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A P U B L I C AT I O N O F N E W S L E T T E R | J A N U A R Y/ F E B R U A R Y 2 010 L P T E C H N O L O GY FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK LP TRENDS Secure national database key to combating retail organized crime PA G E 2 5 Call for law enforcement to shift perception of retail crime PA G E 2 8 War against online fraud heating up PA G E 2 9 T E C H N O L O GY Secure national database key to combating retail organized crime Technology that allows dynamic interactivity and the sharing of information amongst retailers may be the answer to the call of many loss prevention professionals. BY SEAN C. TARRY R etail organized crime (ROC) continues to grow in significance for business owners and LP leaders, remaining one of the biggest challenges faced by the retail industry in relation to managing the bottom line profitability of businesses. The developing sophistication of certain ROC operations, coupled with their activities in multiple communities make them extremely difficult for law enforcement to address, and nearly impossible for retailers to stop. However, aided by Retail Council of Canada’s launch of DataShare - an innovative and state-of-the-art information sharing initiative - a level of optimism and sense of relief is developing amongst professionals within the field who believe that there is now, indeed, a way to connect the dots between large-scale theft and crime perpetrated against the retail industry. “We’re at the onset of an evolution in how the industry can fight back against crime,” says Theresa Rowsell, Director of Education, Training and Loss Prevention at RCC. “The technology and its application will give the industry the ability to demonstrate the scope © I S TO C K P H OTO.C O M / S E T I X E L A DataShare’s centralized database will allow retailers and law enforcement to link like cases related to crime. of the problem, and bring tangible stats and intelligence to law enforcement and government. This represents a critical step in laying the foundation of a strategy to combat the problem that is spiraling out of control.” The centralized database uses the latest technology to link data in order to identify relationships in crime as well as track real-time crime trends and statistics. The pilot was launched at RCC’s Loss Prevention Conference in September 2009. Project pioneers include Sears Canada Inc., Winners Merchants Intl., Best Buy Canada and The Home Depot Canada. These retailers are taking the lead to help develop a tool such as this that will allow them to share information nationally in a secure and privacy compliant manner. Better still, it may help the industry bring the right intelligence to government and law enforcement, supporting their efforts to shut down | J A N UA R Y/ F E B R U A R Y 2 010 | C A N A D I A N R E TA I L E R | 2 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Retailer - January/February 2010

Canadian Retailer - January/February 2010
Publisher’s Desk
Shop Talk
Store Design
In Your Interest
Retail Generations
Retail Profile
Loss Prevention Supplement
Human Resources
Marketing and Advertising
Member Profile
Advertisers’ Index
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Canadian Retailer - January/February 2010