Of the reported cases, the most popular methods used were theft (45% with 170 incidents), shoplifting (20% with 77 incidents) and credit card fraud (9% with 35 incidents). These three methods alone combined for a total of 282 ORC cases in the second quarter - nearly three-quarters of all reported cases.
The pie graph shows these and other various methods used in ORC cases reported by the D&D Daily in the second quarter of 2016.
* Theft categories determined by state laws and journalist.
* "Other" methods include: Check Fraud, UPC Code Switching, Coupon Fraud, Wire Fraud, ATM Skimming, Receiving Stolen Property, Bank Fraud, Trafficking, Buying/Selling Stolen Goods, Money Laundering, Online Fraud, Receipt Fraud, Skimming, Theft/Selling, Prescription Fraud, Coupon Theft, Retail Theft/Return, Trailer Theft, Food Stamp/EBT Fraud, Refund Fraud, Shipping Theft, Fuel Theft, Money Order Theft
In the first quarter of 2016, the D&D Daily released exclusive reports about ORC trends in the United States and in which direction these crimes were headed for the remainder of the year. The number of cases in 2016 appears to be on track to beat last year's figures, with ORC cases in the first half of this year surpassing those reported during the same period in 2015.
In the second quarter of 2016, the Daily reported a total of 395 cases involving 904 suspects and over $230 million. Combined with the first quarter, the yearly total of publicly reported ORC cases now stands at 763 through the first half of 2016, slightly ahead of where the numbers stood after the first half of 2015 (745 cases).
The top five cases by dollar amount reported by the Daily in the second quarter were:
Woman gets 3 years for role in $200M credit card fraud scam
9 charged with robbing 10 jewelry stores of $6 million in designer loot
Counterfeit perfume seized in major New York raid; $2.6 million operation
Police make 130 arrests in "Operation Wheels and Deals" crime bust; $2 million in stolen items
Leader of $1.2 million stolen credit-card ring gets five years in prison
The five states with the highest number of cases were:
1. Pennsylvania (35)
2. Texas (31)
3. Florida (29)
4. Illinois (29)
5. California (28)
Three of these states - Pennsylvania, Florida and California - made the top five list in the second quarter as well, while Illinois and Texas are new additions in the third quarter.
Ultimately, it's clear that ORC, whether it's the number of cases or suspects, continues to be on the rise in the United States.
Of the 904 total suspects reported in the second quarter of 2016, 441 were male and 251 were female; 212 suspects had no reported gender. The graph to the left is a gender breakdown of second-quarter suspects reported in the D&D Daily since 2012. While there has been a slight dip in reported male suspects from Q2 2015 to 2016, increases in female and unidentified suspects more than make up the difference.
Regardless of all other variables as it relates to the dollar amount reported, one fact remains: the number of cases that are reported and the number of suspects continues to rise quarter by quarter.
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