JSA Lobbies for New Task Force

The Jewelers Security Alliance has resumed lobbying the federal government on behalf of the industry's anti-jewelry crime coalition. JSA suspended lobbying after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and delayed resumption while the FBI reorganized to focus on homeland security. This year, JSA is modifying its lobbying strategy, says JSA president John J. Kennedy. First, it will urge the FBI to create a task force in the Southeast to fight robberies of traveling jewelry salespeople by South American gangs. Thefts are rising due to—ironically—a two-year crackdown by the FBI and local law enforcement officials on theft gangs in California, especially Los Angeles. The gangs have moved elsewhere, especially to the Southeast. The areas most affected are Texas, Florida, North and South Carolina, and the Atlanta area. Second, JSA won't lobby Congress this year for more resources for the FBI's

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