CAPE CORAL, Fla.- WINK News is digging for more answers as to how thousands of dollars worth of blu-ray movies were stolen from a Cape Coral library over the course of nine months.
As reported Wednesday, the library hasn't done a major inventory in five years. To do a major inventory of every single item in the library, the facility would have to close, it would take a long time and be quite expensive, but library employees say that doesn't mean they're not tracking the materials.
Sheldon Kaye is director of the Lee County library system.
After 570 blue ray movies were stolen from the Cape library over the span of several months, WINK started asking how this went unnoticed.
"We knew it was an issue," said Kaye
The library system says it has stepped up security and that includes more cameras inside and outside. Also, they have new ways to track inventory. Employees track all books and A.V. items on a monthly basis. Reports are compiled and compared to their database.
"Every month we do keep track of things that we should have that we don't," said Kaye.
New security gates are also making it harder for people to steal library materials.
Additionally, in the coming months, the Lee library system is getting a wand-like device where they'll be able to scan it across a shelf and know immediately if anything is missing.
The size of the library systems through Charlotte and Collier counties are different, but they have their own security practiices in place and they keep track of their inventory by compiling monthly reports.