SaferGems wins battle in war against crime

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Group claims responsibility for arrest of repeat jewel thieves.

Retail network initiative SaferGems has won a coup in its battle against crime as a two jewel thieves have been arrested following a call for information from the group.

SaferGems raised the alert last month when jewellery shops in Bath and Bristol were robbed. It circulated information about three men who were believed to have stolen two rings in Bath and the one man suspected of stealing two diamond rings from the Bristol retailer. The men suspected in the two raids were at the time thought to be connected to seven further offences in the preceding two weeks.

Two men who were suspected to be part of the gang are now in prison awaiting trial for multiple thefts. Both men are from the Liverpool area and are believed to have committed other high value theft offences throughout the UK. A third male, who is known to associate with the two suspects, is also currently in prison for similar offences in the Northwest.

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National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) chief executive Michael Hoare says that while the arrests were down to the hard work of the police, the extent of the pair’s crimes might have gone unnoticed without the SaferGems network, which works to bring retailers together by sending out details of jewellery crimes and was established by the NAG and TH March jointly.

Hoare said: “This is a small but significant example of the value of intelligence in the solving of crime. Without SaferGems, the true extent of these particular suspects’ alleged activities would not have been known. But as a result of good policing, the sharing of information, and the co-operation of jewellers, they will hopefully receive a sentence commensurate with their crimes.”

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