War in the Streets of L.A.

“Los Angeles is the eye of the storm, the epicenter, for jewelry crime in the United States. It’s the most dangerous place in the country for the job you’re in.” And so John Kennedy, president of Jewelers’ Security Alliance, opened a recent security seminar for 50 traveling sales representatives in Los Angeles. For industry members who feel harassed by crime in the Southern California area, JSA Vice President Robert Frank’s summary of the situation is more hard-hitting. “It’s a war out there in the streets of Los Angeles,” he says. Of the 151 crimes against traveling jewelry sales representatives report-ed by JSA in the first seven months of 1997, 62 happened in California and all but 10 took place in Southern California. The California total was almost three times the number reported in Florida and six times those in New York state. The average loss was almost $200

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