From a concerned independent jeweler to the retail jewelry community:
To be extra safe, we are putting highest value goods in safe deposit boxes at the bank today. Virtually everything else will be in our secured storeroom or will be carefully bagged and put in the safes.
We are making sure customer goods are in the safes before lower value bulky inventory. All jewelry will be out of sight, but we will leave the displays in the cases. Look like the empty grocery store shelves.
I recommend NO JEWELRY be visible from your doors or windows for potential thieves to see and break in while you are in Shut Down for 2+ weeks.
Law enforcement may put your alarm calls at low priority. Of course modify this as you see fit for your situation, but these are things I have put in place today for our store. Let’s get through this the best we can!”