Victoria Police has issued an alert about the theft from pharmacies of medicines containing pseudoephedrine
Over three days from 26 to 29 June 2018, three south-eastern suburban pharmacies were broken into, reports the Victorian Pharmacy Authority.
In two cases, the glass doors were smashed and in the other, the front window.
“Break-ins may occur in other areas. This is a timely reminder for all pharmacy owners to review their procedures and security measures,” says the authority.
The police have advised the following:
- Consider fitting laminated glass. This can be retro-fitted.
- Try not to cover too much of the front window and doors with signs as they hinder natural surveillance by the public.
- Make sure alarm systems and CCTV are functioning and are regularly checked.
- Minimise stocks of pseudoephedrine.
- Other security measures include alarms that immediately emit a “dry fog” when the sensor detects the presence of intruders. A dense fog is released immediately. [Pharmacists considering such a system should seek expert advice on suitability for their premises]
This advice supplements the authority’s general security requirements and to keep all medicines that contain pseudoephedrine out of sight of the public, it says.
Prevention tips and a Do-It-Yourself Business Security Assessment can also be obtained from the Victoria Police website.
Pseudoephedrine is used as a precursor in the illicit manufacture of amphetamines, explains the authority.
“Pharmacists should treat all requests for pseudoephedrine cautiously and avoid drawing purchaser’s attention to storage areas,” says the Victorian Pharmacy Authority.
“Further guidance is available in the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s Guidelines on Practice-Specific Issues.”