Understanding the factors that contribute to the growth of ORC will assist in developing and implementing operational strategies and methods to detect and prevent these crimes. Some retailers are more affected by ORC than others. This could be due to factors such as:
Types of goods sold:
Some merchandise may be more attractive to organized retail criminals due to the ease of theft and market demand.
Factors such as being in a mall or near a major highway affect the likelihood of experiencing ORC issues.
Retailers’ controls and policies:
Some retailers place an associate at the entrance/exit of the store and check receipts of departing customers. Others hire security staff dedicated to detect and prevent ORC, while still others add this responsibility to existing staff. Industry research and data tend to support these issues as contributing to the growth of ORC.