Pharmacy Robberies on the Rise

Taking a look at California robbery statistics in this article shows a rise in pharmacy robberies over the past few years.  It’s a sad trend to see, but it’s linked to the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the country.  If there wasn’t a demand for illegal use of prescription drugs we might not be seeing this trend.

In a 2013 document titled “Pharmacy Robberies, Burglaries and Thefts,” the task force created by the local DEA’s office of diversion control and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department noted the steady rise in California pharmacy robberies since 2007. The document also points out that the typical pharmacy robber is a white male age 20 to mid 30s. The majority are note passers, and the robbery occurs within 45 to 60 seconds. Pharmacy employees ought to comply with the demands, the document encourages. Most corporate company policies concur. Lt. McGrath says the San Diego Police Department will not interfere with the preventative security choices a company might make, but he does say that hiring a security guard could increase the likelihood of violence.

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