Public Safety Advisory – “Bank Jugging”

Published on: October 26, 2016

Over the past several months Bryan and College Station Police Departments have seen a pattern of vehicle burglaries that lead us to believe a crime termed as “bank jugging” has been occurring in our community. Local law enforcement agencies want the public to be aware of what “bank jugging” is and safety tips to keep them from being targeted.

What is Bank Jugging?
• The term is used to describe suspects who sit in nearby parking lots and watch customers go in and out of a bank. The suspects follow the customers they believe are in possession of cash and look for an opportunity to burglarize their vehicles or rob them directly.
• “Juggers” most frequently target customers carrying bank bags, bank envelopes and coin boxes.
• Most “jugging” Burglary of Motor Vehicles occurs at retail or commercial business the customer stops at after leaving the bank.

Things to be aware of when banking:
• Occupied vehicles backed into parking spaces with clear view of the front doors of the bank, ATM or commercial drive thru line.
• Vehicles arriving at bank with no occupants entering the bank
• Vehicles changing parking spaces
• Vehicles with dark tinted windows with little or no visibility of the occupants
• Vehicles with multiple occupants

How can you protect yourself?
• Always be aware of your surroundings
• Conceal money before leaving the bank. Never openly carry bank bags, envelopes or coin boxes.
• Be aware of anyone following you from the area of a bank
• If you suspect you are being targeted, call 911 from your cell phone and keep the dispatcher informed of your location, the direction you are traveling, and drive toward the police station until marked police cars are able to locate you.
• Do not leave or try to hide your bank bag or bank envelope in your vehicle when you exit at your next destination, even if it’s your residence.

Local Law Enforcement Agencies want you to stay vigilant. It is easy to become complacent as we go about the business of the day. Criminals often pray upon our inattentiveness and exploit those opportunities. If something doesn’t look right, please do not hesitate to report your suspicions to the bank or credit union you are visiting, or simply call 911.

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