Joe LaRocca

The list of top 10 U.S. cities plagued by organized retail crime has two new additions — Las Vegas and Phoenix — according to the National Retail Federation's seventh annual Organized Retail Crime survey. The top 10 U.S. cities for organized retail crime (in alphabetical order) are: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and Phoenix. The survey's overall results indicate organized retail crime is very much on retailers’ minds: 94.5 percent of respondents said they had been the victim of organized retail crime.

Sophisticated technology, less staff at stores and more gang activity are all contributing to more U.S. stores being hit by organized crime, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.

Through the FBI’s Law Enforcement Online network, federal and local law enforcement will be able to directly connect to the retail industry’s Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Network, or LERPnet, a secure national database where retailers track and report retail crimes. The partnership will enable law enforcement agencies to gain central, immediate access to retail crimes ranging from counterfeiting and organized retail crime to armed robberies and smash-and-grab burglary incidents.

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