An Evaluation of Bylaw and Policy Changes on Pharmacy Robberies in British Columbia

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Andresen, Martin & Mann, Elliott & Hodgkinson, Tarah & Thacker, Stephen & Nakagawa, Bob. (2019). An evaluation of bylaw and policy changes on pharmacy robberies in British Columbia. Crime Science. 8. 10.1186/s40163-019-0096-x. 

Date created: 
2019-01-16
Keywords: 
Crime prevention
Pharmacies
Robbery
Situational crime prevention
Abstract: 

On 15 September 2015, the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia (BC) implemented a set of by-law and security policy changes in an effort to reduce robberies and burglaries in BC pharmacies. Prior to these by-law and security policy changes, pharmacy robberies were increasing in BC for approximately 5 years. After implementation, pharmacy robberies decreased significantly. In this paper, we evaluate the potential impact of the by-law and security policy changes on pharmacy robberies in four regions within BC. We find strong evidence supporting that the reduction in pharmacy robberies is a result of this by-law and accompanying security policy changes. Specifically, there was an immediate and substantial drop in pharmacy robberies within Vancouver, with a change in trend (now decreasing instead of increasing) for the Interior and Lower Mainland less Vancouver. These results should be considered support for maintaining these by-laws and security policy changes in BC and potential implementation in other areas of Canada experiencing similar issues.

Language: 
English
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College of Pharmacists of British Columbia
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