For those of us in Loss Prevention, Organized Retail Crime is probably the second biggest threat to a store’s bottom line right behind internal theft. Every ORC syndicate is different in methodology and composition and therefore each one must be discovered and dealt with differently. There is no ‘silver bullet’ no ‘perfect system’ to catch these seasoned thieves in the act and they have been at it for so long that shoplifting is their primary source of income; therefore they have made it their business to know our capabilities and our equipment. It doesn’t mean we can’t catch them, but it does mean they are among the hardest shoplifters to stop.
At my particular store, ORC syndicates target high end clothing and accessories nine times out of ten. Even with our extensive camera network and with security tags on clothes and purses they still manage to beat us a fair amount of time. But, every so often we manage to stop them by taking advantage of what we know and what we have at our disposal. At my store we use Checkpoint tags on our clothes and purses. The ORC groups know this and all have their methods for dealing with them be it taking them to a fitting room and snapping off the tags with tools or stuffing them in foil-lined bags to try and confuse the clothing alarm. Usually, while they go about trying to remove or disable the clothing security tags they have something else going on to catch our attention or screen their movements. Even if they have a plan to be in and out before we have time to react, the amount of time they need to invest to deal with the Checkpoint tags gives us the opportunity to stop them.
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