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Current challenges in organized retail crime - The NRF 2013 Organized Retail Crime Survey  The variety of issues that retail loss prevention professionals face range from shoplifting to return fraud, but no issue has grown as significantly in the past few years as organized retail crime. This is shown in the results of NRF’s ninth annual ORC survey, which found for the third consecutive year that 90 percent of retail LP executives said they have been victims of ORC gangs. What’s more disturbing? Another eight in 10 agree that ORC has increased over the same span of time. And this year, a troubling new trend emerged: store merchandise credit/gift card fraud. Read the full story and download NRF’s ORC infographic on Retail’s BIG Blog.

Retailers in agreement on rise in organized retail crime 
NRF’s ninth annual Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Survey found that 93.5 percent of retailers say they have been a victim of organized retail crime in the past year, down slightly from 96.0 percent in 2012. For the past three years, more than 90 percent of the retailers surveyed have admitted to being victims of ORC. Equally disturbing: eight in 10 (81.3%) believe that ORC activity in general in the United States has increased over the past three years. "We are extremely concerned by the organized patterns that are taking place in the retail industry right now as these crime gangs continue to find ways to maneuver the system,” said NRF Vice President of Loss Prevention Rich Mellor. (Source

Three charged with selling stolen goods at shop - Investigation led by ShopRite Loss Prevention  The owner and two employees of Budget Beverage on Dolson Avenue were arrested last week after a six-week investigation found they were buying goods stolen from ShopRite and possibly other stores and reselling them, Middletown police said. People would bring the suspects stolen goods, which they would buy at a discount, police Lt. John Ewanciw said. Working with ShopRite loss prevention and investigators from the state Department of Taxation and Finance, police searched the store and seized point-of-sale computers, in-store surveillance, business records, beverages and other items. (Source

Aluminum-Lined Shopping Bags Used To Get Past Store Sensors - 3 women busted hitting Governor's Square Mall in Clarksville, Tenn. hitting Dillard’s, Dick’s and Victoria‘s Secret.  Tuesday night an officer pulled over a red sedan on I-24 after getting a call from mall security. They found Adrieanna Johnson, Tawonda Parrish, Rico Brown and Shelby Cange headed back to Nashville with thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise. They also had duct tape and aluminum foil used to line dozens of shopping bags, which blocks the signal from security scanners as they walk out the door. The officer also found scissors and screwdrivers customized to quickly remove the security tags. All four face felony theft charges, as well as possessing tools that interfere with an anti-theft security device. (Source

Counterfeit Check Ring/Latest Arrest in Alabama
A fifth arrest has been made in a counterfeit check ring in Demopolis, Alabama. Rashad Collins, who's 25 and from Greensboro, is charged with possession of a forged instrument. All five suspects are accused of presenting forged checks at Wal-mart. Police say the checks were bogus and had been printed on a home printer. Investigators say more arrests are possible. (Source

Pittsburgh woman arrested with $200 of Crest White Strips from Giant Eagle. Giant Eagle Loss Prevention agent was shoved and had a drink thrown at him while attempting to make the apprehension of a Bethel Park woman. Samantha Grimm is accused of stealing $200 worth of Crest White Strips who had planned to sell the items on the street for gas money. Grimm said, “I knew people who wanted them, and I didn’t want to pay the full amount. I know I made a mistake. I’m sorry.” (Source

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