FBI: Bank crimes decrease in 2011

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) In a new report released Thursday, the FBI details the number of bank crimes reported in 2011 and when those crimes typically occur.

The FBI's report on bank crime statistics each year tabulates the number and type of bank robberies, or attempted bank robberies, within the United States. It breaks those number down by location, type of institution, time of day, day of the week and 'loot taken and recovered.'

The total 5,093 reported violations is actually a decrease from the 5,641 violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statute reported in 2010.

Of all the reported bank robberies, burglaries and larcenies, loot was taken in 89% of those cases at a total value of $38 million. More than $8 million of the reported stolen dough was recovered.

In 2,958 of those incidents, the suspect offered their demand with a note; however, 2,678 delivered oral demands.

Only 53% of those suspects that threatened to have a weapon were in possession of a firearm.

During only 201 of the reported robberies were acts of violence committed, including 70 firearm discharges, 116 assaults and one explosive device. These violent acts resulted in 88 injuries, 13 deaths, and 30 hostages.

Unsurprisingly, most robberies occurred on Friday, and regardless of the day, the most common time that incidents were reported was between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The Southern region, according to the FBI, claims the most incidents with a total of 1,576. South Carolina accounts for 5% of the total with 71 bank crimes reported in 2011. Our neighboring states Georgia and North Carolina claim 9% and 8%, respectively.

In every ethnic group identified, there were more male suspects than female.

For more statistics, read the complete FBI report.

To read more about bank crimes in our area, check out the bank robbery page on WMBFNews.com.

These statistics were recorded as of April 24. Not all bank crimes are reported to the FBI, and therefore the report is not a complete statistical compilation of all bank crimes that occurred in the United States.

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