False alarms at libraries lead to no alarms

The Oregonian Reports Annoyed by false alarms on new security gates installed at the Multnomah County Library’s central branch, the then-chief librarian turned the power off six years ago.

Since then, about 6.5 million patrons have passed through those dormant anti-theft corridors. It is anybody’s guess how many books, CDs and DVDs also walked out of the Central Library or 16 other branches in the county system.

The county not only has no functioning security system, but it also has no reliable way to track missing or stolen materials.