The North Carolina Bankers Association says the number of bank robberies is down slightly since last year. The group met with law enforcement agencies yesterday to discuss how to reduce the crime rate. The association says there have been 113 robberies this year compared to 129 in 2011. Associate counsel Dawn Thompson says the group keeps track of crime trends to help law enforcement cut down on robberies.
Dawn Thompson: "Between 9 and 11 a.m. and then 2 and 4 p.m. are the most popular times. And then larger metro cities are obviously more at risk than the small communities. They have more robberies this year, at least."
Thompson says the number of robberies also tends to rise during the Holiday Season. The Bankers Association collaborates with the FBI to provide up to $5,000 dollars in reward money for information leading to an arrest.