According to the report, the total number of crimes committed against U.S. jewelry firms and reported to the JSA last year was 1,245, compared with 1,177 in 2015.
This is the first time since 2012 that the number of jewelry industry crimes reported to the JSA has risen. The numbers overall still are relatively small though, JSA said, and industry crime remains well below what it was in decades past.
Outside of credit card fraud--only a fraction of which gets reported to the JSA, the most frequent type of crime perpetrated against jewelers last year was grab-and-run thefts. The number of grab-and-runs rose 40 percent year-over-year, from 301 in 2015 to 420 in 2016. The number of robberies fell from 231 in 2015 to 174 in 2016, a 25 percent decrease.
The number of attacks on traveling salespeople as well as crime against jewelers at their homes or other places outside their stores, fell to a total of 48 in 2016.
Theodor Lisovoy, Rough&Polished, Moscow