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About JSA in the Media
 
"Smash and Grab robberies on the rise." (The Journal News)
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"U.S. Jewelry Crime Report Notes Positive Trends." (Rapaport, Diamonds.Net)
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"Arrest for jewelry crimes hit record level." (National Jeweler Online)
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"Jewelry Crime Falls as Police Make More Arrests." Review of Jewelers' Security Alliance U.S. crime statistics for the first six months of 2014. Arrests of suspects in the first six months of 2014 who attacked the jewelry industry increased 77% compared to the previous year. (JCK Online)
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FEATURED CRIME VIDEO

SUSPECTS UNABLE TO SMASH SHOWCASES WITH LAMINATED GLASSHuntsville, AL – May 28, 2014
Three black male suspects entered a retail jewelry store and attempted to smash watch showcases with hammers. However, the showcases had laminated glass that did not break after many blows of the hammers. When the suspects realized that they would not be able to smash into the showcases, they left the store without taking any merchandise.RECOMMENDATION: Showcases with high-security glass can prevent losses from smash and grab attacks.

SUSPECT ROBS HOUSTON, TX
RETAIL STORE AT CLOSING
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The black male suspect pictured above broke in the back door of a retail store in Houston, TX on August 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at closing. He held four store employees at gunpoint who were removing merchandise from the showcases and took a large quantity of gold chain and diamond rings. The suspect is described as 5’10”, with a dark complexion and a beard.
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BLACK FEMALE SUSPECT PICTURED IN JSA EMAIL CRIME ALERT DATED 07/29/14 HAS BEEN ARRESTED – TWO HISPANIC FEMALES STILL AT LARGE
A black female who had been carrying out in-store credit frauds, was arrested in a retail jewelry store in the Providence, RI area on August 2, 2014. The suspect was recognized by the jeweler from the JSA Crime Alert of July 29, 2014 while she was in the store applying for in-store credit. The police were called, the Alert was shown, and the suspect was arrested. It is reported that an Hispanic female who was an accomplice had been in the store shortly before the black female entered, but had left. One Hispanic female who is also an accomplice is believed to have committed a credit fraud at a jewelry store in Allentown, PA in June 2014, and all three participated in an in-store credit fraud in Lancaster, PA on the same day in June 2014. At the time of Lancaster fraud they were driving in a Silver Honda with a PA plate that came back as stolen.

TWO IN-STORE CREDIT FRAUD SUSPECTS ARRESTED
Textbook case of information sharing by JSA, local crime networks, jewelers, industry partners and police
Greensboro, NC and Houston, TX – July 11, 2014

Within two hours of each other on Friday, July 11, two suspects were arrested in a case involving an Asian in-store credit fraud gang. JSA had included pictures of these suspects in JSA Email Crime Alerts dated May 2, 2014 and July 9, 2014 based on information provided to JSA. The JSA Alert information was forwarded by the North Carolina Jewelers Association in a Security Alert to its members on July 9. NCJA is one of more than 60 local networks in the U.S. with which JSA shares information on crime against jewelers.

On July 10 an Asian suspect appeared in a store in Charlotte, NC and was approved for $18,000 in-store credit to purchase a $17,000 watch. However, the jeweler recognized the suspect from the NCJA alert and declined the transaction, telling the suspect that the computers had gone down. When JSA was informed that the suspects were in NC, JSA staff telephoned many of the high-end stores in NC of the type on which these suspects focused.

On Friday afternoon, July 11, one suspect was arrested in a retail jewelry store in Charlotte, NC when the suspect was recognized from the alert information, and another suspect was arrested in a retail jewelry store in Houston, TX when the suspect was also recognized from the alert. The Texas Jewelers Security Hotline, another local network that shares crime information, has also reported in an Alert that at least one of the gang members that has not yet been apprehended was still operating in the Beaumont and Houston, TX area in the days following the Houston arrest.

LESSON: Sharing crime information is vital in preventing crimes against jewelers and having suspects arrested. The cooperative efforts of JSA, the North Carolina Jewelers Association, the Texas Jewelers Security Hotline, jewelry retailers and local police resulted in the arrests of these two suspects, and the prevention of many more crimes. This gang could be responsible for nearly $2 million in losses.

RECOMMENDATION: Other members of this gang are reported to still be active. The most important descriptive features of this gang to watch out for are: Asian gang members using California driver’s licenses to apply for in-store credit to buy a high-end watch. Examine the driver’s license or other identification very, very carefully, including both the front and back, decline the sale and call police if you suspect fraud.

