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Crimes Committed Against U.S. Jewelry Firms Slump in 2015

Mar 9, 2016 3:12 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... The total number of crimes committed against U.S. jewelry firms that were reported to the Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) slumped last year, leading to an 11-percent drop in dollar losses.

Crimes reported fell by 15 percent to 1,177 in 2015 as authorities were successful in catching lawbreakers, according to the latest data. Total dollar losses fell to $77.8 million and the number of jewelers killed in crimes against jewelry firms fell from three to two.

“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,” the JSA said in a statement March 4. “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).”

Smash-and-grab robberies last year numbered 72 compared to 110 in 2014, the JSA said.

The FBI and local law-enforcement agencies also helped in the arrest of a major rooftop burglary gang, resulting in a 47-percent drop in the number of burglaries involving criminals entering from the roof, to 19 in 2015.

The most active day for burglaries was Thursday, while Sunday was the quietest.
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