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Shoppers wait in line to enter a San Francisco Louis Vuitton in Dece,ber 2021. California Govonr Gavin Newsome said the level of organized retail theft has become unacceptable as the state and increased police presence in major retail sectors. (Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg) Shoppers wait in line to enter a San Francisco Louis Vuitton in December 2021. California Governor Gavin Newsome said the level of organized retail theft has become unacceptable and the state has increased police presence in major retail sectors. (Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

“Organized theft rings” screamed headlines toward the end of 2021 as a string of incidents riddled authorities and shook shop owners in major cities across the country, moving some retailers to beef up security and municipalities to reroute traffic to stop the trend.

Even before the recent headline news, organized retail crime (ORC) was on the rise, according to the National Retail Federation, which reported three-fourths of retailers saw an uptick in organized retail crime during 2020.

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Steve Hallo

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