Attempted Break In at Fort Worth Coin Club Show
On Saturday November 6, 2010 at approximately 6:45pm two suspects attempted to break into the bourse floor after the close of the Fort Worth Coin Club show in Fort Worth, Texas. Doug Davis, Founder/President, of the Numismatic Crime Information Center and who provides security for several coin shows in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex was on scene at the time of the incident.
Banging sounds were coming from the rear door entrance to the show and Davis went to investigate. As he approached he saw a large screw driver come through the top of the door and a crowbar prying at the bottom. Davis identified himself as a police officer and instructed them to get back away from the door. The suspects dropped the tools and fled. Fort Worth police were called and a crime scene investigation was conducted. The offense remains under investigation.
“To my knowledge this is the first time an attempted burglary/robbery has occurred in the last 15 years or longer”, Davis said. “Although this may be an isolated event dealers must be alert and cautious when attending numismatic events and bourse chairmen should provide adequate security regardless of the cost”, said Davis.
Hard economic times and the rise in gold and silver prices are factors in the rise in numismatic crimes. Collectors and dealers are encouraged to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of becoming a numismatic crime victim.