Who'd a thunk the American Bankers Association would be giving the FBI a helping hand when it comes to tracking bank robberies, burglaries and ATM crimes? Ed Yingling, president and CEO of the ABA, won't exactly be hosting "Banking's Most Wanted" - insert your favorite late night, TARP/bankers-as-villains joke here - but the association's security committee recently unveiled an industry-wide crime database, complete with Google mapping and "street view" functionality, along with case and data management tools, to track and analyze robberies, burglaries and other physical crimes against banks.

"There are serial bank robbers out there, if they get frustrated at one location, it's not like they're going to go home," says Doug Johnson, vp of risk management policy at the ABA. "Large financial institutions have - for a while - been looking for the ability to share more real-time robbery data, all the way to ultimately having a real-time alerting system."

Subscribe Now

Access to authoritative analysis and perspective and our data-driven report series.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.