Most crimes committed against jewellers are preceded by some degree of surveillance or ‘casing,’ as it is commonly known. Criminals want to find out as much information as possible about every aspect of your business, such as your opening and closing procedures, the store’s layout, and security and staffing details. Sometimes this casing takes place immediately before a loss, not giving the jeweller any time to react.
Long the subject of movie and crime novels, jewellery heists continue to capture attention. For those of us in the jewellery business, on-premises thefts and robberies remain an ever-present danger and legitimate concern.
The ‘what ifs’ are endless when it comes to threats in the jewellery industry. Each year, jewellers fall victim to crime and face unpredictable losses from fire, natural disasters, and even internal theft.
Reality TV—it’s everywhere these days. Although this particular type of programming generally isn’t my cup of tea (with so much of it being contrived and representing anything but reality), I am nonetheless intrigued by a certain category of it that showcases an all-too-real threat to retail businesses.
John Azadian is a busy man. Between visiting the overseas factories where his collections of Di Donna jewellery are made, and running the operation from his Montreal office, he is sometimes a little short on time.
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