I’m told one reason we see so many movies and TV shows which include bank robberies, is that so many people fantasize about robbing a bank.
I fantasize about how to prevent it. And I have a solution that will knock your socks off, but not your money out of your wallet.
I watched my own local bank go from a face-to-face moment with the teller, to an interaction with plexiglass where you slide your ID under the barrier and speak through tiny holes. Today they also have video cameras everywhere, and signs posted which forbid hats, sunglasses, and hoodies. My guess is they still have to worry.
Too bad no one ever called me for advice. My solution is to put all banks on the second floor. By the time a robber can get down the elevator or staircase, you’ve called the police, locked the lower level doors, and voila! No more bank robberies.
I seriously believe this could prevent 99% of all bank robberies. And, with elevators, the bank is still completely accessible to any member of the public.
Building a two-story bank is more costly, but who says you have to build it? Why not just rent the upper floor of an already-existing business? Or build it and rent the bottom part out. Bank-and-bagels, anyone?
I know, you love the idea. You’re welcome. You can thank me by purchasing one of my books here. Then I’ll get to deposit the royalties and maybe blog about witnessing a bank robbery!