police say plastic shields for tellers cut bank holdups - polycarbonate sheet
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After installing the bullet
At the counter on Earth, more than 350 bank branches were robbed much less often.
The crime prevention section of the Police Department reported that in a similar period, robbery fell from 308 to 35, or 79% per cent.
A sign called "robber lawyer" was erected.
The number of attempted robberies decreased from 35 to 22, a decrease of 37%.
The survey covered 123 banks with 773 branches in five administrative regions.
However, of the 17 banks that did not respond, 7 belong to 12 large commercial institutions in the New York Clearing House.
The investigation also assessed the value of bank guards in handling robbery cases.
Of the 102 robberies that occurred at a bank where a guard was on duty, the guard took office in 50 cases, but was not aware of the robbery.
In 16 cases, the guards were not in the bank when the robbery occurred.
In 13 robberies, the guards were coerced by robbers, and in 5 of them the guard's guns were taken from him.
In 14 robberies, the guards were aware of the situation but were unable to take action for security reasons.
In nine cases, the robbers were arrested by guards.
Most of the barriers installed by the bank are from 1 1/4-
Inchthick plexiglass that can protect tellers from moderate damage
Small weapons such as. 38-
Only 34 banks have used the strongest shields
A 1/1/4 thick anti-slave.
44 Magnan weapons
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The bank also reported that experience with fax currency packs soaked with tear gas and red dyes was limited.
The teller passed the package along with other currencies to the robber.
When it was carried from the bank, the radio transmitter activated the packet, called the robber arrest assistance.
The package will then release tear gas and dye and, ideally, will bring the guards and police around the culprit.
The equipment has been legal in New York state since 1978, but only for banks.
Of the 773 bank branches surveyed by the police station, only 56 used the equipment.
Of the 10 robberies in which the bank had these devices, 4 were handed over to the robbers.
In two of these four cases, it is known that these devices have been activated, and in the other two cases, it is not yet certain whether tear gas and red dye have been released.
In only one case, the device helped arrest a suspect.
In 6 of the 10 cases of robbery, the teller chooses not to distribute the device, which may indicate that the teller is unwilling to take the risk of using the arrest aid.
In one of the six cases, the robbers specifically warned the teller not to use the device.
A version of the article appeared on page 1001032 of the National edition on July 19, 1981, titled: Police say the teller's plastic shield cut off the bank account.