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For the attention of Pharmacies

20/05/2011
Pharmacies in Rushcliffe are advised where possible to take additional security precautions in forthcoming weeks as there have been instances of such premises being broken into mostly targeting petty cash and other small valuables that have not been locked away.
 
Please display the attached deterrent window sign in your window and follow where possible the following advice;
 
Remove all cash from the premises overnight where possible. If cash is being left on the premises, this should be stored in a heavy duty secure safe, which is secured to either a brick wall or into a solid floor so that it cannot be removed.
You are advised not to keep excessive amounts of cash on the premises, even if this means banking takings more than once a day. Preparing cash for deposits should always be carried out in a locked office, and should never be left unattended. If the deposit is not going to be banked immediately, put it in a secure safe until ready to do so. Wherever possible, ensure banking is carried out during normal banking hours.
 
Please can all pharmacists and staff be extra vigilant in light of these incidents ensuring you are looking out for individuals hanging around the pharmacy premises or any recent damage to the building such as to windows or doors that could be possible signs of an attempted break in. 
 
Ensure that the premises are fully secured overnight, making sure that all windows and doors are closed and locked.
 
Make use of roller shutters should you have them installed.
 
Ensure that intruders alarms are working and in operation whilst the building is vacant.
 
All controlled drugs cabinet keys should be stored securely.
 
If you have any concerns please phone these through to Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99.
 
Advice on security products and services are available free of charge, from Notts Police Business Crime Team.  Additionally, we are happy to visit any business premises to to carry out a risk assessment by a Home Office qualified Business Crime Reduction Manager. If you would like further advice or a visit, please contact 0300 300 99 99 ext 800 3011.
 
 

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