LERPnet, the Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Network, provides a secure national database for the reporting of retail theft and serious incidents.
Launched on April 9, 2007, by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association, in collaboration with the FBI, LERPnet is expected to become the national standard for sharing retail crime information in a secure and confidential manner.
With LERPnet, retailers will be able to communicate with other companies and law enforcement about crimes occurring in their stores.
LERPnet particularly targets the organized gangs of shoplifters that travel along the country's major highways, stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise at a time from as many as 20 to 30 retail outlets in a day.
The NRF describes a hypothetical situation in which LERPnet could help: A group of criminals steals 40 laptops from one retailer, then crosses a state line and hits a second store, stealing dozens of additional notebook computers.
With LERPnet, the NRF states, retailers will be able to communicate with other companies and law enforcement agencies about crimes occurring in their stores.
This increased awareness, coupled with the acceptance of the LERPnet database, will dramatically increase the ability of retailers and law enforcement to collaborate on tackling organized retail crime, NRF said.
NRF and the Retail Industry Leaders Association, in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, launched LERPnet on April 9.
Currently, the companies that subscribe to LERPnet range from the largest, best-known operators to retailers with just a few stores.
Now that it has launched, LERPnet is the national standard for sharing retail crime information securely and confidentially, giving us the ability to collaborate like never before.
NRF said LERPnet is expected to become the national standard for sharing retail crime information in a secure and confidential manner, giving companies and law enforcement the ability to collaborate like never before.
FBI supervisory special agent Brian Nadeau, program manager for the FBI's Organized Retail Theft program, called LERPnet "a vision of the retail community that will help solve a $30 billion a year problem.