The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) just made it a little easier for credit unions to track financial institution robberies in their geographic area with the release of a mobile app that helps identify suspects and sorts robbery incidents by date and location.
The free app, which works with through its BankRobbers.fbi.gov web site, can be downloaded from Apple’s app store or Google Play.
Using the app, robberies can be sorted by the date they occurred, the category they fall under (i.e., armed, serial bank robber), the FBI field office working the case, or the state where the robbery occurred.
If location services on the user’s device are enabled, a map shows the relevant financial institution where a robbery took place in a geographic area.
Users can also access surveillance photos, physical description information, robbery details, and the FBI’s wanted poster for each suspect. Users can also select push notifications to be informed when a robbery has taken place near their location.
According to the FBI’s bank crime statistics for 2015, there were 4,091 robberies, burglaries, and larcenies committed under the federal bank robbery statute in a variety of financial institutions, including credit unions, commercial banks, savings and loan associations, and armored carrier companies.
Demand notes were a favorite tool used by robbers (2,416 occurrences). But firearms were used 877 times, the threat of weapons was used 1,762 times, and explosive devices used or threatened occurred 108 times.