Information for Law Enforcement
| What is JSA's Stolen Jewelry Website?
The Stolen Jewelry Website of the Jewelers' Security Alliance provides a central clearinghouse for the jewelry industry, law enforcement, insurance personnel and the general public to share information on jewelry that has been stolen or recovered in the United States . The listings include watches, gems and jewelry. Searches and listing are free. This database, which is the only publicly available, comprehensive website to list stolen jewelry, went live in January 2006, and will become increasingly valuable as the number of users increases and the number of items posted grows. This service was developed through a generous grant to the Jewelers' Security Alliance from the JCK Jewelry Industry Fund.
What can JSA do for law enforcement personnel?
JSA has the largest database of crime against the jewelry industry in the U.S. This database includes thousands of cases with information on suspects, M.O.s, vehicles and unusual crime characteristics that JSA will share with law enforcement personnel. From this database JSA is able to produce customized reports to answer specific investigative questions.
| Are there other
sources of help for law enforcement regarding jewelry crime?
The best way of finding a person, agency, firm or entity that may be of assistance to a jewelry crime investigation is to contact Scott F. Guginsky (NYPD Retired), Vice President of the Jewelers' Security Alliance (email@example.com Tel. 212-687-0328; Fax. 212-808-9168).
JSA maintains contact with an extensive network of FBI and local law enforcement personnel throughout the U.S. with whom JSA cooperates on jewelry crime. JSA also has over 20,000 members including jewelry manufacturers and wholesalers, watch companies, and small and large retail jewelry firms, including virtually all the major retail jewelry chains. JSA works closely with the FBI's Jewelry and Gem Program, based at FBI Headquarters in Washington , DC , and with a variety of task forces and personnel in many cities and with law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S.
Jewelry trade shows and special events:
Law enforcement personnel are reminded of the increased risk of crime in cities in connection with jewelry trade shows and special events. Click this link to find the location and dates of major jewelry trade shows.
Are there investigative tools that can help me identify and trace diamonds, jewelry and watches?
Due to the sensitive nature of these investigative tools, law enforcement personnel should contact Robert W. Frank at the JSA for detailed information on their use. Providing detailed information on this website pertaining to investigative tools suggested by JSA could result in criminals obtaining the same information.
Diamond laboratories and grading reports:
Today almost all large diamonds have grading reports that are produced by gem laboratories and describe the diamond by weight, shape, measurements, cutting style, proportions, color and clarity. Contact JSA on how this can be of help to law enforcement.
Many diamonds now have laser inscriptions on the stone. These inscriptions usually can't be seen with the naked eye, but require a loupe, which is a magnifying eyepiece. Diamond firms and laboratories have distinct formats for their laser markings that may be of help in tracing stolen or recovered diamonds. Contact JSA for assistance in identifying laser marks.
Trademarks are used on jewelry to identify them as the product of a particular manufacturer. A trademark can be made up of letters, numbers or other symbols, but most of the jewelry industry use letters. Contact JSA for assistance with identification and investigative help involving trademarks.
Watch serial numbers:
Higher-priced watches often have serial numbers that allow the watch manufacturer or distributor to identify the retailer to whom the watch was originally supplied. Contact JSA for assistance in the use of watch serial numbers.
Join JSA and continue to receive valuable jewelry crime information:
All law enforcement personnel can receive free membership in the Jewelers' Security Alliance upon request. When you become a JSA member you receive:
|JSA also provides rewards to civilians for information that assists in the investigation of crimes against JSA member jewelry firms, and makes annual grants of $500 to $1000 to private law enforcement organizations such as the National Association of Property Recovery Investigators and National Association of Bunco Investigators. Each year JSA also presents the James B. White Award to honor someone in law enforcement who has made an outstanding contribution to the safety of the jewelry industry. JSA personnel regularly speak at law enforcement training sessions and meetings throughout the U.S.|