December 27, 2017
According to a recent article from Southern Jewelry news, Retail jewelry theft is rising. Crimes committed against U.S. jewelers reported to the Jewelers’ Security Alliance increased to 1,245 in 2016, up 5.8% from 2015. Dollar losses also rose to $72.4 million, up 4.5%, in that time frame.
But what can jewelers do to avoid becoming victims?
“Most thefts involve jewelry being taken from showcases, which need better protection. The locking systems for cases and the way sales associates handle merchandise often create opportunities for criminals,” said Sid Kalantar, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Senseon.
To address this, Sid recommends the new Senseon Secure Access system, which provides a keyless, hidden, electronic locking system ideal for jewelry showcases.
In addition, Sid offered these helpful tips:
- Require associates to serve one customer at a time and show one item at a time.
- Never let an associate step away from an unlocked fixture.
- Remove all merchandise from cases overnight.
- Train temporary employees and remind established employees to always be mindful. Educate temps, especially important for large chain stores, where they are more prevalent.
For more tips on preventing theft, read the full article here.