An important factor in the trend is the migration of banking transactions to ATMs and online, with recent figures suggesting that criminals are following suit.
And yet the huge sums of money involved ensure that bank robberies continue to capture the attention of millions of people worldwide.
In America in the depression era -- Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow – history's most infamous criminal couple –conducted a prolific stealing spree, and their exploits have since inspired the 1967 biopic Bonnie and Clyde.
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And, in what is one of Britain's biggest bank robberies to date thieves in Tonbridge, Kent in 2006 made off with around 50 million pounds ($87 million).They gained access to the Securitas Depot in Kent after kidnapping the manager and his family the night before.
The world's biggest bank robbery was the seizure of around a billion dollars at the beginning of the Iraqi conflict in 2003. However, as the central bank raid was carried out on Saddam Hussein's orders, there is debate as to whether it was actually a bank robbery.
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