Anyone who goes into a bank could be a target: thieves sit in cars, watch for suspects who may have cash, follow them, and then burglarize their cars when they get a chance. Suspects will usually target people carrying bank bags, bank envelopes, and coin boxes. ‘Juggers’ will follow the bank customer out of the bank and to a nearby business after they leave, police say.
Some tips to fight against juggers:
- Watch for occupied cars with no one getting out – sometimes with tinted windows – parked with a clear view of the bank’s front doors, ATM, or commercial drive-thru lane.
- Conceal your money before you leave the bank.
- Don’t openly carry bank bags, envelopes, or coin boxes. Use a different type of bag.
- Watch for people following you.
- If you think you’re being targeted, call 911 and keep the dispatcher in the know – where are you going? What direction are you headed? Keep driving until a marked police car finds you.
- Don’t try to hide your bank bag in your car if you leave and go somewhere else.
- Make banking your last stop of your errands.
If you’d like to help police cut down on jugging, call them if you notice anyone just sitting in a car outside a bank. Try to get a good description of the vehicle, license plate number and number of people inside.