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October 14, 2011

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

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

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Vice President LP

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

November 9

November 9, 2011
NRF-Investigator's Network Regional Meeting
Miami, FL

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


The Gap announced it's shutting more than 100 namesake stores and cutting 34% of its square footage overall and will have 700 stores by 2013 in the U.S. It's expanding in China, Italy, and South America. (Source (Source

Given the astronomical surge in online counterfeiting, brand owners need to be increasingly diligent in monitoring the internet for counterfeits, and in vetting potential business partners, attorneys said Oct. 6 at a BNA sponsored webinar focusing on online counterfeiting. Kelly Phair McCarthy of Sideman & Bancroft, San Francisco, said that counterfeiting is a $600 billion per year problem that has increased 10,000 percent in the last two decades. (Source

Home Depot has released that it's staffing 68 District Asset Protection Investigator positions
throughout the U.S. representing the largest roll-out of AP positions in 10 years. A great development for the LP industry as it represents growth and a strong endorsement on the part of Home Depot's senior management team. With the vast majority of the positions being filled internally, Home Depot's AP department is back to a pre-recession model.

About 200 people were at Apple's Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan as the iPhone 4S went on sale at 8 a.m. A faster iPhone with better software and an improved camera went on sale in seven countries on Friday as hundreds of buyers camped out for hours to be among the first to get one. (Source Associated Press)

U.S. retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories dipped 4% to $1.13 billion in September, (Source Associated Press)

Camera's in Starbuck's bathroom brings a $1 million lawsuit in Washington, D.C. and it was recording when police arrived and dusted for prints. Oddly, this isn’t the only incident in which cameras have been found in Starbucks bathrooms – similar surreptitious cameras have been discovered in store locations in Hartford, Conn.; Glendora, Calif.; and Brandon, Fla., according to news reports. Starbucks did say that it monitors seating areas and bathrooms for potential safety concerns.

In response to the huge counterfeit coupon rise Kroger is changing their policy on Oct. 15 and will honor only two internet coupons per manufacturer per day. (Source

Retail sales up 1.1% in September, the Commerce Department said Friday. It was the largest gain in seven months. The consumer keeps spending even with all the bad press. (Source Associated Press)

All in all, this has been a great year for the Loss Prevention industry in that Abercrombie & Fitch, Burlington Coat, and Home Depot all added large numbers of LP jobs. This is probably the biggest growth year in the last 10 for the industry and certainly reflective of increased shrink concerns and results. The moderate sales increases we've seen this year helped support it, but at the end of the day, years of job cuts resulted in cutting beyond the bone and now with the increased ORC and shrink, we're seeing retail America start to add jobs back. A great swing and it's about time.

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 Network Sales Engineer to join their National
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Romanian Sentenced to Federal Prison in Auto Scam Fraud

A Romanian-born man will spend more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to entering the U.S. illegally, altering a passport to accomplish wire fraud & bilking would-be Internet car buyers of their money. The 34-year-old also must pay restitution of $209,000 to 71 victims. In U.S. District Court, the suspect acknowledged how his scheme worked and stated he used an altered passport to help defraud people seeking to buy cars over the Internet. Unknowing victims would wire him money for non-existent vehicles, which he would then transfer to European bank accounts where the cash would become untraceable. U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson called this a "heartless fraud" against people desperately short of cash who were trying to purchase a cheap, reliable car. Click here for full article

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On Thursday, police authorities and retailers shared information that can help them fight organized crime rings. It's the second annual meeting to share information about criminals and ways to protect businesses from their thieving ways. "They're always thinking, they're always getting better, they're always devising new schemes," said Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston. Cops say upgraded security camera and alarm systems in the stores can help them track criminals and connect the cases. They say the thieves are well-organized, bold and highly selective. "We're actually seeing these theft rings put out shopping lists," said Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz. "People actually order what they want to have stolen for them and then there's these crews that go out and steal the items and then sell them, in many cases, for 10 cents or 25 cents on the dollar." We're talking shoplifting teams, burglary rings, and smash-and-grab artists like Los Vatos Locos, a gang that specialized in driving stolen cars through store windows and looting the place long after business hours. Its ringleader, Michael Montoya, 21, is serving a 20-year prison sentence. Last year, APD reported an 11 percent reduction in commercial burglaries, but police say there's still a long way to go. "What shows the importance of organized retail theft is a bust from a couple of weeks ago," said Schultz. "It was actually a bunch of Albanians, so we know that organized retail theft doesn't only support drug addicts in many cases, but in some cases may actually support terrorism abroad." (Source

Authorities discovered more than $2 million worth of stolen plastic pallets in a Compton California warehouse. Along with the stolen pallets, the Sheriff’s Industrial Plastic Theft Task Force found 500 marijuana plants worth about $120,000 on the street. Four men were arrested as a result, on suspicion of possession of stolen property, cultivation of marijuana, illegal possession of trademarked plastic products and theft of electricity. The four men were being held in lieu of $20,000 bail each. The discovery was made during a compliance check at a commercial building. One official said that they are more likely to perform compliance checks, especially if they have information about noncompliance. The owner-marked plastic pallets were described as the type typically used to transport beverages such as soda or milk. In May, the Task Force discovered $1.3 million in stolen plastic pallets at a plastic recycler location. (Source

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Network Sales Engineer Vector Security Most parts of US Vector Security
District Asset Protection Specialist Winn-Dixie Pensacola, FL Winn-Dixie
Corp LPM of Analytics & Exception Reporting Confidential Florida Downing & Downing
District Loss Prevention Mgr Sears Holdings Corp. Honolulu, HI Sears Holdings Corp.
Director of Loss Prevention Confidential Midwest Downing & Downing
National Account Sales Mgr Confidential Chicago, IL Downing & Downing
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Phoenix, AZ The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Metro Northern NJ The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Sacramento, CA The Home Depot
Asset Protection Manager The Home Depot Salem, OR The Home Depot
Corporate Inv. & Training Mgr Confidential Ohio Downing & Downing
Regional LP Director Confidential Los Angeles, CA Downing & Downing

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Job Opening




AP Comm. Business Partner Target Minneapolis, MN Target
Store LP & Safety Mgr Lowes Altamonte Springs, FL Lowes
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Dewitt, NY Sears Holdings Corp
District LP Mgr Weis Harrisburg, PA Weis
District LP Mgr Weis Frederick, MD Weis
Director, Security Intelligence CIBC Toronto, ON, Canada CIBC
Safety Mgr Richard Meyers & Assoc. Twinsburg, OH Richard Meyers & Assoc.
Regional LP Mgr RadioShack Los Angeles, CA RadioShack
District LP Mgr Ambercrombie & Fitch Dallas, TX Ambercrombie & Fitch
Sr. Regional LP Mgr Bath & Body Works New York City, NY Limited Brands


Scott Blackwell was promoted to Divisional Loss Prevention Director East for RadioShack.
Tammy Smith was named Senior Manager of Loss Prevention for Blockbuster.
Timothy Schaben has been named Loss Prevention Manager for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. 
Shawn Abbott
was named Loss Prevention Exception Reporting Manager for Stein Mart.

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Sometimes when you're moving so fast and dealing with the mistakes of the day, the frustration levels peak and one can tend to forget that sometimes you've just got to stop, listen and take a breath and maybe talk to a friend about it all.  If it's a good friend, they'll bring you back into focus and make sure you don't react too aggressively and make the mistakes even worst.  There aren't many friends like that nor ones that you can absolutely trust.  But if you've got a couple, make sure you thank them as well for taking the time.

Just a thought
Gus Downing

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