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October 17, 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

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

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is coming!

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National Retail Federation
2011 ORC Survey

Effective Crowd Management Guidelines

National Retail Federation
2011 ORC Survey

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Women in LP Caucus
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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


Jacky Grimm was named Vice President Security Solutions at Diebold. Jacky has been with the company for 29 years.  Congratulations on your new position, Jacky!

Now at 200 stores closing, the Gap had a lot of press over the weekend with one long-term financial executive, Howard Davidowitz, President of Davidowitz & Associates saying, "They are not selling fashion people want to own."  "The fundamental problem is that the Gap lacks strong fashion sense. Davidowitz blames the CEO. Glenn Murphy is a very competent executive, but lacks the experience needed to right the ship. "Fashion people win in fashion companies," Davidowitz explains. "I've never seen a numbers guy come in and be successful in a fashion company. I've never seen one example of it." "The stores are too big," Davidowitz says. "The stores are over-sized given what's going on with the internet." (Source

Dolphin Mall, Miami, Florida. A suspected credit card scam at Saks Fifth Avenue ends with a Florida couple behind bars facing numerous charges including battery on an officer, resisting arrest with violence and fraudulent use of a credit card. (Source

Today, Metropolitan Police launch the start of National Identity Fraud Prevention Week. This is the seventh year of the event aimed at educating people and businesses about the scope of identity theft and its prevention. This year, the UK estimates that 4 million people have become victim to identity theft. (Source

Shoplifting spree for 3 Fort Lauderdale women, goes from bad to worse. The apprehension was just the beginning of a very bad day that ended with charges of felony theft, possession of cocaine and marijuana, and the recovery of 3 Walgreen shopping carts. (Source

Albuquerque shoplifter arrested who pulled 9mm pistol on security.
No one was injured, the suspected shoplifter pulled out a pistol as Wal-Mart Asset Protection agents attempted to make the stop. The suspect was later apprehended by police , merchandise and the weapon have been recovered. (Source

UPS employee in Louisville, Kentucky arrested with a new iPhone. Random shoe search turns up a problem at UPS. (Source

Second time is not a charm. Man arrested twice, same store, same item in 2 days. (Source

Marquette Michigan Police looking for help in identifying car stereo thieves for a local Wal-Mart store.


E.E.O.C. sues Kohl's for ignoring the needs of a diabetic employee. A full-time associate at Kohl's has claimed that he was denied a break schedule that would allow him to manage his type 1 diabetes. (Source

Brothers Arrested for stealing a Pennsylvania bridge.  The $100,000 privately owned bridge is or was located 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, until 2 brothers decided to scrap the metal.  The 2 now face felony charges of criminal mischief, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.   They sold 31,000 pounds of the bridge – for $5179.  (Source

    Universal Surveillance Systems

    Promotes Karen Lahr To Fill New
    Director of Sales, Western Region, Position


Karen Lahr
has been named to fill the new position of Director of Sales, Western Region, at Universal Surveillance Systems LLC (USS), the largest privately held manufacturer of loss prevention technology in the United States. In this position, Lahr will oversee USS sales activities of their loss prevention (LP) product lines including their electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags and systems and their closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems to local and regional retailers in the western United States

Lahr has been with USS for five years as National Accounts Manager working closely with retailers to identify LP needs and provide security solutions. Her background includes extensive experience in operations management at large retail chains including Pottery Barn, Ann Taylor and Anchor Blue where she had key roles in loss prevention, personnel, merchandising and operations for multiple sites.

“Karen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the retail industry, so she understands first hand the challenges faced by today’s retailers in loss prevention,” said Adel Sayegh USS President and CEO. “In addition, her hands-on experience with USS technology, enthusiastic leadership, positive attitude and interest in continuous improvement will allow her to help solve the problems faced by local and regional retailers in finding effective, economical ways to enhance their loss prevention programs.”

