SigActs indexed several news articles over the last week about bomb threats being called into Rite Aid stores. While these reports only involved stores in Michigan and Maine, it got us wondering how many Rite Aid stores there are in the U.S., and where they are concentrated.
SigActs News Reporting Involving Rite Aid Bomb Threats
|16 May 2014||Bomb threat robbery thwarted at Greenville Rite Aid pharmacy||Greenville, Michigan|
|15 May 2014||Augusta Rite Aid Pharmacy evacuated after bomb threat||Augusta, Maine|
|15 May 2014||Rite Aid bomb threat similar to recent cases||Paw Paw, Michigan|
|14 May 2013||Bomb threats called into North Muskegon Rite Aid store; nothing suspicious located||North Muskegon, Michigan|
|13 May 2014||Report: Bomb threat called into Ludington Rite Aid store||Ludington, Michigan|
The map below shows the relative intensity of the 4,430 stores we found and plotted in the United States. This macro visualization of Rite Aid’s operations provides interesting insight into where the pharmacy chain is most entrenched, and where their supply chain stretches.
SigActs Intensity Map of Rite Aid Store Locations
Bomb threats are disruptive criminal events. They cost a store through lack of sales and wasted employee hours during the scare. They also cost the community when emergency personnel are dispatched to an incident. Knowing where these events are happening can be crucial for allocating training resources and helping store managers and staff to be prepared.
SigActs can keep organizations advised about bomb threats and other significant activities happening around their facilities and personnel.