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Pharmacy Surveillance for Asset Protection

Posted by Rick Charney on Sep 30, 2016

Pharmacy surveillance can increase the safety and protection of your employees, customers, and assets. A proactive security system also provides your drug store with operational benefits and increases your bottom line by helping to reduce theft and loss.

Pharmacy burglars usually do not target drug stores for money. Narcotics are typically the main reason to rob a pharmacy. Pharmacy burglars can go to extreme means to get narcotics. This can include smash and grab robberies or armed robberies. Almost 3,000 pharmacy robberies have occurred since 2001. In 2013, there were over 700 pharmacy robberies. The actual amount of pharmacy robberies may be much higher. The increase in drug store robberies may be a factor in prescription drug abuse and drug diversion.

One pharmacy experienced a smash and grab during the holiday season. A pharmacy surveillance camera recorded all the activity. But the crime report does not report that it was watched live. A stolen truck demolished the storefront windows and steel security gate. One of the suspects got out of the truck and grabbed four bottles of Percocet. This suspect ran to a getaway car.

The owner said that the entire stolen truck was in his pharmacy. The window frame, bricks, drywall, displays, chairs, counter top, and photo kiosk were damaged. The value of the damage was estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars. This smash and grab was the third successful drugstore break-in at their pharmacy. Their current pharmacy surveillance system was not enough to protect this drugstore or their assets.

An unwatched pharmacy surveillance system does provide some value for customers and employees. The sight of a security camera alone can deter criminal activity. Surveillance cameras can objectively record criminal activity and serve as evidence. But that’s after robberies have happened.

In comparison proactive pharmacy surveillance with live video monitoring can keep robbers away through audio warning messages and police calls when seeing suspicious behavior before break-ins occur. Stealth Monitoring has numerous cases of thieves caught by police while there were still on the property.

This pharmacy is not a client of Stealth Monitoring. Stealth Monitoring is a security industry leader in live video surveillance with over 15,000 video cameras watched nationwide. Stealth proactive video monitoring can detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. Stealth’s virtual security guard service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance Stealth operator can see unusual activity with pharmacy surveillance cameras, activate a speaker warning to deter criminals, and call the local police.

Please call toll-free (866) 382-3873 or contact Stealth today for pharmacy surveillance to protect your drugstore. Visit our web site to see actual videos of criminals being apprehended at shopping centers and other commercial businesses.