Crime against the U.S. jewelry industry dropped "sharply" in the first nine months of the year, says a report by the Jewelers' Security Alliance. "The results for 2003's nine months are very encouraging," says JSA president John Kennedy. "If current trends continue, we're heading for the lowest number of crimes against the jewelry industry in 15 years. While it's still dangerous to be a jeweler, I believe the industry is making very significant headway in reducing the scourge of jewelry crime." The total number of "off-premises crimes"—i.e., crimes against traveling salesmen and all other crimes not committed on jewelry premises—fell 23% through Sept. 30, from 180 incidents in 2002 to 138 this year. The total number of on-premises crimes—including robberies, burglaries, and thefts from retailers, suppliers, and manufacturers—dropped 17.6%, from 1,117 in 2002 to 920 this year.