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Time Delay Safe to Cut Down on Robberies
MAINEVILLE, Ohio (WKRC) -- Pharmacists often find themselves in the cross hairs of criminals because of the explosion in prescription drug abuse.
One pharmacy chain is fighting back.
Thursday Walgreen's showed off new time locks for store safes at the store in Maineville. The locks will be installed at all Walgreen's stores all across greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana.
The time delay safes store powerful drugs that are often abused, like Oxycontin. They stay locked for several minutes before opening meaning pharmacists can't get access to medications right away and there are signs warning that workers can't access the drugs right away.
Bryan Lindsay, District Loss Prevention Manager, says "It simply eliminates the immediate availability to what a criminal would be seeking. What we're doing is changing the balance of risk versus reward for any potential criminal. They realize the longer they remain in the store the more likely they'll be caught. Also the longer they're in our store the more CCTV video footage we're able to capture of them which we are able to share with authorities to locate and apprehend these individuals."
The company first installed the safes in 2009 in pharmacies in Washington and saw a dramatic decrease in crime. So now they're expanding the program.