Report: Jewelry Crime Hits New Low in ’04

here were only three murders connected with the jewelry business in 2004, the lowest number in over 25 years, according to the new annual report of the Jewelers' Security Alliance. There were 11 in 2003 and 16 in 2002. In addition, jewelry-crime losses among U.S. jewelers and traveling salespeople fell in 2004, says JSA. "JSA is pleased by the continued decline in crime," said JSA president John Kennedy. "However, as these statistics show, we still have a long way to go." The report itself notes, "The jewelry industry is still very dangerous." Already, there are signs the trend may not continue: at press time, there were four jewelry-related fatalaties (two of whom were robbers) in 2005, Kennedy said. The report says total crime losses suffered by U.S. jewelry firms in 2004 were $109.2 million (at cost), a 16.4 percent drop. On-premises crimes (including robbery, burglary, and th

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