Working with jewelry can be a dangerous business. Last year, Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) listed 1,318 criminal events in the U.S. that targeted jewelry companies. These resulted in 28 fatal or near-fatal shootings. In addition, inventory and business losses for on-premises crimes reached $60.6 million. The good news is that there’s just a small difference between your business avoiding a theft or becoming the target of one.
According to Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, these three simple steps can boost your security:
- Meet and Greet: Miss a customer entering the store and you compromised security.
- One on One: If you work with more than one customer you put yourself at risk for theft.
- Turn the Key: Neglect to lock a cabinet even once, and you are vulnerable
While the three steps sound simple, they’re not always easy to put consistently into practice, especially in a crowded store full of shoppers. But they can be the difference between security and vulnerability. Are these practices consistently followed without fail in your store? Observe your employees and even yourself for a few hours to assess.
Take The Tip:
Jewelers of America members have free access Jewelers Mutual’s comprehensive course on this topic, "Selling With Security." To learn more go to www.jewelers.org, call Jewelers Mutual directly at 800-558-6411 or visit www.JMUniversity.com.