The Most Preventable Crime

If you could prevent someone from stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from your store, would you do it? Of course, you say. Then why don't more jewelers do that? Three-minute burglaries (3MB) cost jewelers millions annually, yet they're the most preventable [jewelry] crime that isn't being prevented, says John J. Kennedy, president of Jewelers' Security Alliance. In three-minute burglaries, thieves break into a store through a glass window or door, steal merchandise left in display cases or show windows, and flee in three minutes or less—and in many cases, in less than a minute. "These crooks never go after the safe, and they don't worry about setting off an alarm, because they're gone before the police or alarm company can respond," notes Kennedy. Frequency. Three-minute burglaries are the most frequent crimes against jewelers, representing two-thirds to three-fourths

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