In the US, a bank robber steals an average of $7,000 US Dollars (USD), according to 2010 statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In a year, there are around 5,600 bank robberies in the US, with a total of approximately $43 million USD stolen. Law enforcement recovers around 22% of the money stolen in bank robberies, or roughly $8 million USD a year. Less than 4% of bank robberies result in any acts of violence, such as threatening with weapons or taking hostages, as the majority of bank robbers demand the money silently through the use of a note.
More about bank robberies:
- The most common day for a bank to be robbed is on Fridays, followed closely by Tuesdays, with most robberies occurring from 9-11 a.m.
- In 2010, there were 16 bank robbery-related deaths in the US and 13 of those were the perpetrators.
- 96% of bank robbers are male, with African Americans and Caucasian males each equally accounting for 40% of all bank robbers. Over one-third of bank robbers are thought to be regular drug users.