WASHINGTON (3/23/10)--Of the 6,062 crimes reported to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by U.S. financial institutions last year, credit unions reported 490--including 470 robberies, 14 burglaries and six larcenies. The FBI’s report of 2009 bank crime statistics is not a complete statistical compilation of all bank crimes that occurred in the U.S, because not all bank crimes are reported to the FBI, it said. Loot taken totaled nearly $46 million in 5,514 (91%) of the 6,062 incidents. Total loot recovered after the incidents was slightly more than $8 million. The most popular day for crimes was Friday, and the most popular time period for them was 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Some of the top methods used in the crimes were:
* Demand note used--3,269; * Firearm used--1,619; * Handgun--1,566; * Other firearm--56; * Other weapon used--105; * Weapon threatened--2,553; and * Explosive device used or threatened--193.
The crimes resulted in 140 injuries. Those most often injured were employees (79), perpetrators (27) and customers (21). All the deaths reported (21) in the act of the crime were perpetrators. Of the 94 incidents in which hostages were taken, 67 of the hostages were employees and 22 were members/customers. The top U.S. regions in which crimes (robberies, burglaries, larcenies and extortions) were committed were the South (2,048) and the West (1,793). To view the full FBI report, use the link.