Jewelry Store Smash-and Grab in Westfield Topanga – What should have been done differently?


Earlier this month, a jewelry store owner was attacked with pepper spray and robbed of $50,000 worth of inventory – all in the blink of an eye.

Edward George Jewelers at the Westfield Topanga Mall was attacked on a Monday at around 2:50pm by two men. The owner said one of the men jumped on the counter holding a sledgehammer and a bottle of pepper spray. The robber sprayed pepper spray all over the owner’s body, sending the owner into a panic. The owner proceeded to let the robbers take whatever they wanted,

The men made off with several watches and engagement rings, with no resistance. Police said no arrests have been made.

This is the second time this year the jewelry store has been robbed.


What could have been done differently?


The nature of a smash and grab is simply that they are fast. Robbers want to minimize the risk of getting caught. This means the aim to get in, smash, grab, get out – as quickly as possible.

If this is done correctly, robbers can usually flee the crime scene before police are even able to respond.

This being said, the best way to prevent a smash and grab is to make it take longer for the criminal to get what they want. This means not leaving inventory out in the open, but it also means introducing measures that further protect your inventory inside of their display cases.

Applying a clear protective layer of film to your display case keeps glass from shattering and falling apart. By keeping the glass as a protective barrier even when it is being attacked by a sledgehammer, a robber must take exponentially longer to acquire the contents of your display case, and the risk of getting caught rises as each second passes. If a smash and grab is taking too long, it becomes too risky, and burglars will often leave before they are finished so that they will not get caught.

This Jewelry store has been robbed twice in the last year. If a protective film was in place they first time they were robbed, the fact that they were a difficult target would have greatly reduced the chances of the store being robbed again. Burglars want an easy target, so the best way to avoid a burglary is not to be one.

If you’d like to learn more about an affordable way to enforce the strength of your display case glass, and mitigate the risk and damages of a smash and grab robbery, please click here, or give us a call at 1.800.225.2984.



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