Public Safety, Retail Theft, and Organized Retail Crime

WR’s top priority is implementing a “multi-pronged” approach to increasing public safety, reducing retail theft, and increasing prosecution of ORC.

Impact on Washington Retailers: Retail theft, often by organized rings, threatens the safety of workers and customers, making it hard to maintain a secure environment.

Solutions: A multi-faceted approach is needed, including public and decision-maker education, targeting organized retail crime (ORC) rings, training retail employees, and collaboration with law enforcement and ORC task forces.

Washington Retail Supports: Advocating for law enforcement to safely pursue retail thieves, providing grants for theft prevention devices to small retailers, increasing penalties for thefts involving multiple accomplices or repeat offenders, and criminalizing the concealment of stolen products in stores.