BY MIKE CETERA
On the same day Aurora saw its second consecutive day in which a bank was robbed, the FBI released its latest data on the prevalence of the crime.
Interesting nugget: While robberies are spread out over the week, the day with the most bank robberies is Friday, according to fourth quarter 2007 data. Some 324 bank robberies nationwide occurred on a Friday . The time of day with the most robberies: 9 to 11 a.m.
Here's one explanation:
"Banks used to have more money on Fridays because, historically, it was payday. It's probably still a perception, but it's not necessarily true today," says FBI agent Ken Neu.
"As for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., it's the beginning of the banking day, and it's perceived that there's still a lot of money in the bank as opposed to the end of the day in terms of hard cash. Again, probably more a perception than a reality."
Some more interesting factoids from the FBI report:
* The FBI identified (doesn't make clear if arrests were made) 37 percent of the people involved in 1,609 bank robberies, burglaries and larcenies between October and December 2007.
* In a majority of the incidents (much like in the two Aurora robberies) a weapon was threatened but never displayed.
* In just 19 percent of the cases, law enforcement recovered some or all of the "loot" (as the FBI called it) taken.
* $24,538,528.24 in cash, checks and "other property" were taken during the robberies.
National statistics show that most bank robbers are caught. So, it's likely only a matter of time before law enforcement catches up with the person/people involved in the two Aurora robberies.
The nationwide clearance rate for bank robberies is between 50 and 60 percent, but one expert said the rate is in all likelihood much higher:
The clearance rate for bank robberies is most likely closer to 100 percent, said Fred Desroches, a sociology professor at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, who wrote "Force and Fear," a 2002 book on bank robbery in the United States and Canada.
Desroches said a bank robber accused of one heist likely committed others the authorities will never know about.
"These people," Desroches said of bank robbers, "they never quit."