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Good News on the Crime Front It's too soon to declare victory, but the jewelry industry appears to be on a strong winning streak against crime. Robberies of jewelry stores plummeted 42% through the first 10 months of 1998 compared with figures for the same period in 1997 (158 vs. 274), and even losses by salespersons are down. The sharp decline in robberies, says JSA president John Kennedy, is too big to be a statistical aberration or simply part of an overall decline in crimes. Instead, he says, it shows the impact in recent years of more aggressive enforcement by police, the FBI, and other agencies against professional gangs and individual crooks. Supporting that optimistic view, he says, are “a couple of interesting phenomena.” JSA now has trouble getting “Wanted” bulletins on jewelry crooks because the criminals are “being caught more quickly, after two or three robbe
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