About the Author

Tom Meehan, CFI

Tom Meehan, CFI, is the chief strategy officer and chief information security officer for CONTROLTEK. Previously, Meehan was director of technology and investigations with Bloomingdale’s, where he was responsible for physical security, internal investigations, systems and data analytics. He currently serves as the chair of the Loss Prevention Research Council's (LPRC) innovations working group. Prior to his 13-year tenure at Bloomingdale's, Meehan worked for Home Depot in loss prevention and has had various technology, loss prevention, and operational roles at several other companies. He can be reached at tom.meehan [at] controltekusa (dot) com.

Articles by Tom Meehan, CFI

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How ORC Fuels Human Trafficking

What comes to mind when you think of organized retail crime (ORC)? High-shrink items with high-resell values, such as razors, baby formula, jeans, and such? Or fencing operations, whether online or at the corner store? Recently I wrote an article about the broader scope of ORC and the narrowing gap

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The Blurring Lines between ORC and Cyber Crime

In 2003, the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) worked on a three-year international research project with the University of Leicester, UK. The research was focused on the impact of organized retail crime (ORC) on communities, businesses, and individuals. This became the pivotal point when retailers transitioned away from using the

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We Gave Up Privacy for Convenience Years Ago

The only surprising thing about Facebook’s recent privacy fiasco is that anyone was actually surprised. Those of us who use social media and other free online services traded our privacy for convenience sometime in the early 2000s. How many of us are there? Out of 330 million Americans walking this