LPC Scholarship Essay Contest

Attention All LP Professionals!


This January, The Zellman Group is entering into its twentieth year of business. To celebrate this accomplishment, we wanted to give back to the LP community. Over the last twenty years the Zellman team has realized how important education is to the growth of an LP professional.

If you or someone you know is looking to grow in the LP field, starting January 1st we will be running a LPC Scholarship Essay Contest. We are giving away 20 LPC Scholarships for essays that best answer the question:

How will a LPC change your career path?


If you are interested, email a 400-word essay response to by April 1st 2017. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.


The only requirements to submit an essay are:

  • You must have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent.
  • You must have three years of loss prevention experience.
    • Examples: Corporate Analyst, LPM, LP Operations, LP Associate, etc.
  • Without LP experience you must pass the LPQ exam AND have 1 of the 3 below:
    • 3 years of business experience, Bachelor Degree, or Master’s Degree.
  • You must be free from pending felony charges or convictions (or military equivalent of court martial charges and/or convictions).
  • You must be free from pending misdemeanor charges or convictions involving moral turpitude (“moral turpitude” means an offense that calls into question the integrity or judgment of the offender, such as fraud, bribery, corruption, theft, embezzlement, solicitation, etc.)

The Threat of ORC and How Building Police Relationships Can Help

This October, The Zellman Group sponsored and attended the Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Exposition and Major Cities Chiefs Police Association in San Diego, California.

The IACP Annual Conference and Exposition is the largest gathering of police officers in the United States. Currently the IACP has over 20,000 members, made up exclusively of police officers who have held executive roles in police agencies. Major Cities Police Chiefs Association is a professional organization of police executives representing the largest cities in the United States and Canada.

The Zellman Group has a long history of working closely with police, especially since the launch of their Organized Retail Crime Recovery program this past April. A large component of this ORC program is connecting the most pertinent Law Enforcement agencies with retail executives. This is done in order to ensure maximum results in prosecuting the correct criminals and recovering losses.

At these conferences, CEO Stuart Levine, and Director of ORC Recovery Bill Ramos, worked to further build these contacts and relationships with members of Law Enforcement. Through these relationships TZG wants build awareness to ORC and share resources to attack it at its source. “The relationship with Federal and local Law Enforcement leadership is instrumental in bringing ORC/ORT cases forward for prosecution and eventual recovery. Our sponsorship with the International Association of Chiefs of Police ensures this continued networking to support the retail industry,” Levine states. “Awareness is the most important thing. Police departments are increasingly becoming more aware the severity that is Organized Retail Crime. Retailers do not realize that many police departments do not have the staff or expertise to reach the correct victims, that’s where we come in. We want to help bridge the gap between Law Enforcement and retail.”

The National Federation annual report states that Organized Retail Crime is on the rise. One-hundred percent of the 59-senior retail loss prevention executives surveyed stated that their organizations had experienced organized retail crime in the last year. This is up from 97% in 2015 and is the first time in history that all responding companies had reported being a victim.

With backgrounds and experience in both law enforcement and retail, The Zellman Group is the leader in ORC Recovery. Learn more about The Zellman Group at or email us directly at

TZG’s Stuart Levine featured in Loss Prevention Magazine’s Ask the Expert Column

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the September/October Issue of Loss Prevention Magazine to read about The Zellman Groups very own CEO, Stuart Levine. In this month’s issue Levine is featured in the, “Ask The Expert” section. The piece, “The Importance of Continuing Education for LP Professionals,” focuses on Levine’s journey through the world of LP and what advice he has for those just getting started in the industry. In the article, Levine emphasizes the need to continue ones education, even in as a CEO. “I don’t believe it is possible to grow without continuing your education. I am excited that I am starting to study for my LPC certification this month and am committed to receiving the certification in the next few months,” he states.

The Zellman Group has always valued giving back to and improving the LP community. This year TZG has become a doctorate level sponsor of the Loss Prevention Foundation as well as a solution partner member of the Loss Prevention Research Council.

Read the full article in the September/October 2016 Issue of LP Magazine or online here.


Annual Florida Law Enforcement Property Recovery Unit Training Conference 2016

The Zellman Group, LLC will be attending the Florida Law Enforcement Property Recovery Unit’s Annual Training Conference from November 8th through 10th in Orlando, Florida.

This year’s topics for the Property Crimes Conference include Pawnshop and Secondhand Dealer Investigations, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Credit Fraud Investigations, Financial Crimes, and Property Crimes Investigations. This conference is a mixture of seminars and trainings focused on educating investigators through guest instructors such as judges, state legislators, executives, and property investigation and recovery experts.

The Florida Law Enforcement Property Recovery Unit is a nonprofit formed in 1987 by a group of property recovery detectives. It was the first property recovery groups formed in the United States. The goals of FLEPRU are to recruit members from all levels of law enforcement in Florida to increase cooperation, raise the recovery percentage of stolen property, enact legislation to assure harsh criminal punishment, improve FCIC computer based tracking systems to track stolen property, and to educate new investigators as well as seasoned veterans. FLEPRU membership is not only open to all law enforcement but also non-law enforcement investigators.

The Zellman Group is a leader in retail and food service investigations. In the case of a potential dishonest or stealing employee, The Zellman Group can provide in person or telephonic interviews to assure the truth is discovered. All Zellman investigators are fully trained and CFI certified. The Zellman Group is a loss prevention services and consulting  company working in the retail, food service, and hospitality industries.

