The abuse of prescription drugs is America’s fastest growing drug crisis. The trend of drug addicts targeting pharmacies cannot be a surprise. After all, that is where the drugs are. Often drug stores are owned and operated by the person in the white jacket; the pharmacist.
These are some of the hardest working small business owners in the country; however, pharmacy owners are not trained in hand-to-hand combat to protect them from the threat of a violent physical attack is, as we saw at Haven Drugs in Medford LI on Father’s day. The diligence of authorities and the choice
the pharmacy owner made to secure his business, led to enough evidence to make an arrest in a few short days.
As the owner of CCTV Services, Inc., I have been asked what else can be done in the war against desperate people who will kill for drugs in the confined environment of a small store.
Along with a functional burglar alarm and high-quality surveillance system, I recommend pharmacy workers use a portable, audible panic system that calls for help while sounding a brutally loud, jarring siren to let everyone in the store, including the next criminal, know that a security breach is in progress. Each employee wears a belt clip, wristband or necklace button to press in an emergency as part of a plan to protect themselves, coworkers and customers.
When the button is pressed, police are dispatched immediately. The presence of the blaring siren will pause the criminal at least for a few seconds. The criminal then has to make a conscious decision to run, or continue with his plan and face the inevitable. Neighbors of the pharmacy will also hear the alarm and become possible witnesses to the scene or the ( likely fleeing) criminal.
Portable, audible panic systems can be implemented by any security company
quickly and affordably.