September 20, 1999
Week To Heighten Crime Awareness
The Jewelers Security Alliance and a coalition of jewelry companies and associations named Nov. 1-7 "Jewelry Industry Crime Awareness Week" to encourage industry members to contact congressional representatives urging more help from federal law enforcement agencies.
In the first six months of 1999, there were 170 attacks by South American gangs on traveling jewelry salespeople and trunk and remount show personnel, according to JSA President John Kennedy. Reported losses from these robberies were $43 million, 50% higher than the first half of 1998. "The danger from South American gangs is out of control," says Kennedy. "Unless there is a serious law enforcement response to these gangs, particularly by the FBI, the future of many firms in the jewelry industry is threatened."
Sample letters to congressional representatives will be available through JSA (jsa.polygon.net), trade associations and the Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. newsletter (www.jewelersmutual.com). To contact your U.S. senator or representative, visit www.visi.com/juan/congress to search for names and e-mail addresses by state. You can also contact your state's officials at the U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510, (202) 224-3121, and U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515, (202) 225-3121.
- by William H. Donahue Jr.