business news in context, analysis with attitude

The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), have teamed up to launch the Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Network (LERPnet), a secure national database that it says will allow retailers to share information through its unique web-based design.

According to a release issued by the organizations, “With LERPnet, retailers will be able to communicate with other companies and law enforcement about crimes occurring in their stores. Companies can report the theft and include information about suspects, getaway vehicles, and identification numbers of stolen products. In their report, retailers can also include photos and video footage to assist in the detention of and prosecution of criminals. Immediately, retailers and law enforcement should be able to connect the dots and suspect that these incidents were related.”

“LERPnet allows retailers and the Law Enforcement community to create a true public/private partnership to address significant criminal activity that not only costs consumers and retailer’s billons of dollars, but causes a significant life safety issue,” said Tim O’Connor, RILA vice president of asset protection. “LERPnet is a proactive and an analytical tool that allows retailers to collaborate with each other as well as law enforcement officials; we can better protect our stores, our brands, our employees and most importantly, our customers.”
KC's View: