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Bank Robbers Can’t Hide Now

January 17th, 2008 by flanews

Florida ranks 9th in bank robberies, and bankers say you can help cut the numbers down. Theyre asking customers to follow a new, voluntary no hats, no hoods, no sunglasses policy. If customers refuse to take off the items, they wont be denied service, but shown to an area with more security measures. The program is not new. Missouri started a similar one in 2002 and robberies fell by a third in the first year. Law enforcement says robbers wont be able to hide now.

I cant tell you over the course of my 30 years of law enforcement experience, how many bank surveillance photographs Ive looked and they could have been my own son in that photograph and I wouldnt have recognized them because of the disguises that they do use, said the FBI’s Matt Pellegrino.

Nearly 40 percent of Floridas bank robberies in 2007 involved the suspect wearing some type of disguise or mask. 25 banking institutions have already started the no hats, no hoods, no sunglasses policy.

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