When you think about all the crimes that takes place at banks, you might imagine the bank being the target of a robbery but not yourself. With bank jugging robbery, the target is you, the bank customer. Although bank jugging robberies are nothing new, it is becoming increasingly common.
Here is what you need to know about bank jugging and tips on how you can avoid becoming a potential target when visiting our branches.
What is Bank Jugging?
Bank jugging refers to thieves watching customers from bank parking lots as the customer withdraws money from an ATM or go in and out of the bank with a bank bag or envelope that looks like there are large amount of cash in it. The thieves then follow the customers to their next destination to seek an opportunity to rob them.
The crime is often carried out by two or more perpetrators. Sometimes perpetrators may be posing as a bank customer inside the bank communicating with the perpetrators that are watching targets from the bank parking lot to keep a close eye on their potential targets.
The crime usually occurs at the next destination the victim stops at whether it be at a restaurant, grocery store, gym, or their house. As soon as the victim steps out of their vehicle, they are attacked and robbed.
Tips to avoid becoming a target:
· Always be aware of your surroundings.
· Hide your bank bag or envelope when you leave the bank.
· Take your bank bag or envelope with you to your next destination. Do not hide or leave it in your car.
· If you are being followed, do not head to your next destination. Call 911 and drive to the nearest police station.
Bank jugging has become increasingly prevalent in many states. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and report anything suspicious. Stay safe out there!