Campus libraries, just like retail stores, are not immune to theft. There is a misconception that because the library gives out books and materials for free, there is no need to steal and therefore no inventory losses. Even though the check out materials are free doesn’t mean every library asset is available for checkout. Some reference materials and other equipment are to be kept inside the library, providing a permanent resource for all students. A library theft detection system, like Checkpoint Systems, protects those assets from unauthorized removal.
As student debt continues to rise at astronomical rates, many students are pressured to find alternative forms of income. Stolen goods from unprotected libraries are easily resold to supplement that income. Pieces of equipment such as computers, audio, and video items can be sold through a variety of avenues.
The easiest way is for a student to sell these items to other students. Since it is not uncommon for students to sell books, supplies and other equipment to each other, this is the easiest, and least suspicious way to profit from stolen goods. In fact, many campuses will have boards in local venues, student centers and online promoting the sell and trade of used items.
Any student interested in buying these items would not have any reason to suspect that the items had been stolen. Library theft detection system keeps the assets within the library, instead of in the hands of unsuspecting students.
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