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SLC police hold Bank Safety Summit

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Posted at 11:26 AM, Feb 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-25 13:26:29-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake City Police Department held a Bank Safety Summit Tuesday to discuss the recent rise in bank robberies.

In 2012, there were 26 total bank robberies in the Salt Lake Valley. Last year, that number nearly tripled to 70. This year, there have been 11 bank robberies so far.

Police and bankers are concerned about the trend. Officers said even though more than 90 percent of bank robberies are ultimately solved, it takes a lot of time, money and manpower.

"Prevention is a much better tool for us," said Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank. "In the long run we save lots of time and resources."

How to prevent bank robberies and make banks safer, without making the branches look like armed fortresses, was a main point of discussion at the summit.

FOX 13's Scott McKane attended the Bank Safety Summit. Watch his full report in the clip above.