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USS sponsors retail crime conference

Universal Surveillance Systems : 27 October, 2008  (Company News)
Universal Surveillance Systems demonstrates its commitment to reducing organised retail crime by sponsoring conference in California
Universal Surveillance Systems (USS) will sponsor the Northern California Organised Retail Crime Conference to be held on October 29th, 2008 at the Hilton Newark/Fremont in Newark, California from 7:30am to 4:30pm. This event's significance is reflected by the number of highly regarded national retailers who sponsored or supported it. US retailers lose a shocking $30 billion each year to Organised Retail Crime, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Last year, through its annual survey, the National Retail Federation (NRF) found that 85 percent of all retailers have been victims of ORC.

"USS organised this event because we believe that it is critical for retailers, law enforcement and government agencies to come together to support each other and fight for the legislation desperately needed to combat the existing and ever-growing threat of ORC," said Adel Sayegh, President and CEO of USS.

"USS is extremely grateful to everyone that will be in attendance at the upcoming Northern California ORC Conference next week," said Adel Sayegh. "This conference, an event that brings law enforcement, government and retail together under one roof, is a reflection of how serious an issue ORC has become," continued Adel Sayegh. "This meeting of legislators, law enforcement and loss prevention experts from the retail industry happens at an important time as we face economic uncertainty heading into the fourth quarter and holidays - traditionally a strong time for retail. Organised Retail Crime has had a tremendous negative impact on retailers and their loyal customers. That we have so many important speakers and panelists in attendance is a testament to these organisations' commitment to this issue. I am certain that by coming together, we will significantly reduce ORC's impact on retail businesses in the Bay Area and beyond."

The Northern California Organised Retail Crime Conference has a diverse lineup of speakers that will present on many facets of ORC, including legislative updates, mall security training, economic impacts, and loss prevention strategies. In addition to the keynote speaker, Senator Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, VIP speakers include:

* Joseph LaRocca, VP of Loss Prevention for the National Retail Federation
* Mike Keenan, Director of Loss Prevention for Mervyn's
* Nelson Harrah, National Manager of ORC, Gap.
* Kevin Tyrrell, National Program Manager, Financial Programs/Cornerstone Unit, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
* Rory Stallard, Investigation Team Leader, Target
* Suni Shamapande, VP of Loss Prevention for BCBG/Maxazria Group

Experts in dealing with ORC from different retail companies and law enforcement/government agencies will also participate in an interactive Question & Answer panel session. Two Deputy District Attorneys from Santa Clara County and officials from the San Jose Police Department will sit on the panel at the Conference, as well as retail representatives from JC Penney, Walgreens and Fry's Electronic stores. Panelists include:

* Senator Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo
* Mark VanBeest, Director of Investigations, JC Penny
* Stephan Chase, Loss Prevention Manager, Walgreen's
* Dan Diggins, Director of Loss Prevention and Safety, Fry's Electronics
* Joseph Espinola, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney
* Maureen Williams, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney
* Sergeant David Moody, San Jose Police Department
* Officer John Barg, San Jose Police Department

In addition to the insightful presentations noted above, the Director of USS Research and Development will provide demonstrations on revolutionary new technology engineered to reduce the effectiveness of "booster bags," the popular shoplifting tool used by professional criminals.
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