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BACKGROUND CHECKS Future Shrink Post-hire screening tool helps retailers flag potential problems with current employees BY D. GAIL FLEENOR re-employment criminal background checks are a valuable tool used by many retailers as part of the hiring process. Such screening is no guarantee, however, that employees won’t participate in future criminal misconduct. CrimWATCH, a new posthire criminal screening solution, helps minimize shrink and other workplace crimes by monitoring employees for criminal activity. P CrimWATCH “gives employers knowledge about unacceptable behavior post-hire,” says Bill Bollinger, executive vice president of Ocala, Fla.-based National Background Data, which developed the system. “If a formerly good employee has a life-changing event that leads to CrimWATCH searches criminal records from criminal charges, this person might also be lookdata sources at the local, state and national levels ing to take money while on the job.” CrimWATCH detects information regarding Department of Public Safety, traffic criminal activity by employees and alerts loss precourts, sex offender registry and tervention staff; the company then can take the aprorist/fugitive watch lists. propriate follow-up action. The process is relatively easy for reNational Background Data (NBD) boasts that tailers and other employers to use. it has the nation’s largest privately held criminal After logging in and choosing the records database with access to multi-jurisdictypes of criminal searches to be contional data. It supplies this information to more than 400 background-screening companies, ducted, the employer uploads its acwhich serve as its network of solution providers. tive employee data, including names, Web-based CrimWATCH, rolled out in FebruSocial Security numbers and dates of ary, is available to retailers via this network. birth. The program will then regularCrimWATCH was developed with the retail inly go back through the database as it Bill dustry in mind, according to Bollinger. “Other is updated and report new or changed Bollinger products are more beneficial to human resources criminal information on current emL16 STORES / JULY 2008 WWW.LPINFORMATION.COM for pre-employment screening,” he says, “but once the employee is hired, HR is not as involved. “I have spoken with many loss prevention managers and vice presidents about what happens after employees are hired and the problems they have with shrinkage and internal theft. CrimWATCH was designed to meet the needs these LP managers and vice presidents said they faced.” Initial testing of 12 months of previously screened data showed a hit ratio of 1 to 2 percent, Bollinger says. CrimWATCH searches criminal records from data sources at the local, state and national levels. These include proprietary offender data, departments of corrections, U.S. Courts, http://WWW.LPINFORMATION.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of STORES Magazine - July 2008

STORES Magazine - July 2008
Executive Editor's Page
President's Page
Dearth of Retail Creativity
What Shoppers Think
Wow, Is That a Wawa?
10 Things You May Have Missed
Numbers Worth Counting
Full Price/Markdown
Retail People
Merchandising Strategy
Point of Sale
Human Resources
Top 100 Retailers
Store Design
IT Operations
Systems Managements
LP Vantage Point
Cover Story
Emergency Response Systems
Background Checks
LOEB Retail Letter
Point of View
NRF News
Retail Crossword
Retail Industry Calendar
Last Laugh

STORES Magazine - July 2008