FBI Report: Bank Robberies Down In Second Quarter Compared To 2009

During the second quarter of 2010, there were 1,146 reported violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statute, a decrease from the 1,304 reported violations in the same quarter of 2009. According to statistics released today by the FBI, there were 1,135 robberies, 11 burglaries, zero larcenies and one extortion of financial institutions reported between April 1, 2010 and June 31, 2010.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Loot was taken in 91 percent of the incidents, totaling more than $8.4 million.
  • Of the loot taken, 21 percent of it was recovered. More than $1.3 million was recovered and returned to financial institutions.
  • Bank crimes most frequently occurred on Friday. Regardless of the day, the time frame when bank crimes occurred most frequently was between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • Acts of violence were committed in 5 percent of the incidents, resulting in 23 injuries, five deaths, and nine persons being taken hostage.3
  • Oral demands and demand notes 4 were the most common modus operandi used.
  • Most violations occurred in the Western region of the U.S., with 403 reported incidents.

These statistics were recorded as of August 10, 2010. Note that not all bank crimes are reported to the FBI, and therefore the report is not a complete statistical compilation of all bank crimes that occurred in the U.S.

The entire report can be viewed at http://www.fbi.gov/publications/bcs/bcs2010/bank_crime_2010q2.htm.

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