JSA Shares Safety Tips After Safe Burglaries
A vacant neighboring property poses an added security risk for jewelry stores, the organization noted.
The first occurred Aug. 6 on Staten Island. Police are looking for four suspects who broke into a jewelry business in a strip mall on Page Avenue just before 5 a.m.
The thieves cut a hole in the wall and removed a safe containing $100,000 worth of cash and jewelry, according to a local report.
Those with information are asked to contact JSA at 212-687-0328 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also call the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
There was an attempted burglary at a jewelry store in Somerset, New Jersey the same day.
The would-be burglars broke through a cinderblock wall and the sheetrock wall of a neighboring vacant store to gain access to the jewelry store but left when an alarm sounded, JSA said.
Also, on Aug. 12, thieves entered a jewelry store in New York, also through a neighboring business, and tried to cut the hinges off a safe.
The second burglary in which the thieves made off with merchandise took place in Miami on Aug. 14 at Ernie and the Cat Jewelry.
The suspects came through the ceiling of the adjacent beauty parlor then into the bathroom of the jewelry store around 2 a.m., deactivating the alarms inside, JSA said.
The thieves were in the store for two to three hours, said JSA, then used a flatbed towing truck to pull open a wall at the back of the store.
They stole two safes from the store, which the owner said contained about $1 million in money and jewelry.
Those with information about the Miami burglary are asked to contact JSA or Miami’s Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).
In its recommendations, JSA noted that a vacant or neighboring store without an alarm poses an added danger to jewelry stores because thieves can gain access through a common wall or adjoining ceiling.
During a recent webinar, JSA President John Kennedy recommended jewelers whose stores are located next to vacant property bring it to the attention of the landlord and ask for security steps to be taken to protect it.
Burglars often will try to disable an alarm, said JSA, so having a secondary alarm and a video system can give extra protection.
For more information, visit the JSA website.
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