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Bank Robbery Prevention

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Money, some will do whatever it takes to get it. Some will even rob a bank, as long as nobody recognizes them. That's why banks in Florida have teamed up with law enforcement to create the "No Hats, No Hood, No Sunglasses" program.

Alex Sanchez, the Florida Bankers Association President CEO said, "The no hats, no sunglasses, no hood, it's just, it's really a simple measure that we're undertaking voluntarily with all our banks state wide to help prevent and deter bank robbers."

We asked a few regular bank-goers what they thought of the new policy. Felix Gaspar said, "I think it makes some kind of sense because, I would find it weird you know, someone coming in to a shop with that kind of attire and not wanting to be identified in some way."

Andre Queen said, "I don't think it's fair. Everybody should be entitled to wear what they want to wear. I'm not going to rob the place."

The Florida Bankers Association is hoping the "no hats, no hoods, no sunglasses" policy proves to be successful in preventing crime. Florida is also hoping to follow the lead from Missouri where robberies dropped 33% when the state implemented the same program in 2002.


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