Retail Alliance is hosting the 12th Annual Virginia Retail Loss Prevention Conference on Thursday, September 26th from 8:30am – 4:30pm at the Portsmouth Renaissance, 425 Water St, Portsmouth, VA 23704. “As the oldest and most comprehensive event of its kind on the east coast, this conference is designed to provide merchants, loss prevention professionals and law enforcement with information that contributes to the success of loss prevention efforts of all sizes,” said Ray Mattes, President/CEO of Retail Alliance. “The Virginia Retail Loss Prevention Conference educates attendees on a variety of best practices to prevent theft. The event increases awareness of the problems and opens a dialogue between merchants and law enforcement on how to combat the issue.” This year’s conference features an impressive group of speakers who will cover a broad range of topics including: Organized retail crime, counterfeiting, credit card fraud and protocol, proper store layout, disaster planning and gang awareness. The morning keynote session topic has Corporal Mike Catron and Corporal Scott Gordon, Chesterfield Police Department conducting a Mock Robbery to educate attendees on best practices when confronted with this situation. Margie Johnson from ShopTalk will discuss Reducing Shrinkage Through Extraordinary Customer Service during the lunchtime keynote session. The Loss Prevention Law Enforcement Award will also be presented to an individual whose achievement in the performance of his/her job results in an exceptional and responsible contribution to law enforcement as it relates to loss prevention. The registration fee for the conference is $55 for Retail Alliance members, $90 for non-members, and $35 for law enforcement. The fee includes breakfast and lunch. To register, visit