There are fewer and fewer attacks on financial institutions and post offices. From the point of view of the Federal Criminal Police Office, there is one main reason for this development.
Bank robbers have almost died out in Germany: the number of attacks on banks, savings banks and post offices has fallen by 95 percent over the past three decades. In 1993 the Federal Criminal Police Office in Wiesbaden counted 1,623 raids on “financial institutions and post offices”, last year there were only 80, as the time series of the Federal Criminal Police Office show.
Police, banks and insurers see several causes for the phenomenon. In the mid-1990s there were almost 70,000 bank branches in Germany; according to the Bundesbank, there were still a good 24,000 at the end of last year. So bank robbers now have less choice than before. Added to this are technical progress and the decreasing importance of cash.
The risk for the perpetrators is extremely high, the police can solve three quarters of the attacks. “If additional security measures such as low cash holdings lead to correspondingly low loot expectations, robbery offenses usually turn into unattractive crimes from a risk-benefit perspective,” explains a spokeswoman for the BKA.