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5:47 PM, Feb 1, 2010   |    comments
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The part that isn't so clear: what to do about it. That's why local FBI and law enforcement met with area bank executives to discuss efforts being made to address this growing problem.

"What we have right now is somewhat of an epidemic of bank robberies and we are doing what we can to address that. We talked with the banks about things we can have them do to help us in our job and things that the bank would like to see us do as well," FBI Special Agent Jim Davis said.

While there are no simple solutions to preventing bank robberies, police and bankers agree on one message: tough prison sentences make trying to rob banks a bad bet.

"The person that's thinking about doing a bank robbery needs to realize that its highly likely they are going to be apprehended and they are going to be doing 5 to 25 years for one crime," Denver Police Chief Gerry Whitman said.

Of the 113 bank robberies in 2008, police arrested 81 percent of the robbers. The numbers haven't been finalized for 2009 as cases are still open.

Last year, bank robberies accounted for two hospitalizations, 2 deaths, and one hostage situation.

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