While the local law enforcement agencies have reported fewer and fewer robberies in recent years, the number of bank robberies has fluctuated dramatically.
The graphic above illustrates San Diego’s rollercoaster ride with bank robbers, according to statistics from the local FBI. The annual totals include robberies in San Diego and Imperial Counties, but the FBI says the vast majority happened in San Diego each year.
After three steady years, bank robberies plummeted by 39 percent in 2009, shot up by 66 percent in 2010 and then fell by 44 percent last year. Over the six-year period, robberies dropped by 35 percent.
When bank robberies climbed in 2010, FBI officials attributed the shift to more activity by serial robbers like the high-profile “Geezer Bandit.” When robberies fell last year, they credited a local task force and more public outreach.
“We’re very, very pleased with those numbers,” FBI spokesman Darrell Foxworth told 10News in February this year.