NYPD Commissioner Hails Jewelers’ Security Alliance

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, speaking at the Jewelers’ Security Alliance’s annual luncheon, hailed the JSA for its cooperation in the fight against jewelry crime.
 
Kelly noted that New York City is now the safest big city in America — and crime has fallen 21% over the last five years.
 
“That’s because of the partnerships we have created — and there could be no better model for that partnership than the cooperation we have with the Jewelers Security Alliance,” Kelly said. “The JSA contributes greatly to keeping New York a safe place to do business.”
 
He noted that losses in the jewelry industry have been cut in half in the last nine years — and JSA has been a major part of that effort.
 
“We want to thank the members of the Alliance for all their hard work,’ he added. “They are the gold standard for safety for America’s jewelry industry.”
 
JSA also gave its ninth annual James B. White Law Enforcement Award to NYPD Detective David Hoey, who has become an expert on the South American gangs that prey on the jewelry industry.
 
Among his successful industry cases have been the arrest of nearly a dozen members of a multi-state gang that burglarized mall jewelry stores, the arrest of gang members that robbed traveling jewelry salespersons, and the arrest of a suspect selling jewelry on ebay that had been stolen from traveling salesperson.
 
The second annual JSA Industry Service Award went to Ronald R. Harder, chief executive officer of  the Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, who is retiring later this year.