LPRC 2012 Update
The Loss Prevention Research Council or LPRC is marking its
11th year by conducting multiple research projects around
employee dishonesty, deterring offenders inside and outside
locations, understanding what protective measures provide
busy store managers the confidence to openly display
high-loss merchandise, better predicting crime and loss
levels at specific locations, enhancing video analytics,
piloting benefit denial technology, demonstrating the value
of digital locking systems, and many more R&D efforts!
LPRC was founded by 10 very senior LP/AP executives in 2001
to devise and evaluate LP efforts using the higher
scientific standard known as evidence-based practice.
Although helpful, for too long LP decisions were primarily
based on benchmarking, small-scale testing or other methods.
The founding LP VPs realized violence, crippling losses and
loss of reputation demanded a higher standard of evidence as
do medical practitioners.
Evidence-based LP/AP or evidence-based practice (EBP) aims
to apply the best available evidence gained from the
scientific method to clinical decision making. It seeks to
assess the strength of evidence of the risks and benefits of
treatments (including lack of treatment) and diagnostic
tests.[ This helps clinicians to learn whether or not any
treatment will do more good than harm.
The LPRC is driven by retailer members supported by active
solution partners and product manufacturers, with a standing
board of advisors (BOA) providing strategic guidance. This
year the LPRC plans to release quarterly research action
updates, weekly research notes, reports, and news links,
present findings and conduct multiple breakout and
brainstorming sessions at the annual LPRC Impact Workshop
and Conference. This year’s Impact will be hosted by the
University of Florida October 15th-17th with over 150 key
For more information on the LPRC and your possible
involvement, please contact Dr. Read Hayes at