Federal agents announced the creation of a new task force aimed at combating growing organized retail theft in South Florida, a market that ranks fourth in the U.S. for retail theft activity. New efforts are needed to fight thieves' increasingly sophisticated tactics, said Rich Mellor, NRF's VP for loss prevention. "All of those things we did a year ago to protect our merchandise suddenly is old. The criminals are beating us at the game so we have to develop new initiatives such as pushing for task forces like this one," he said.

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