Crime Watch

THREE-MINUTE BURGLARIES CAN BE REDUCED, SAYS JSA Leaving jewelry in showcases overnight is "inviting burglars to break into your store," warns a Jewelers' Security Alliance bulletin on three-minute burglaries. "If they can see it from outside, they will try to steal it!" Three-minute burglars - so-called because of the amount of time it takes to break in, grab the merchandise and leave - can range from youth gang members and drug addicts to professional burglars. They smash a door or window to get in, then smash showcases to get the merchandise. In 1994, they accounted for almost half (46%) of all burglaries recorded by JSA. Most of the burglaries occurred, says JSA, because jewelers didn't take time to put away all merchandise. JSA recommends these simple procedures to guard against three-minute burglaries: Never leave merchandise visible overnight, regardless of val

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