The number of organized retail crime associations (ORCAs) has grown steadily in recent years, with a primary emphasis on assisting law enforcement, retail investigators, and prosecutors with the identification, investigation, and prosecution of those involved in organized retail crime.
In response to the scope and severity of organized retail crime concerns across the country, there has been an increased effort on the part of retailers and law enforcement agencies to share information regarding organized retail crime at the local, state, and regional levels.
Organized retail crime associations have helped provide that vehicle, opening doors to improve legislation, enhance investigations, and build cooperative relationships in the battle against organized retail crime.
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Organized retail crime involves the association of two or more individuals engaged in illegally obtaining retail merchandise, data, and/or other resources in substantial quantities through both theft and fraud as part of an unlawful commercial enterprise. The primary objective of these professional crime rings is to steal for the purpose of turning retail products into financial gain rather than personal use. With the global reach of technology these goals have only continued to expand, and can impact almost every resource within the retail enterprise.
The objectives of organized retail crime associations could include, but are not limited to:
- Providing a web-based platform for organized retail crime information and intelligence-sharing between retail investigators and law enforcement
- Facilitating meetings, seminars, webinars, and conferences specific to ORC-related topics
- Providing a forum for networking and collaboration between retailers, law enforcement, and other partners involved in combatting ORC-related issues at the local, regional, and national levels
- Supporting law enforcement, retail investigators, and prosecutors by providing continuing education through various training opportunities
- Educating the general public on organized retail crime issues, to include victim prevention, response, and awareness.
Successful organized retail crime associations are typically independent, multi-jurisdictional, customer-centric, and a recognized non-profit to be best positioned to lead the public/private partnership and combat organized retail crime.
With a primary mission to communicate effectively, work together, and share resources, ORCAs need to cultivate good partnerships, high levels of cooperation, and a strong commitment from everyone involved in order to be most effective.
To learn more about these organized retail crime associations and the role they play in supporting the retail loss prevention industry and the law enforcement community, contact those found in your area from the list below:
Alaska Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Area Law Enforcement & Retailers Team (ALERT) Memphis
Area Law Enforcement & Retailers Team (ALERT) Nashville
Area Law Enforcement & Retailers Team (ALERT) Knoxville
Arizona Organized Retail Crime Association
Arkansas Organized Retail Crime Association
Bay Area Organized Retail Crime Association
California Organized Retail Crimes Association
Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Central New York Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR)
Collier County Organized Retail Theft Association (Florida)
Colorado Organized Retail Crime Alliance
CONNECT Albuquerque PD (ARAPA)
Cook County Regional Organized Crime Task Force
Florida Organized Retail Crime Association (FLAORCA)
Florida Organized Retail Crime Enforcement Network
Georgia Retailers Organized Crime Alliance
Greater Houston Loss Prevention Alliance
Hawaii Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Indiana Regional Organized Crime Coalition
Inland Empire Organized Retail Crime Association
Kentucky Organized Retail Crime Association
LAAORCA – Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crimes Association
METRORCA – NY, NJ, PA Metro Area Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Michigan Regional Organized Retail Crime Association
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Mid-Atlantic Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Minnesota Organized Retail Crime Association
Missouri Information Analysis Center (MORCA)
National Anti-Organized Retail Crime Association
New England Organized Retail Crime Alliance
New York Metro Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Northern California Organized Retail Crime Association
Northern Nevada Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Ohio Regional Organized Crime Coalition
Oklahoma Organized Retail Crime Association
Organized Retail Crime Association of Idaho
Pittsburgh Organized Retail Crime Coalition
Safe City – Federal Way, WA
San Diego Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Southern Nevada Organized Retail Crime Association
Texas Organized Retail Crime Association
Tucson Coalition Against Retail Theft
Utah Organized Retail Crime Association
Victor Valley (CA) Organized Retail Crime Association
Washington State Organized Retail Alliance
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
United States Secret Service
United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)
United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
United States Postal Inspection Service
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