Southern California, which law enforcement officials call the bank robbery capital of the world, got substantially tamer in the first half of this year, as the incidence of robberies plunged 37%.

A total of 461 robberies were committed in the 40,000-square-mile-area through June 30, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles. The decline puts the area in position to post a two-thirds reduction in bank robberies this year from the all-time record of 2,641 robberies in 1992, the year of the Los Angeles riots.

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