FBI Reports Fewer Bank Robberies in 2Q
Fewer bank robberies were reported to the FBI in the second quarter than in the year-earlier period.
Local authorities and field offices reported a total of 1,023 violations of the federal bank crimes law in the April-June period, down 11 percent from 1,146 a year earlier.
Nearly all of the bank crimes, 98 percent, were robberies. There also were five burglaries, one larceny, and two cases of extortion.
Criminals made off with loot in 91 percent of the incidents. Their haul totaled $7.8 million. More than $1.8 million was recovered.
Friday was the most common day for bank crimes. Tuesday was a close second.
The crimes happened most often between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Only 7 percent occurred before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
Crime was far more likely at banks that do not have guards on duty. Only 51 of the crimes occurred at banks that have guards. The guards were off duty in nine of those cases.
Nearly all of the banks maintained alarm systems and surveillance cameras. They didn't always work. Alarm systems failed to activate or function properly in 76 cases, cameras in 24.
More than half of the crimes involved demand notes passed to bank employees. There were only six reported cases of theft from a vault or safe. (AP)