NRF launches retail loss prevention network

The National Retail Federation has launched the Retail Loss Prevention Intelligence Network, a secure, Web-based computer database that will allow retailers to share information with each other and with law enforcement.

RLPIN is expected to become the national standard for retailer and law enforcement to share information in a secure and confidential manner, NRF said in a statement. NRF began developing RLPIN in January 2005 and launched the network on Nov. 18. Retailers as well as experts in law enforcement, data privacy, and technology provided input for the technology platform.

The network will help Loss Prevention executives track and report major crime incidents, ranging from credit card theft or burglaries to organized retail crime, NRF said. 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. To this point, nearly 200 retail companies have expressed an interest in using the system.

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 www.nrf.comrlpin.