Wal*Mart, Circuit City Join Anti-Theft Network
When the Law Enforcement Retail Protection Network (LERPnet) was launched in April by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and two major retail groups, top CE retailers were conspicuous by their absence from the roster of participating companies.
That’s now beginning to change, however. The Web site Storefront Backtalk reported that Circuit City and Wal*Mart, which recently began a big push into the CE sector, have both agreed to join the LERP network. The retail giant is one of several big names to join LERP in its latest round of new members; others include JC Penney, Macy’s, Safeway, Sears, and Williams Sonoma.
LERPnet, which is backed by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) in conjunction with the FBI, is setting up a nationwide anti-theft database to allow different retailers to share information with one another about both stolen merchandise and suspected theft rings. Although they are all members of RILA, neither Best Buy, Circuit City or Wal*Mart was a charter member of the project.