FBI agents said the recession has little to do with a rise in bank robberies in New Jersey. The Associated Press reprots that they blame the increase on a lack of bandit barriers. The acrylic partitions shield tellers from customers and make it difficult for a robber to vault the counter and empty cash drawers.
Of 40 bank robberies this year in New Jersey, there was a barrier in only one; only 23 banks had barriers out of the 193 robbed in New Jersey last year. The state bankers association said the barriers aren’t perceived as customer-friendly.