NYPD to add GPS chips to prescription bottles to try and help New York City drug theft

NYPD to load GPS chips into dummy prescription bottles to thwart thieves.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Tue, Jan 15 2013 12:44 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:25 PM CST

Prescription drug theft is a major issue in New York City, and the NYPD have plans to try and prevent it from growing. Pharmacies across the city could receive "Dummy bottles" that contain GPS tracking chips in an effort to catch thieves.

NYPD to add GPS chips to prescription bottles to try and help New York City drug theft | TweakTown.com

"In the event of a robbery or theft, we'll be able to track the bottle, which may lead us to stash locations across the city", Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly writes in a speech he'll be giving in California today. Kelly has asked researchers to examine the feasibility of placing chips into fake pills that could be tracked by GPS.

The NYPD is also educating local pharmacies on how to better secure their premises in what is being called "Operation Safety Cap." What do you think about this? Is this just another money wasting effort or do you think that this could really clean up the streets of prescription drugs? Either way, I am happy to see more Law Enforcement Agencies embracing modern technology.

NEWS SOURCE:theverge.com

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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