Vendors, Retailers to Cooperate on Security

A grassroots effort has been launched to combat crime in the jewelry industry by encouraging cooperation between retail jewelers and traveling salespersons. The effort began during the Jewelers Executive Conference, held in April in Overland Park, Kan., when a group of about 20 retailers, vendors, and industry and insurance executives met to create a checklist of basic steps to reduce crime against salespeople on the road (see sidebars). Leo Anglo, manager of Vincent’s Jewelers in Creve Coeur, Mo., organized the meeting and created the checklist after consulting the insurance companies, Jewelers’ Security Alliance, and other organizations. Anglo noted that the kinds of criminals who prey on traveling salespersons are often violent. Salesmen have suffered injuries and loss of life during these thefts. Anglo later told JCK that Jewelers Mutual would duplicate the checklist on c

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