Who Actually Steals Library Books?
There are many reasons people come up with to justify the theft of library books. Some will steal books simply for the challenge of the act. They just want to see if they can get away with it. That token of their theft is a constant reminder of their success and they feed off of it. Some people will steal books in protest. They feel they have been wronged by the government, or perhaps the university that runs the library and that is one way they can “get back at them.” Students may even steal books from their school’s collection due to academic pressure to keep their peers from getting the research information for an important assignment. Others may actually steal books for their own personal collections. Library security has become a serious issue and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be declining any time soon. There are valuable resources kept in libraries and even some out of print editions that people have actually tried to steal so they can sell them on an online auction site.
Seventy percent of all public libraries surveyed recently report theft as their biggest problem. That’s a big surprise considering all the usual talk about budget cuts. One of the newest issues regarding library security is specifically in the genealogy room. These are the books that are kept to record the births and deaths of the people in the county, property records, and much more about the people of the town. These books are priceless for family research. Many generations will come to look at them and use them to find out about their own bloodlines and possibly even medical history. Sadly, these books can also be used by identity thieves. Remember, these books hold a lot of valuable information, like names and birthdays, that could be very helpful in filling out bogus credit card applications.
Many major institutions have had to resort to adding security guards, limiting the building exits, and electronic devices. Security guards cost a lot of money over time, and many older buildings were built with multiple exits in case of fire. An investment in an electronic detection system can be a saving grace for a public library to protect its valuable inventory. One example of an excellent system is the Checkpoint N10 Antenna. This system is very similar to the classic Checkpoint pedestals you see in department stores and grocers. The N10 Antenna has the same detection capabilities as its larger retail counterparts, but it is smaller and more compact so it does not detract from the professional look and atmosphere of a library. This system provides the library security by monitoring the books coming and going. If the Checkpoint tag inside a book has not been deactivated at the checkout desk, the N10 Antenna will alert the staff if a patron attempts to go out the door. The addition of this system is not to deter people from using the library; it is just meant to deter dishonest people from removing resources that are meant to be available for everyone. From the genealogy room, with its priceless records, to even the simple first books for children, the library should be able to keep a clear inventory of its possessions, and the N10 Antenna system is a new option for them to consider.
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