What is Organized Retail Crime?

Organized Retail Crime (ORC) is an organized effort by two or more persons to convert illegally obtained merchandise or cash into financial gain through theft or fraud. This usually involves the theft of multiple quantities of similar products or thefts from multiple stores, multiple jurisdictions or multiple states.

"Organized retail theft is a "gateway crime that often leads us to major crime rings that use the illicit proceeds to fund other crimes-such as organized crime activities, health care fraud, money laundering, and potentially even terrorism." FBI Special Agent Eric Ives, Violent Crimes/Major Offenders Unit

"We must force ourselves to look beyond the surface of shoplifting and see organized retail crime for what it really is - a large, low risk, high profit criminal operation frequently run by very astute criminals who are taking advantage of our leniency, complacency, and lack of cooperative effort." Sheriff Grady Judd, Polk County, Florida September, 2008

Law Enforcement / Private Sector Partnership

"The use of the task force approach to combating crime, coupled with successful partnerships within industry, is seen by the FBI as one of the most effective and efficient tools by which to identify, disrupt and dismantle any criminal enterprise. That strategy is working."  - Dave Johnson, Section Chief, Criminal Investigation Division, FBI

A True Crime-Fighting Partnership

CAL-ORCA is a statewide crime-fighting partnership.  This alliance allows retailers and law enforcement to communicate about criminal activity impacting businesses on a real-time basis while preventing other partners from being victimized. The searchable website and its mapping capabilities are focused on providing real-time crime alert system.  Through this collaborative partnership, law enforcement and the business community will be able to work together to identify offenders and resolve cases, all while developing new and innovative ways to combat ORC networks.

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