SaferGems records £4m of crime since launch

Helen Rakic praised the police, giving particular mention to Detective Constable Martin Wildes. (Getty)

Thames Valley, London and West Midlands account for 3/4 of crime.

The SaferGems anti-crime initiative has logged robberies of goods worth £4 million between its launch in June 2009 and January 2010.

SaferGems, run by the National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) and insurance broker TH March, recorded that of this £4 million, £3 million of goods were stolen in three areas: Thames Valley, central London and the West Midlands.

NAG chief executive Michael Hoare said: “We’re having an effect on crime, we’re beginning to see results.”

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SaferGems works with police forces to coordinate information about criminal activity in the jewellery, antiques and fine art trades. It then sends out electronic alerts about new crime reports to NAG members and TH March customers to unite small businesses in the fight against crime. The information is also redistributed through the website of buying group The Company of Master Jewellers.

SaferGems now has 4,400 participants that take part in the scheme.

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