Just wanted to give all you folks who are involved in wholesale and
retail shows a heads up.
I have had 2 of my accounts, in the last 2 weeks, call me to tell me
they'd been robbed at shows. Both shows were retail, one was a show
for estate jewelry and antiques, the other, I believe, was for high
end jewelry. Both these individuals have probably been prominent at
these shows, either for the value or the volume of their inventory.
I believe they were specifically targeted for this reason. Both were
robbed in the parking lot, after the show. Neither was accosted by
the thieves, but that doesn't mean that if they hadn't gotten their
hands on the stuff they wouldn't have taken more extreme measures.
They were obviously being watched for the moment when their jewelry
was unattended momentarily.
Please, folks, be aware of who is in your vicinity when you are
packing and unpacking your stock, and never, never take your eyes
off it. I've heard insurance to do shows is prohibitively expensive
and few people carry it. But it's my opinion that these robberies
are going to be more frequent.
Also, be careful who you purchase stuff like scrap metal and loose
stones from. If something looks fishy, call the police. I'd make it
a point to only do business with familiar sources. One doesn't want
to be charged for buying stolen merchandise, or worse, have them
sell you stuff then come back later and steal it all back.
David L. Huffman