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Las Vegas is one of the Top 10 in ORC activity in the U.S. and here's there local story with Target taking a major role in the video with interviews of LP executives and crime footage.

Police, Retailers Work Together to Fight Retail Theft

LAS VEGAS - Primetime crime dramas like "CSI" feature forensic investigators who are trained to solve thrilling murder mysteries through cutting-edge scientific methods.

Some corporations are also using modern technology and old-fashioned police work to catch shoplifters. Target operates two state-of-the-art forensic laboratories - one in Minneapolis and one in Las Vegas.

"We specialize in forensic video, audio, image analysis, and latent fingerprint examinations. These allow us to recover and analyze evidence for Target," said Rick Lautenbach with Target Forensic Services.





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"Investigations Centers are a critical part of our strategy to resolve organized retail crime activity and help support safe and secure environments," said Target team member Nate Hartle.

The chain works with law enforcement to gather and analyze evidence to stop thieves in their tracks. A chart maps out a crime ring's network.

The National Retail Federation's 2011 Organized Retail Crime Survey reveals organized retail criminals are becoming more violent. They use fake price tags or grab anything they want - from designer jeans to medicine to baby formula. Sometimes, they steal the items from the stores. Other times, they steal the items straight off the trucks.

Retail theft not only costs stores money, it drives up prices for everyone else.

Metro Police Property Crimes Detective Mona Connell says Metro is now part of the Southern Nevada Organized Retail Crime Association or SNORCA. The agency enables law enforcement and retailers to share information about troubling trends.

"It's to communicate with other retailers, to explain to them that this is what's going on at our store or stores, and there's a possibility you can be a victim as well," Det. Connell said. "We're in the top ten in the country currently. We just became part of the top ten, and nationally, it's a $30 billion loss every year."

A $30 billion-a-year problem is huge, so federal authorities are also working to fight this theft.

The FBI says it uses many of the same investigative techniques against organized retail theft groups as it does any criminal enterprise or terror network.

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