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NCJ Number: 159997 Find in a Library
Title: Theft and Loss From U.K. Libraries: A National Survey
Author(s): J Burrows; D Cooper
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
Research, Development and Statistics Directorate
United Ki
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 62
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
London, SW1H 9HD, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-86252-777-5
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
Research, Development and Statistics Directorate
Clive House, Room 415
Petty France
London, SW1H 9HD,
United Kingdom
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report summarizes findings from the first comprehensive survey of the financial loss suffered by libraries in the U.K. through book theft and mutilation.
Abstract: Researchers collected data through a national survey of libraries, good practice inquiries, and participation in a countywide library security initiative. The report examines the extent of loss and damage to books in U.K. libraries, and investigates causes of loss, including nonreturns, theft by staff, and book mutilation. The loss to British libraries could be minimized through loan management practices that included monitoring and follow-up, promotion of borrower responsibilities, fines policy, book recovery, and book amnesties. Thefts from library premises could be reduced through security tagging devices programs aimed at decreasing opportunities for theft, and harsher penalties for offenders. 2 appendixes and 22 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Crime prevention planning; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Library/museum security
Note: Police Research Group Crime Prevention Unit Series: Paper 37
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