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Bank robberies by women on rise in United States

Women are robbing banks in ever increasing numbers
Women are robbing banks in ever increasing numbers
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Equal rights for women has extended into a whole new area - bank robberies. Over the last few years the media has been full of headlines detailing bank robberies purported to be at the hands of women.

  • Police: Woman flees bank heist with son, 4, in car - Delaware Online
  • Wigging out: Woman sought in bank robberies - Star Telegram
  • Lauderdale woman wanted for NC bank robbery - Times Daily
  • Hampton woman sentenced for two Seacoast bank robberies - Union Leader

As stated on, "Nationwide, 6.2 percent of all bank heists today are committed by women. That's up from 4.9 percent in 2002 -- a 25 percent increase, according to the most recent FBI crime statistics."

While the number of bank robberies by women is on the rise,"It's not an epidemic," noted Rosemary Erickson, a forensic sociologist in Florida.on ABC news, "but it's definitely a trend." She also noted more women are also robbing convenience stores.

The reasons women are being drawn to robbing banks in ever increasing numbers is not the same as men.

Men rob banks for the thrill of it, or because they have a drug, alcohol or gambling problem. The majority of women who rob banks say they are doing it because they are trying to get money support their families or put a little extra cash in their pockets.

In these tough economic times women are facing the same challenges as men. They are getting laid off, let go or having their hours or salaries cut. Add into the equation the number of women who are the only bread winners in the household and a certain desperation sets in, and robbing a bank becomes more inviting.

Women, unlike men, take more time to plan out their bank robberies, carefully writing out the notes and planning their escape routes.

Still with all their planning women get caught more than men with 75 percent of the women who rob banks end up getting caught compared with only 25 percent of the men.

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