Organized retail crime poses a significant and ongoing problem for retail businesses across the United States.
Organized retail crime (ORC) refers to professional shoplifting, cargo theft, retail crime rings and other organized crime that occurs in retail environments. But this does not involve amateur shoplifters who steal merchandise for personal use. Instead, ORC involves sophisticated criminal organizations made up of professional thieves who work in teams to illegally obtain retail merchandise in substantial quantities through both theft and fraud. Capable of operating on a local, regional, national or international scale, the objective of these criminal enterprises is to turn stolen goods into financial gain.
Theft operations range from simple to extremely complex, sometimes involving organizers, boosters, fencing operations, re-packagers, and illegitimate wholesale operations. Thieves are often recruited and well-trained to fill a specific role within the operation. Working together, ORC groups are capable of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from multiple retailers in a single day. They are highly motivated and mobile criminals, and advancements in technology have only made their ability to resell stolen merchandise easier and more profitable.
The losses attributed to ORC enterprises are staggering, costing American companies and our economy tens of billions of dollars every year. These intricate criminal operations have devastated many retail businesses and continue to do so. Their activities are also growing more brazen and violent, putting the safety of customers and store employees in jeopardy. From in-store thefts to cargo hijacking, these incidents often involve fear, intimidation and violence.
Addressing ORC requires an advanced level of skill and training. As a licensed and insured investigative firm comprised of law enforcement professionals, Blue Star Security has extensive experience in dealing with ORC criminal organizations. Our team understands how the underground economy works and how to successfully investigate and infiltrate these groups. Most investigators can watch these groups operate from afar by conducting surveillance. Our team, however, has successfully infiltrated criminal organizations and exposed their entire organizational structure.
Our undercover and surveillance team has the insight, experience, and expertise in working cases in preparation for a criminal prosecution. We understand the importance of providing credible investigative evidence in order to effectively attack these criminal organizations and prevent retail businesses from victimization.