Re: DVD Theft

LaRoi Lawton (
Fri, 8 Sep 2000 13:49:12 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Mike:
You might be better off with the dummiy cases. That way if a patron wants a
particular dvd, they come to the circulation desk and get it there. This
way, an identity is established whereby you can at least trace who has the
item. Hot items such as RAP, R&B, Jazz etc. are always going to be targets.
while the circulation clerks may gripe about the added duty, vigilence,
short of installing video cameras is the norm. We require ID for all items
used in our area. No ticket-no laundry, period.

LaRoi Lawton
Media Services
Bronx Community College
Bronx, NY 10453
----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Boedicker <>
To: Multiple recipients of list <>
Sent: Friday, September 08, 2000 4:24 PM
Subject: DVD Theft

> Several months back Ellen Druda described the high theft rate of DVDs in
> public libraries. Now I'm experiencing it myself. Our collection is
> currently only 40 titles & has only been on the shelves 2 weeks, but
> 3 DVDs have been stolen. (Two more were attempted stolen today, but staff
> watched the suspect like a hawk and he left after stuffing them behind a
> bookcase).
> We don't use dummy cases -- the actual discs are in their cases in open
> stacks. For security, we use Kwik cases with magnetic strips, and a 3M
> gate. One of the empty Kwik cases (found buried in the stacks) had its
> locking mechanism ripped out as if from heavy-duty pliers.
> My questions: does anyone know about a new 3M system, mentioned on the
> a few months back, that uses small magnetic donut stickers that fit around
> the DVD hub? If anyone has used this system, how effective is it? It
> that the best method is attaching security strips directly to the discs,
> we obviously can't use the straight strips on double-sided DVDs.
> We've thought about putting only the cases out for display and keeping the
> discs behind the circ desk. With do that w/ our Rap CDs, because of their
> high theft rate, but we only have about 2 dozen of them. With only 40
> the same policy is feasible, but 60 more will be added soon, and I expect
> the collection to grow even larger soon after that.
> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...
> Mike Boedicker
> Audiovisual Director/Webmaster
> Danville Public Library
> 319 N. Vermilion
> Danville, IL 61832
> (217) 477-5223 ext. 123