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Protecting Your Pharmacy: How to Defend Against Internal & External Threats

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 28, 2024 8:01:07 AM

Pharmacy SecurityIn the area of law enforcement, securing businesses like pharmacies is vital to maintaining public safety. These establishments are not only hubs of healthcare but also potential targets for criminal activity. Here’s a recent warning from the Vancouver police.

“VANCOUVER - Vancouver police have issued a warning about a powerful drug that was stolen during a pharmacy robbery.Police call fentanyl an "unforgiving drug," saying it's much more lethal than heroin. Sgt. Randy Fincham says fentanyl skin patches were among various prescription drugs stolen by two suspects who forced their way behind the pharmacy's counter on Friday. CTV News Vancouver

When protecting pharmacies from crime, it's crucial to employ effective tactics to reduce both internal and external threats. Here are some key measures to include in your security plan.

Strengthen Physical Security Measures

The first line of defense for any pharmacy is its physical security. Bolstering perimeter defenses with sturdy locks, reinforced doors, and monitored access points is paramount. Installing surveillance cameras strategically can aid in both prevention and investigation of criminal incidents.

Employ Access Control Systems

Controlling access within the pharmacy is key to preventing internal theft and safeguarding sensitive areas. Implementing a Sonitrol managed access control system utilizing key card entry can restrict entry to authorized personnel only, minimizing the risk of unauthorized access.

Conduct Regular Inventory Audits

Maintaining accurate inventory records and conducting routine audits are essential law enforcement practices to combat internal theft and drug diversion. Utilizing inventory management software can streamline this process and help identify discrepancies or missing medication promptly.

Provide Comprehensive Training

Training pharmacy staff to recognize suspicious behavior, handle emergency situations, and adhere to proper security protocols is crucial. Law enforcement principles such as situational awareness and effective communication can empower employees to respond effectively to security threats.

Utilize Surveillance Technology

Surveillance cameras are invaluable tools for law enforcement agencies and pharmacies alike. High-definition cameras positioned strategically inside and outside the pharmacy can deter criminal activity and provide critical evidence for investigations.

Unlike conventional alarms, Sonitrol's unique verified audio and video security solutions enable our operators to hear and see what is happening in your pharmacy. Our professionally trained staff are monitoring facilities 24 / 7, and we staff our Central Monitoring Station at a low customer account to operator ratio. Sonitrol is renown for helping law enforcement identify true security events. 

Collaborate with Security Professionals

Partnering with a reputable security provider like Sonitrol Western Canada, will enhance the strength and effectiveness of your pharmacy security . Our professionals offer expertise in threat assessment, security system installation, and 24/7 monitoring, bolstering your pharmacy's defense against external threats.

Address Cybersecurity Risks

In today's digital age, pharmacies are vulnerable to cyberattacks targeting sensitive patient information. Implementing robust cybersecurity measures, including firewalls, encryption protocols, and employee training on phishing awareness, is essential to safeguarding pharmacy data and preventing breaches.

Protecting pharmacies from internal and external threats requires a proactive approach informed by sound security principles. By implementing Sonitrol’s integrated security technology, conducting regular training, and staying vigilant against emerging threats, pharmacies can ensure the safety of their staff, customers, and communities. 

Our team has the expertise to design, install, monitor and service the integrated commercial security solution that meets your unique needs. Contact us today for a no obligation assessment and quote.

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Topics: Pharmacy and Drug Store Security

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Joe Wilson, Owner of Sonitrol Western Canada

We provide our customers with the best commercial security solutions and quality service backed by our unique Guarantee and Commitment to Service. It's something unverified conventional alarm companies simply cannot guarantee!

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