Re: Video Theft

Stan Gilliam (
Mon, 21 Sep 1998 13:53:48 -0700 (PDT)

It isn't easy to dismantle the cases and replace the tapes....why would
someone go to the
trouble of swap two tapes ... just as a prank? Just to cause trouble?

At 01:04 PM 9/21/98 -0700, you wrote:
>I can't believe that this is happening to someone other than us!
>We have been struggling with this problem for quite some time and no- it
>is not a case of someone taping over one of our videos, it is certainly
>someone actually dismantling cases and replacing videotape. Often it is a
>straight swop of two of our own videos, so apart from the enormous amount
>of time involved we can return the tapes to the collection. And we thought
>there was only one of these wierdos in the world. Because of "privacy"
>policies, we can only keep a record of the last patron using a video, so
>by the time the next "innocent" patron has taken out the wrong video,
>returned and reported the problem, the guilty party is in the clear.
>Unless you are allowed to keep records of past borrowers of your videos, I
>can't hink how you can solve this problem any more than we can.
> Jean A. McCarron
> Audiovisual Coordinator
> North Vancouver District Public Library
> TEL. DIR LINE: (604)990-5817
> TEL. LIBRARY: (604)990-5800 FAX: (604)984-7600
> NVDPL on the web:
>On Fri, 18 Sep 1998 ASLONOSKY@Queens.Lib.NY.US wrote:
>> Does anyone out there have any practical suggestions for curtailing video
>> 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
Stan Gilliam
Director of Media Services
Guilford College
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Greensboro, NC 27410
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