What’s the Future of Jewelry Store Security?
What’s the Future of Jewelry Store Security?

What’s the Future of Jewelry Store Security?

As the recent robbery of a jewelry store in Coral Gables shows, thieves still target the jewelry industry as a lucrative way of making a quick buck. How can jewelers prevent these robberies and what is the future of jewelry store security?


Surveillance cameras

Entering the digital age meant that jewelers could transition from video tape and DVD recordings to backing up surveillance footage to the cloud.
With other technologies available today that are associated with cloud computing, new possibilities are available for not only storing footage, but also for recording and analyzing it.

Advances in Camera Systems
 
These three things have already been applied to larger retail operations and are likely to advance because of the IoT:
• Higher resolution cameras
• Facial recognition camera systems
• Crime databases and analytical resources
• Internet protocol (IP) cameras as the standard

Here’s a hypothetical example of how these technologies could impact jewelry store security:

After reviewing your camera footage, you realize that a theft went undetected. You promptly capture an image of the suspect and flag it in your database. A few days later, the same suspect tries to come back to repeat a similar crime, but the camera system recognizes him as he enters and sends an alert to your store employees.
Now suppose that instead of coming back to your business, he instead targets another jeweler in your area. With a connected IP camera system, the alerts could be shared with their staff too.
After collecting troves of data over time, you and your friends and neighbors in the jewelry industry are now instantly connected to information such as time-of-day crime trends, commonly targeted merchandise, and patterns of suspicious casing behavior that could detect a potential crime before it occurs.

It should be noted, however, that there many privacy concerns associated with this technology and its implementation isn’t dictated solely on availability and cost — you must be prepared to handle the confidentiality of your customers and other legitimate patrons properly.

Alarms

Quite a few jewelers still don’t have alarm systems certified by Underwriters Laboratories, so IoT applications indicate drastic changes when it comes to alarms.
 
What might jewelers see next? 

In July 2016, AT&T announced that they had planned to pilot their CAT-M1 network technologies in San Francisco in November, with commercial availability in 2017.

This will result in:
• Faster communication signals on 4G LTE Networks
• More reliable signals
• The ability to access and monitor alarm systems on other devices

These benefits would be especially beneficial to businesses with multiple locations and those who plan to expand in the future.
While being on a network like this isn’t essential for most jewelers, it’s important to note that AT&T did sunset their 2G networks at the end of 2016. UL certificates now require 3G or better network usage to remain compliant, but if your alarm and alarm service company aren’t UL certified, you might be using a network that doesn’t even work.
If that applies to your business, you have some other questions to ask about alarms before thinking about the next big thing.

Showcases/Displays

Today’s cost-conscious jewelers will probably opt for showcase displays that feature plate or annealed glass. Unfortunately, they probably don’t realize that neither of these materials take much force to be broken.
Thankfully, advances in manufacturing are bringing the cost of some laminated glass applications down to an attainable level. 

What advances might jewelers see next?

First of all, the thicker the glass and laminate material, the more resistant the showcase will be to a smash-and-grab attack.
The thickness of the glass usually begins at 1/4 of an inch, with 3/8 of an inch being most common. However, some showcases have 1/2 inch or greater now, and some of the glass is also chemically tempered, which increases its strength.
More importantly, laminated glass uses an interlayer of adhesive material, which helps hold itself together when force is applied. New showcase display options feature thicker layers of adhesive, more layers of adhesive, and stronger adhesive materials.

Is there an IoT application?

A technologically advanced showcase was displayed during JCK Las Vegas 2016’s Store of the Future, but only as a concept.
The showcase was fit with built in sensors that detected patterns in movement, light, weight, temperature, humidity and pressure – and if they reached a predefined threshold, would send notifications out to staff, owners, and authorities.
Having this information could potentially alert a jeweler of suspicious activity that precedes crime, resulting in actions to rotate merchandise or add security near those displays.

Safes and Vaults

A safe that’s rated by Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) as TRTL-30×6 means that regardless of its spec sheet, it will be able to withstand tools and torches for 30 minutes on all six sides of the container. This is the highest rating the UL offers for a certified safe.
But what if a safe was constructed in such a way and with a special material that it could hold up against an attack for much longer duration? That could be a reality if the material known as graphene becomes commercialized.

What advances in safes and vaults are coming next?

Graphene is basically a single molecule sheet of carbon atoms that’s pliable (like rubber), can conduct more than a thousand times the amount of electricity than copper, and possesses amazing strength and durability.
Its properties were first discovered in 2002, but since then, scientists have been unable to turn these 2-D molecular sheets into 3-D, useful everyday applications — until now it seems.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a structure that is 10 times stronger than steel, but only 5% as dense! The team at MIT believes the geometries of this configuration could help graphene become a substitute for steel and concrete, which might eventually have applications for the construction of safes, as well as other infrastructure designs.

Consider Hiring Armed Guards

Last,but certainly not least, consider hiring security guards. An armed guard patrolling the store can be a great deterrent to smash and grab thieves. The jewelers in the Coral Gables robbery did not have armed security and were fortunate they were not harmed in the robbery.

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