The National Anti-Organized Retail Crime Association was created in 2011 to assist loss prevention professionals and law enforcement officials by bringing the private sector and public sector together against the growing tide of organized retail crime.
We at NAORCA are dedicated and passionate about this topic. ORC has been linked to terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering and the funding of other criminal gang activity in the United States and around the world. Everyday another international retail theft ring is uncovered.
Retail is global and so is organized retail crime. This is truly a global epidemic.
Our industry must continue to work together and build partnerships throughout the world. We can do this through education, training and awareness. Being on the front line in this fight I have seen all types of ORC, such as credit card fraud, check fraud, refund fraud, organized shoplifting, fake and altered receipts and price tags, E-fencing, burglary, robbery, smash-and-grab and counterfeit money and merchandise.
Retailers must continue to work together and share information about these criminal groups. As our industry continues to evolve, along with new technologies, we must try to be one step ahead of the criminal activity before it hits the bottom line.
Let’s stop being victims of this crime and stand up, work together, share information and make an impact.
Top executives must look at this as an industry problem and work with other retailers by sharing information and let go of the mindset that sending these criminals to another retail chain will solve the problem. Talk to the people who are out there in the field investigating these crimes, and look at the complexities and sophistication that these criminals have undertaken to commit these crimes.
Retailers can be proactive by establishing ORC units dedicated to this fight. They must continue to fund training and education in credit card, check, refund and gift-card fraud. They also must fund training in counterfeiting and e-crimes.
Retailers could also provide funding to local, state and federal agencies that are on the front line in tackling these crimes. Funding could help with equipment, and help these agencies off set payroll dollars needed to investigate and prosecute these crimes.
NAORCA is dedicated to ORC education, training, and awareness not only to loss prevention and law enforcement but to many other industry sectors these types of crimes impact.
Christopher McGourty has more than 20 years of experience in loss prevention, including working for Filene’s Basement, TJX and Lowe’s Home Improvement and is a founder/board member of the National Anti-ORC Association Inc., www.naorca.org.