Four armed robberies targeting banks in Amman have taken place this year as of mid-April. In January, two Société Générale branches were robbed. In early April, two branches of Arab Bank were targeted. More than JOD 10,000 (USD 14,100) were stolen in each incident. All suspected robbers were apprehended shortly after the heists. According to police officials, crime levels have increased across the city, including drug trafficking and gang activity.
Armed bank robberies are normally very uncommon in Jordan; government critics attribute the rise in crime to a deteriorating economy.
Individuals in Amman are advised to remain vigilant, only keep small amounts of cash on hand, conceal signs of wealth as much as possible, and only use ATMs located within banks or other secure areas off the street.