If you’re going to rob a bank, don’t do it in the United States. A study of bank robberies in the U.S. and England found that the average per-person haul in an American heist is just $4,330, Gizmodo’s Jamie Condliffe reported.
Three English researchers found that there were over 12,000 bank robberies in America in 2006 and 20 per cent of the successful heists include those robbers who were ultimately caught by police.
So if you try to rob a bank four times and are successful, you would get, on average, $17,320 — enough to buy a lovely tricked out Kia Soul.
But chances are you would get caught way before you pull off four successful bank robberies.
“A single bank raid, even a successful one, is not going to keep our would-be robber in a life of luxury,” the study said. “It is not going to keep him long in a life of any kind.”
If you want to rob a bank, do it across the pond. The average per-person haul in the U.K. is nearly $20,000, according to the study.
The study also showed that criminals are realising that bank robberies aren’t worth it anymore and that attempts have decreased over the last few years.
The research was published in the June issue of the statistical journal Significance.