JSA, eBay to Fight Organized Jewelry Crime TogetherAugust 23, 10
eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace, is partnering with Jewelers’ Security Alliance to tackle organized jewelry crime. The two will collaborate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and share information, JSA said in a release.
The partnership between eBay and the jewelry industry’s trade association provides for greater information sharing to further support the investigative efforts of the FBI, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies, working in partnership with jewelry loss prevention professionals.
In their efforts to fight organized jewelry crime, the groups have agreed to collaborate in the following ways:
· Regularly discuss state of the industry, share best practices and take measures to eradicate the illegal activity.
· Identify ways to leverage new technology, including JSA email network and stolen jewelry website, and eBay’s PROACT program, to further assist law enforcement in identifying and tracking organized jewelry crime rings.
· Collaborate with the FBI Jewelry and Gem Initiative to help identify crime rings that have been responsible for stealing jewelry.
“JSA has done a great job in its long history of fighting jewelry crime, but a dynamic marketplace requires new tools and alliances,” said eBay’s Global Director of Asset Protection Paul Jones. “Through this partnership, JSA and eBay are taking a stand against criminal activity; we will work with law enforcement partners to prosecute those who unlawfully obtain jewelry and abuse the online marketplace to sell the ill-gotten items."
“eBay has invested substantial resources and is making great progress in assisting law enforcement agencies and loss prevention professionals in tracking illegal behavior,” said JSA President John Kennedy. “Our partnership will further help stop criminals from fencing their stolen jewelry by providing additional information and expertise so that law enforcement can fight jewelry crime more effectively.”