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WASHINGTON -- In response to the growing threat of organized crime against retailers, the National Retail Federation here has launched the Retail Loss Prevention Intelligence Network (RLPIN), a secure, Web-based computer database that will allow retailers to share information with each other and law enforcement agencies.
RLPIN is expected to become the national standard for sharing information in a secure and confidential manner, giving retailers and law enforcement groups the ability to collaborate like never before, according to NRF.
NRF began developing RLPIN from the ground up in January 2005 and took council from retailers, law enforcement, data privacy, and technology experts in creating a robust technology platform.
The network is designed to help loss prevention executives track and report major crime incidents, ranging from credit card theft or burglaries to organized retail crime. In addition, RLPIN allows retailers to share information with law enforcement agencies nationwide, affording detectives the opportunity of researching crimes in neighboring cities, counties, and states.
Nearly 200 retail companies have already expressed an interest in using the system, according to NRF.
"Organized theft rings have been able to operate under the radar of law enforcement for far too long because there has never been a shared library of information on retail crime," said Joseph LaRocca, NRF v.p. of loss prevention, in a statement. "Through RLPIN, law enforcement and other retailers will be able to identify crime trends, which will help reveal crime patterns and will ultimately reduce retail losses."
The RLPIN system is available to retailers, regardless of NRF member status, for $1,200 per year and for a one-time per user set-up fee of $200. Early adopters of RLPIN will receive special attention from the help desk and benefit from an introductory price, NRF said. Each week, NRF will be adding several retailers to the system based on an implementation and training schedule. For more information, visit http://www.nrf.comrlpin.