Georgia's ORC Effort - Past, Present, and Future
By Katie Tuttle
One of the newest members to the
ORCA scene, the Georgia Retail Association’s
Organized Retail Crime Alliance (GRAORCA) was
founded in early 2012. However, despite its
recent creation, the group itself has actually
been around for much longer.
History of the
In July 2009, the Georgia Retail Association
held an open meeting in the Georgia State
Capitol building to discuss the rash of
afterhours smash and grab burglaries that were
plaguing the Atlanta market. From that meeting,
a group of retailers, Atlanta area law
enforcement officials, and the Fulton County
Community Prosecutor, under the auspices of GRA,
formed a coalition whose primary objective was
to draft and pass legislation that would stiffen
penalties for involvement in Smash and Grab
burglaries with emphasis on
those recruiting juveniles to commit such acts.
Eight months later, with minutes left in the
2010 legislative session, the Georgia Smash and
Grab Act was passed.
Once the bill had passed, the coalition evolved
into the Georgia Retail Association’s Loss
Prevention Council (GRALPC). “We quickly
recognized the power in numbers and the positive
impact that the coalition had on the community,
so forming the Council was the obvious next
step,” said Mike Liberatore, who has chaired the
GRALPC since its inception.
The group’s first order of business was to
quickly establish and publish their mission
statement which reads: “The mission of the
Georgia Retail Association’s Loss Prevention
Council (GRALPC) is to provide guidance to its
membership and our Law Enforcement partners in
the areas of Education, Professional Networking,
Legislative Initiatives and Community Outreach.”
The Council’s membership currently includes LP
representatives from Macy’s, Verizon Wireless,
GameStop, T-Mobile, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Saks
Fifth Avenue, Target, as well as The Fulton
County District Attorney’s office and the
Atlanta Police Department.
The group has made tremendous strides over the
last few years, hosting two annual retail crime
conferences with more than 300 in attendance for
each. Additionally, on September 13th, the
Council trained over 150 police officers and
investigators at their Law Enforcement Only
Conference hosted by The Home Depot at their
corporate headquarters in Atlanta.
The Council has been very involved in community
outreach, donating proceeds from their first
conference in 2011 to the Atlanta Community Teen
Coalition, a non-profit organization committed
to directing inner city youth away from gang
life and aiming them towards academic success
and entrepreneurialism. At the Council’s second
annual conference which was held at America’s
Mart in Downtown Atlanta, the Council
announced that a $3000 donation would be made to
the Atlanta Police Athletic League.
“When it was all said and done, PAL received a
$5000 check from GRA,” said Liberatore.
police say shoplifting has evolved in the last few years
into a more violent and organized crime
On Wednesday night, an Albuquerque Police
Department detective was sent to the hospital after a
shoplifting suspect hit her with a getaway car. Andy Lugo is
Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers fugitive of the week after
police say he and his mother were caught shoplifting at
Coronado Mall. "Shoplifting has evolved quite dramatically,"
Roseman said. "It has become quite dangerous for the
loss-prevention officers who work at the different retail
establishments in the city. "What it has become is more
organized, and the criminal elements are looking more to
make it a commercial crime." (Source
Suspicious vehicle check results in ORC arrests in Houston,
TX A deputy saw a suspicious
vehicle at 3040 College Park Drive on Dec. 9. While
conducting an investigation, numerous items were located
inside the vehicle. The deputy later determined that all the
items inside the vehicle were stolen from area merchants.
The man and the woman inside of the vehicle, both of
Shepherd, were arrested and charged with organized retail
theft. They were transported to the Montgomery County Jail.
Organized Retail Crime Detail at Gurnee Mill Mall north of
Chicago pays off with four arrests.
Organized Retail Crime Detail is made up of eight plainclothes
Gurnee Police and two Lake County Metro Enforcement Group
who teamed up with Mall Security and Loss Prevention
Departments. At 8 pm on Friday, four suspects were taken into
custody recovering nearly $4000 worth of merchandise.
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