The need for Checkpoint systems is often based off of the determination of actual losses a library incurs. That means an inventory should be taken to determine what materials are being lost and the costs incurred through their replacements. What many libraries are realizing is that while books are a constant loss, the losses from other materials and resources incur a much higher cost to replace.
These items are primarily in the form of magazines or electronic devices. Computers, DVDs, and audiotapes in much higher demand, and often create a larger financial loss. The replacement cost of a computer alone can easily far outweigh the cost of replacing close to 100 books- depending upon actual costs, of course.
In addition to common checkout errors where these items leave the library without notice, these items are also more intentionally stolen.
Electronics can easily be added into a personal collection, or can be sold to pawn shops or on ebay. It is not uncommon for a friend to swap or sell disks to another friend to get items they specifically want. As more retailers protect their inventories, thieves will intentionally target places that offer similar products with fewer security risks- leading them to public libraries. Checkpoint systems will deter these same thieves that are looking for a quick and easy score, just as they do in the retail sector.
Visit the Loss Prevention Store to purchase Library Theft Detection System devices and your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system from Checkpoint Systems to stop inventory losses.
For more information on a Library Theft Detection System, Library Theft Prevention, or a Checkpoint System and how they can work with your Electronic Article Surveillance or EAS system contact us at Retail theft prevention to stop inventory losses in your library or call 1.770.426.0547