How much would you charge to dig a 100 foot long tunnel, install supports and lighting throughout it and then break through more than a foot of concrete at the end? Surely more than the 6,000 pounds (about 10k USD) earned by these thieves in the UK.
The tunnel diggers did all their work to break into an ATM machine. Other criminals put similar levels of effort into robbing banks, with comparably meager results. The average bank robbery in the U.S. nets about $8,500. Compared to other types of robbery targets, banks have better security systems and more attention-getting power with law enforcement.
One of RBC’s criminologists might know why thieves stupidly go to such lengths to rob banks versus softer, richer targets. Are criminals being influenced by movies like the Bank Job, Heat, The Limey etc. into thinking that they will walk away from a bank robbery with millions of dollars?