The Jewelers’ Security Alliance recently released its 2010 Annual Crime Report which outlines the industry’s theft statistics for the year. In 2010, the total dollar losses from crimes against jewelry firms in the U.S. declined from $97.7 million in 2009 to $80.8 million, a decline of 17.3%. The total number of crimes that were reported to the JSA decreased from 1557 to 1487, a decrease of 4.5%. Although these statistics are encouraging due to declining numbers, the average theft loss by category is topped by internal or employee theft with an average loss of $37,061. This is probably due to an employee having a significant amount of time to plan their crime, along with possessing inside knowledge as to the highest value merchandise located within the store.