In 2022, Plano witnessed a surge in bank jugging incidents, with 48 reported cases resulting in a staggering total loss of $505,000. Bank jugging involves suspects observing bank customers, trailing those they suspect are carrying cash, and seizing opportunities to steal from unattended vehicles or even resorting to forceful robberies.
To enhance public awareness and safety, the Plano Police Department has issued a set of guidelines for individuals visiting banks and leaving with cash. These simple precautions can help mitigate the risk of falling victim to bank juggers.
While at the Bank:
- Be Aware of Surroundings: Stay vigilant and alert to your environment.
- Conceal Cash: Avoid openly displaying bank bags, envelopes, or coin boxes.
- Watch for Suspicious Vehicles: Be cautious of occupied vehicles in parking spaces with a clear view of the bank's front doors. Pay attention to dark-tinted windows, vehicles lacking a front license plate, and those arriving at the bank without occupants entering.
Additional Red Flags:
- Some juggers may linger near bank entrances or go inside while communicating with someone in a vehicle outside.
In Case of Suspicious Activity:
- If you notice anything unusual or suspect bank jugging, promptly contact the police.
When Leaving the Bank:
- Conceal Cash: Hide any cash before leaving the bank.
- Lock Doors: Ensure your vehicle is secure by locking the doors.
- Be Vigilant of Followers: Juggers may tail potential victims, possibly using more than one vehicle.
- Change Routes: Make several turns to avoid being predictably followed.
- Never Leave Cash in the Car: Avoid leaving cash unattended in your vehicle.
If You Suspect You're Being Watched or Followed:
- Drive to a Police Station: Head to the nearest police station for safety.
- Call 911: Report the situation to law enforcement.
- Avoid Going Home: Refrain from driving directly to your residence.