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The 10 Worst Cities for ORC

As organized retail criminals get more aggressive, retailers need to do everything in their power to stop these criminals in their tracks. This is especially true in specific metro centers where ORC is rampant. The NRF conducted a study of the ten worst cities in the U.S. for organized retail crime. While Los Angeles might be the best city in the U.S. for spotting celebrities or eating sushi, it is unfortunately the worst when it comes to organized retail crime. This is unsurprising since it’s the home of a major retailer port and has tons of manufacturing and retail action. And while ORC has declined in Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Diego in recent years, it remains a huge problem in these ten cities.

  1. Los Angeles

  2. New York City

  3. Houston

  4. Miami

  5. Atlanta

  6. Chicago

  7. Orlando

  8. San Francisco/Oakland

  9. Orange County, Calif.

  10. Northern New Jersey

The NRF also awarded not-so-honorable mentions to Philadelphia, Baltimore Arlington/Dallas/Ft. Worth, Washington D.C., San Jose and Fort Lauderdale. 

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How to Prevent ORC 

If you’re handling loss prevention, asset protection or retail security in any of those cities (or if you’ve experienced any shoplifting or organized retail crime activity) it’s important to do everything in your power to prevent retail crime. 

Using a face recognition system offers the ability to reduce retail crime by up to 34%. It can also reduce incidents of retail violence by up to 91%, which is becoming increasingly important since the NRF reports that 53% of retailers surveyed say that ORC gangs are getting more aggressive. 

Face recognition works by instantly identifying when a known retail criminal enters one of your stores. It can alert your security team to threats in real time so they always know where to go and who to watch. For many companies, face recognition offers the fastest ROI of any retail security technology, paying for itself in less than a year. So wherever your stores are located, if you want to radically reduce retail crime, face recognition might be the solution you’ve been looking for.


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