WASHINGTON (1/11/10)--During third quarter 2009, there were roughly 1,212 robberies and burglaries of financial institutions, including credit unions, reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). That's a decrease from the 1,378 reported violations in the same quarter in 2008. The figures included 1,184 robberies, including 101 credit union robberies, plus 28 burglaries, four of them at credit unions, the FBI said. More than $9.4 million in loot was taken from 90% of the incidents. Roughly $2.2 million was recovered in 22% of the incidents. Five percent of the incidents involved acts of violence that resulted in 26 injuries, mostly to employees (17) of the financial institution (17) or the suspect (five injured); five deaths, all perpetrators; and 32 persons taken hostage. Other findings:
* Crimes against financial institutions were most frequently committed on Friday. The most frequent time--regardless of the day--was between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. * Suspects used oral demands the most, followed closely by demand notes. * Most violations occurred in the South, which had 492 reported incidents.
The FBI noted that incidents could be higher because not all bank crimes are reported to the FBI. For the full report, use the link.