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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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  AZORCA 2018 Event Schedule

2018 Meeting Schedule

All Meetings start at 11 am. 

Jan 18th

Feb 15th
March 15th
April 19th
May 17th
July 19h
Aug. 16th
Sept 20st
Oct 15 th  (new date and time)
Nov 15th

All Meetings start at 11 am


Jan 11, 2018
Feb, 15, 2018
March 8, 2018
April 12, 2018
May 10, 2018
June 14, 2018
July 12, 2018
Aug. 9, 2018
Sept. 13, 2018
Oct. 11, 2018
Nov. 8, 2018
Dec. 13, 2018

All Tucson meetings will begin at 1000AM and held at:

Please see inside website for additional information on the meetings.