February 1998


Technology provides new ammunition in the war on crime

by John J. Kennedy, president Jewelers' Security Alliance

Many people are familiar with Lojack, a signaling device that permits police to track and recover stolen cars. Demand for a Lojack-like device for the jewelry industry is growing, and one enterprising company is trying to fill that need.

Silent Siren uses a technology that has proven successful in the banking industry and now has been applied to jewelry theft and robberies. A signaling device is stored inconspicuously in a jewelry tray at a retail store or in a salesperson's case. When the device is stolen, a secret electronic signal is set off so police can follow and locate the suspects and goods. Often, the short time before a criminal discards a case is long enough for effective response.

Costs range from $67-$99 per month. The tracking network is up and running only in certain cities and areas, but it's growing. Contact Larry Johnson, Silent Siren, 2864 Steph-anie, Suite 100, Hurst, TX 76054; (817) 577-1333.

Another tested product, used extensively in the banking industry and by a mammoth jewelry retailer, is the security tray electronic protection system. When a normal-looking jewelry tray is removed from the store, a small device inside explodes with red dye and smoke within a short time, forcing the criminals to abandon the goods. There have been a number of significant recoveries in jewelry crimes as a result of this product.

Contact Mike Grajewski, ICI Security Systems, P.O. Box 819, Valley Forge, PA 19482; (610) 666-8656.

Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.


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