Crime Watch

COMMON SENSE CAN PREVENT THEFTS A jewelry salesman who takes his line with him to his hotel room is robbed of $250,000 in merchandise by masked men waiting for him in the hotel garage the next morning. A jeweler loses thousands of dollars of jewelry that he leaves in a bag in an unguarded "safe" area of a hotel. A salesman's jewelry line is stolen when he's distracted at the airport on his way to a show. All three incidents occurred during the summer show season, and all could have been avoided, says John Kennedy, president of the Jewelers' Security Alliance. Kennedy made his comments at a meeting of suppliers before The JCK Show in Las Vegas in June. The show, which had 2,200 exhibitors and more than 15,000 buyers, was protected by "the largest contingent of police, FBI and other security enforcement agencies ever seen at a jewelry trade show," said Kennedy. Security officers
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