Sunday, September 14, 2008

Welcome to our pretty bank branch

We've written before about the increase in bank robberies in NYC this year. Fancy bank branches abound on seemingly every corner of some East Village streets. It's so convenient! On the topic of the increase in bank robberies, the Times makes this observation today:

A look at the data shows that bank robbers seem to prefer some of the inviting environments of the newer banks on the city scene. Sovereign, Wachovia and Commerce — with plants arrayed on marble floors, jars of lollipops set on low-slung counters and no bullet-resistant barriers between tellers and customers — have some the highest ratios of robberies to branches.

I wonder when bank officials will realize these sparkly new branches are in the middle of an enormous metropolitan area, and not in Pleasantville USA...

1 comment:

Jill said...

I remember about 10 years ago reading an article that said there was a bank robbery in New York pretty much every day, but the banks didn't want to talk about it for fear that other people would realize how easy it is. The robbers only take what's in the till, so it is very fast in and out. Times change, people don't.