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LERPnet, which is privately funded through the NRF, is endorsed by federal and state law enforcement agencies.
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.
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.
"The deployment and rapid adoption of LERPnet is the end result of a long and successful campaign to understand the growing problem of organized and retail crime," said National Retail Federation v.p.
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.
So far 45 retailers, with cumulative annual sales of more than $650 billion, subscribe to the LERPnet system.
Currently, the companies that subscribe to LERPnet range from the largest, best-known operators to retailers with just a few stores.
The partners said with LERPnet, retailers and law enforcement will be able to fight back against illegal activity including organized retail crime, burglaries, robberies, counterfeiting, and online auction fraud.
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.