WASHINGTON — In an attempt to better understand and target organized retail crime activity, the National Retail Federation here yesterday announced a new partnership with the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
This new partnership is focused on a six-month pilot program designed by ICE, which will assess the threat level of organized retail crime in several cities, including Los Angeles, Houston, Miami and New York. This program can assist ICE in apprehending criminals and supporting retailers in organized retail crime investigations.
According to NRF’s latest organized retail crime survey, released in June, 72% of retailers surveyed had discovered criminal organizations exporting stolen goods outside of the United States or across state lines. Additionally, 28% of retailers have investigated criminal groups tied to street gangs with international connections.
“Retailers are very optimistic about their work with ICE in trying to combat organized retail crime, which has become an international problem for retailers of every shape and size,” said Joe LaRocca, senior asset protection advisor at NRF. “NRF is committed to the fight against retail crime and we are grateful for the support and dedication of our partners at ICE.”
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