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4 tips to surviving a bank robbery

Are bank branches safe?
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Institutions have become more adept at discouraging bank robberies, MSB Security's Johnson says. For example, he cites the use of greeters, who aren't just Wal-Mart-style friendly faces at the door. They also act as a deterrent to note passers, who don't want to be noticed by anyone other than the teller to whom they intend to hand their demand.

Still, Erickson says customers should limit the time they spend in a bank and avoid branches that have a community gathering place, lobby or free coffee area, which she says is "a nightmare" for security.

"That's where the potential robber can sit and wait for the circumstances that he wants," she says. "That is completely contrary to our security approach, which is that we really want customers in and out quickly."

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