Bank Jugging: : What it is and how you can protect yourself
As long as people make money, there will be others trying to take it from them.
While card skimming has been around for some time, the latest forms of theft are “Bank Jugging” and “Card Cracking”. You need to be aware of these new schemes so they don’t happen to you.
What is “bank juggling”?
Bank Jugging occurs when a thief parks in front of a bank and patiently watches customers enter and leave. The suspect is targeting anyone who comes out with a bank bag, coin box or bank envelope that looks like it might hold a lot of cash. They then follow the customer and directly rob their car or the victim.
Most often, the crime occurs at the destination where the victim stops after leaving a bank, restaurant, grocery store, or even home. When a customer tries to exit their vehicle, they are robbed.
Bank Juggers often park where they have a clear line of sight to the front door, business drive-through lane or ATM. If line of sight is obscured, they will swap parking spaces. Watch out for vehicles parked but no passengers entering the bank.
How to prevent bank juggling:
Be aware of your surroundings, especially if you see anything strange when entering the bank. Hide your bank bags, coin boxes or envelopes when entering and leaving the bank. If you feel you are being followed, call 911 and drive to the police station. Take the bag or envelope with you to your next destination. Do not keep it in your vehicle.
Bank Jugging is becoming more and more common in Texas. It’s easy to rush and get distracted, but if you’re aware of your surroundings and report anything suspicious, you can avoid being “judged.”
“Bank jugging” or simply “jugging” refers to a scheme in which an offender or group of offenders follow bank customers who are suspected of having large amounts of cash as they leave banks or other financial institutions. Criminals will often seek out individuals who enter a bank. empty-handed and on their way out with bank bags or boxes – an indication that they may have made a substantial selection. Offenders then follow the victim to another location and either attempt to take the bag by force or break into their vehicle (if they believe the money may be locked inside. Victims are often small business owners or senior citizens.
To avoid becoming a victim, follow these guidelines:
- Always be aware of your surroundings. If you see suspicious persons or vehicles in bank parking lots, notify bank staff.
- Hide your bank bags, coin boxes or envelopes when entering and leaving the bank.
- Take the bag or envelope with you to your next destination. Do not keep it in your vehicle.
- Avoid routines like going to the bank at the same time of day and carrying the same bank bag.
- After making large withdrawals, don’t go straight to your next destination.
- Drive around a random block and see if a vehicle is following you.
- If you feel you are being followed, call 9-1-1 and drive to the nearest police station.
Bank Jugging: What it is and how you can protect yourself