According to the 2010 NRF ORC (Organized Retail Crime) Survey, 89% of retailers said they have been victimized by organized retail crime and 59% say the problem has increased. Even those staggering numbers seem low, as my guess is that nearly every single retailer has been a target of ORC. Who are the 11% who said they weren’t affected by ORC?
One of the biggest roadblocks to stopping these thieves is the fact that there is still very little sharing of information among retailers and law enforcement. But there is a new effort to share data that will hopefully yield some results.