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.


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.


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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