Every quarter the Federal Bureau of Investigation releases bank crime statistics and for the second quarter of 2011 it was no different, though this time criminal activity saw a decline across most of the country.

According to bank crime statistics released earlier this month, U.S. banks sustained 1,023 bank crimes during the second quarter of this year. While that may sound like a lot of violations, its actually represents a 12% decline from the first quarter when 1,146 such acts occurred across the country.

The last time we reported on U.S. bank crime statistics Friday was the most popular day for criminals to carry out their unlawful acts, and that still appears to be the case according to the FBI’s report. Bank criminals also like to frequent banking branches between the hours of 9 a.m and 11 a.m. any day of the week your bank is open — making it a good time to avoid banking branches if you don’t want to become a victim.

The South Still Leads in Bank Crimes:

Similar to the past, the Southern region of the United States seemed to sustain the most bank robberies of any region tracked by the United States with 373—or, over a third of those reported — occurring in the region. However, the state that sustained the most bank crimes closing out the second half of the year was California at 135. Other states afflicted with bank robberies included Texas (71), Ohio (62) and Arizona (40).

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the states experiencing the lowest rate of bank robberies during the second quarter were Delaware, North Dakota and New Hampshire, which all sustained just one bank robbery during that period.

Commercial Banks Still Popular Target:

Commercial banks sustained the brunt of bank violations during the second quarter of this year, with 909 violations occurring at such financial institutions (just over 88 percent of bank crimes). Coming in at a not-even-close second were credit unions, which experienced just 74 incidents during the second quarter of this year (7.7 percent), while savings and loan associations sustained 20 incidents (2 percent) and mutual savings banks experienced 4 bank crimes (0.4 percent) during the second quarter of this year.

Within the branches that do get hit, branch offices were more likely than other branch locations to be hit by bank robbers, with just over 94 percent of bank crimes occurring between April and June of this year. Metropolitan areas around the country also experienced the bulk of bank crimes during the period rounding out the second half of this year, with robbers committing their unlawful deeds just over 44 percent of the time. Small cities and towns across the country came in second with just over 35 percent of the time.

The statistics in the FBI’s report were recorded as of Aug. 2, and don’t include all crimes committed since not all of them are reported to the FBI.

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  • Q2 is always the slowest quarter for bank robberies. Q4 is usually the most active.