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Smash & Grab Robberies? Not Here!
This past year reported the some of the highest smash and grab robberies of jewelry store and jewelry carrying stores to date. As pawn shop owners and employees, it is valuable to be aware of techniques the ward off potential offenders. At Bravo we keep up with serves to help keep our customers informed, ahead, and safe this information can be credited to Jewelers Security Alliance check out their site for more security information. Below we have provided recommendations that the JSA found most effective for discouraging smash and grab robberies.
Recommendations Regarding Smash and Grab Robberies:
- Do not resist in a smash and grab robberies. Besides, sledgehammers and other dangerous tools the suspect may carry, they may be armed with additional weaponry like guns.
- Hiring armed, off-duty police officers in the store is a constructive deterrent to smash and grab robbers.
- Having security sensors on door entrances and exits can disincentivize potential robbers.
- Showcases with burglary-resistant, laminated glass and frames can withstand many blows with a hammer and can prevent or reduce large losses. Furthermore, robbers frequently cut themselves on small holes and leave behind valuable DNA evidence from blood.
- Having audible glass breakage alarm on your showcases can scare smash and grab robbers away, who are trying to remain in a target store for less than a minute.
- Robbers have particular desire to target loose diamonds and high-end watches. Spreading high-end watches and diamond merchandise among several showcases, can reduce the amount of the loss in a smash and grab robbery.
- Surveillance photos from eye-level cameras inside and outside the store provide the most useable evidence for police. Ceiling cameras, though helpful, capture photos of the top of heads or hats and not faces.
- Keeping a log of suspicious incidents, putting aside and saving surveillance video of suspicious incidents, can be a great help in subsequent investigations.
Bravo and the JSA also recommend sharing information, suspicious activity, and crime patterns with local police and other local business owners.