What is Organized Retail Crime?

Organized retail crime (ORC) refers to groups, gangs and sometimes individuals who are engaged in illegally obtaining retail merchandise through both theft and fraud in substantial quantities as part of a criminal enterprise. These crime rings generally consist of "boosters" - who methodically steal merchandise from retail stores - and fence operators who convert the product to cash or drugs as part of the criminal enterprise.  Phoenix Remains one of the top cities for ORC in the National Retail Federation's 2016 retail crime survey. 

The National Retail Federation (NRF) 2019 Organized Retail Crime Survey reports, Organized retail crime continues to present a serious challenge to the retail industry. Every year, the vast majority of retailers surveyed report being a victim of ORC, and 2019 is no different. This year, 97% said they've been victimized in the past 12 months. Despite retailers' best efforts, the industry has yet to see a meaningful reduction in the impact of these crimes.

This represents a significant cost for retailers. Respondents report losing $703,320 per $1 billion in annual sales volume due to ORC activity in the past 12 months. While it can vary from year to year, this is the fourth year in a row it has topped $700K.


The Response

Partnerships between law enforcement and retail investigators have formed to combat ORC.  These associations share cross-jurisdictional information to identify, disrupt, and apprehend Organized Retail Crime crews.

AZORCA is a statewide crime-fighting partnership.  This association allows retailers and law enforcement to communicate about criminal activity impacting businesses on a real-time basis while preventing other partners from being victimized. The searchable website and its mapping capabilities are focused on providing real-time criminal intelligence.  Through this collaborative partnership, law enforcement, legislators, and the business community will be able to work together to identify offenders and resolve cases, all while developing new and innovative ways to combat ORC networks.

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2020 Meeting Schedule


Phoenix AZORCA group meets the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Tucson's AZORCA Meeting for Nov 2020

Thursday Nov 12, 2020

At 11 am

Via Teams  (see email invite)

All Meetings start at 11 am


Tucson Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of each month.

All Meeting have been cancelled until further notice

All Tucson meetings will begin at 1000AM 


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