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Citizen Watch Company announces newly integrated company – Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc

Citizen Watch Company announces newly integrated company – Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc

(NEW YORK) - Citizen Watch Company, Ltd., parent of Bulova Corporation and Citizen Watch Company of America has completed the integration of the two companies into one organization, Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc. The company will do business i...

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GIA’s colorful lineup at Tucson 2017 Gem Shows

GIA’s colorful lineup at Tucson 2017 Gem Shows

Alumni party, colored stone services, unique exhibits, expert talks and more

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA’s not-to-miss activities and services will enrich the visitor experience at the 2017 Tucson Shows, including an out-of-this-world alumni event, show s...

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JA announces 2017 GEM Awards winners

JA announces 2017 GEM Awards winners

Jim Rosenheim receives Lifetime Achievement and Grace Fuller, Kay® Jewelers, Lucia Silvestri for BVLGARI and Patek Philippe win

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, h...

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New and unique, Love Universe hits the market with broad appeal

New and unique, Love Universe hits the market with broad appeal

Voyager Brands’ new line targets customers from teens to grandmothers

(AUSTIN, Tex.) - Something new, different, random, abstract - that’s Voyager Brands’ new Love Universe collection of earrings, rings, pendants, small necklaces and bracelets. It’s fu...

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Female wounded warrior finds passion, career and calling in jewelry

Female wounded warrior finds passion, career and calling in jewelry

There are many paths to finding the right career. Most are predictable, but sometimes the path becomes clear only through adversity. Richard Branson, whose net worth of $4.9 billion makes him nearly 10 times wealthier than Queen Elizabeth II, dropped...

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Citizen Watch Company announces newly integrated company – Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc

4 DAYS AGO
Citizen Watch Company announces newly integrated company – Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc

(NEW YORK) - Citizen Watch Company, Ltd., parent of Bulova Corporation and Citizen Watch Company of America has completed the integration of the two companies into one organization, Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc. The company will do business in the Trade as Citizen Watch America.

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Jewelers of Louisiana opens application for funds to benefit jewelers impacted by Louisiana floods

4 DAYS AGO
Jewelers of Louisiana opens application for funds to benefit jewelers impacted by Louisiana floods

(NEW ORLEANS) - Over 100 people employed in the jewelry industry were impacted by the August floods in South Louisiana. Jewelers of Louisiana, a statewide organization representing over 1,500 employees, has established a fund to help anyone in the jewelry industry affected by the floods. Over $3,700 ...

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GIA’s colorful lineup at Tucson 2017 Gem Shows

4 DAYS AGO
GIA’s colorful lineup at Tucson 2017 Gem Shows

Alumni party, colored stone services, unique exhibits, expert talks and more

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA’s not-to-miss activities and services will enrich the visitor experience at the 2017 Tucson Shows, including an out-of-this-world alumni event, show service laboratory, fascinating exhibits, expert ta...

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Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair coming in February

18 DAYS AGO
Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair coming in February

The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), the Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai government has extended an invitation for U.S. jewelers to visit the upcoming 59th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair 2017. The Fair will be held February 22-26, 2017 at the IMPACT Exhibition & Conven...

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JA announces 2017 GEM Awards winners

4 DAYS AGO
JA announces 2017 GEM Awards winners

Jim Rosenheim receives Lifetime Achievement and Grace Fuller, Kay® Jewelers, Lucia Silvestri for BVLGARI and Patek Philippe win

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, held their 15th annual GEM Awards on Friday, Januar...

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Stuller commits to promoting health and wellness in Louisiana

10 DAYS AGO
Stuller commits to promoting health and wellness in Louisiana

Company designated as a top-level WellSpot

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller is proud to announce that they have been named a level one WellSpot by Well-Ahead Louisiana, an initiative started by the Louisiana Department of Health.

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New and unique, Love Universe hits the market with broad appeal

4 DAYS AGO
New and unique, Love Universe hits the market with broad appeal

Voyager Brands’ new line targets customers from teens to grandmothers

(AUSTIN, Tex.) - Something new, different, random, abstract - that’s Voyager Brands’ new Love Universe collection of earrings, rings, pendants, small necklaces and bracelets. It’s fun and enticing to women of all ages.

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MJSA launches Council of Custom Jewelers as part of new Custom Design program

10 DAYS AGO
MJSA launches Council of Custom Jewelers as part of new Custom Design program

MJSA, a trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, has introduced the MJSA Council of Custom Jewelers as part of a wide-ranging program to advance the art and consumer appreciation of custom jewelry design.

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JSA BULLETIN: Reducing Internal Theft

While every business faces the threat of employee theft, jewelers are especially vulnerable due to the high value of the merchandise involved. While the vast majority of employees are honest, the small percentage who will attempt to steal can inflict very serious damage on a jewelry firm. The ingenuity of dishonest employees has no limits and ranges from simple acts like secretly removing goods from the premises, or removing cash from the cash drawer, to more complex schemes.

