Crime Is Down
Both on- and off-premises attacks decrease
Jewelry industry crimes dropped sharply in the first nine months of 2003 compared with the same period of 2002, according to preliminary statistics released by the Jewelers Security Alliance.
Total on-premises crimes including robberies, burglaries and thefts from retailers, manufacturers and suppliers fell 17%, from 1,117 incidents in the first nine months of 2002 to 920. Off-premises crimes against traveling jewelry salespeople and others decreased 23%, from 180 incidents to 138.
If current trends continue, we are heading for the lowest number of crimes against the jewelry industry in at least 15 years, says John J. Kennedy, president of JSA. Kennedy says the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement have never been more active in investigating jewelry crimes and arresting suspects.
JSA joined by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., Rolex and other companies encouraged these efforts through lobbying, information-sharing and education. Jewelers also are following more careful security procedures and joining in local anticrime networks, says Kennedy. Courts also are taking jewelry industry cases more seriously and handing down tougher sentences.
by Peggy Jo Donahue