RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.
Feb. 12, 2013
, a major source of information, education and collaboration in combatting
organized retail crime (ORC)
that is sponsored by
Universal Surveillance Systems LLC (USS),
will host a series of free webinars beginning
to better equip everyone engaged in combatting ORC. The semi-monthly events will feature subject matter experts who will cover current topics such as ORC trends, theft methods, prevention techniques, investigations, legislation, and how to work with law enforcement.
The first webinar will feature
Michigan State Representative Joseph Graves
who sponsored two successful 2012 Michigan House Bills,
, that make organized retail crime a felony and punishable by up to five years imprisonment, a maximum fine of
, or both.
Based on his successful bills, Graves' presentation will provide practical information on crafting and passing state ORC legislation including drafting effective but acceptable language, garnering support and overcoming challenges and opposition. In addition, he will provide suggestions on how webinar attendees can approach and work with legislators to generate similar legislation.
"Organized retail crime is a growing menace to our economy and society," said Rep. Graves. "It was my duty to sponsor legislation to protect retailers and law abiding citizens from these emboldened thieves. I hope to be able to help others duplicate my success across the nation."
, founder of StopORC.org and president and CEO of
Universal Surveillance Systems
, said, "We are fortunate to have such a knowledgeable leader not only as our first guest on our webinars, but on our side fighting against ORC."
The webinars are open only to those engaged in combatting ORC including loss prevention professionals, law enforcement officials, legislators, prosecutors, judges and security experts.