By  on June 8, 2011

WASHINGTON — The number of retailers victimized by organized retail crime rose 6 percent in the past year, as merchants cut back on staffing levels and online avenues trafficking the stolen merchandise continued to expand, a National Retail Federation survey said.

The top five cities targeted by criminal gangs were Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Chicago and Houston, according to Joe LaRocca, senior asset protection adviser at the NRF. The survey also noted that the current economic environment, which is “ripe with consumers looking for low prices,” contributed to the increase.

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