Updated: Feb 26, 2020
Bank Jugging is the term coined when criminals troll bank parking lots to identify target victims going in and out of the bank. Criminals then follow customers whom they believe may have large sums of money to rob them or burglarize their vehicles. Be aware:
Of your surroundings and look for occupied vehicles backed into parking spaces with a clear view of the ATM, commercial drive-through and the front door of the bank.
Vehicles with dark or blacked out windows concealing occupants.
Vehicles arriving and no occupants entering the bank.
Vehicles changing parking spaces.
Vehicles with multiple occupants just sitting.
Always be aware of your surroundings.
Conceal money before leaving the bank.
Never carry bank bags, envelopes or coin boxes.
When walking to your vehicle, don’t be distracted by messaging or talking on your phone.
Once inside your vehicle manually lock doors. Note: certain newer model vehicles unlock the driver's door with one press of the remote and all doors when pressed twice. Doors also unlock when the vehicle is placed in “Park”. You should always keep doors locked once inside the vehicle and until ready to exit.
Be aware of persons or vehicles following you from the bank as you leave.
If you suspect you are being targeted and followed, dial 911 and keep the dispatcher informed of your location, the direction you are traveling, and the description of the suspect vehicle that you believe is following you and drive until a marked police car locates you.
Never try to hide money in your vehicle and leave it behind once you arrive at another destination.
Author: Michael K. McMullen, CISSP (Ret)