Bank Robbers Used Demand Notes More Often Than Weapons In 2011

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Bank robberies in 2011 might have declined since 2010, but it seems thieves are still making a pretty penny since authorities never recovered $30 million they stole last year.The FBI, which recently released its 2011 bank crime statistics, found that 5,093 bank crimes were reported in 2011.

In 2010, 5,641 bank crimes were reported.

Thieves looted $38 million from banks last year but only about $8 million was recovered.

Other notable statistics include:

  • The thieves used a demand note to get their prize in 2,958 incidents. By contrast, bank robbers threatened to use a weapon in 2,331 crimes.
  • Seven extortions were reported last year, in which suspects used or threatened to use explosives during the heist.
  • 30 hostages were taken during last year’s various bank robberies.
  • Most bank crimes happened on Friday, and robbers tended to get their best work done in the morning. Regardless of the day, most bank crimes happened between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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