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California Retailers Association fighting for additional retail crime task forces: 'It's not letting up'
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The California Retailers Association (CRA) is pushing for more organized retail crime task forces in Northern California in an attempt to quell organized crime rings attacking retailers of all sizes.
CRA President Rachel Michelin told FOX Business that the association is seeking funding for two additional task forces – one in Sacramento, which is one of the top 10 cities with the most organized retail crime, and one for the Central Valley region.
There are three task forces in the state. The Southern Division encompasses the greater Los Angeles area, the Border Division encompasses Orange and San Diego counties, and the Golden Gate Division encompasses the Bay Area, according to the CRA.
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The CRA is seeking additional funding, so all five of the task forces would be able to work alongside local law enforcement to make sure smaller retailers are also being protected.
"What we know is that in addition for every national retailer you see hit, there are small retailers that are … also victims of these crimes," Michelin said.