|Published:||Nov 18, 2010 9:45 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 18, 2010 6:46 PM EST|
CAPE CORAL, Fla - Robbed at gun point is a terrifying ordeal but it's a reality for bankers.
In Cape Coral almost a dozen bank robberies took place in the past five years.
Now the FBI is getting involved.
"It can be a very serious crime. A bank robbery is a very traumatic experience to go through," said Cape Coral Police Officer Jerry Moll.
To help bankers better understand how robbers pick their targets, what they should look for, how to prevent robberies and how to handle it, the FBI and Cape PD held a bank safety workshop.
The workshop was Cape police headquarters Thursday morning.
Representatives from 50 bank branches across the city showed up for the lecture.
FBI Special Agent James Roncinske says the workshop opens dialogue, so both sides know what to expect if there is a robbery.
"It's very important...so they understand what the police response is gong to be. What the FBI's response is going to be," Roncinske said.
The eleven bank robberies, in Cape Coral over the past five years, is below the national average.
Out of those eleven, eight have been solved.
"Even one is too many. That's why there has been so many changes...it was important to get both groups together and discuss where we go from here and how we make it a lot safer," Officer Moll said.
The last bank robbery in Cape Coral was in 2009.
That year there was one.
That's down from a high in 2005, when there were six bank robberies in the span of several months.
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