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Speak Out: Safety at Wells Fargo Banks

The Wells Fargo bank at 5505 U.S. Highway 29 has been robbed a number of times. Do you feel safe going there? Do you want the corporate giant to do something about it?

, the Lilburn Wells Fargo located on Lawreceville Highway was robbed at gunpoint. The thief left with an undisclosed amount of money.

It was the first robbery at the location this year, but yes, this has happened before.

, a mother, her son and two other teenagers decided to do a little extracurricular activity. Although it was unclear if the mother actually checked them out of school to try for some free loot, still on a Friday afternoon that's where police said they were doing.

But, the suspects didn't bet on Ivy Cromer, who followed the suspects for eight to 10 milies while on the phone with police. Soon enough, Lilburn police officers were chasing the suspects down Highway 78. They were captured, after crashing the car on a railroad track on East Ponce de Leon Avenue. And, Cromer,

, the same bank was robbed again. This time a lone gunman was suspected in the robbery. The suspect entered the bank on a Friday morning, demanded money in a note to a teller, and then left with an undisclosed amount. Capt. Ben Haynes, with the , said a suspect has not been caught.

And, this time last year, Wells Fargo was experiencing a spate of robberies at branches in metro Atlanta. Lilburn, Norcross, Snellville and Stone Mountain were among the areas robbed. In one of those, , Wells Fargo offered a $5,000 award in the case. and charged for the robbery, according to Gwinnett County police.

A Wells Fargo spokesman, , said that now the tradition is to not have armed guards at banks. The company has found that having guards "adds an element of risk," said Jay Lawrence, a spokesman for the Atlanta regional area. Besides, the trend of bank robberies is down, he was quoted as saying.

So, what do you think? Do you feel safe at the bank, including Wells Fargo branches. Do you want Wells Fargo to do something more to secure its facilities for customers, and others? Why or why not.

William August 07, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Let the tellers carry weapons. It stopped people from robbing pawn shops.
Richard Ferris August 07, 2012 at 12:40 PM
The bank is fine. Increase video surveillance and police response time. Make those facts known as you enter the bank. We do not need to be stripped searched before going into a bank. While I would like to see everyone carry a gun, it might turn into a terrible fire fight in a small space.
Patricia Sabin August 07, 2012 at 01:23 PM
This is one of the Wells Fargo branches that I frequent. I feel terrible for the employees, but as a customer, I don't give a thought to my safety when I enter the bank. In a time when violent criminals get into shootouts with store owners over HAIR WEAVES, it's difficult to predict how far they'll go. I sure don't want bullets flying over my head.
Castle August 07, 2012 at 03:05 PM
You could build see-through stalls for each teller window with teller-controlled access and exit. No one would walk into that intending to rob the teller. Sort of like a mouse trap.
Margaret August 07, 2012 at 10:52 PM
In Ireland one must be buzzed into the bank and enter through a series of double doors. Only one door will work at a time ie. If I am going out you will need to wait until my first door is closed before yours will open. Only a few people are permitted in at a time. Sure would slow down a robber should he want ti get out. Kinds a prevention tool if you ask me. I would think twice before hitting that bank if I couldn't make a quick gettaway.
Ben August 09, 2012 at 12:14 AM
What about a Guard at this Bank and also at the one at Beaver Ruin at Hwy 29, Both of these banks, have been robbed alot, What about a Real Guard, not a security Guard, I mean one that is trained for the type action, If the Guard Killed one of these Robbers, I think other Crooks would think twice before trying this again. Yes what would happen if a customer got shot, This would be real bad, But this could happen anyway, thank God it has not happen at this location, Some people want to outlaw guns, What was the Bank Robbed with. You know a Gun, these type people (Crooks) would only have the Guns, then watch the Crime go up

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