Bank crime down slightly in 2011

Bank robberies in the U.S. decreased slightly in the first quarter of 2011, according to statistics released this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to the FBI, there were 1081 robberies, nine burglaries, two larcenies, and one incident of extortion reported at financial institutions between January 1, 2011 and March 31, 2011. During the same time period in 2010, financial institutions reported 1,160 robberies, 21 burglaries, two larcenies, and three extortions.

In addition, the FBI noted that "loot" was taken in 88 percent of these incidents during the first quarter of 2011, totaling more than $7.5 million. More than $1.7 million was recovered and returned.

Among some of the other bank crime statistics for the first quarter of 2011 include:

- Bank crimes occurred most frequently on Friday and regardless of the day, most incidents occurred between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
- Violence was reported in 4 percent of incidents, which resulted in 24 injuries, three deaths and 18 hostages taken.
- Perpetrators most often used written demand notes in the reported incidents, followed by oral demands.
- Most incidents (353) occurred in the Western U.S.

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