Washington State’s Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, and Renée Sunde, President/CEO of WR, will speak on the timely topic of crime impacting businesses at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber Talk on Friday, January 27, from 11:30am-1:00pm.
According to a December 2021 report by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, 60% of the 8.9 million crimes reported in 2020 were property crimes, including larceny-theft, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, and vandalism, costing businesses $17.2 billion in annual losses, according to Entrepreneur.com.
The pandemic provided organized retail crime (ORC) opportunities to expand attacks. These crimes include smash-and-grabs and other “brazen in-store attacks.” While businesses have changed how they provide goods and services, criminals have found new ways around security gaps, endangering customers and employees.
The President of the Washington Organized Retail Crime Association, Robert Nelson, will attend the meeting to help organize community businesses to address ORC and public safety issues effectively.
The Chamber talk is at the Wenatchee Convention Center, 121 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801, beginning at 11:30am with meal service at 11:45am and program at noon. The meeting is scheduled to finish at 1:00pm.
For more information, email Wenatchee Chamber Executive Director, Steve Wilkinson at [email protected], or call at (509) 662-2116.