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New Partnership Brings Together Retailers and Law Enforcement to Fight Organized Retail Crime

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ATLANTA – The Georgia Retail Association Organized Retail Crime Alliance (GRAORCA) – a cooperative effort among Georgia law enforcement agencies and retailers – today announced the launch of GRAORCA.org. The new Internet-based platform has been designed to help build collaborative crime fighting partnerships between law enforcement and private sector retail security professionals.

The secure site is designed to allow members to share intelligence in order to more proactively investigate organized retail criminal activity throughout the state of Georgia. All members of law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels — as well as members of the retail loss prevention community — are encouraged to join this free information sharing network. To join today, please go to http://graorca.org/.
The launch of GRAORCA.org follows in the footsteps of other successful info sharing networks such as LAAORCA (Los Angeles), SDORCA (San Diego), CCROC (Cook County – Chicago) and OROCC (Ohio).
Organized retail crime is a type theft or fraud involving groups or gangs who steal merchandise, cargo or money in a systematic effort involving multiple stores, often in multiple jurisdictions. Sophisticated crime rings and fences steal tens of billions of dollars annually from consumers and retailers, sometimes using the proceeds to fund larger criminal operations. Examples of theft include shoplifting rings, cargo theft, return fraud, ticket switching, credit card fraud, and gift card fraud.
The Metro Atlanta area is consistently a top ten location for ORC. ORC proceeds support other crimes such as drugs, human trafficking and financial crimes. According to national studies, 95 percent of retailers surveyed in 2011 reported having been victimized by ORC in the previous 12 months. The FBI has estimated that the losses attributed to ORC could reach as much as $30 billion a year.
Since 1961, the Georgia Retail Association has been working on behalf of the retail community to unite and pursue the common goal of creating the best environment for retailing in Georgia. Retail supports 1 out of 4 jobs in the state and is directly and indirectly responsible for 18% of Georgia’s gross domestic product.
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