(NEW YORK) - Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) has released its statistics regarding crimes against the jewelry industry in the U.S. for the first half of 2014. The total number of crimes decreased from 740 in 2013 to 641 in 2014, a decline of 13.4%. Total dollar losses also declined slightly, from $35.3 million in the first half of 2013, to $34 million in the first half of 2014. During the same time period, the number of arrests of jewelry criminals soared from 211 in 2013 to 374 in 2014, a remarkable 77% six month increase, largely as a result of large gangs of from five, to seven to 11 members being apprehended
John Kennedy, President of JSA, said: “Terrific investigative work by the FBI and local law enforcement agencies has been a principal driver of these encouraging results. The other main driver has been an upsurge in information sharing by local crime prevention networks of jewelers, and particularly a dramatic increase in the sharing of good suspect surveillance photos and videos.
“Recently, quite a number of suspects have been immediately recognized due to photos and descriptions in weekly JSA E-mail Crime Alerts when they enter a store. With leads provided by jewelers, law enforcement agencies are pursuing jewelry gangs with perseverance, sometimes involving a year or two or more of dogged investigative work.”
The Jewelers’ Security Alliance is a non-profit trade association providing crime prevention information and services to the jewelry industry. JSA, founded in 1883, has 21,000 member locations and works closely with the FBI and law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S.