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ERIC Number: ED144603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Pages: 77
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Economical Feasibility of Installing a Book Detection System at Cottonwood High School.
Davis, DiAnna
A study was undertaken for Cottonwood High School (CHS) to determine if an electronic security system (ESS) would reduce hardbound book theft sufficiently to justify the installation and maintenance costs of the system. A projection of future losses with and without the system was made to determine the advisability of installing a system. Other high school media centers throughout the Intermountain West employing such systems were sent surveys so a comparison could be made between CHS and other schools. Results of the survey revealed that school media centers had considerable reduction in book loss and costs after the system had been installed in their schools. Average decrease in book loss was 80 percent with a savings cost for a five year period amounting to $386,745. Applying this percentage of decrease to previous average losses for the past five years at CHS and the average cost of the system, an ESS could prevent enough books from being stolen to pay for the system in approximately two years. Projections showed that without the system 3,715 more books would be stolen in a five year period at a cost of $64,047. Appendices include a copy of the survey form, summary of collected data, and names and addresses of the high schools participating in the study. (Author/JPF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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