Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI) is combining its public safety and retail technology to assist the Cook County Regional Organized Crime (CCROC) task force in ongoing efforts to combat organized crime, including retail theft. The National Retail Federation estimates businesses are losing up to $30 billion each year to organized retail crime. CCROC is a task force of law enforcement and retail partners formed by the State’s Attorney’s Office in 2010 to battle the escalating crimes of organized retail theft and fencing in the Chicago metropolitan area. CCROC is unveiling a new strategic operations training center, which will serve as the main crime information hub for the task force. JCPenney is donating the 5,500 square-foot facility located in the North Riverside, Ill. Mall, which will house law enforcement offices for various police departments, government agencies and retailers for the purpose of hands-on training and collaboration.
The center will utilize technology from Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center solution, which was introduced earlier this year, to bring together streaming video, incident and criminal complaints, access to arrest records, photographs, multi-media inputs and more. All this data – which currently resides in separate databases – can be integrated together by CCROC to provide crime solving intelligence in seconds instead of hours or even days as done today. The Real-Time Crime Center solution correlates the data into intelligence to help curb crime as it happens, aid in longer-term investigations and potentially increase both arrest and prosecution rates. Situational awareness made available with Motorola’s Real-Time Crime Center solution is made actionable with the integration of a radio console to enable real-time direct voice communications with officers in the field and real-time video streaming to a vehicle or handheld device over existing carrier or private wireless networks.
Stolen merchandise such as razors, alcohol, baby formula or cologne is typically “fenced” through brick and mortar businesses or online. Shutting down these operations is often a time-consuming and difficult process. With the help of the Real-Time Crime Center solution, retailers and law enforcement officers can work together quickly and easily to apprehend the “boosters” who steal from the stores as well as identify and shut down large fencing organizations and criminal enterprises.