At 12:53 PM 10/31/96, Kristine R. Brancolini wrote:
>We've been experiencing a high number of video thefts during the past
>three months. They are always feature films on VHS and they are
>primarily popular titles, such as _The Terminator_ and _Seven_. This is
>extremely annoying as we often do not realize the video is missing until
>a professor comes to pick it up! We have started checking early in the
>morning of the day the video is to be picked up, as checking at the time
>the prof makes the reservation is no guarantee. Of course, many of these
>tapes are available elsewhere, but it's still a pain and it's costing us
>money to replace all these tapes (about 20 so far).
>All the tapes are shelved behind a desk so it's either student employees
>or custodial staff. We suspect the latter because students know better
>and also because when this began late last summer, we had only a few
>students working and they were all experienced and highly trusted.
>So here's my question: Have any of you dealt with this problem?
>We are considering moving all the feature films on VHS to locking
>cabinets, so we could eliminate the possibiity of theft by the
>custodians. If that doesn't work, I don't know what we will do.
>Frankly, if it's one or more student employees, we're doomed...
>Do any of you use locking cabinets to shelve any or all of your
>videocassetes? Any other suggestions?
>Help! This is annoying as well as expensive... I'm on the verge of
>shifting to 100% laserdisc for feature films, but I like the flexibility
>of having both VHS and laserdisc.
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