SUSPECT IN WHEELCHAIR LEAPS UP AND RUNS WITH HIGH-END WATCH
Stamford, CT – August 2, 2014

A warrant has been issued for a black male suspect named Larry Johnson, born 11/09/76 who is charged with Robbery 2nd degree, Larceny 1st degree and Assault 2nd degree. The suspect entered a mall retail jewelry store in a wheelchair at 2:43 p.m. on a Saturday. He asked to look at various high-end watches. He placed the last watch shown on his wrist, backed up his wheelchair, stood up and ran from the store. A security guard attempted to stop him and the suspect sprayed him with mace. The suspect then made his escape into the mall where he was lost. The suspect is described as 5’10”-6’1”, stocky build, 40-50 years old, with acne scars on the left side of his neck, and a small scar on the back of his left hand. Witnesses stated that he was wearing earbuds and appeared to be speaking with someone via a blue-tooth device during the incident. If you have information, contact Sgt. P. diSpagna of the Stamford Police Department at 203-977-5828 or Sgt. Anthony Lupinacci at 203-977-4420.

BURGLARY OF RETAIL JEWELRY STORE THROUGH NEIGHBORING BARBERSHOP
Las Vegas, NV - August 10, 2014

Burglars entered a retail jewelry store through a barbershop which was adjacent to the jewelry store. The burglars got into the store's polishing room where the safe is located, and drilled into the safe. The suspects took inventory, customers' jewelry and layaways. The suspects also unplugged the store's video surveillance system.

For recommendations on burglary protection, see the bottom of this homepage.

JEWELER KIDNAPPED AT HOME, TAKEN BACK TO STORE
Greece, NY – August 6, 2014


UPDATE! THREE SUSPECTS ARRESTED ON 8/19/14.

At 5:00 p.m. two armed suspects forced their way into an apartment, having followed a male jeweler home from the store where he worked. The jeweler was hit on the head, bound with duct tape and put into one of the apartment’s bedrooms. The suspects then waited for the jeweler’s wife (who works in the same store as the husband) and adult son to arrive home. They bound both of them with tape. A third suspect entered the home on Thursday morning, and the suspects took the family’s car at 8:30 a.m. and went to the store where both the husband and wife worked. At this point the suspects had the store keys and the alarm codes. The suspects waited for the mall to open and then burglarized the store. Police are still searching for the family’s gray, four-door 2013 Honda Accord.

RECOMMENDATION: See the bottom of this homepage for information entitled “Security for Jewelers at Home,” regarding crime prevention advice related to home invasions of jewelers.

THREE SUSPECTS SMASH SHOWCASES AT MALL STORE
White Plains, NY - August 17, 2014

Three black male suspects carrying hammers entered a retail jewelry store in a high-end mall at 11:30 a.m. on a Sunday. The suspects smashed showcases and were confronted by an armed guard in plain clothes who struggled with them. The guard fell through a plate glass window but was not seriously hurt. The suspects, who escaped with seven high-end watches, are described as between 25 and 30-years-old. If you have information, contact the White Plains Police Department Detective Division at 914-422-6200 or 914-422-6223

CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE FOR JEWELERS

TOP TEN COSTLY SECURITY MISTAKES MADE BY JEWELERS
1. Leaving showcases open during a sales presentation, or leaving keys in the showcase lock. This can allow a sneak theft or a distraction to occur.

2. Showing more than one item at a time, which can lead to a large grab and run loss.

3. Shipping merchandise to unknown customers in credit card transactions without careful scrutiny of the circumstances, and without taking steps to confirm the identity of the buyer.

4.Leaving out merchandise in showcases overnight, or covering display cases with cloth.

5. Not having line security for an alarm system.

6. Not having full alarm protection covering the roof, sidewalls, restrooms and all areas of the premises.

7. Having a TL-15 or TL-30 safe, which can be easily entered by burglars with commonly available tools.

8. Keeping high-end watch or diamond merchandise in showcases made of ordinary glass, rather than made of a high security, laminated glass product.

9. Failing to properly maintain cameras, or to have the cameras positioned so high that they record the tops of suspects’ heads. Cameras need to be at eye level on entrance or exit. Good video evidence not only greatly improves police investigations and the possibility of recovery, but also provides solid evidence for insurance purposes.

10. Leaving merchandise in an unattended vehicle.

BURGLARY PREVENTION RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Jewelers should confirm with their alarm company that their alarm set-up will provide protection from entry from the roof, side walls and all possible points of entry, in addition to doors and windows.

2. All jewelry premises need line security for their alarm system, and need to test their system from time to time.

3. Police and jewelers must respond to all alarm signals, and examination of only the ground floor doors and windows is not sufficient. The roof, sidewalls and all possible points of entry must be examined, including through neighboring premises. Rooftop burglars have come through the roof in mall locations as well as in other types of locations, and many jewelry stores have been entered by breaking through sidewalls after gaining entry to an adjacent store from the roof of that adjacent store.

4. Do not position a safe on an outside wall or a wall of a neighboring office or store that would allow burglars to break through a wall and penetrate the safe without even entering the jeweler’s premises.

5. TL-15 and TL-30 rated safes and not adequate protection from today’s burglars, who can purchase inexpensive cutting devices from Home Depot or Lowe’s that can cut into and penetrate these safes.

6. Don’t leave merchandise out at night in showcases.

7. Don't cover showcases when closed with cloth or other material. It is safer when potential burglars case your store to see empty, exposed showcases rather than covered showcases.

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