Do You Know This Bank Robber? The FBI Created an App for That

August 25, 2016

12:21 pm

In 2015, there were more than 4,000 robberies, burglaries, and larcenies that took place in violation of the federal bank robbery statute. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has recently released a mobile app in hopes of finding who is responsible for many of those crimes that remain unsolved.

FBI Robbery App Screenshots

FBI Robbery app screenshot. Image courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The app is designed to allow people to view information on bank robberies that happen in their area. The ultimate goal is that someone will notice the suspect(s) and provide the FBI with enough information to make an arrest.

“The suspects included…are a dangerous lot and public assistance in identifying them plays a crucial role in our efforts to apprehend them.” – Federal Bureau of Investigation

The idea of seeking assistance in helping catch these criminals is not new, but the way those suspects are shown to the public is. The FBI launched BankRobers.fbi.gov in 2012. The website allows you to search by location, name, sex, and if there is a reward for a particular robbery. You can even view photos of the suspects and read details of the crime, all of which can now be done with the app.

“Today, we’re enhancing our efforts to publicize these dangerous criminals by launching our mobile Bank Robbers application for iPhones (plus iPads and iPods) and Android smartphones, which should make it even easier for the public—as well as financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, and others—to view photos and information about bank robberies in different geographic areas of the country.” – Federal Bureau of Investigation

The app joins a long line of apps available for those looking to fight crime and track offenders. Some of the most commonly known are sex-offender apps, with more than 100 available.

It is nice to see an app that helps solve crime, rather than potentially lead people to becoming victims of crime. A recent article in Tech.co highlighted the dangers of the new Pokémon Go craze that has led to a few incidents of players being robbed.

Maybe Batman will be using the app to help fight crime, or your friend may be using it to help find a safe neighborhood to live. Either way, the app is now available on both iOS and Android.

Featured image courtesy of Flickr.

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Bill Ecksel is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has been a journalist for over 10 years. He has written for numerous local and regional publications and is the Chief Editor for Industry News Corp. He has written on many topics over the course of his career but is currently focusing tech and startup companies. In addition to writing, he has a wife and three children and is a huge Wolverine Football fan (Go Blue!).

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