[hackerspaces] Do your spaces have a theft problem? How do you deal with it?

Joe Ferguson halo09 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 20 15:19:08 CEST 2011

At Midsouth Makers we (luckily) haven't had any theft issues to deal with.
We do have 6 webcams covering our space that are often discussed. Members
are definitely aware they are on camera so it acts as a decent deterrent. My
years in retail management taught me if you eliminate the temptation /
opportunity, you'll help eliminate the shrink (theft / loss). The only thing
of real value we have would be tools / computer parts. Both of which are
covered by a couple of the cameras. The only other thing is our soda cash
collection box. Myself and our treasurer both check this box at least once a
week and we collect the money if it's ~>$30. If someone did clean it out,
it's not like they would get a whole lot. We'd definitely struggle more with
why someone would raid that than recovering the little they'd get. We also
carry some insurance, so in the event something major does happen to us,
we'd have a way to recovery. While cheap things like you mentioned aren't
worth filing insurance claims, maybe some web cams (or more cameras /
different locations) may help you all out a bit more.

On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 8:09 AM, Tim Saylor <tim.saylor at gmail.com> wrote:

> Pumping Station: One has had a few things disappear in the last month or
> so.  Mostly small cheap things like usb sticks or webcams, but notably a
> large sum of cash from our soda fridge.  We've made the cash harder to take
> but we can't bolt down everything in the space, so we're thinking of ways to
> solve the problem.  Have any of your spaces had this problem, and what have
> you done about it?
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- Joe Ferguson
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