CVS rolls out time delay safes to over 200 S.C. pharmacies to thwart robberies

Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 1:46 PM EST
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WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WMBF) – Over 200 CVS pharmacies in South Carolina have a new tool to help prevent robberies.

The company has installed time delay safe technology in 800 CVS Pharmacy locations, in 13 states across the country, with South Carolina being one of the states.

This is the latest installation of time delay safes at CVS pharmacies, and now the company has implemented the technology in 45 states.

The time delay function on the safes is meant to serve as a deterrent to would-be pharmacy robbers whose goal is to get in and out of the store as quickly as possible. It will also help prevent the potential theft of controlled substance medications, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.

CVS added that the technology’s goal is to help local and state law enforcement in their fight against organized retail crime.

“Supporting law enforcement efforts in their battle against organized retail crime remains a key focus for our company,” said Thomas M. Moriarty, chief policy officer and general counsel, at CVS Health. “Criminal activities that organized retail crime rings fund are a clear danger to our communities, so it is important that retailers, law enforcement and political leaders work together to solve this problem.”

CVS Health first implemented the time delay safe technology in 2015 at locations across Indianapolis. The company said it saw a 70% decline in pharmacy robberies at Indianapolis stores where the time-delayed safes were installed.

Regional Director of CVS, Richard Kimball, said as of lately, theft and mishandling of controlled substances have been on the rise.

“Pharmacy robberies for one of the most visible elements of what is being seen across all pharmacies not just CVS,” he said.

The safe will be electronically delayed for the amount of time it would take a pharmacy employee to open it.

The goal is to hopefully keep all potential threats to a minimum and protect patients, customers, and employees.

“Now you may ask how that help prevent robberies,” said Kimball. “Well, Pharmacy robbers really want to get in and out of pharmacies as quickly as possible so time delay safes act as a deterrent to robberies because it forces a waiting before any contents of a safe can actually be accessed.”

As of now, all CVS pharmacy locations have posted signage along entrance doors, within pharmacy areas, pharmacy counters, and all safes to alert potential criminals that the time delay safe is in place.