber security. PayPal colleagues are featured here in the atrium of the historic Central Bank. Click here for full article

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Summit County Sheriff's Office in Akron, Ohio has broken up a massive ORC ring involving more than 50 people and operating in three states.  Investigators say people involved in the ring stole items from stores and then returned the merchandise for in-store credit. Those in-store merchandise cards were then resold for cash.  The stolen merchandise totaled more than $200,000 and involved thefts at such stores as Lowes, Dick's Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart and The Home Depot. Thefts occurred in Summit, Medina, Cuyahoga , Portage, Franklin and Hamilton counties as well as locations in Pennsylvania and New York.  Items stolen included clothing, tools and building and renovation materials.  Money and materials were then used to renovate homes in Shaker Heights, East Cleveland and Bratenahl. All three homes have now been seized as part of the investigation as well as the vehicles used to move the stolen goods.   (Source

Watertown, NY professional ORC ring of three women busted for grand larceny and possession of burglar's tools.  Thirty-four-year-old Niketa Godwin of Syracuse, 23-year-old Ebony Ellis and 22-year-old Sharonica Barber, both of Utica, are appearing in Watertown City Court.  Police believe the suspects used foil-lined bags to defeat the stores' security systems and steal the merchandise.  Police say when they searched the car the women were using, they found $3,000 worth of items allegedly stolen from four stores in the Salmon Run Mall.  (Source

"Operation Light Fingers" – Shoplifting and ORC in Australia is becoming the fastest growing business in their country and costing $4 billion a year. "Operation Light Fingers" shows how the Loss Prevention executives and the police are conducting massive investigations 6 times a year in a regimented program that is having great results. In 8 days, they busted 92 suspects.  This video is a great story about their ORC problems. It's a must watch.  (Source


A "relentless" manhunt is on – PetSmart robbery Saturday in San Mateo, CA where a sales clerk was shot after being fired at several times with a second employee injured during the heist.  Cops believe the suspect may be responsible for "a large series" of gun-toting heists in Bay Area cities.  "It's not just PetSmart," police said. "There are a couple other retail outlets in which the robber had a similar [method of operation]."  Police have not said where and when the crook has struck. They don't want to hinder their investigation, Norris said. Detectives from several jurisdictions plan to meet "in the near future" to develop an action plan, he said.  Meanwhile, police released a sketch of a suspect in the hope that someone might spot him and turn him in. The suspect is described as a black man about 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet 9 inches, 180 pounds, wearing a black cap and black sweatshirt, police said.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the San Mateo Police Department at the following numbers: SMPD Investigations Bureau: 650-522-7650; SMPD Secret Witness Hotline 650-522-7676; Anonymous text to SMPD 262-3473; Anonymous email to SMPD  (Source

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Ed Kunkel joins Universal Surveillance Systems' Sales Team


Universal Surveillance Systems LLC (USS), the largest privately held manufacturer of loss prevention technology in the United States, has named Ed Kunkel as Senior East Coast Regional Sales Director where he will assist retail corporations in the eastern US with enhancing their theft prevention programs through USS' state-of-the-art loss prevention (LP) solutions.

Kunkel brings over 20 years of experience in LP, most recently with Aeropostale, Inc., where as Vice President of Loss Prevention he built the company's small LP department into an effective sophisticated force by implementing multiple strategies and security programs at the company's 956 stores that significantly reduced inventory shrinkage. Kunkel has also held executive and managerial LP positions at other national retail corporations including Limited Brands, Lane Bryant and Ann Taylor where he led additional successful shrink reduction programs encompassing physical security, investigations, awareness training and auditing.

"USS is proud to have an LP expert with Ed's impressive insight and experience join our sales force," said Adel Sayegh USS President and CEO. "His in-depth understanding of theft prevention and security will be integral in supporting east coast retailers with USS' proven cost-effective technology to reduce inventory shrinkage."

Ed Kunkel can be reached at:

29 Foxwood Road
Trumball, CT 06611

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Mike Skrypek was named Director of Loss Prevention for Zales.
Tom Herman was named LP Data Analyst at Barnes & Noble College Booksellers.
Jim Lansberry, PCI was named Loss Prevention Manager at Security and Investigations.
Melissa Nicely was named Regional Loss Prevention Manager at Gymboree.
Marc DeYoung was named Investigations Manager-Kiosk at RadioShack.
Brennen Storms was named District Loss Prevention Manager at TJX.
Dan Osborne was named Loss Prevention Manager at Bloomingdales.

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Passion is probably the one trait all employers look for in every search and in every candidate.  It's also the one ingredient that's hard to manufacture and almost impossible to fake.  Certainly, energy level has a lot to do with it and virtually everyone can pick it up a notch when they need to.  But passion is something that's deep and something money can't buy and quite frankly it's worth it's weight in gold because passion motivates people and it's what separates the good from the great.  If you've got passion, let it show and, if you don't, try to go find it because every employer wants it.

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