LP Magazine

JAN-FEB 2018

LP magazine publishes articles for loss prevention, asset protection, and retail professionals covering shrinkage, investigations, shoplifting, internal theft, fraud, technology, best practices, and career development.

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refute the investigative conclusion. Examining this fact from every angle will help protect the integrity of the investigative conclusion and show its unbiased nature. "… but none the less you must come round to my view, for otherwise I shall keep on piling fact upon fact on you until your reason breaks down under them and acknowledges me to be right." – Sherlock Holmes in The Red-Headed League By looking at this errant fact in great detail, we can accomplish several things. First, we may correct investigative assumptions and conclusions, opening a new theory of the case. Second, we may find that the "fact" was incorrect and does not support our case theory. Third, we may limit the possible usefulness of the contrary fact to the subject or his attorney by eliminating all the possible excuses it might imply. And finally, the further investigation and examination of these facts establishes the fair nature of the investigation. "Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person." – Sherlock Holmes in Silver Blaze Working with another investigator or supervisor who plays devil's advocate strengthens a case by forcing the investigator to answer the difficult questions and look at the case from an opponent's point of view. The military often uses a "red team" to examine a possible strategy or to plan for an enemy response. Answering questions shows the weak areas of the investigation and helps the investigator prepare for the case presentation to management, prosecutors, and ultimately the subject himself. This presentation to another will help the investigator become prepared for possible explanations by the subject as he protests his innocence. The investigator has completed the investigation and his confidence in the outcome should be buoyed as he prepares to meet with the guilty party. "It is more than possible; it is probable." – Sherlock Holmes in Silver Blaze A case prepared carefully—where all the facts lead to a single conclusion, and possible excuses have been prepared for—is a mighty force for the subject to deal with in the interview room or at a hearing. The investigation has discovered and established the solution. "What one man can invent, another can discover." – Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Dancing Men LPM Online is an all-new magazine experience. LPM Online publishes every other month on even-numbered months in between our print editions. The inaugural edition went live in August. You can view it and our current edition on the LPM Online tab on our website, LossPreventionMedia.com, or by entering LPM-online.com in your browser. An All-Digital Magazine with All-New Content Don't Miss LPM Online LPM-online.com 14 JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2018 | LOSSPREVENTIONMEDIA.COM

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