To learn more about FLEPRU go to:

What You Need to Know About Maryland Senate Bill 508


On October 1, 2016 Maryland Senate Bill 508 will go into effect. Under this new law a retailer will not be able to pursue statutory civil penalties in the state of Maryland. A retailer can only demand the following remedies from a shoplifter: (a) the stolen merchandise (b) if it cannot be recovered, or it is recovered in damaged condition, or “otherwise has lost all or part of its value”, the merchant can demand an amount equal to the merchandise sales price plus (c) pay the merchant for any other “actual damages.”  Store security, lost time, or wages associated with the apprehension or prosecution of the shoplifter can no longer be considered as demand.

Maryland Demand Letter: The demand letter must be prepared by a lawyer admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland.  This letter must then be either hand delivered personally to the responsible person, or mailed to that person’s last known address by certified mail, return receipt requested.

  • If payment in full is not received on or before the date specified in the initial demand letter, a second and final letter shall be sent to the responsible person.

  • If the second letter is returned unclaimed to the merchant or if the full payment is not received on or before the day specified in the second demand letter, the merchant may file a civil action to recover damages, along with court costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.

Maryland Reporting: On or before January 15th of each year, a merchant that sought damages during the preceding calendar year must submit a letter to the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation that includes the following information for the preceding calendar year:

  • The number of alleged shoplifting or employee theft incidents.

  • The number of demand letters sent and the amount of money received in response to the letters sent.

  • The number of criminal prosecutions sought after by the merchant and the final dispositions of those prosecutions.

  • The number of civil suits filed under this subtitle by the merchant and the final disposition of those suits.

If you have any questions, please respond to this email and we will follow up within the next business day. To review the complete Senate Bill 508 visit the state’s website at

Loss Prevention Research Council IMPACT Conference 2016 3D LP

The Zellman Group, LLC is excited to be a part of the Loss Prevention Research Council’s 2016 IMPACT Conference this year in Gainesville, Florida.

This conference is a two-day program for retail and service provider members of the LPRC. The LPRC is a leader in real world research and analysis in the loss prevention and crime industry. Since its founding in 2001, by 10 leading retailers and Dr. Read Hayes, the LPRC has conducted 120 real world loss prevention research projects. This purpose of this conference is to help participants better employ and understand how to use research tools, in order to reduce loss, while increasing sales.

IMPACT 2016 consists of many different activities such as presentations, panel discussions, and Learning Labs. These Learning Labs take a unique approach to educational conferences by focusing on interactivity, variety, and brevity. All attendees have the option to choose three labs during the course of the conference. These labs will be 25 minutes long each and will consist of attendees working in small interactive groups. Some lab topics include Balancing LP and Customer Service Through Increased Communication and Awareness, Increasing Awareness of Events and Customer Perceptions in Parking Lots, and Gathering and Using Information from the Surrounding Neighborhood and Cyber Space.

The Zellman Group recently announced its service provider partnership with the LPRC this July.

Learn more about the Loss Prevention Research Council:

FsTec 2016


This September, The Zellman Group, LLC will be attending the Annual FsTec Conference in Dallas, Texas.

The FsTec Conference focuses on engaging service providers, small and large businesses, and executives in new technology in the food service sector. This year’s agenda is a mix of different workshops, breakout sessions, and boot camps focusing on changing the way we think about tech inside and outside of the food service community.

With over 50 speakers, this year’s FsTec Conference has something for everyone. Speakers this year vary from Paul Brown, CEO of Arby’s to 43rd President of the United States of America, George W. Bush. Topics include security and loss prevention, utilizing mobile and video, and monetizing content across all platforms.

FsTec is sponsoring donations to the Carre Foundation and Your Grateful Nation. The Carre Foundation is a special foundation that focuses on leadership through charitable giving. All FsTec attendees are given the opportunity to donate to the less fortunate while building stronger relationships. Your Grateful Nation is an organization that’s purpose is to provide support and guidance for veterans as they enter back into everyday civilian life.

The Zellman Group will be in attendance to discuss and demonstrate the benefits of our Food Service Analytics Managed Services. Through this service we are able to analyze a business’s data through a restaurants POS system and detect and report theft and fraud.

You can find us at FsTec in booth 112 that we are sharing with Agilence.


Learn more about FsTec here .

Loss Prevention Magazine/Loss Prevention Foundation Annual Meeting

This September, The Zellman Group will be attending the Annual Loss Prevention Magazine/Loss Prevention Foundation Meeting in Fort Myers, Florida. This meeting is honoring the magazine’s 15th anniversary and the LP Foundation’s 10th anniversary.

The venue is being shared with the Foundation’s board of directors as well at the Retail Industry Leaders Associations (RILA) Asset Protection Leaders Council membership. Invitees include the magazine’s Vendor Advisory Board, as well as retail sponsors, members of the foundation, and other special guests. This meeting gives key members of the LP community an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and impact LP Magazine and the LP Foundation have made in the field.

There will be many exciting speakers at the event this year. Two main speakers include Mike Eruzione and Chief of the Boston Police Department William G. Gross. Mike Eruzione was the captain of the US national hockey team that defeated the Soviet Union in 1980 in the Winter Olympics. He is a popular motivational speaker.

The second keynote speaker is the Chief of the Boston Police Department William G. Gross. Gross is the first African American Chief in the history of the Boston Police Department. Gross will be speaking on the success of Community Policing and through his own personal experience how it strengthens departments, neighborhoods, and local businesses.

This event is to honor and celebrate the great accomplishments LP Magazine and the LP Foundation has done for the loss prevention community.


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