Re: DVD Theft

Charles Timberlake (
Fri, 8 Sep 2000 16:40:28 -0700 (PDT)

Hold the DVDs behind your counter. We've had to do it with rock and rap
CDs, and we are now doing it with our new DVD collection. Other solutions
are going to cost you some money.

On Fri, 8 Sep 2000, Mike Boedicker wrote:

> 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 already
> 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 list
> 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 seems
> that the best method is attaching security strips directly to the discs, but
> 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 DVDs
> 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