Security Coalition Reaches ‘Critical Stage’

In its battle against vicious South American theft gangs, a security coalition comprising representatives of all sectors of the jewelry industry has racked up some initial successes in the past year and a half. The FBI and local law-enforcement agencies have made a number of arrests. There’s strong congressional support for more funding for jewelry crime enforcement. And there were fewer robberies of traveling salespeople in the first five months of 2000 than in the same period in 1999. But the battle has just begun, say members of the coalition. “Our strategy seems to be working, but there is still a very difficult road ahead,” says John J. Kennedy, president of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA), which organized the coalition. The most important goal now is congressional approval of $2 million for 10 FBI agents devoted solely to jewelry crime investigations. “We’re a
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