Bank robberies prompt changes

Police are looking for ways to reduce the number of bank robberies after an unusually high number were reported last year.

Greenwood police are considering going back to parking police cars outside banks as a way to make potential robbers think an officer could be inside. Franklin police are considering new training sessions with bank staff to help improve reporting and response times.

There were six bank robberies in Greenwood last year, three in Franklin and one in Trafalgar. Three banks were robbed in 2011 countywide, and the spike has caused the departments to take another look at ways to reduce the number of robberies, police said.

Greenwood police may once again park police cars at banks, using the empty vehicles to make potential robbers think an officer might be inside.

“Some are empty, but not all of them are because it’s part of an overall strategy. There are times when officers will check in on the employees,” said Sgt. Doug Roller with Greenwood police.

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