FBI Reports 12% Decrease in 2009 Bank Crimes


During the third quarter of 2009, 1,212 bank-related crimes were reported, a drop from the same reporting period in 2008, according to the FBI.

More than $9.4 million was taken in 90 percent of the crimes, the FBI said when announcing the statistics on its Web site. Of the total amount taken, 22 percent of it was recovered.

For the same period in 2008, 1,378 violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statute were reported, the bureau said.

The bank crimes were attempted most often on Friday, the statistics indicated. No matter which day of the week a crime was attempted, the most frequent time frame was between 9-11 a.m.

Five percent of the crimes included acts of violence, resulting in 26 injuries, five deaths – all perpetrators – and 32 people being taken hostage.

Robbers spoke to a bank employee most often, followed by demand notes, the statistics showed.

Most violations occurred in the southern United States, with 492 incidents reported, the FBI said.

These statistics were recorded through Oct. 20. The FBI said the report did not offer a complete statistical compilation because not all bank crimes were reported to the FBI.

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