Today my store was the victim of the perfidious workings of an organized retail crime (ORC) group. They bypassed everything from the clothing alarm to the Checkpoint tags as though they weren’t even in place. In spite of their ability to surpass our clothing security measures, they failed in the end due a foolish oversight on their part (and perhaps a small amount of carelessness and arrogance).
Less than ten minutes after the first group of three women had escaped to their vehicle and fled the mall’s property (without anyone able to spot a license plate unfortunately) our office received a phone call about a man attempting to return nearly three hundred dollars of clothing product on the second floor, without a receipt. Some of the pieces still had clothing security tags on them.
Under our advisement, and a second from management, the return was denied and the man left in a hurry through the third floor where I was waiting to follow on foot. Sure enough, after tailing him along the outside of the mall for almost three minutes, I found him getting into a car that contained the three women who had stolen the clothing only moments prior. I managed a walk-by that allowed me to call in the license plate number and a full description of the car to the local police.
Clothing security isn’t always such a task, with the foot pursuits and police intervention, but it seems to be becoming more and more common an occurrence these days. Despite the fact that the Checkpoint tags and clothing alarms were defeated so effortlessly by them, the tools did provide us with the time and means to identify a rather experienced organized crime group.
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