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SEP-OCT 2017

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This year's theme was "Results: Reinvented," which geared keynote speakers, general sessions, and breakout sessions around ensuring restaurant professionals are ready for the changing industry landscape they are facing. The agenda was created primarily from last year's feedback, and it was stocked with more practitioner-led panels than ever before. The breakouts featured loss prevention, safety, and risk tracks to offer relevant content for numerous roles throughout the restaurant organization. The keynote speakers presented to a packed room. Eric O'Neill, former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) operative and subject of the film Breach, discussed how to identify the insider threat. William Espey, brand visionary with Chipotle Mexican Grill, talked about creating an internal culture that can withstand any crisis. And Shawn VanSlyke, former unit chief of the FBI's behavioral analysis unit, shared an update on counterterrorism and how it affects restaurants as soft targets. One of the most popular panel-led sessions was "Results, Reinvented: A Panel Discussion" that featured panelists (shown above) Chris McDonald, senior vice president of loss prevention for Compass Group, North America; Anne Sullivan, vice president of asset protection and risk management for CKE Restaurants Holdings; Rick Walker, restaurant security consultant for Chick-fil-A; and Mark Stinde, vice president of asset protection for 7-Eleven, Inc. They discussed a wide range of topics, including how to manage up/down the internal ladders, always being ready to articulate your and your department's value, and different strategies for tackling their most difficult causes of shrink. Breakout sessions covered catastrophic property damage, delivery driver safety, active-shooter training, risk benchmarking, and behavioral safety programs, just to name a few. Attendees left Vegas packed full of strategies for reinventing their results throughout their organizations—information gleaned from the content but also from meeting with multiple solution providers during exhibit floor hours. An RLPSA Annual Conference wouldn't be complete without its signature networking event, which did not disappoint in Vegas. Attendees watched the sun set and the infamous strip light up from the fifty-fifth floor open patio at the Palms' Ghostbar on Tuesday evening. Save the date for RLPSA's 39th Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas, at the Hyatt Regency on August 5 to 8, 2018. For more wrap-up information, including daily video wrap-ups from Las Vegas, please visit RLPSAannualconference.com. Cargo Theft Statistics: Unreported Incidents Make It Difficult to Grasp Scope Cargo theft statistics vary, but it is generally agreed upon that cargo theft is a multibillion-dollar problem each year in the United States. Exact numbers are impossible to determine in that many cargo crime incidents go unreported. The most recent cargo theft statistics available continue to be sobering. Freight Watch International recorded a total of 193 incidents of cargo theft in the United States during the third quarter of 2016. The average value per theft was $120,536. Third-quarter incidents were up 14 percent from the second quarter of 2016, but the average dollar value per theft fell by 26 percent. Compared to the third quarter cargo theft statistics from 2015, incidents rose by 7 percent, while values dropped 38 percent. Fourth quarter 2016 statistics are still forthcoming. For the entire year of 2016, CargoNet, a cargo theft and recovery service provider, reported 1,614 incidents of cargo theft, heavy commercial vehicle theft, supply-chain fraud, and other intelligence events across the United States and Canada. Eight hundred and thirty-six of these were direct cargo thefts. The average loss per theft was placed at $206,837. California continued as the worst state for cargo theft, up 36 percent for the year, followed, once again, by Texas in second place. New Jersey took over the third spot from Florida in 2016. In December 2016, AFN Logistics listed the ten worst counties in the United States for cargo theft: ■ Los Angeles County, CA ■ Dallas County, TX ■ San Bernardino County, CA ■ Cook County (Chicago), IL ■ Miami-Dade County, FL ■ Harris County (Houston), TX ■ Tarrant County (Fort Worth), TX ■ Middlesex County (Edison), NJ ■ Will County (Bolingbrook), IL ■ Riverside County, CA And, according to AFN, the following location types were the hardest hit: ■ Warehouse/distribution center ■ Other ■ Parking lot ■ Secured yard ■ Unsecured yard CargoNet reported that food and beverage commodities remained the most stolen category of cargo in 2016. Alcoholic beverages, meat products, and nonalcoholic beverages were the most stolen items, respectively. Electronics were the next most stolen commodity but the costliest category with $45.6 million in losses reported across the United States and Canada. Cargo theft was the most common on Friday and Saturday. Monday and Tuesday were the most common days to report an incident. Because so many incidents go unreported, quoted cargo theft statistics don't match exactly. But it is universally agreed that cargo theft is a major economic threat, particularly to the retail industry. And it continues to grow. continued from page 66 68 SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2017 | LOSSPREVENTIONMEDIA.COM

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