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How To Protect Your Hospital Clinic or Medical Facility in Western Canada From Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 14, 2022 7:30:00 AM

On December 20, 2021, two men were shot outside of a hospital in Kelowna BC. On December 29, 2021, rapid tests were stolen at an alarming rate from Winnipeg hospital. On October 27, a man stabbed someone at a Manitoba hospital. On June 6, 2021, an ambulance was stolen from Kingston General Hospital

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance, Security for Pharmacies

Pharmacies and Clinics Need Integrated Security Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Pharmacy and Drug Store Security, Security for Pharmacies

4 Simple Steps to Protect Your Pharmacy From Internal Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 15, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Due to the availability of over-the-counter prescription drugs - such as codeine, oxycodone, hydromorphone and morphine - pharmacies are at incredibly high risk of falling victim to theft.

In fact, pharmacies are at particular risk of employee theft. For example, as reported by CBC News, a pharmacist in Okotoks, Alberta, was convicted earlier this year for stealing more than 33,000 narcotics pills from Safeway pharmacy. She has now been stripped of her practice permit by professional licensing.

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Topics: Security for Pharmacies

The Ultimate 2-Step Guide to Properly Secure Your Pharmacy Business

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 9, 2019 11:30:00 AM


Opioids are commonly used as painkillers but they are also highly addictive. It’s for this very reason that organizations working in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are at high risk of falling victim to violent crime.

Homemade flamethrowers, guns, and knives are just some of the incredibly violent weapons that armed robbers use when stealing opiates and opioids from a pharmacy. 

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Topics: Security for Pharmacies

How to Protect Your Pharmaceutical Company or Retail Location from Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Recently there has been an increase of pharmaceutical crime. According to the Pharmaceutical Security Institute, incidents in the North America region increased over one hundred percent. This is partially due to ineffective pharmacy security and criminals being more versatile and creative with their methods.

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Topics: Pharmacy and Drug Store Security, Security for Pharmacies

8 Businesses That Need Video Security Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 4, 2017 6:05:37 AM

Monitored and verified CCTV / video security systems ensure your business is protected. Anytime you're not watching, criminals will seize the chance to act.

CCTV surveillance can be used to protect companies in a number of industries. Surveillance doesn’t just mean installing a CCTV camera. The system needs to be monitored and alarms verified, otherwise a CCTV camera is just a recording device.

Here are 8 businesses that can benefit greatly from the use of monitored and verified CCTV and video security systems.

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Topics: Automotive, Fenced Compounds, Restaurants, Commercial Security, CCTV, Copper Theft, Construction Security, Retail Security, Office Building Security, Church, Dealerships, Security for Pharmacies

Protect Your Pharmacy from Opioid Drug Robbery

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 16, 2017 2:20:18 PM

Last month, a downtown Kelowna Pharmasave was robbed by a thief demanding prescription drugs and indicating he had a concealed weapon. The suspect was subsequently recognized and picked up by RCMP officers based on images recorded with security surveillance cameras.

Last year, the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia reported a jump in pharmacy robberies, and the trend was seen across Canada. The chair of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, Alistair Bursey, told CBC News, “It’s a problem that’s been going on across the country for the last few years.”

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Topics: Pharmacy and Drug Store Security, Security for Pharmacies

Pharmacies Are Vulnerable To Armed Robbery - Good Pharmacy Security Is Essential

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 23, 2015 11:28:00 AM


Home-made flame throwers, guns and knives are the weapons of choice for armed robbers who hope to 

make a clean getaway after raiding pharmacies for opiates and opioids to be sold on the street. 


Criminals target the highly addictive and lucrative narcotics readily available at many pharmacies, making pharmacies as well as pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution facilities particularly vulnerable to break-ins from armed robbers.


 “Hundreds of thousands of units of oxycodone, morphine and other “opioids” are still being robbed, pilfered or otherwise lost from the pharmacy supply chain, despite some recent improvements, the statistics reveal.” – National Post 

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Topics: SonaVision Online Monitoring, Security for Pharmacies, Building Access Control

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