The description of GRAORCA
The GRAORCA (Georgia Retail Association Organized Retail Crime Alliance) mobile app is the official networking and information app for all GRAORCA events, including our annual Retail Crime Conference!
Our 7th Annual Retail Crime Conference is set for August 16th, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at AmericasMart in Atlanta, GA.
Key features of the app:
- View entire event schedule
- View and network with Conference Speakers
- Create a personalized schedule
- Research and network with Trade Show Exhibitors and Event Sponsors
- Take notes on sessions
- Rate sessions and provide feedback
- Access conference maps and information
- Network with other attendees during and after the event
The Georgia Retail Association Loss Prevention Council (GRALPC) was formed in 2010 after the successful passage of the Georgia Smash and Grab act. This legislation was developed, lobbied, and enacted into law as a direct result of the GRA formed coalition of Retail Loss Prevention, Corporate and Regional leaders. The GRALPC’s mission was to provide guidance to its membership and law enforcement partners in the areas of education, professional networking, legislative initiatives and community outreach.
As part of the GRALPC’s roadmap for success, establishing and maintaining an Organized Retail Crime Alliance was something the members felt was a necessary and an important step in bringing together law enforcement and retailers to help with the ever increasing challenge of Organized Retail Crime.
In 2012, the Georgia Retail Association Organized Retail Crime Alliance (GRAORCA) became a reality. Since its inception, GRAORCA membership has continued to grow and currently includes over 600 law enforcement and retail loss prevention professionals from major retailers, specialty chains, and law enforcement jurisdictions in the state of Georgia and the surrounding Region. The platform for the alliance is graorca.org, a secure website which allows approved GRAORCA members to share intelligence relating to the businesses and communities we serve. Information includes, but is not limited to, organized theft crimes, robberies, counterfeiting, check and credit fraud, prescription fraud, identify theft and other activities perpetrated by organized crime groups. The GRAORCA website not only enables members to communicate about ORC, but also saves the information in a written and mapped format, searchable by crime and suspect type. This gives all members the ability to search the website, connect cases and establish patterns and trends. In addition members may upload photographs and crime bulletins to share with the GRAORCA community. GRAORCA also holds a monthly forum to network and share intelligence, and provide enhanced training in regards to ORC.
As a result of the intelligence sharing and monthly forums, there have been multiple success stories. The majority of our successes have started with simple information sharing between retailers and resulted in multi- jurisdiction arrests and elimination of ORC groups.