Cooperation, Congress Are Key in Battle Against ORC
and ORC are two very different crimes. A person may steal
bread to feed a hungry family. A coordinated group steals
items that can be turned into cash that typically funds
other criminal activity.
there has been an increase in ORC arrests, it is because
retailers and law enforcement are doing a better job of
recognizing it, said Karl Langhorst, director of loss
prevention for The Kroger Co.
Understanding the difference is an important first step not
only for store personnel, but also law enforcement and state
and federal legislators.
"It is not shoplifting. That’s what we need to drive home," Langhorst said.
"Many of these
crimes are what we call 'gateway crimes,' because ORC leads
to financing for other criminal activity, be it narcotics,
distribution, prostitution, gun running, those types of
Kroger had no director of loss prevention until Langhorst was hired in 2008. In fact, there really was no
formal corporate program, and no specialized ORC
investigators. Langhorst, whose background includes loss
prevention for Safeway’s Texas division, was charged with
establishing the program for Kroger’s 2,500-store,
18-division grocery company. Here's a great look at ORC and
the Kroger ORC program. Its worth the read!
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