With the holidays approaching, it’s a good time to focus on sharing and giving back. In the JCK community, JCK Industry Fund recipients have been putting their grants to action in a continual effort to enhance the image of the jewelry industry and to foster development and research of programs that would benefit the industry.
This month, we’re catching up with the Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA), a non-profit trade association with 20,000 members that has been providing crime information and assistance to the jewelry industry and law enforcement since 1883.
With support from JCK Industry Fund, JSA continues to carry out its Cyber Crime Prevention Training and Information for the Jewelry Industry in an effort to combat a dangerous and growing crime threat. See JSA’s update on how its utilizing the grant to protect the jewelry industry from crime threats:
What is your organization’s mission?
The mission of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance is to reduce crime against the jewelry industry. JSA accomplishes this mission by educating and informing jewelers on crime, suspects and crime prevention methods, and by working closely with the FBI and local law enforcement agencies to provide assistance in the investigation and apprehension of jewelry criminals.
What initiatives are you currently working on?
This year the Industry Fund grant is entitled, “A Project to Provide Cyber Crime Prevention Training and Information to the Jewelry Industry.”
Specifically, how has the grant been allocated/implemented to support your cause?
JSA has carried out this project through a number of activities, including: issuing crime alerts to the diamond, jewelry and watch industry and to law enforcement; sending advice on Cyber Crime Prevention; assisting with articles promoting awareness of cyber crime against the industry in JCK Online; and featuring the topic of cyber crime prevention in talks throughout the year, including at JCK Las Vegas 2018 in June. We also offer cyber crime prevention advice and information on social media and on our website and work with other jewelry organizations to provide advice to members on cyber crime prevention.
How has your campaign/programming impacted the jewelry and watch communities (or how will it impact the jewelry community)?
JSA believes that these educational activities have raised awareness in the industry of the risks of cyber crime and the necessary steps of prevention.
How do you foresee this grant elevating your capabilities?
JCK’s Industry Fund grants have allowed JSA to undertake new projects and to stay on the cutting edge of crime prevention for the industry. The cyber crime grant, in particular, is a forward looking project on a very dangerous issue for which the industry has been completely unprepared.
To learn more about JSA and Cybercrime Prevention Training and Information for the Jewelry Industry, visit jewelerssecurity.org.