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JSA Report Shows a Decrease in Crime for First Half of 2013

Criminal activity snaps up $35M in losses.
Aug 1, 2013 4:55 PM   By Sandra Mardenfeld
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RAPAPORT... Jewelry-related crime is down in the U.S., according to the Jewelers' Security Alliance (JSA), which just released its six-month preliminary crime report. Instances of robbery, burglary and theft all decreased from 2012, with $7.2 million fewer financial losses recorded in the first half.

So far, in 2013, a total of 740 cases of crime resulting in $35.3 million in losses have occurred in the industry compared with 844 instances and $41.1 million at the same six-month point in 2012.

Over the past six years, crime highs occurred in 2008 and 2009 at $48.6 million (714 cases) and $49.6 million (789 cases), respectively. In 2010 and 2011, there were  more instances of crime; however, financial losses were less,  with 810 crimes in 2010 resulting in $44.1 million of missing goods and 771 crimes in 2011 resulting in $40.3 million in losses. Theft accounts for more of the instances than burglary and robbery combined. Seven jewelers and a dozen robbers have died during these crimes since 2008.

The JSA is a non-profit trade association that offers crime prevention information and services to the jewelry industry.
Tags: burglary, crime, jewelers, JSA, robbery, Sandra Mardenfeld, theft
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