Karen Lahr can be reached at:                          

11172 Elm Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730



Vector Security is looking to attract a high-level
 Network Sales Engineer to join their National
 Accounts Division.  The position can be managed
 from most parts of the US.  Click for details.





eBay Investigators Assisted Investigation into Pawn Shop Operator Leads to Guilty Plea

eBay investigators responded to requests for assistance regarding a Federal Investigation into a pawn shop operator who was knowingly selling stolen goods leads to guilty plea. The United States Attorney for the District of Maryland announced that Jerald Bradford pleaded guilty to willfully attempting to evade income tax of more than $587K on income earned from the sale of stolen merchandise through Fast Money, the pawn shop he operated. Bradford admitted that he and others were involved in the purchase and sale of mass quantities of stolen over-the-counter medications, health and beauty aid products, gift cards, DVDs, tools, and other merchandise. Bradford and others purchased large amounts of stolen items from shoplifters, also known as "boosters." The boosters would steal products from retailers in Maryland and other states. Agents from the US Postal Inspection Service, Baltimore County PD, and the FBI executed search warrants at the pawn and buy/sell shops in this case. Agents recovered well over $1 million in stolen merchandise, approx. $1M in bank accounts, and over $140K in cash from these shops. Click here for full article

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Collaboration among leading retailers will be the name of the game this week when two of RILA's loss prevention committees convene in Minneapolis. On Wednesday, RILA's Asset Protection Leaders Council (chaired by Mike Lamb, VP of Asset Protection at The Home Depot and vice-chaired by Monica Mullins, VP of Loss Prevention & Safety at Walmart), product manufacturers and renowned academic researchers will meet at Best Buy to kick-off the APLC's much anticipated process driven shrink initiative. Included in the day's events will be a store walk at Best Buy highlighting their 360 degree approach to loss prevention, a presentation by Target that focuses on the role of upstream partnerships and operational excellence in driving down shrink, and a presentation by Dr. Mark Barratt of Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business who will challenge the current views on shrinkage and the approach that most companies adopt when trying to control Inventory Record Inaccuracy. Then, on Thursday, RILA members will head down the road to Target's Investigations Center for RILA's Crimes Against Business Committee meeting. Retailers slated to give presentations include CVS, Lowes, Publix, Target, The Home Depot and Walmart and attendees will hear from a Florida statewide prosecutor who used the RICO statute in a novel way to successfully prosecute a large ORC case. These meetings are great examples of how the retail industry can come together to exchange ideas to achieve common business objectives!

Asset Protection Leaders Council Meeting October 19thThis event is open to members of the Asset Protection Leaders Council (APLC). Please contact Liz Benson at for more informaion

The second meeting, Crimes Against Business committee members meeting October 20th, is open to Crimes Against Business committee members.  Please contact Liz Benson at for more information.

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Job Opening




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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Loss Prevention Mgr Six Flags San Antonio, TX Six Flags
Loss Prevention Mgr Kmart Lantana, FL Sears Holdings Corp
Security & Compliance Mgr S.I. Systems Calgary, AB, Canada Workopolis
Regional LP Mgr New York & Company Baltimore/DC/Philadelphia Monster
Loss Prevention Mgr Macy's Florence, KY SnagAJob
Loss Prevention Mgr Carter's, Inc. Central Region IL Carter's
Regional Asset Protection Mgr Dollar Tree Stores Albany/Schenectady, NY Dollar Tree Stores
Store LP & Safety Mgr Lowes Southhaven, MS Lowes
Store LP & Safety Mgr Lowes Beaufort, SC Lowes


Jacky Grimm was named Vice President Security Solutions at Diebold.
Scott Tranum
was named Director Supply Chain Asset Protection for Ralph Lauren Corporation.
Jennifer Bennett was named Senior Manager Supply Chain Asset Protection for Ralph Lauren Corporation.

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While most people try to avoid risk and corporate America actually labels it to be avoided at all cost, ultimately life is filled with it. Risk taking is something everyone is faced with and, without it, life would become somewhat stagnate. Taking a risk once in awhile is a healthy thing. It pushes people to do sometimes their most creative work and reach new levels. The problem becomes the fear of risk and hesitation. It seems like our society has become so risk avoidance driven that people are applauded for not taking it. When in actuality it is those who take risk that pave the road for all others to travel. As Joseph Campbell, a famous American mythologist once said, it is the darkest path in the woods that holds the most treasure. Next time you're faced with taking a risk, give it some thought.  Who knows – your career may take off!

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Gus Downing

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