City Council considers requiring all banks to install bulletproof glass

The number of bank robberies in the Bronx and city are up from last year.

According to the NYPD, there have been more than 300 bank robberies in NYC since the beginning of the year. And the NYS Banking Authority estimates that two-dozen Bronx banks have also been robbed.

Now, the City Council is considering a bill that would require all banks to install bulletproof glass. Bronx Councilman Oliver Koppell introduced the bill.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is in favor of making bulletproof glass mandatory, but the New York Bankers Association feels the banking industry should have the flexibility to adopt the systems and equipment that it believes will best secure its facilities.

While bulletproof glass can be a deterrent, the banking authority says almost 90 percent of the robberies happened in banks that had the glass. The banking authority believes increased surveillance and uniformed security guards are a better solution.

The banking industry is currently working on upgrading its surveillance technology.

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