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Jewelry Store Crime Is Down In ’16, JSA Reports

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Improved security, information sharing cited as key reasons.

Crime is down at jewelry stores in the first six months of the year, Insurance Journal reports, citing numbers from the Jewelers’ Security Alliance. The article says the costs associated with burglary and robbery at jewelry stores went from $33.2 million to $30.8 million in the period, and the number of reported crimes went from 562 to 528. According to alliance president John Kennedy, the improved numbers owe to improved security measures and better sharing of information, in addition to good work by law enforcement agencies.

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