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Use Your Phone to Help FBI Bust Bank Robbers

The FBI has come a long way since hanging “Wanted” posters in post offices.

As of last week, the Bureau can now accept tips about robberies via mobile app. Users who have information about a robbery incident can submit tips to directly the federal agency from the convenience of their phone.

Free to download on iOS and Android, the new app uses location services to send notifications to users about any nearby robberies, in addition to accepting tips about robberies already under investigation.

In the app, users can examine details and photos from bank robberies around the US, organized by date, type of robbery, location, and the FBI field office working the case.

According to the FBI’s bank crime statistics for 2015, there were 4,091 robberies, burglaries, and larcenies committed under the federal bank robbery statute in a variety of financial institutions—including commercial banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, and armored carrier companies. Demand notes were a favorite tool used by bank robbers (2,416 times), but actual firearms were used 877 times, the threat of weapons was used 1,762 times, and explosive devices used or threatened occurred 108 times.

The app database is limited to information already stored on the FBI’s site, bankrobbers.fbi.gov, so it does not contain details about every bank robbery nationwide, but it’s a good start.

The mobile appcan be downloaded for free from Apple’s app store or Google Play:

Posted in General News

Tags: FBI, bank robbery, mobile apps

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