Morgan's Brain

Sep. 10, 2008 at 3:00pm

Downtown Robbery Sept. 8

This was posted on the TNT blog earlier today.

The robbery was at Union Bank of California, 1501 Commerce St., just before 12:45 p.m. Monday. It is now Wednesday afternoon.

This seems to be a re-occuring theme: crime happens, a few days or weeks later, the police department asks for help from the public. Was the bank slow to respond? Was the police department? It seems like word should have gone out right away.

This makes me think of a couple things:

- Why doesn't the police department set up a blog? They can even get a FeedTacoma account and not have to pay anything.

- What if the banks fed their camera feed directly to the internet? I know there's a downside to this, but think of the upside: broadcasting to the world the guy they are after!


comments [6]  |  posted under bank robbery, crime, police blog, public cameras, tacoma


by intacoma on 9/10/2008 @ 4:00pm
or just release the photo if they have one, im not a fan of my bank streaming a video if a live feed

by NineInchNachos on 9/10/2008 @ 4:10pm
so thats what all the cop cars were about!

by jenyum on 9/10/2008 @ 4:11pm
Yeah, such a feed could actually be used to plan a crime.

But I do often wonder why they wait so long to release a picture. And last time I wanted to contact the police dept spokesperson online I had to go through the technical contact.

by Jake on 9/10/2008 @ 4:34pm
It probably takes a while to release it because they have to go through records and photos to see if they can find out who he is. Once his photo is made public he is probably more likely to leave town.

by scout on 9/10/2008 @ 6:41pm
Unless there are dead bodies, I don't think they give this stuff much priority, which in my opinion is part of the problem because the lower level, non-violent criminals know this about Tacoma.

Unfortunately this validates the public/media perception that Tacoma has a lot of crime (they actually do have more crime per incident, not per capita, than Seattle which is three times larger - not a good thing).

I think if the TPD and citizens took lower level crimes more seriously, downtown would benefit immensely, the public perception of the TPD would improve, and Tacoma's image as a viable and vibrant city would become more of a reality - just my opinion -

by Marty on 9/15/2008 @ 3:38pm
Ummmm. It's a bank. The FBI will have juristiction over TPD.

What odd is that it actually hit the papers. Most stay under the radar. consider the following from the TNT last month.
Posted by Stacey Mulick @ 04:00:00 pm The FBI has released statistics for bank robberies that occurred between Oct. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2007. (The fourth quarter of the year.)

There are no comparisons to the previous quarters or yearly totals.

In the state of Washington, there were 50 bank robberies and three bank burglaries during the time period.

There were 1,561 bank robberies throughout the country, with more than $24.5 million taken.