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Executive Summary ORC Workshop Proceedings Hayes 2003

Executive Summary
ORC Workshop Proceedings
Organized Retail Crime is not just shoplifting or property crime. ORC is dangerous, pervasive and costly for citizens and communities across the US. Despite the seriousness of this issue, little systematic research had been conducted to describe the scope, scale and negative impact of organized retail crime activity in North America. The Gillette Company issued an ORC research grant on behalf of the International Mass Retailers Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association to the Loss Prevention Research Council in early 2003.
On November 12th, 2003, the IMRA coordinated an ORC symposium in Orlando to brainstorm the study’s findings and recommendations with leading ORC experts from law enforcement and over 40 retail and cargo companies. Gillette sponsored the workshop, and the content was developed by the LPRC. This report highlights discussions, issues and anti-ORC recommendations. The participants and organizers of the ORC forum agreed this workshop should serve as the kick off of a sustained, collaborative program to disrupt and reduce ORC operations and their impact.
ORC workshop participants brainstormed a series of focused anti-ORC issues and strategies including: 1. More accurately measuring the scope, scale, dispersion, methods and impact of ORC (individually and collectively), 2. Reducing the demand for stolen goods by discouraging consumers and retail buyers from purchasing illicit or questionable products, 3. Diminishing the supply of stolen goods by mapping and protecting stores and supply chain assets, 4. Dissuading and disrupting thieves and illicit markets from conducting ORC activities by decreasing incentives, reducing opportunities and increasing personal risks of swift, sure and serious sanctions, 5. Affecting the spread of ORC activities on the Internet, and 6. Mobilizing law enforcement officials and politicians to combat ORC and illicit markets.