The safety and security of travelling sales representatives in the jewellery industry are of utmost importance. Recent incidents involving hostile surveillance and theft have prompted a call for increased vigilance within the industry. It is crucial to equip sales reps with the necessary knowledge and strategies to combat these risks effectively.

Sales reps and agents must be aware of certain tactics employed by criminals and take proactive steps to protect themselves. Some key measures include:

  1. Trust Your Instincts: Always trust your gut feelings and instincts. If something or someone seems suspicious or makes you feel uncomfortable, it’s essential to act accordingly. Avoid engaging in situations that raise red flags and prioritise your personal safety.
  2. Maintain Communication: Regularly update a trusted colleague, supervisor, or family member about your whereabouts and schedule. Establish a check-in system where you inform someone when you arrive at each destination and when you leave. This way, someone will be aware of your movements and can take appropriate action if needed.
  3. Personalised Number Plates: Avoid using personalised number plates that may draw unnecessary attention and make it easier for criminals to identify and track your vehicle.
  4. Alternative Routes: To minimise the chances of being followed, vary your routes when travelling to and from appointments. Criminals often rely on predictable patterns to track their targets, so taking different routes can help deter surveillance.
  5. Roundabout Test: If you suspect that you are being followed, you can perform a simple test at a roundabout. Go around the roundabout more than once and observe if the same vehicle continues to follow you. If suspicions persist, take appropriate action, such as contacting the authorities or driving to a safe location.
  6. Be Cautious with Strangers: Exercise caution when interacting with strangers, especially in unfamiliar or isolated locations. Be wary of unsolicited offers for assistance or requests for personal information. It’s important to maintain a professional and vigilant demeanour.
  7. Stay Informed: Stay updated on the latest security practices and trends within the jewellery industry. Follow relevant industry publications, attend seminars, and engage with professional networks to learn from others’ experiences and share best practices.

By being aware of these potential risks and taking necessary precautions, travelling sales reps can enhance their personal safety while conducting their business activities.

As an industry, we must prioritise the well-being of our sales reps. By providing them with this awareness and encouraging the adoption of these preventive measures, we can collectively create a safer environment for all. Let us stand together to protect the integrity of the jewellery industry and ensure the safety of those who play a crucial role in its success.