Bank Crime Statistics 4th Quarter 2007

Learn about:

Violations by type of institution

  • Type of Loot Taken and Recovered
  • Number, race and sex of robbers
  • Day of Week and Time of Day of Robberies
  • Security Devices used by Victim Institutions
  • Modus Operandi and more

BANK CRIME STATISTICS (BCS)
FEDERAL INSURED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
OCTOBER 1, 2007 — DECEMBER 31, 2007

I. VIOLATIONS OF THE FEDERAL BANK ROBBERY AND INCIDENTAL CRIMES STATUTE,

TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, SECTION 2113

Violations by Type of Institution

Violations by Type of Institution
 Type

Robberies

Burglaries

Larcenies

Commercial Banks

1393

32

4

Mutual Savings Banks

21

1

0

Savings and Loan Associations

23

0

0

Credit Unions

124

10

1

Total

1561

43

5

Grand Total—All Violations: 1,609

Loot Taken and Recovered

Loot was taken in 1,485 (92 percent) of the 1,609 incidents. Loot taken is itemized as follows:

Loot Taken
Cash $23,127,885.47
Securities—Face Value 0.00
Checks (including Traveler’s Checks) 1,403,018.77
Food Stamps 0.00
Other Property 7,624.00
Total

$24,538,528.24

Full or partial recovery of loot taken was reported by law enforcement agencies in 278 (19 percent) of the 1,485 incidents in which loot was taken.  Loot recovered is itemized as follows:

Loot Recovered
Cash

$10,350,660.92

Securities—Face Value

0.00

Checks (including Traveler’s Checks)

1,400,160.00

Food Stamps

0.00

Other Property

20.00

Total

$11,750,840.92

Number, Race, and Sex of Perpetrators

The number of persons known to be involved in the 1,609 robberies, burglaries, and larcenies was 1,959. The following table shows a breakdown of the 1,959 persons who have been identified by race and sex. In a small number of cases, the use of full disguise makes determination of race and sex impossible.

Number, Race, and Sex of Perpetrators
 Sex

White

Black

Hispanic

Other

Unknown

Male

782

780

137

16

82

Female

62

52

10

1

3

Unknown Race/Sex: 34

Investigation to date has resulted in the identification of 718 (37 percent) of the 1,959 persons known to be involved. Of these 718 identified persons, 310 (43 percent) were determined to be users of narcotics, and 154 (21 percent) were found to have been previously convicted in either federal or state court for bank robbery, bank burglary, or bank larceny.

Occurrences by Day of Week and Time of Day

Occurrences by Day of Week and Time of Day
Day Occurrences Time of Day Occurrences
Monday     303 6-9 a.m.      32
Tuesday     271 9-11 a.m.    391
Wednesday     300 11 a.m.-1 p.m.    376
Thursday     262 1-3 p.m.    350
Friday     324 3-6 p.m.    382
Saturday     124 6 p.m.-6 a.m.      78
Sunday      18 Not Determined        0
Not Determined        7
Total 1,609 Total 1,609

Institution/Community Characteristics

Type of Financial Institution Office

Type of Financial Institution Office
Main Office

48

Branch Office

1,502

Store

49

Remote Facility/Other

10

Total

1,609

Location of Financial Institution Office

Location of Financial Institution Office
Commercial District

1,099

Shopping Center

383

Residential

78

Other Location

49

Total

1,609

Community Type

Community Type
Metropolitan

735

Suburban

266

Small City/Town

574

Rural

34

Total

1,609

Institutional Areas Involved

Institutional Areas Involved
Area Number Area Number
Counter 1,521 Night Depository    2
Vault/Safe     96 Auto. Teller Machine    2
Safe Deposit Area       3 Courier/Messenger    1
Office Area     59 Armored Vehicle  25
Drive-In/Walk-Up     11 Other    9
 

Security Devices Maintained by Victim Institutions

Security Devices Maintained by Victim Institutions
Alarm System

1,540

Surveillance Cameras

1,581

Bait Money

1,170

Guards

93

Tear Gas/Dye Packs

432

Electronic Tracking

137

Bullet-Resistant Enclosures

121

Security Devices Used During Crimes

Security Devices Used During Crimes
Alarm System Activated

1,427

Surveillance Cameras Activated

1,547

Bait Money Taken

562

Guards on Duty

79

Tear Gas/Dye Packs Taken

194

Electronic Tracking Activated

74

Security Devices Functioned

Security Devices Functioned
Alarm System Functioned

1,404

Surveillance Cameras Functioned

1,518

Modus Operandi Used

Modus Operandi Used
Demand Note Used

870

Firearm Used1

447

    Handgun

442

    Other Firearm

10

Other Weapon Used2

25

Weapon Threatened3

1,191

Explosive Device Used or Threatened

52

Oral Demand

881

Vault or Safe Theft

12

Depository Trap Device

1

Till Theft

27

[1] “Handgun” and “Other Firearm” added together may not coincide with “Firearm Used” since, in some cases, both handguns and other firearms are used during the same crime.

2 “Other Weapon Used” includes knives, other cutting instruments, hypodermic needles, clubs, etc.

3 “Weapon Threatened” includes those cases where a weapon was threatened or implied either orally or in a demand note but not actually observed.

Injuries, Deaths, and Hostages Taken

Acts of violence were committed during 54 (3.4 percent) of the 1,609 robberies, burglaries, and larcenies which occurred during this three-month period. These acts included six instances involving the discharge of firearms, 41 instances involving assaults, and eight instances of hostage situations. (One or more acts of violence may occur during an incident.) These acts of violence resulted in 21 injuries, five deaths, and 18 persons being taken hostage.

Injuries

Injuries
Customer

7

Employee

10

Employee Family

0

Perpetrator

3

Law Officer

0

Guard

1

Other

0

Total

21

Number of incidents in which injuries occurred: 17

Deaths

Deaths
Customer

0

Employee

0

Employee Family

0

Perpetrator

4

Law Officer

0

Guard

1

Other

0

Total

5

Number of incidents in which deaths occurred: 4

Hostages Taken

Hostages Taken
Customer

1

Employee

10

Employee Family

3

Law Officer

0

Guard

2

Other

2

Total

18

Number of incidents in which hostages were taken: 8

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