Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 13, 2009

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

FBI Releases Bank Crime Statistics for Third Quarter of 2008

Today the FBI released bank crime statistics for the third quarter of calendar year 2008. Between July 1, 2008 and September 30, 2008, there were 1,358 robberies of financial institutions¹, as well as 14 burglaries and four larcenies. This represents 1,376 reported violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statute, a decrease from the second quarter’s total of 1,443 and first quarter’s total of 1,641.

“It is promising to see a continued decline in bank robberies, larcenies, and burglaries from quarter to quarter, but the FBI remains committed to investigating these crimes alongside our partners in state and local law enforcement,” said Assistant Director Kenneth W. Kaiser, FBI Criminal Investigative Division.

Highlights of the report include the following:

  • Of the 1,376 total reported violations, loot was taken in 1,267 incidents (92 percent). In contrast, loot was taken in 1,311 incidents (91 percent) during the second quarter of 2008.
  • The total amount taken was valued at more than $12.5 million dollars, a slight decline from the previous quarter’s total of more than $12.6 million stolen.
  • A note was used in 764 incidents; a firearm was used in 378 incidents; and robbers threatened the use of a weapon in 595 incidents.
  • Acts of violence were committed during 68 of the reported incidents. These acts included 16 instances involving the discharge of firearms, 40 instances involving assaults, and 15 instances of hostage situations.
  • Six deaths occurred during this reporting period, including five perpetrators and one other individual. No law enforcement officers were killed responding to these incidents.
  • Most violations occurred on Thursday. Regardless of the day of the week, violations between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. were the most common.

View the detailed report and learn more about the FBI at

2008 Bank Crime Statistics: Quarter 1 | Quarter 2 | Quarter 3

¹ Financial institutions include commercial banks, mutual savings banks, savings and loan associations, and credit unions.

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