Crimes Against Traveling Salespeople Decreased 47% In 2000, Says JSA

Robberies of traveling jewelry salespeople dropped 47% in 2000 to the lowest number since the mid-1980s, says Jewelers' Security Alliance. The good news was announced Jan. 13 at JSA's annual luncheon in New York City, which was attended by 135 jewelry industry leaders. The meeting focused on JSA's successful lobbying efforts in 2000 to increase funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's fight against jewelry crimes (see following story), the strong increase in enforcement by the FBI and local law officials, and the resulting sharp reduction in crimes against traveling salespeople. The JSA event also honored Supervisory Special Agent John Walker, head of the FBI's Jewelry and Gem Program, for raising its effectiveness "to a level never seen before." JSA president John Kennedy said there were 179 criminal attacks on traveling salespeople in 2000, almost all by South American rob

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