Twitter Provides New Way to Fight Pharmacy Crime

RxPATROL® Tweets Crimes, Rewards and Valuable Tips

Pharmacy staff, law enforcement officials and loss prevention personnel can now follow updates about pharmacy robberies, burglaries and potential threats in their area and nationwide at Twitter.com/rxpatrol. The tweets provide safety and security tips for pharmacy staff that may help them better protect customers and their businesses.

Tweets contain specific information on robberies and burglaries, including the exact location of the incident, description of the suspect and any pertinent information that could lead to the capture of a suspect. All information is verified with local law enforcement before it is released. All tweets direct followers to the RxPATROL database for additional information, including pictures and video of suspects.

Purdue Pharma L.P. developed RxPATROL (Rx Pattern Analysis Tracking Robberies & Other Losses) in 2003 as a collaborative effort between industry, pharmacists and law enforcement to collect, collate, analyze and disseminate information on pharmacy theft in the United States and posts important crime-related information at RxPATROL.org. The program also issues alerts and updates via email to registered users in the pharmacy and law enforcement communities.  However, since many pharmacy staff members do not have Internet access during work hours, but do have access to cell phones, RxPATROL® is now using Twitter to instantly deliver pharmacy crime updates to followers via their cell phones.

Twitter can provide followers with timely pharmacy crime information, giving them access to information that is often not reported by the media. Twitter followers also receive notices for reward offers that are funded through Purdue’s partnership with CrimeStoppers and other local anti-crime organizations.

“Pharmacy crime is a problem in many communities,” said RxPATROL Program Analyst, Captain Richard Conklin. “RxPATROL is using new communication vehicles to help pharmacy staff and law enforcement fight pharmacy crime.”

Conklin monitors daily pharmacy crime reports from police departments across the United States and posts important crime related information on the RxPATROL website. Please visit www.rxpatrol.org for more information and start following RxPATROL by visiting Twitter.com/rxpatrol.

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