For decades, Southern California was the undisputed capital of bank robbery. In 1992, as many as 28 Los Angeles banks were robbed in a single day. Then the number of heists began falling, part of an overall trend that has seen crime rates plummet across the country. The numbers have gotten so low, in fact, that for the first time in recent memory, the San Francisco region -- with less than half the population -- had more bank robberies than L.A. last year. Even Atlanta had more.
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