Banking & Finance
In down times, bank robbers sticking up
Rising crime forces bankers to find ways to thwart would-be thieves regional financial-services security company.
Based outside of Philadelphia, the firm services
By Martin C. Daks escapades, but the money’s still in banks — Vineland-based Sun National Bank and other
According to urban legend, gentleman and people are still robbing them. institutions in new Jersey and elsewhere.
robber Willie Sutton said he looted banks “Whenever there’s a down economy, bank State-level statistics compiled by the
“because that’s where the money is.” robberies usually rise,” said Chris Mackey, Federal Bureau of investigation indicate bank
Much has changed since Sutton’s 1930s operations manager at Kriebel Security Inc., a robberies are indeed rising.
there were 80 bank robberies in new
Jersey during the first six months of 2008, before
the economy imploded, according to the FBi’s
Bank crime Statistics Web site. that number
jumped to 103 for the same period in 2009.
“As robberies increased, more banks
asked us about security solutions,” Mackey
said. “We’re also seeing increased interest in
active security systems that can actually block
or trap a robber, as opposed to passive ones,
like cameras, that just record the activity.”
one of the most popular is the entrance
security vestibule, also known as “the mantrap,”
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“With the mantrap, a customer walks
through a street entrance door, and has to