Issue: Fighting Organized Retail Crime

Organized retail crime (ORC), the large-scale coordinated theft and resale of retail merchandise, is dramatically rising, as well as associated violence against employees. This crime wave is also funding many other criminal enterprises like drug and human trafficking, and it must be stopped. Businesses need greater federal assistance and more tools, including technologies provided by the security industry, to address this national crisis.


The Security Industry Association (SIA) supports S. 140/H.R. 895 the bipartisan Combatting Organized Retail Crime Act (CORCA), introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.).  The bill would establish an Organized Retail Crime Coordination Center at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to align counter-ORC activities nationally and internationally and broaden the scope of conduct that qualifies as federal offenses involving the transportation of stolen property across state lines and theft from shipments.