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Bank attacks decreased by 32% in 2012 says EBF


21 Jan 2014


Euro & Finance
The European Banking Federation (EBF) launches its 21st Physical Security Report ‘Banks incidents against infrastructure and staff – 2012’. This year’s edition highlights a very positive decrease of 32% of bank attacks in 2012, thus confirming the downw

The total loss resulting from bank robberies went down by 12% in 2012. It must also be noted that 25% of bank attacks result in no loss, compared to 20% in 2011, thanks to more effective security systems, combined with staff training. This trend has been confirmed for the last 4 years.

“This figure is still too low”, commented Patrick Borschette,  Head of Facility Management/Safety & Security from Bank Raiffeisen Luxembourg, Chairman of the Physical Security Group of the EBF. “We must focus on dynamic and innovative counter-measures to help dissuade criminal initiatives. We will also intensify our contacts with Interpol and Europol”.

Among the paths chosen by the industry to counter criminality are increased Private-Private and Public-Private partnerships, between banks and external security service providers, but also the police and the judiciary.

This report on bank incidents is the annual outcome of the European Banking Federation’s Working Group on Physical Security. The report, which is a benchmark for the banking industry is based on the contributions submitted by national banking associations and focuses on European countries. Only pan-European figures are made public. To find out more, please see the Executive Summary (link)

For further information, please contact Florence Ranson, Head of Communications   +32 2 508 37 34 / +32 477 49 26 90


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