Security Cameras have been installed throughout the library for the safety of our customers and library materials. Numerous cameras, some visible, some not so visible, were installed on September 19th. The new security cameras will enhance the library’s safe environment and protect the library’s collection from damage and theft.
The new system will provide continuous 24/7 coverage for the library facility, maintaining a 3 week record for each camera location. In addition, to enhancing library security, the cameras will also be used to identify the theft of library materials and assist in the prosecution of those stealing public property, according to Don W. Barlow, Executive Director.
Those taking library materials illegally, either as a prank or for profit, should consider the consequences. Taking materials, valued over $250 is a felony and punishable by heavy fines and possible imprisonment. In a recent case with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, a lady was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay full restitution to the library. A heavy penalty for stealing items that could simply be borrowed for free.