FBI releases 2011 bank robbery numbers

The Asheville area had 11 reported bank robberies in this period, a slight increase over other years. Statewide, North Carolina had 124.

From the FBI

Today, the FBI released bank crime statistics for calendar year 2011. Between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011, there were 5,014 robberies, 60 burglaries, 12 larcenies, and seven extortions of financial institutions1 reported to law enforcement. The total 5,093 reported violations represent a decrease from 2010, during which 5,641 violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statute were reported.

Highlights of the report include:

Of the 5,086 total reported bank robberies, burglaries, and larcenies, loot was taken in 4,534 incidents (89 percent). Loot was taken during two of the seven reported bank extortions.

The total amount taken was valued at more than $38 million. More than $8 million was recovered and returned to financial institutions.

Most violations occurred on Friday. 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.

Most violations occurred in the Southern region of the U.S., with 1,576 reported incidents.


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