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Safety First: Valuable Security Tips for Jewelry Trade Shows

Lok Leung

Las Vegas Jewelry Week kicks off today! And while having fun should be a priority, it’s also important to keep in mind that criminals mark their calendars for these action-packed events too.


With such vast quantities of high-value merchandise all in one place, criminals are naturally drawn to what could potentially be the heist of their careers.


Thankfully, most shows are highly secured within their exhibition spaces. The risk of your safety being compromised may be relatively low during the show, but it’s much higher before and after.


Consider these tips for boosting your security during and after the shows:


During the Show

  • Provide one-on-one attention to each customer.
  • Show only one item at a time.
  • Regardless of how many times you have to go in and out, your displays should be locked up at all times.
  • Utilize a wrist key holder or other accessory to ensure that your keys are not easily accessible. It will also prevent you from setting them down and forgetting them somewhere.
  • Switch thefts are common at trade shows, so carefully re-examine each piece after it was handled by another person.
  • Whether it’s with merchandise or markers, trays should be filled at all times so you can quickly recognize any discrepancies.

After the Show

  • Take your badge off immediately after leaving the show so criminals can’t identify you.
  • Showing and selling your jewelry is meant for the trade show floor, not informally back at your hotel room after hours.
  • For the safety of you and your customers, ship all jewelry that is bought at the show.
  • Even if you are not returning with additional merchandise, avoid displaying any bags, cases, or other branded merchandise of show vendors that could potentially make you a target.
  • Arrange for a ride to pick you up and avoid hailing a cab at all cost.


See you on the show floor!


Top photo by Lok Leung


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