When you enter a pharmacy at Wal-Mart or Target, you may notice an alarm in the ceiling to warn you of an impending visit.
This is actually a routine security system and the alarm is meant to warn customers of suspicious activity, but it also serves as a reminder to stay in the store and avoid any potential problems.
“The alarm is a safety measure,” said Josh Bischoff, vice president of communications at Target, which runs Target Health, Target Pharmacy, Target Home and Target Outlet.
“The safety of our customers and employees is our number one priority.”
Target employees are given extra training on security.
“We have a full-time team that goes through all of the steps to get our store to the highest level,” he added.
“It is important to note that Target has implemented additional security measures, including a full team of security experts that is always on-site to help us make our store even more secure,” said a Target spokesperson in a statement.
The spokesperson added that Target is also introducing a new security policy, which is aimed at “helping our employees and customers feel safe and secure.”
Target stores in the U.S. will begin implementing the policy on July 20, according to the retailer’s website.
Bischoff said Target is “doing everything we can to make sure our employees have the most secure environment they can possibly be in, whether they are in a store or in a convenience store.”
While the security alarm is more of a routine safety measure, some customers have said they’ve been able to avoid the problem altogether.
“I have never heard of this happening before,” said Bischoffs father, who lives in Missouri, when asked if he had heard of any Target security alarms.
“I was shocked to hear about it.
That’s my first reaction.
I’ve been coming in for years and I’ve never heard that.”
The alarms are also supposed to be turned off after 7 p.m., but some Target employees have found the alarm to be too late.
“We just can’t keep the alarm going.
It seems like it is too late,” said another customer, who asked not to be identified because she has no access to the store.”
There’s a lot of times we just walk in and go in there and we just don’t hear anything,” said the customer.
Bishu Kaur, a spokesperson for Target, told The Hindu that the alarm will be turned on at 7 p,m.
and then it will be shut off at 7 a.m. every day.
“Target stores are a safe place for everyone to shop,” said Kaur.
“Our store is staffed 24/7 to ensure customers feel comfortable and safe in our stores.
When a security alarm goes off at Target or Target Health we take every precaution to help customers avoid any inconvenience.”
Target does not keep any information on customers and associates about the alarm, Kaur said.
Target has not confirmed if the alarm was triggered by the customer’s purchase.