Seattle Area Jeweler Adds Concealed Weapons Tech After Armed Robbery

The solution from Athena Security is said to automatically tell the difference between a weapon and a cell phone, keys and watches.

SEATTLE — Aboud Jewelry, a multi-generational Seattle-area small business, has added Athena’s frictionless Entryway Security Solution to detect concealed weapons.

The multisensor walk-through metal detector is said to allow the family owners to quickly and accurately screen anyone entering the business before being allowed inside the store.

“This is exactly why we went into business, to help prevent gun violence before it happens,” says Athena Security CEO Michael Green. “Our hearts went out when we heard that the Aboud family had a gun pulled on them, but we can do so much more than feel for small businesses, we can stop this from happening again, providing the safety and peace of mind we all deserve living and working in our local communities.”

The solution from Athena Security is said to automatically tell the difference between a weapon and a cell phone, keys and watches, eliminating the need to divest items required by legacy metal detectors, making it well-suited for small businesses that want to deter and detect concealed weapons.

“We understand that as a jewelry store we are a target for burglars, but with Athena Security’s concealed weapons detection system tech in place, our family and valued customers can rest assured that no one with a concealed weapon is going to gain entry to the store,” says Alhareth Aboud, co-owner of Aboud Jewelers, whose mother and father were held at gunpoint in the store in May.

At approximately noon, a man walked into the store with a concealed weapon and after asking about the value of some  gold jewelry he used as a prop, pulled a gun on Alhareth’s mother and father.

Luckily, the gunman fled once Alhareth’s father started screaming and his mom hid for cover. The Athena Security system, along with a double set of reinforced doors, was installed the week prior to Memorial Day weekend

Pain Field Airport, also located in Everett, Wash, has deployed Athena Security to allow traffic to flow through security while scanning passengers and staff.

Aboud Jewelry is not shy about innovation, having added a vibration detector after a nighttime cat burglar cut an adjacent building’s wall and used tools to snatch jewelry out of showcase boxes without even entering the room. High-value retail remains on high alert to improve security operations, security procedures, and adopt cutting edge technology to reduce the risk of the loss of property, and the loss of life.

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