JSA Asks FBI for Help in Southeast

The Jewelers Security Alliance has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to create a new task force to fight a sharp increase in on-the-road jewelry robberies in the Southeast. JSA officials made the formal request on behalf of the anti-jewelry-crime coalition (composed of major retailers, suppliers, and trade associations) at a late summer meeting with FBI officials. JSA suggested the task force be based in Atlanta, Ga. A reply from the FBI was expected by this month. JSA president John Kennedy made the announcement on July 30 at the summer meeting of the coalition's board during the Jewelers of America Show in New York City. Total robberies of traveling jewelry salespeople have risen sharply in the first six months of 2001, according to JSA data. There were 120 reported incidents through June 30, for a total loss of $21 million, most of them by South American theft gangs oper

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