Have you ever received a suspicious phone call or email from an unfamiliar person who requests jewelry to be shipped overnight?
Just when it appeared that there might be a lull in brazen robberies targeting jewelers, the past two months have witnessed notable violent crimes.
The increased severity of smash-and-grab and armed robbery attempts continues to remain prevalent across North America, but some crimes in April have followed similar patterns.
For months now, the jewelry industry has witnessed surges in criminal activity that is so incredibly brazen that it garners the attention of the national media.
Thieves were making news from coast to coast by attempting distraction, switch, and grab-and-run thefts in February. Items stolen range from loose diamonds, to gold chains, to luxury watches.
The Jewelers Security Alliance Crime Message Center shared some alarming crimes throughout the month of November and a few incidents were downright shocking.
One smash-and-grab robbery in this jewelry crime report occurred during broad daylight on a busy Manhattan street.
In fact, surveillance video shared by the NYPD shows many vehicles passing by outside and even a pedestrian strolling past the shop.
The Jewelers Security Alliance Crime Message Center shows that thefts led the way for jewelry crime in October, but violent robberies and burglaries are still prevalent.
Along with the past few months, these crimes are not limited to certain geographic areas and luxury watches remain the primary target for more brazen crimes.