Finland has had a tough time of it as well, as Russian and central European jewelry thief gangs have also heisted a few stores around the country, but the situation in Norway has seemed to reach a breaking point. Controlling one’s borders does indeed make common sense. KGS
NOTE: This is a google translation.
RAN: A month ago, in the middle of rush hour Friday, a watch shop in the country’s main street, Karl Johan, robbed. The employees were threatened with weapons, while the robbers smashed display cases and emptied them of valuable watches. Photo: Johannessen, Sara
Watchmakers Branch fears recruitment failure after robbery wave
Robbery and theft wave has reached the country’s gold and watches business. In less than a year, 26 of 30 Protid-watchmakers experienced burglary. Three of them are robbed.
Now the watch-connected that the next will be that employees will be taken hostage.
– A society based on fear
Urmaker industry calls for action from the authorities.
In addition to the values of millions disappear, the criminal’s entry into the business created fear and terror among employees and customers.
A month ago, in the middle of rush hour Friday, a watch shop in the country’s main street, Karl Johan, robbed.
The employees were threatened with weapons, while the robbers smashed display cases and emptied them of valuable watches.
– We are about to get a locked society based on fear, and there is no benefit, “said director of Norway’s Watchmakers Association Inge Johanne Mola and shows that more and more businesses choose to have the doors locked during business hours.
She is worried that employees will be taken hostage because you are in a “locked position”.
– It is not correct, as some claim, that the industry is not adequately secured, “said Mola.
– We have made it possible to secure valuables, yet we see that criminals take in through the roof, floor or through neighboring shops. We can not, like banks, lock your valuables. Our products must be available for customers. If not, we will close its doors for good, “said Inge Johanne Mola.
She has the support of the Progress Party’s justice policy spokesman, Morten Ørsal Johansen, who has been in contact with watch industry to gain insight into the frightening trend.
He is now calling for more visible police on the streets and are in no doubt that the absence is one of the reasons for theft and robbery wave now affecting goldsmiths and watchmakers.
– We also have a changed image with foreign crime gangs are correct, even where there are large amounts of public research. They come suddenly, do not hesitate to exercise violence and disappear just as quickly, often out of the country, “said Ørsal Johansen.
Urmaker Protid Association and is concerned about recruitment to the industry, because many are reluctant because of fear of being robbed.
Scared at work
– Until now we have a safe industry with high academic quality which has been nice to work. Now the situation is reversed, “said Inger Johanne Mola and Find Annmark.
– Who wants to train as a goldsmith or watchmakers if you also feel that there may be a profession with a risk of robbery? Many employees already are reluctant to go to work for fear of becoming the next robbery victim, they believe.