The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to inform our citizens of a trend that has been occurring in and around the state called Bank Jugging.
What is “Bank Jugging”?
Bank Jugging is a term used to describe suspects that sit in bank parking lots to watch customers and then follow those people they believe are in possession of cash. The suspects then look for an opportunity to burglarize and steal the money left unattended or rob the victim, taking the money by force.
Things to be aware of while banking:
* Conceal any cash prior to leaving bank. Never openly carry bank bags, envelopes or coin boxes.
* Juggers will follow victims out of the parking lot.
* Vehicles arriving at bank with no occupants entering the bank.
* Vehicles with dark tinted windows with little or no visibility of the occupants.
* Watch for occupied vehicles backed into parking spaces with clear view of the front doors of the bank, ATM or commercial drive thru line.
* Notify police if you feel you have been followed from a bank.
Tips on how to protect yourself:
* Always be aware of your surroundings.
* Conceal money before leaving the bank. Never openly carry bank bags, envelopes or coin boxes.
* Be aware of anyone following you from the area of a bank.
* If you suspect you are being targeted, call 911 from your cell phone and stay on the line until marked police units can locate you.
* Do not leave or try to hide your bank bag or bank envelope in your vehicle when you exit at your next destination, even if it’s your residence.