The Nation: It Takes a Thief

First, station an armed guard at every branch. Keep those "hidden cameras" out in the open; a man who decides to hold up a bank is always looking for an excuse to back out of it. Beware of blank checks that are easily accessible or waste baskets that can be pilfered for crumpled signature cards.

Such crime-prevention tips are being offered to Southern California bankers by expert consultants—a group of ex-convicts who used to specialize in robbery, forgery and credit-card theft. They now are part of Project JOVE (an acronym for Job placement. On the job training, Vocational counseling, Education), which is...

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