Issue of Interest: Bank Robbery

ABA Media Contact: Sarah Grano
Phone: (202) 663-5470
E-mail: sgrano@aba.com
Last Updated: June 15, 2016

All banks are required to have rigorous physical security programs, and a bank's top priority will always be the safety of their customers and employees during a robbery attempt. Robbery deterrence efforts on the part of financial institutions continue to be a balancing act between creating a welcoming environment and maintaining stringent security measures. Fortunately, a well-trained staff, sophisticated alarm systems, high-tech cameras and other tracking devices have been effective in helping law enforcement officials catch bank robbers.

To deter bank robberies, our industry recognizes the value in maintaining an active and ongoing partnership with law enforcement. As a result, approximately 60 percent of bank robbers are caught within 18 months of their crime, according to the FBI.

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Statistics

Total number of robberies includes those of commercial banks, mutual savings banks, savings and loan associations and credit unions. Source: FBI Bank Crime Statistics

1984 – 6,067 1992 – 9,540 2000 – 7,310 2008 – 6,700
1985 – 5,427 1993 – 8,561 2001 – 8,516 2009 – 5,943
1986 – 5,672 1994 – 7,081 2002 – 7,703 2010 – 5,546
1987 – 6,078 1995 – 6,986 2003 – 7,465 2011 – 5,014
1988 – 6,549 1996 – 8,362 2004 – 7,556 2014 - 3,961
1989 – 6,690 1997 – 8,082 2005 – 6,748 2015 - 4,091
1990 – 8,042 1998 – 7,711 2006 – 6,985  
1991 – 9,532 1999 – 6,813 2007 – 5,933  

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