However, the risks that jewelers face from internal theft can be reduced through careful hiring and proper supervision. If an owner hires employees with a clean past, and has careful controls, losses from internal theft can be contained.
Basic hiring procedures focusing on honesty
  1. Merely having stated procedures on hiring and background checks can help deter dishonest candidates from even applying or continuing in the hiring process.
  2. Have candidates fill out a written employment application, even if they have a resume. Obtain information on prior employment and education, including GIA, AGS or other courses. Also obtain information on any other names used, address, social security number, telephone and driver's license.
  3. Interview the candidate, avoiding any of the questions and topics (listed below) that may be restricted by federal, state or local law.
  4. Examine identification that is available and make copies, such as driver's license, visa or student transcripts.
  5. Before an offer of employment is made, have applicant sign a release giving you permission to confirm information with former employers, schools and other sources about the candidate. Ask for two or three personal references.
  6. Call at least one former employer regarding the applicant. In addition to confirming dates of employment and job title, ask if the candidate is eligible for rehire. You can ask questions about the candidate's job performance, which the former employer may well decline to answer, but listen carefully to the response and tone.
  7. Confirm prior schooling, including GIA, AGS or other jewelry-related education.
  8. You can contact one of several services to see if a candidate has a prior history of theft in a retail setting. A list of such services can be found on JSA's website, www.jewelerssecurity.org, in the Directory of Security Products and Services, in the category "Pre-Employment Screening." A more complete background investigation, including a criminal history check, can also be obtained.
Questions that may have restrictions because of federal, state or local law
  1. Do not ask an applicant questions related to race; religion; gender; age, except to confirm that the candidate meets the minimum permitted work age; arrests (criminal convictions are acceptable); sexual preference; national origin, including native language; marital status, pregnancy or children; disability, except that person can perform the job in question; type of military discharge; and height/weight.
  2. It is beyond the scope of this bulletin to discuss several topics that have complex legal implications in federal, state and local law that require a special release or that may be forbidden. Such topics which require the attention of your attorney include credit reports, drug testing and the use of polygraphs.
Need for continuing personnel review
  1. Once you have hired an honest employee, however, don't think that your problems are over. Long time employees get away with significant fraud because an owner or supervisor stops being adequately vigilant. In many cases the JSA has examined, it is the long time employee, with over 15 or even 30 years service, who has gone bad.
  2. Be alert for risk factors which can increase financial stress, such as alcohol and substance abuse, family health or other crises, divorce situations or a gambling habit.
  3. Be alert for lifestyle changes. Is the employee apparently living well above his or her means? If so, the employee might be doing it by stealing the employer's merchandise or through other criminal activity.
Limiting employee access
  1. You may wish to be especially careful with new or part time employees. They might have come to work for you so that they can steal. Limit their access to valuable goods. Surprise inventories and audits, and frequent case counts may help keep employees honest.
  2. You may want to provide some assigned employees with the front door key and alarm code, while others will have the safe or vault combination, so that few or no employees have complete access.
  3. If any employee leaves, even under voluntary circumstances, locks and combinations for your doors, safe and other locked places, and alarm codes, should be changed, if known to that employee, or if they had a key.
Methods to prevent internal theft
  1. Firms should have a system of divided and overlapping responsibility, that is, a system of checks and balances, so that even a trusted employee does not have exclusive control over a function in the business. For example, someone with responsibility for receiving and recording deliveries should not have sole responsibility for keeping inventory records. Insist that employees take vacations and beware of any supervisor or employee who never takes off and never permits anyone else to perform one of his or her functions.
  2. You must have a complete and accurate inventory of your goods to know if you are missing something, including repair goods.
  3. Surveillance cameras in retail stores, while usually thought of as deterring theft from external sources, have also been shown to be an effective deterrent to internal theft.
  4. Advances in surveillance technology through the Internet now allow an owner to monitor his or her store by video from anywhere in the world.
  5. You should enlist your employees to report instances when they observe employee theft or misconduct. Through training sessions you can drive home to your employees that a thief among them hurts them all. Your employees should also be informed that you intend to report and prosecute to the full extent any crimes committed by them.
  6. One way employees can turn in the dishonest employee is by calling the JSA anonymously on JSA's Internal Theft Hotline, 800-325-1883. The caller need not give his or her name, and trained JSA personnel will discuss the suspicions of the caller, and bring appropriate information to the attention of the business owner.
Investigating internal theft
  1. Cases of internal theft frequently require the services of a private investigator. If an owner suspects that he or she is the victim of an internal theft, it may be best to bring in a private investigator before revealing any suspicions to employees, which could put the thief on guard, and make the thief harder to discover.
  2. Whenever a case of internal theft arises, you should involve your attorney. This will help you avoid situations of libel or slander, and will involve an objective person and possible negotiator to effect some recovery, who will not be as emotionally involved as an owner.

For more information about the Jewelers' Security Alliance please call 800-537-0067, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.jewelerssecurity.org.


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