New Ways to Fight Crime

A loaded handgun, cell phone, silent alarm button, remote beeper to open and close the front door, and CCTV monitor share space with a sink and a toilet in the bathroom of Paul’s jewelry store in a suburb of Chicago. After being locked inside his bathroom during two robberies, Paul—who requested that his full name not be used—is taking no chances. His reaction is understandable. Still, turning your bathroom or even your entire store into a fortress is no protection against crime. “No matter what precautions you take, even if your bathroom resembles the back of a S.W.A.T. truck, you are always at risk when you work in a jewelry store,” says John J. Kennedy, president of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance in New York. Just since 1984, nearly 200 jewelers have lost their lives in store shootings, and the number of robberies shows no signs of slackening. To lessen the odds of yo
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