WASHINGTON (4/7/11)--Robberies occurred at 396 U.S. credit unions last year, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 2010 Bank Crime Statistics report released Tuesday. Credit unions also experienced 11 burglaries, one act of larceny and zero extortions, the report said. Between Jan.1 and Dec. 31, there were 5,546 robberies, 74 burglaries, eight larcenies, and 13 extortions of financial institutions reported to law enforcement. The total 5,628 reported violations represent a decrease from 2009, during which 6,065 violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statute were reported. The types of financial institutions offices victimized in 2010 by these crimes were: 1,095 branch offices, 34 main offices, 11 stores, and six remote facilities/other. Other highlights of the report include:
* Of the 5,628 total reported bank robberies, burglaries, and larcenies, loot was taken in 5,102 incidents (91%). Three of the 13 reported bank extortions also succeeded in getting loot. * The total amount taken was valued at more than $43 million--$42.5 million of it in cash. More than $8 million was recovered and returned to the financial institutions. * The most common methods of operation included: demand note (3,142 incidents); oral demand (3,096 incidents); firearm used (1,445 incidents); and use of a weapon threatened (2,461 incidents). In the extortions, perpetrators used or threatened to use explosive devices during five incidents and made threats by telephone in eight incidents. * Acts of violence were committed during 236, or 4%, of the holdups. Seventy-one instances involved the discharge of firearms, 145 involved assaults, one instance involved an explosive device, and 31 instances included hostage situations. No acts of violence occurred during the three reported bank extortions. * Violent acts resulted in 106 injuries, 16 deaths, and 90 persons taken hostage. None of these occurred during the extortions. * Most violations occurred on Friday. Regardless of the day of the week, violations between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. were the most common. * The Southern region of the U.S had the highest number of incidents.
The statistics were recorded as of March 16. Not all bank crimes are reported to the FBI. The report is not a complete statistical compilation of all bank crimes that occurred in the U.S. To view the full report, use the link.