WASHINGTON — Even though bank robberies overall increased relatively slightly, from 6,957 in 2005 to 7,272 in 2006 (4.5% for the year), robberies at credit unions jumped far higher than robberies at banks, according to numbers collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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According to FBI numbers, robberies at commercial banks moved up 2.24%, from 6,019 in 2005 to 6,154 in 2006. By comparison, robberies at CUs during the same period jumped 23.4%, from 422 in 2005 to 521 in 2006.

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For the years overall, the rate of violence in bank robberies has remained the same. In both 2005 and 2006, the FBI said that 4.5% of the nation's bank robberies involved violence. However that number appears to have begun creeping up in 2007, the bureau has said.

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