Re: Video Thefts

Rick Provine (
Thu, 31 Oct 1996 17:34:00 -0500

We use locking cabinets. It helps, but doesn't stop it completely.
Thouogh our rate fo theft is lower than yours of late, it seems to be
students who do "liberate" particular films. The laserdisc format
certainly helps this out too.

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.
>Kristine Brancolini
>Indiana University Libraries

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