JSA: 2005 Sees ‘Progress’ on Crime

After jewelry crime hit record lows in 2004, it held steady in 2005 and in some areas showed improvement, according to the Jewelers’ Security Alliance’s yearly roundup of crime statistics. The most important statistic—overall crime events—was down 5 percent in 2005, to 1,275, from 1,342 in 2004. “I see a lot of good trends,” says JSA president John Kennedy. “Crime has come down from out-of-control levels to levels that are more manageable. I see a lot more law enforcement, more arrests, more people sharing information on suspects and crime. It seems things are moving in the right direction.” The report did have some discouraging news: Overall dollar losses jumped 2.1 percent to $111.5 million, from $109.2 million in 2004. “The bad news is that some people did lose a lot of money,” Kennedy says. “It may be that the dumber crooks and criminals have been arrest

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