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Crime stats ID types of security used
WASHINGTON (7/8/09)--Most of the reported crimes--robberies, burglaries and larcenies--that occurred at U.S. financial institutions in 2008 were monitored by alarm systems and surveillance cameras, according to bank crime statistics released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The teller counter was the “hot spot”--where most robberies occurred. In 2008, of the 6,849 reported violations, 6,488 occurred at the teller counter of the financial institution. Other building areas and the number of violations that occurred included:
* Vault/safe--371; * Office area--199; * Armored vehicle--72; * Drive-in/walk-up--65; * Other--54; * Safe deposit area--22; * Night depository--9; * ATM--5; and * Courier/messenger--1.
Of the security devices maintained by the victim institutions, some 6,743--98%--had surveillance cameras, and 6,626--96%--had alarm systems. Other security devices and the number of affected institutions that maintain them included:
* Bait money--4,483; * Tear gas/dye packs--1,738; * Bullet-resistant enclosures--763; * Electronic tracking--601; and * Guards--387.
Of the security devices used during the commission of the crimes, there were 6,581 surveillance cameras activated, and 6,176 alarm systems activated. Other security devices and the number used during crimes included:
* Bait money taken--2,121; * Tear gas/dye packs taken--730; * Guards on duty--341; and * Electronic tracking activated--298.
When the crimes were committed, surveillance cameras functioned 6,477 times--95%--and the alarm systems functioned 6,110 times--89%.
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