What is theft?

theft meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

The unauthorized removal of materials or equipment from library premises. Theft and vandalism of library materials is punishable as a misdemeanor in most states in the United States. This persistent problem is controlled by restricting access to the technical processing area and by installing security gates at public exits equipped with an alarm system that is automatically activated by a magnetic strip affixed to the item unless the strip is desensitized at checkout. Unfortunately, determined thieves learn to locate and remove the strips to avoid detection. Closed circuit television surveillance systems have been installed in the rare books reading rooms of some large libraries to deter theft. The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has issued Guidelines Regarding Thefts in Libraries (January 2003). See also: crime and stolen book.


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