For Immediate Release
Gainesville, FL

Every single day customers report they never receive an online order. According to the 2017 Shorr Report, over 30% of online customers have reported their online purchase missing/stolen from their front porch. With an estimated 25.9 million American having experienced package theft, a special team of behavioral research scientists from the University of Florida, and the industry group Loss Prevention Research Council, are systematically working to reduce delivered item theft using simulated and actual porch areas, reported crime event data sets, and an array of integrated technologies and tactics.

The UF & LPRC science team applies and adjusts situational crime prevention tactics that affect would-be offenders. Effective countermeasures must be ingrained into the minds of potential thieves to convince them “not here, not now.” Situational tactics are designed to affect an offender’s ease of theft action (disruption), increase their perceived fear of detection and sanction (deterrence), and reduce realistic rewards of theft (benefit denial). Another key point of the ongoing R&D is offenders could be delivery personnel, dishonest customers trying to scam the retailer, or of course third-party thieves searching for, or just seizing, a theft opportunity.

A recent LPRC study has been conducted to identify variable constructs of asset, environmental, and population characteristics that may lead to porch piracy, as well as to gain insight on the offender perspective through interviews with porch pirates. Please click here to view the introductory paper, available to all LPRC members.

The UF & LPRC team is uniquely positioned to conduct this problem-solving research since their mandate is to develop both practical and evidence-based strategies for almost 70 major retail organizations. The LPRC works up anti-theft, fraud, and violence protocols using multi-method research including extensive actual offender interviews, sophisticated data modeling, and rigorous field experiments.

In the case of porch piracy, the group breaks down the online order to delivery process (crime-scripting) to look for vulnerability and protective “treatment” opportunity points, then works to trial and integrate promising practices from purchase, transport, delivery, and return-to-vendor.

Protective treatment opportunity points include:
• Retailer and distribution/fulfillment centers
• Brand name and newly emerging home delivery modes
• Differing residential types
• Varying residential ecosystems
• Day versus night conditions
• Packaging size and marking variations
• Mono and poly protective treatment actions

Please contact the University of Florida Crime Prevention Research Team, and The LPRC team at operations@lpresearch.org, or 352-222-8202 for further questions.

NASHVILLE, September 13, 2018 – The Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) is proud to announce its new partnership with the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), designed to bring even more value to RLPSA’s members. The RLPSA is also announcing its latest schedule of upcoming events including membership discussions and webinars, as well as the next RLPSA CONNECT event.

RLPSA’s and LPRC’s newly formed partnership will enhance the research efforts within the quick-service and table service restaurant environments. The partnership will also enable RLPSA members to serve on the LPRC working groups and contribute restaurant perspectives to the various research projects.

RLPSA’s Board President, Ken Gladney, said, “RLPSA is proud to continue to invest in our membership by partnering with the LPRC. This strategic partnership will enhance the research efforts of RLPSA as well as provide access to research studies from a variety of mission-critical topics such as delivery and armed robbery.”

Gainesville, Florida – October, 2018

Retail crime is typically high year-round, but tends to spike during the busy holiday shopping period leading to billions in losses and occasional violence. Over 65 national retail chains and 75 security technology companies are working together with the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) and the University of Florida to help meet the need for cutting-edge crime reduction solutions, many of which are featured in the Innovation Lab mock store.

The newest edition of the Innovation Lab, which includes a simulated in-store environment, parking lot and centralized command center environments, houses over 100 of the latest and upcoming prevention and detection technologies.

“We are excited to announce version 5.0 Innovation Lab,” says Dr. Read Hayes, Director of the Loss Prevention Research Council, and a University of Florida Research Scientist. “We hope this lab will help our members and the retail industry make a dent in the increasing theft, fraud, and violence that occurs around the holidays.”

The LPRC has conducted research to support the evidence-based needs of loss prevention decision-makers since 2001. The organization first showcased their Innovation Lab 5.0 to their members during the IMPACT conference in October, an annual event hosted at the University of Florida designed to help retailers and solution partners better employ research tools to assess the real-world impact their loss prevention efforts have on sales, crime, and loss levels.

Retailers are free to schedule a tour of the lab to see the technologies in action. Dr. Read Hayes and his research team work to keep all solutions current and on the cutting-edge.

“The Innovation Lab is open year-round, and the technologies available are constantly being added, integrated, or updated. We welcome retailers to take a tour and learn about the newest ways to keep their stores and customers safe and secure.”

To learn more about the Loss Prevention Research Council and Innovation Lab, or to schedule a visit, please contact Kevin Tran, LPRC Marketing Specialist, at kevin@lpresearch.org,

Gainesville, FL

The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), a research and results community that conducts research to develop evidence-based crime and loss control solutions, will host STRATEGY@ on October 2, 2018, an invitation-only meeting for LP/AP vice presidents from many of the largest retail chains, including Walmart, Best Buy, Bloomingdale’s, TJX Companies, Lowe’s, Walgreens, Kroger, GameStop, Dick’s, Verizon, DSW, Family Dollar, 7-Eleven, Advance Autoparts, eBay, Office Depot, Signet Jewelers, Nike, and more. The retail executives will interface with interdisciplinary researchers from the University of Florida to develop future crime-prevention strategies.

“We are very excited to be able to sit down with these leaders to brainstorm future directions, and needed research,” said University of Florida Research Scientist and LPRC Director Dr. Read Hayes. “With the ongoing collaboration between these executives and University of Florida researchers, we hope to lead the way in creating a more secure shopper experience, both physically and online.”

STRATEGY@ takes place during the LPRC’s annual IMPACT conference at the University of Florida, where the Council reveals and discusses their research results from the previous year with almost 400 asset protection executives on the UF campus. IMPACT’s STRATEGY@ theme is “Multi-Domain AP: Supporting Total Enterprise Success”, and will include the following topics presented by the University of Florida researchers:

  • Strategic Retailing: Interactive Physical and Online Dynamics
  • Safer-Shopping: Tackling Crime Risks and Fear of Crime
  • Reducing In-store and Corporate Digital Threats

The University of Florida’s Dr. Mike Scicchitano hopes this meeting will guide the most senior-level LP/AP leaders in making more evidence-based decisions within their organizations. “We aim to arm these executives with more knowledge, backed by comprehensive research from the University of Florida and the LPRC, to make a dent in the ever increasing theft, fraud, and violence.”

To learn more about the Loss Prevention Research Council or STRATEGY@, please contact Kevin Tran, LPRC Marketing Specialist, at kevin@lpresearch.org

Proof of Concept Announcement

Retailers Preparing for DiSa Smart Solutions Testing

On April 3, Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) hosted an educational Benefit Denial Summit at Target HQ, where top retailers including Walmart, Target, and Best Buy discussed key theft protective advantages of Benefit Denial and Point of Sale Activation AP/LP methods by using the Situational Crime Prevention model. While most AP/LP methods focus on increasing and offender’s theft Effort or increasing their perceived risk of being caught (Risk), Benefit Denial and point of sale activation or PoSA (a subcategory of Benefit Denial) work by reducing or eliminating the Reward for would-be thieves.