The Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JCA) annual tally of industry-related crime has some disturbing numbers to share: although the number of crimes against the industry fell to 1,381, from 1,414 in 2014, total dollar losses rose 17% to $77.8 million, according to JCK Online.
According to the report, more crimes occurred at mall-based jewelers in 2014 than at any other type of store. Smash-and-grab robberies - which involve breaking open a locked case - remain a growing problem, with the number soaring 77% in 2014. Guns were displayed in only 36.5% of robberies, down from 65% in 2013.
In general, law enforcement has become more involved in stopping jewelry criminals, with arrests soaring to 694 last year, an impressive 64.5% increase.