Crime Watch

SECURITY CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON CRIME REDUCTION More than 100 jewelry retailers and manufacturers, insurers and law enforcement authorities put their heads together at the recent Jewel and Gem Conference to discuss ways to reduce crime. The three-day conference was sponsored by Zale Corp., Sterling Inc., the Jewelers' Security Alliance and the Gemological Institute of America. "I've been in retail my entire career and I'm still amazed at the cooperation within our industry to fight crime," says Robert DiNicola, chairman and chief executive officer of Zale Corp. "There's strength in numbers, and we're certainly stronger when our efforts are unified." The conference featured seminars in how to track and identify stolen jewelry, recognize real and fake gems and discern individual gem characteristics. Included were demonstrations of new technologies that link retailers with law enforcem

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