Top 20 states for pharmacy robberies

June 30, 2015

Despite efforts by law enforcement and increased security measures by many pharmacies, the number of pharmacy robberies across the country increased during the first five months of 2015.

Despite efforts by law enforcement and increased security measures by many pharmacies, the number of pharmacy armed robberies across the country increased during the first five months of 2015, according to recently released statistics from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The 382 pharmacy armed robberies (76.4 per month) reported between January 2015 and June 2015 is ahead of 2014’s pace of 69.16 robberies per month.

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In some states, DEA statistics indicate that pharmacy armed robberies are practically non-existent. For example, Washington, South Dakota, Rhode Island, North Dakota, Montana, Delaware, and Connecticut all reported no pharmacy armed robberies during the first five months of 2015.

However, the problem persists in other areas. And one state is quickly earning the reputation as the pharmacy armed robbery capitol of the country.

Follow the links below to see which states have the most pharmacy armed robberies.

 

 

 

 

The six pharmacy robberies reported in the Sunshine State through the first five months of 2015 represent a decrease in frequency. Florida reported 25 pharmacy robberies for 2014.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

The seven pharmacy robberies in Vermont between January 2015 and June 2015 equal the amount recorded during all of 2014.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

The seven pharmacy robberies in Louisiana between January 2015 and June 2015 are more than the total number (6) amount recorded in 2014.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

  

 

 

 

The eight pharmacy robberies in Oklahoma between January 2015 and June 2015 represent a significant decrease. The state had 57 pharmacy robberies in 2014.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

 

The eight pharmacy robberies in New York between January 2015 and June 2015 gives it the #16 ranking. In 2014, the Empire State ended the year ranked #16 with 18 pharmacy robberies.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

 

The eight pharmacy robberies in Massachusetts between January 2015 and June 2015 has moved the state's ranking to #15. In 2014, the state ranked #14 with 19 pharmacy robberies.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

The eight pharmacy robberies in Iowa between January 2015 and June 2015 are more than the total (7) recorded in 2014.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

The eight pharmacy robberies in Colorado between January 2015 and June 2015 are almost as many pharmacy robberies (10) as were recorded in 2014.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

The nine pharmacy robberies in Virginia between January 2015 and June 2015 represent a significant reduction. The state had 31 pharmacy robberies in 2014.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

 

Between January 2015 and June 2015, the District of Columbia recorded nine pharmacy robberies. There were no pharmacy robberies in the District of Columbia in 2014 (And, yes, we know that the District of Columbia is not a state. But for these statistics the DEA classifies it as such).

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

Arizona is on pace to reduce its pharmacy robberies by 50%. Between January 2015 and June 2015, the state recorded nine pharmacy robberies. In 2014, it recorded 37 pharmacy robberies.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

Tennessee ended 2014 ranked #17 with 17 pharmacy robberies. The 11 pharmacy robberies recorded in the state during the first five months of 2015 has it now ranked at #9.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

The 11 pharmacy robberies in South Carolina between January 2015 and June 2015 are nearly as many as the total (13) recorded in 2014.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

 

Between January 2015 and June 2015, Texas recorded 12 pharmacy robberies. It recorded 23 pharmacy robberies in 2014.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

Maryland, with 12 pharmacy robberies between January 2015 and June 2015, is on pace to surpass 2014's total of 20 pharmacy robberies.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

With 12 pharmacy robberies between January 2015 and June 2015, Georgia has nearly surpassed its 2014 total (13).

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

Between January 2015 and June 2015, North Carolina recorded 21 pharmacy robberies. The state recorded 31 in 2014.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

The number of pharmacy robberies in California is decreasing. Between January 2015 and June 2015, the Golden State had 31 pharmacy robberies. In 2014, California recorded 94 pharmacy robberies.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

During the first five months of 2015, Wisconsin has already recorded more pharmacy robberies (32) than it did in all of 2014 (21).  

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database

 

 

 

 

With 68 pharmacy robberies during the first five months of 2015, Indiana has twice as many pharmacy robberies as California and more than five times more than Texas. In 2014, Indiana had 78 pharmacy robberies.

Source: DEA Theft & Loss Database