Space-Age Security for Jewelers

Jewelers are bringing new, high-tech weapons—some borrowed from the war against terrorism—to their ongoing battle against thieves and robbers. Designed to frustrate crooks and strengthen store security, some are so new that they're just now coming on the market. "This is really space-age stuff," says John Kennedy, president of Jewelers Security Alliance, referring to new products shown at JSA's recent security seminar for retail jewelry chains. "And they pay off not only in increased security, but in other business ways, too." Recent advances also are extending or enhancing security for those who couldn't get it previously. There's more use of cellular phone technology as insurance-required back-up for alarm lines, for instance, and high-speed connectivity to the Internet and to cable via satellites for use in remote areas with little or no coverage by traditional alarm services

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