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
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.