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Pharmacies and Clinics Need Integrated Security Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Pharmacy Security

Professionally organized criminals steal high-value items like electronics and jewellery and cars, but they also steal drugs from illegal sources and retail outlets like pharmacies. And it’s not just the pros that target pharmacies and healthcare facilities. Adult individuals, criminal gangs, and even juveniles will go after drugs that they can sell quickly.

Take, for example, the string of robberies the Toronto police were investigating in March. Police were called out to 3 pharmacies, The West Mall, Rexdale Boulevard, and Elmhurst Drive, in the afternoon - to respond to drug theft. “In each incident, four male suspects entered the store while concealing their identities with masks and gloves,” a police press release read. “One of the suspects was armed with a handgun and made demands for money and drugs.” The suspects got away with cash and drugs, leaving in a pickup truck driven by a 14-year-old boy. The youth was caught and charged with three counts of robbery with a weapon and three counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, among other charges. The other suspects were at large at the time the article was published in the Toronto Star

Pharmacy crime is taking place across Canada. In the same month as the Toronto crime, the RCMP in Trail B.C. were searching for a suspect in connection with an armed robbery at a local pharmacy. A female suspect demanded methadone at the counter of a Safeway pharmacy on Second Avenue. "The suspect was reportedly seen in possession of a black handgun, which was concealed in a re-usable shopping bag," said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey with the RCMP Southeast District in a news release. "It is very fortunate that no one was injured as a result of this brazen daytime crime."

Sonitrol Western Canada has special pharmaceutical and healthcare security solutions for the many types of facilities that exist, including places of high public traffic such as mall or plaza pharmacies, or where there are large inventories of drugs at constant risk of internal and external theft. We have extensive experience customizing solutions for: hospitals, clinics, doctor offices, pharmaceutical manufacturing & distribution facilities, drug stores, pharmacies, cannabis retail stores, commercial cannabis grow ops.

Our pharmacy security solutions are fully integrated and we offer robust solutions for access control of entry points as well as fully monitored video surveillance. We’ll replace your existing mechanical locks and keys with electronic locks, badges or cards, and readers. Our access control technology integrates with our audio intrusion alarm and/or video system to record the event that triggered the alarm. In the meantime, our trained professional operators listen in, verify the event, and dispatch police.

Pharmacy security requires an integrated approach to ensure top-level surveillance is in place as well as proper access devices for tracking employee access and deterring unauthorized entry. 

Most retail businesses face challenges with shoplifting, but pharmacy theft is often at gunpoint. The seriousness of armed robbery must make protecting staff a top priority, and that’s why pharmacies need fully monitored solutions. With Sonitrol your pharmacy counter will be monitored 24x7 by our central control operators who will alert the police immediately if a crime is in progress.

Below are some additional resources to learn more about Sonitrol commercial security for protecting drug and healthcare locations. But if you are ready to speak with a security specialist and enquire about installation and pricing get in touch today. We’d be pleased to discuss your security needs and answer any questions you may have.




Further Reading From Our Blog:

Drug Theft Continues to Rise in Western Canada
Protect Your Pharmacy From Crime
How to Protect Your Pharmacy From Opioid Drug Robbery


Topics: Pharmacy and Drug Store Security, Security for Pharmacies

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Joe Wilson, Owner of Sonitrol Western Canada

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