Unless the store has a huge walk in vault, it is not at all unusual
for alarger jewelery store to leave a fairly large amount of
merchandise in the show cases overnight, locking away the most
valuable. It is physically i= mpossible to store large volumes in the
type of safe most jewelery stores own, and it imposes a massive
amount of time to tear down, and then rese= t-up the store each day,
if every item is removed and locked away each night. For this reason
jeweler’s insurance carriers often specify a percentage of the $
value be locked away, and that the premises protected by state of
the art surveillance/protection.
Recently my employer suffered a very significant loss because of
this practice, and our “lazy” application of it. We knew we were
well protected, and within a mile of both the town and NY State
Police, so we let our guard down. @ 3 months ago now, our videos
captured three men smashing a small display window, one man
literally jumping through the falling glass and unlocking the door,
then the three spreading out with hammers and sacks. They only hit
the 6 cases closest to the door, and were out the door in less than
2 minutes. Police arrived 3 minutes after the initial hammer blow to
the window, but the burglers were already long gone!
Our losses were in the six figures, but could have been far worse,
had the three actually cased the store prior to their hitting us.
They passed over some very high end cases, and one fellow actually
wasted 40-45 seconds grabbing a case if silver beads. currently
popular, but hardly of any street value.
We have readjusted our procedures, thanks to our experience, and
upgraded many of our security techniques, but it remains completely
impossible to lock away every item of value each and every evening.
We also learned ways to make ourselves less likely a target, and
less exposed to major losses from such quick a smash and grab
robbery, should we ever become a target again.