Library parking police change pays off PDF Print E-mail
Written by By PETER KUEBECK/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 23 November 2012 10:30
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A new overnight towing policy at the Wood County District Public Library appears to be working against would-be criminals.
In response to a growing number of crimes taking place after business hours in its parking lots, the library recently contracted with a local towing firm to tow any vehicles left in the lots between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
After being in place for less than a month, the company is “already noticing a change,” said Library Director Michael Penrod at Tuesday’s board meeting.
The company, he said, is towing an average of six vehicles per night from the lot, but that number is starting to decrease.
“A vast majority of the vehicles that are towed are not Wood County cars,” Penrod said.
Thus far there has only been one complaint regarding the policy.
The issue of crime in the lots was brought to the library’s attention by Bowling Green Police several months ago. Departmental statistics showed that officers responded to 17 incidents in the lots in July, 21 in August, and 17 in September. Over the last year, almost 10 incidents were averaged per month, largely caused by non-city residents coming to the downtown area. The issues were mainly alcohol-related.
In contrast, the city parking lots on either side of the library only saw a handful of incidents during that time.
The towing service is being provided to the library at no cost.
Penrod also said that, as a result of the new policy, there is a decrease in litter in the parking lots.
In other business, the board heard from Adult Services head and Assistant Director Michele Raine that their e-book growth rate for the year is at more than 162 percent.
“We’re getting ready for Black Friday, because that’s when we think people will go out to buy their devices” on which they can read electronic books.
The library offers one-on-one counseling on how to use these devices, including iPads and Kindles, to check out books from the library digitally.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 November 2012 10:36
 

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