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JSA Issues Special Security Alert Around COVID-19 Pandemic March 25, 2020 (0 comments)

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New York, NY—With added concern for health and safety, the Jewelers Security Alliance has issued a special bulletin with extra security precautions specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of JSAs regular security recommendations remain the same; however, there are some special risks that need to be emphasized and important protections needed for this critical time.

In addition to this alert, further recent recommendations from JSA regarding security and Covid-19 can also be found on the JSA website, which also provides links to additional informative interviews. 

JSA personnel are working from an off-site location, and are in regular contact with JSAs law enforcement network partners, as well as jeweler crime victims. Jewelers with security questions are directed to contact JSA via email, jsa2@jewelerssecurity.org.

“JSA and the industry offer special thanks to law enforcement personnel who now have to handle Covid-19 issues, putting their health at risk, in addition to the usual risks they face every day in fighting crime,” says president John Kennedy. 

Below are some key issues of concern:

1. BURGLARY

With many stores closing due to the virus, with an unknown date of reopening, burglary becomes a paramount issue for jewelers. Take these precautions:

2. IF YOUR STORE REMAINS OPEN:

Follow JSAs regular security advice, such as not resisting in a robbery, showing one item at a time, and keeping your showcases locked except when actually taking product out or returning it to the showcase.

Look for JSA's red flags indicating a possible suspicious situation, such as:

When you see such red flags, you and the store staff need to go on high alert.

3. INCREASED CYBER SECURITY RISKS FROM WORKING AT HOME

If you are working from home, you need to be especially careful that you do not present an increased cyber security risk to your business. Law enforcement and cyber experts warn of an upsurge in fraud and hacking since there are so many more inadequately protected people working on their computers or smartphones from home. Take these precautions:  

“On behalf of the board and staff of JSA, we hope you and your families, loved ones, employees, co-workers and customers stay healthy and safe,” says Kennedy.

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