South Florida Bank Robberies on the Rise, FBI Says

According to a news article in the Sun Sentinel, bank robberies are occurring more frequently in South Florida. Based on the most recent statistics, the number of robbery incidents may soon exceed those of each of the two previous years. According to statistics compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there were 49 bank robberies in the time period from October 1, 2011 through March 30, 2012 within the nine counties in its jurisdiction. If the number of robbery incidents continues, by the end of September 2012 the total would be a 33 percent increase from the 2011’s total of 75 bank robberies.

The number of bank robberies occurring currently amounts to about two per week. The FBI attributes the increase in bank robberies to a number of factors; however, the most influential seems to be the economy. There are a lot of people who have no job, no home, and are desperate. Such circumstances increase the types of crimes that would provide quick money. Gambling and drug-use also tend to increase in such economic circumstances.

Although the number of bank robberies has increased, the types of robberies committed are less violent, typically involving a lone suspect approaching one teller, rather than multiple suspects with multiple weapons attempting to take the whole bank by violence. Regardless of the situation, the FBI encourages bank patrons and employees to not attempt to stop robberies.

Regardless of your personal situation, violent crimes such as robbery can have a significant effect on your future. If you have been charged with robbery in Florida, the aggressive robbery defense lawyers in Florida at Musca Law can protect your legal rights and build a strong defense on your behalf. To learn more, call us today for a confidential consultation at (800) 687-2252.

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