Re: Video Theft

John Holland (
Sat, 19 Sep 1998 12:38:29 -0500 (CDT)

You might want to put some sort of "non-removeable" sticker along the
edges of the videocassette, such as a bar code label. If this shows signs
of tampering or is sliced through the middle, which it would have to be if
they are taking the shell apart and putting a different video inside, it
should be inspected for damage.

John Holland
Chicago Public Library
Film/Video Center

On Fri, 18 Sep 1998 ASLONOSKY@Queens.Lib.NY.US wrote:

> Does anyone out there have any practical suggestions for curtailing video theft
> in a public library? The video department I work in is very busy and rather
> crowded. We have been experiencing a sudden increase in the number of videos
> that are returned to us either severely damaged or altered: often the tape
> that is returned to us is not the film that the label says it is. Customers
> take the case apart, take the tape out and replace it with another tape -
> sometimes a similar film in the same language(we have a very large foreign
> langage collection), sometimes someting very off - a basketball game instead of
> a musical.
> Any suggestions would be apreciated.
> Thanks,
> Andrea Slonosky