Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 8, 2010

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI Releases Bank Crime Statistics for Third Quarter of 2009

During the third quarter of 2009, there were 1,212 reported violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statue, a decrease from the 1,378 reported violations in the same quarter of 2008.1 According to statistics released today by the FBI, there were 1,184 robberies of financial institutions2 and 28 burglaries reported between July 1, 2009 and September 30, 2009. No larcenies or extortions were reported during the quarter.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Loot was taken in 90 percent of the incidents, totaling more than $9.4 million.
  • Of the loot taken, 22 percent of it was recovered. More than $2.2 million was returned to financial institutions.
  • Bank crimes most frequently occurred on Friday. Regardless of the day, the time frame when bank crimes occurred most frequently was between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • Acts of violence were committed in 5 percent of the incidents, resulting in 26 injuries, five deaths (perpetrators), and 32 persons being taken hostage.
  • The most common methods used were oral demands, closely followed by demand notes.
  • Most violations occurred in the southern region of the U.S., with 492 reported incidents.

These statistics were recorded as of October 20, 2009. Note that 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 U.S.

View the detailed report and learn more about the FBI at www.fbi.gov.


1 In the third quarter of 2008, 1,358 robberies, 14 burglaries, four larcenies, and two extortions were reported.
2 Financial institutions include commercial banks, mutual savings banks, savings and loan associations, and credit unions.

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