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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) 2016 Organized Retail Crime Survey revealed that criminals involved in organized retail crime are becoming more violent, putting the safety of both associates and customers at risk with 96.5% of the respondents reporting violence either increasing or at the same level. The survey also indicates that E-fencing on sites like, and craigslist are on the rise up from 28% in 2015 to 39% in 2016

Click here to view the entire 2016 NRF ORC Survey

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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2017 Meeting Dates - Phoenix

March16th  - Guest Speaker from the U.S. Postal Service

April 20th

May 18th - Guest Speaker from the U.S. Secret Service

June 15th - Guest Speaker Phoenix PD-Virtual Block Watch

July 20th - Guest Speaker from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office

Aug 17th - Tiffany Nelson - USDA

Sept 21st

Oct 19th

Nov 16th

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March 9th

May 11th

July 13th

Sept 14th

Nov 9th

All Phoenix meetings start at 11AM

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