Another illuminating story from the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Watchdog group: 10 out of 25 laptop computers available for use inside the San Diego Public Library have been stolen.
The laptops aren’t labeled with a magnetic security sticker, because the library thinks the stickers might damage the computers, according to the article. But the Watchdog reporter ran that claim past a supplier of the magnetic security systems. The company said the tags should not damage laptops.
The U-T’s Watchdog unit found out about the stolen laptops when it examined a list of delinquent library accounts and found some very high balances, up to $5,000. And some laptops appear begging to be stolen; one laptop checked out by the U-T carried no engravings identifying it as library property. It just had stickers.
Good work by the U-T. Let’s hope the library learns how to better guard the taxpayers’ property. Given how tight the city’s budget is, that’s not a lot to ask for.
(DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed here are mine, and not necessarily that of my employer, the North County Times).