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
GRAORCA 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.
How to Join Georgia's "Retail Crime-Fighting" Community
What is Georgia Retail Association?
Since 1961, the Georgia Retail Association has protected Georgia's retailers from unreasonable taxes, fees, regulations and legislation because not everyone understands and appreciates your business like you do - and that includes the vast majority of the state's legislators and regulators. Georgia is a friendly state for retailers largely due to GRA's work over the past 40 years.
We know that you want to keep it that way. While serving as your governmental 'watchdog', we also recognize the value of providing numerous business services to help retailers operate business and money.
Whether you are a large chain retailer or an independent retail merchant, there's a reason to belong to the Georgia Retail Association. Membership to the GRA is encouraged.