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Bank Jugging: What It Is and How to Stay Safe

Bank jugging is a form of robbery that is on the rise in our area and around the country. Bank jugging is when a suspect observes customers enter and exit a bank branch, a bank drive-through, or an ATM. The suspect will then follow the customers they believe are in possession of large amounts of cash and look for opportunities to burglarize the customer's vehicle or rob them directly.

How to help prevent bank jugging incidents:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Take note of anyone who is suspiciously hanging around in the bank lobby or parking lot near the ATM. 
  • Conceal your cash. Do not display your cash. Before leaving the teller counter or the ATM after withdrawing cash, put it away immediately. Avoid counting your money in public.
  • Avoid distractions. Try not to be distracted while in a financial institution or while using an ATM. Avoid being on your phone or wearing earbuds.
  • Be discreet. Dispose of your bank slip properly and be sure to take your receipt from the ATM.
  • Be unpredictable. Vary your routine if you visit the bank regularly. Try to visit at various times of the day, visit different branches or ATM locations.
  • Remain alert. Stay alert after leaving the bank or ATM. If you suspect someone is following you go to a public place, such as a restaurant or store, and call the police immediately. 

With bank jugging incidents on the rise in Texas, we encourage you to keep these tips in mind when visiting a bank branch or using an ATM. Take care to be aware of your surroundings at all times and report anything suspicious.