what makes new york banks so easy to rob?
Crime rates in five districts fell sharply last year, but bank robberies increased by 57%.
New York City now has more than one bank robbery on average every day.
2009 has been shown to be another record year for holding ups.
Not bank robbers are getting smarter and smarter.
\"One word on the street is that it\'s much easier to rob banks now than it used to be,\" said New York police chief Ray Kelly . \".
He wants to force banks in New York to tighten security standards.
Part of the problem, he says, is the design of modern banks.
\"Banks are no longer like banks,\" he said . \"
The commissioner said that today\'s rooms are more like living rooms with comfortable sofas, free coffee, and the barriers between friendly tellers and customers are small.
\"Obviously, they think this is effective in attracting customers,\" Kelly said . \".
But it has an impact on our business.
\"Who decides what is safe?
Last year there were 444 bank robberies in the city.
Most of them are in lower Manhattan.
This is a thorn on the commissioner\'s side.
The New York Police Department and the FBI have captured about 75% bank robbers in New York, but that requires a lot of work.
Kelly wants to authorize better cameras to place and divide functions such as the glass barrier of tellers and bankers --
People in the safe world call it \"bandit barriers \".
But banks want to make their own security decisions.
\"Simply because the bank has no robber barrier does not mean that it does not use a complete list of security procedures,\" said Michael Smith, chairman of the New York Bankers Association.
Smith quickly pointed out that banks were the victims of these crimes.
They pay for the robbery.
The average cost is about $2,000-
It is their responsibility to protect employees and customers.
As for those living rooms-
Like the lounge, Smith said, \"I can assure you that this is not your regular living room.
Most living rooms have not been trained with seven or eight cameras, and no one in the lobby is watching what is happening.
John Jay, professor of conservation management at the Criminal Justice Academy, Robert McRae, said: \"rate banks on broadway to help measure how banks use these features and take journalists on broadway in Midtown
Areas with lots of bank accounts.
The first bank has the best score.
McCrie said: \"When we walked into this branch, we were actually captured by some cameras that were publicly and secretly placed around the bank branch.
For example, in our current position, I can count four cameras.
Inside, the teller is protected by the floor. to-
Ceiling and bulletsproof glass.
\"The point of this is that if someone wants to cross the transparent barrier and hide behind the table, that\'s impossible,\" McCrie said . \".
Another bank recently stepped up its function in response to Kelly\'s request.
It adds the robber barrier and creates an exit that looks like the obstacle route.
But of all the banks on this trip, the closest to the security guard was a branch manager who decided to kick out the people who talked about the robbery inside his bank.
A bank that doesn\'t change mccrie won\'t say a name at least --
But Kelly is not that shy. Toronto-
The Dominion does not use bandit barriers, he said.
\"They make up about 4% of New York\'s branches, but they made up about 10% of the robberies last year.
There are about 15% robberies this year.
\"But that\'s not all.
\"The success rate of robbers going there is 100%,\" Kelly added . \".
Kelly can\'t force Toronto, though.
Dominion changed its policy without the help of the city council, and both banks and the New York Bankers Association said there was no evidence that a security strategy was better than another.
Meanwhile, the New York Police Department and the FBI said they knew the identity of the three robbers, who were responsible for most of the bank robberies that took place in the city this year.
\"We will arrest these people,\" Kelly said . \"
\"It\'s just a matter of time.