Fed Up With Thieves Holding Up Pharmacies, Walgreens Uses Time-Delay Safes (VIDEO)

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

August 27, 2014 Updated Aug 27, 2014 at 6:26 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- It's a scene we've seen across Indiana again and again -- crooks holding up pharmacies and demanding prescription drugs.

But now, one major pharmacy chain fights back in a new way.

Starting Wednesday, Walgreens follows in the footsteps of many banks across the country, installing time-delay safes.

Oxycontin, oxycodone, and other powerful pills will be locked away in safe. But even when pharmacists turn the key, the safe won't open for nearly ten minutes.

It's a wait time pharmacists don't mind, but they hope theives certainly do.

"We really appreciate them [Walgreens] taking this effort. If the suspects know you're not going to get the drugs from the store, they won't come in. That's the best way to stop a crime, to make sure it never happens," said Allen County Sheriff (R), Ken Fries.

Indiana and Kentucky join Walgreens in six other states by implementing this safety practice.

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