FBI Launches Anti-Theft Initiative, But Top CE Retailers Yet to Sign Up
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has teamed up with two top American retailer associations on an initiative to combat organized retail theft, which costs the American retail industry billions per year. The system launched earlier this week, but several major CE retailers have yet to join up.
The initiative is called the Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Network (LERPnet), and is a collaboration among the FBI, the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). It consists of the establishment of a nationwide database that allows retailers and law enforcement personnel to share information, both about suspects and about stolen merchandise itself, in order to bring down organized theft rings. NRF and RILA had earlier introduced separate systems, and now have consolidated them, along with the FBI’s help, under the LERPnet banner.
Best Buy, Circuit City and Wal*Mart are all members of the RILA, but none have yet agreed to participate in LERPnet. The Consumer Electronics Association is not involved in the initiative, either.