FBI: Bank robberies down slightly

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said this week that bank robberies were slightly down slightly during the first quarter of 2010.

According to the FBI’s bank crime statistics for the first quarter of 2010, 1,160 bank robberies were reported between Jan. 1 and March 31. There were 1,498 bank robberies reported during the first quarter of 2009.

Other bank crimes including burglaries, larcenies and extortions remained roughly the same.

Of the $9.3 million that was taken during these crimes in the first quarter of 2010, $1.9 million was recovered and returned to the affected institution. Some other findings of the report include:

- Most bank crimes occurred on a Friday.
- Regardless of the day, crimes occurred most frequently between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
- Acts of violence took place in 3 percent of incidents, resulting in 18 injuries, two deaths and 35 persons being taken hostage.
- Oral demands were the most common method used by crooks, followed by written notes.
- The southern U.S. suffered the most incidents during this period with 420.

For more information, visit www.fbi.gov.