Re: Security strips for videos

John Holland (
Thu, 16 Jul 1998 13:22:19 -0500 (CDT)

We use the 3M security strips and the A/V desensitizer, since only audio
and video materials are charged in this department (books are on another
floor). We do find that the book security strips can set off false alarms,
and the cleverer patrons have obviously caught on to this. A typical
response is "Oh, I have some reference books which they forgot to
desensitize upstairs." I do think it is a deterent to theft, if not a
foolproof means of stopping it. And it's an improvement over the old
method of having pages pull videos from closed stacks.
Our videos are all bar-coded, with the number listed inside the case for
reference (in case tapes get put back in the wrong boxes). The sticker
goes on the videocassette shell just above the label, so it doesn't cover
any title information.

John Holland
Chicago Public Library
Film/Video Center