Information Sharing and Excellent Police Work Continue to Drive Down Crime
Against the Jewelry Industry
New York, NY – Jewelers’ Security Alliance has released its 2015 Annual
Crime Report covering crime against the jewelry industry in the U.S. The total
number of crimes against the industry decreased from 1,381 in 2014 to 1,177 in
2015, a decrease of 14.7%. Total dollar losses also decreased from $77.8 million
in 2014 to $69.3 million in 2015, a decrease of 10.9%.
Other highlights from the Report include the following:
1. Due to excellent work by the FBI and local law enforcement agencies, there
were arrests of two major smash and grab robbery gangs in the first half of
2015. As a result of these arrests, there were half as many smash and grab
robberies in the second half of 2015 (24) as in the first half of 2015 (48). For
the full year 2015, smash and grab robberies numbered 72 compared to 110 in
2. Due to excellent work by the FBI and local law enforcement agencies, there
was an arrest of a major rooftop burglary gang. As a result of the arrest of
this gang, the number of burglaries in which the criminals entered from the roof
decreased from 36 in 2014 to 19 in 2015, a decrease of 47.2%.
3. The number of jewelers killed in crimes against jewelry firms was two in 2015
compared to three in 2014, and the number of jewelers who were the victims of
nonfatal shots declined from 15 in 2014 to 3 in 2015, an 80% decline.
4. The long term decline in dollar losses from crimes against jewelry firms in
the U.S. has amounted to a 63.2% decline since 1998 in 2015 inflation adjusted
dollars, and a 22.5% decline in the last five years.
JSA President John Kennedy said, “While the diamond, jewelry and watch industry
is still a dangerous business, nevertheless, the long term trend in jewelry
crime is still firmly down. The significant decline that JSA has seen in crime
is due to the greater sharing of crime information within the industry and with
law enforcement, and from the terrific cooperation that the industry receives
from the FBI and local law enforcement agencies.”
The full report is available on the JSA website at:
http://www.jewelerssecurity.org/pdf/2015 Stats with charts.pdf
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
John J. Kennedy, President
Jewelers' Security Alliance
6 East 45th Street (#1305)
New York, NY 10017 USA
212-687-0328 or 1-800-537-0067
The Jewelers' Security Alliance (JSA) is a non-profit trade association
providing crime prevention information and services to the jewelry industry. JSA,
founded in 1883, has 20,000 member locations and works closely with the FBI and
law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S.