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More Grocers Join Loss Prevention Network

WASHINGTON -- Several prominent grocers are among the 19 companies that have joined the Law Enforcement Partnership Network in recent months, the National Retail Federation (NRF) here said yesterday.

BJ's Wholesale Club, Kroger, Publix, and Meijer are now involved with LERPnet, which was launched in April of 2007 in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, NRF, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, and the Food Marketing Institute. The network is designed to bring local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and retailers together through its information-sharing and crime-tracking capability.

The NRF also said that its Loss Prevention Council has begun a series of NRF-Investigator's Network Meetings designed to connect loss prevention executives with their local law enforcement agencies to discuss issues currently plaguing the retail industry and ways to combat the growing problem of organized retail crime.

Meetings in the New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and Miami metro areas are all scheduled to take place in the next few months.

"Through networking and great partnerships, retail loss prevention executives can now share retail crime struggles with local law enforcement agencies," said NRF v.p. of loss prevention Joseph LaRocca in a statement. "We look forward to building new relationships in this new endeavor to educate the world about organized retail crime and its effect on innocent consumers and the industry as a whole."

LERPnet now boasts 56 members and represents more than 84,000 stores worldwide with over $877 billion in total sales. The database has tracked more than 19,100 incidents.
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