JSA: Jewelry crime declined in 2000

In the year 2000, the JSA recorded $117.9 million in losses due to crime, a 12.1% drop from the total of $134.1 million in 1999. Homicides connected to jewelry crime continued to decline sharply, dropping to the lowest total in more than 20 years. There were nine jewelry-related homicides in 2000, compared to 15 in 1999 and 31 in 1991.

In addition, attacks on traveling salespeople and couriers dropped sharply as well, from 323 incidents in 1999 to 180 in 2000. This is a 44.2% decline. The average off-premises loss was $364,000 last year. 

These are some of the results of the just released Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) 2000 Annual Crime Report, detailing crime against the jewelry industry in the United States.

 The 24-page booklet includes a new six-page directory of firms providing security products and services for the jewelry industry. 

In on-premises crime, there was an increase of 12.5% in dollar value, from $57.6 million in 1999 to $64.8 million last year. Robbery loss amounts increased 16%, loss from thefts increased 37.6%. (JSA defines robberies as taking property by force or fear, burglaries as entering premises after closing with intent to commit a crime, and theft as taking property without force or fear, including such activities as fraud and gem switches.) 

The report, with a cover price of $25, is available from the Jewelers Security Alliance, 6 E. 45th St., New York, NY 10017; (800) 537-0067 or (212) 687-0328.