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10 questions: Test your bank robbery knowledge

Are you one of those folks who cannot get enough of those video surveillance snapshots from bank stickups?

Well, let's see how well you know some of the common aspects of robberies. (The answers below come courtesy of the FBI which on Monday released its bank crime stats for the 2009 calendar year

1) Are bank crimes -- robberies, burglaries, larcenies, extortions -- reported to the FBI up or down in these tough economic times?

2) What day of the week do most robberies occur? And during what hours?

3) Most bank robberies occurred in what region of the country? (Extra credit if you correctly guess which state had the most.)

a) the South b) the Northeast c) the West

4) The robbers made off with how much money in 2009?

a) $23 million b) $17 million c) $46 million

5) Law enforcement recovered how much of the haul?

a) $1.6 million b) $8 million c) $19 million

6) Which word does the FBI use to describe the ill-gotten goods?

a) haul b) booty c) loot

7) Do bank robbers generally:

a) ask for the money b) pass a demand note c) threaten using a weapon

8) Which was not among the types of weapons the FBI noted was used during a bank robbery?

a) hypodermic needle b) cattle prod c) club

9) Twenty one people died during the 2009 bank robberies. How many of those were the robbers?

10) Banks rely on alarms, surveillance cameras and exploding dye packs to enhance security. But which is most common?

And the correct answers:

1. Down slightly, to 6,065 reported violations from 6,857 in 2008.

2. Fridays, and between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m..

3. The correct answer is "a." The South was the top region.

California (710 incidents) was the golden state for bank robbers.

Maryland (180), Virginia (109) and the District (15) didn't crack the top 10 list for individual states.

4) The correct answer is "c" -- $46 million.

5) The correct answer is "b" -- $8 million

6) The correct answer is "c" -- loot.

7) The correct answer is "a" -- they ask for it.

8) The correct answer is "b" -- a cattle prod.

9) All 21.

10) Surveillance cameras. Banks also relied more heavily on tear gas and exploding dye packs for security (1,469) than they did on guards (269).

-- Mary Pat Flaherty


By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  March 24, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Crime Statistics , Mary Pat Flaherty  
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