Organized retail theft (shoplifting) costs retailers and honest citizens in Pima County more than $5.91 million a year. A recent study by the National Retail Federation documents that for the first time ever 100% of retailers say they were victims of organized retail theft in 2016.

Organized retail theft is not a desperate mother in poverty stealing food for her family. Organized retail thieves steal to convert the items they steal into cash. Theft is a way of life for them, and it is costing retailers and citizens of Pima County $5.9 million a year. Law enforcement experts believe 80% of those who engage in organized retail theft do so because of drug addiction.

To fight back, the Tucson Metro Chamber brought together retailers, law enforcement and prosecutors to form the Coalition Against Retail Theft (CART). CART has worked tirelessly to create the We Watch, We Prosecute campaign to educate retailers, consumers and perpetrators about our community’s intolerance for organized retail theft.

Barbara LaWall Headshot -FB-6.16.14“Organized shoplifters are professional thieves who make money by stealing merchandise and reselling it, severely victimizing all of us. The annual losses from organized retail theft are staggering. We pay for this crime in higher prices and enormous loss of tax revenue. Now Pima County law enforcement, prosecutors and merchants are combining forces and working together to combat this insidious threat to our community.”

— Barbara LaWall, Pima County Attorney

We Watch, We Prosecute is a collaborative effort to increase cooperation between retailers, law enforcement and prosecutors to:

  • Raise awareness of the retail theft problem
  • Increase the tools retailers have to identify and help prosecute organized retail thieves
  • Change state law to enable local prosecutors to convert more misdemeanors into felonies to get organized retail thieves off the street, make our communities safer places to live and lower crime rates

Joe Kopelic.“Frys Food Stores are part of our community, strive to support low prices for our customers and in doing so, work diligently with the Pima County prosecutors and all law enforcement agencies by participating in the “We Watch, We Prosecute” program. We have visual aids in retail stores to encourage and remind all honest consumers to help to curb organized retail theft. Our stores, our neighbors, our neighborhoods, working together for safe and crime free neighborhoods.”

— Joe Kopelic, Frys Food Store

Retailers who participate in a We Watch, We Prosecute workshops receive information about how they can participate with police and prosecutors to identify and convict my offenders. The program also includes a variety of free visual reminders for retail stores to remind honest consumers they are helping to curb organized retail theft and to remind potential offenders that they take this crime seriously.

Attend a We Watch, We Prosecute workshop to learn techniques to combat organized retail theft, protect your store and make customers feel safe.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Retailers are encouraged to attend workshops within their jurisdiction/part of the community in order to establish a direct relationship with the law enforcement personnel assigned to them.  Doing so also expands relationships between retailers in the same areas.

Retailers who attend a CART workshop will learn best practices to reduce retail theft and will receive:

  • A certificate of completion
  • CART and We Watch, We Prosecute stickers for their doors
  • A copy of the Retail Theft Incident Report document preferred by law enforcement

Certifications will be distributed by location, not by company to encourage attendance by store managers not just company executives.  The participation from in-store loss prevention and front line employees is crucial to the success of the We Watch, We Prosecute program.

February 28
1:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Department Westside
1310 W. Miracle Mile

March 1
10:00 a.m.
Marana Police Department
11555 W. Civic Center Dr. (Council Chambers)

March 7
10:00 a.m.
Tucson Police Operations Division South
945 E. Ohio (Tucson Police Evidence Building)

March 9
2:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Operations East
9670 E. Golf Links Rd. (Rincon Substation Public Meeting Room)

March 15
1:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Department Midtown
1100 S. Alvernon Way

March 28
1:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Department Westside
1310 W. Miracle Mile

April 4
10:00 a.m.
Tucson Police Operations Division South
945 E. Ohio (Tucson Police Evidence Building)

April 13
2:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Operations East
9670 E. Golf Links Rd. (Rincon Substation Public Meeting Room)

April 19
1:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Department Midtown
1100 S. Alvernon Way

May 2
10:00 a.m.
Tucson Police Operations Division South
945 E. Ohio (Tucson Police Evidence Building)

May 11
2:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Operations East
9670 E. Golf Links Rd. (Rincon Substation Public Meeting Room)

May 17
1:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Department Midtown
1100 S. Alvernon Way

June 1
10:00 a.m.
Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library
7800 N. Schisler Dr., Marana

June 6
10:00 a.m.
Tucson Police Operations Division South
945 E. Ohio (Tucson Police Evidence Building)

June 8
2:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Operations East
9670 E. Golf Links Rd. (Rincon Substation Public Meeting Room)

June 21
1:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Department Midtown
1100 S. Alvernon Way

July 13
2:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Operations East
9670 E. Golf Links Rd. (Rincon Substation Public Meeting Room)

July 19
1:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Department Midtown
1100 S. Alvernon Way

August 8
10:00 a.m.
Tucson Police Operations Division South
945 E. Ohio (Tucson Police Evidence Building)

August 10
2:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Operations East
9670 E. Golf Links Rd. (Rincon Substation Public Meeting Room)

August 16
1:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Department Midtown
1100 S. Alvernon Way

September 1
10:00 a.m.
Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library
7800 N. Schisler Dr., Marana

September 5
10:00 a.m.
Tucson Police Operations Division South
945 E. Ohio (Tucson Police Evidence Building)

September 14
2:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Operations East
9670 E. Golf Links Rd. (Rincon Substation Public Meeting Room)

September 20
1:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Department Midtown
1100 S. Alvernon Way

October 3
10:00 a.m.
Tucson Police Operations Division South
945 E. Ohio (Tucson Police Evidence Building)

October 12
2:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Operations East
9670 E. Golf Links Rd. (Rincon Substation Public Meeting Room)

October 18
1:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Department Midtown
1100 S. Alvernon Way

November 7
10:00 a.m.
Tucson Police Operations Division South
945 E. Ohio (Tucson Police Evidence Building)

November 9
2:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Operations East
9670 E. Golf Links Rd. (Rincon Substation Public Meeting Room)

November 15
1:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Department Midtown
1100 S. Alvernon Way

December 1
10:00 a.m.
Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library
7800 N. Schisler Dr., Marana

December 5
10:00 a.m.
Tucson Police Operations Division South
945 E. Ohio (Tucson Police Evidence Building)

December 14
2:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Operations East
9670 E. Golf Links Rd. (Rincon Substation Public Meeting Room)

December 19
1:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Department Midtown
1100 S. Alvernon Way

CONTACTS

Marana Police Department
David Danielson
ddanielson@maranaaz.gov
520-386-2051

Pima County Sheriff
Bruce Westberg
bruce.westberg@sheriff.pima.gov
520-351-4938

Sahuarita Police Department
Juan Zamora
jzamora@sahuaritaaz.gov
520-344-7000

Tucson Police Department – East
Frank Amado
frank.amado@tucsonaz.gov
520-837-7165

Tucson Police Department – Midtown
Nick Droban
nicholas.droban@tucsonaz.gov
520-837-7193

Tucson Police Department – West
Robert Dobell
robert.dobell@tucsonaz.gov
520-837-7224

Tucson Police Department – South
Mike Kishbaugh
michael.kishbaugh@tucsonaz.gov
520-837-2864