Who We Are

The Loss Prevention Research Council is an active community of researchers, retailers, solution partners, manufacturers, law enforcement professionals, and others who believe research and collaboration will lead to a safer world for shoppers and businesses.

Who We Are

About LPRC

Along with a handful of key international retailers, Dr. Read Hayes founded the LPRC in 2000 to support the evidence-based needs of loss prevention decision-makers in the retail industry. Our founding retailers include some of the best-known companies in the world, including Target, Walmart, OfficeMax, CVS, GAP, The Home Depot, Beall’s, and Barnes & Noble.

Today, we’ve grown to more than 85 major retail chains representing hundreds of thousands of stores around the world. Our team of loss-prevention specialists has conducted hundreds of real-world research projects with our members and partners.

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Who We Are

Our Mission

LPRC’s mission is to prevent and detect theft, fraud, and violence using research to find evidence-based solutions. We accomplish this by:
Conducting ongoing, rigorous research that helps our members make smarter, data-driven decisions

Fostering collaboration between stakeholders to share best practices, develop innovative solutions, and advance the field of loss prevention


Providing resources and support to help loss prevention professionals be more effective and successful

Our Vision

We envision a world where retailers can more effectively prevent and manage crime and loss, allowing them to focus on serving their customers and communities.

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Our Values

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We are committed to ethical research practices and transparent member relationships.

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We encourage new ideas and solutions to address the evolving challenges of retail crime.

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We value building partnerships and working together to achieve common goals.

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We strive to make a positive and meaningful difference in the retail industry through in-depth knowledge and expertise.

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We provide numerous opportunities for our members and partners to be actively involved in our community.