Report Reveals U.S. Cities Most Impacted by Organized Retail Crime

Report Reveals U.S. Cities Most Impacted by Organized Retail Crime

A recent report by the National Retail Federation (NRF) has identified the U.S. cities most affected by organized retail crime. The NRF’s 2023 Retail Security Survey, which gathered insights from 177 retail brands representing over 97,000 retail locations and $1.6 trillion in annual sales, revealed that inventory loss, known as shrink, increased to an average rate of 1.6% last year, resulting in $112.1 billion in losses. This represents a rise from the previous year’s rate of 1.4%.

The survey found that 65% of shrink was attributed to external theft, including products stolen during organized shoplifting incidents. The cities most impacted by retail theft in 2022 were

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Oakland/San Francisco, California
  • Houston, Texas
  • New York City, New York
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sacramento, California and Chicago, Illinois (tied)
  • Denver, Colorado; Miami, Florida; and Albuquerque, New Mexico

According to the NRF, retail crime, violence, and theft continue to affect the industry at unprecedented levels, with no business being immune. The organization aims to provide comprehensive research and development opportunities to combat these issues and foster collaborative spaces for its members to innovate loss and crime control solutions.

In late 2022, Congress passed the INFORM ACT, which aims to combat the sale of counterfeit goods and dangerous products by requiring online marketplaces to verify certain information for sellers who meet specific criteria.

Author: CrimeDoor

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