For students, keeping tabs on where your cell phone is or locking up your laptop with a handy desk lock is common practice in the library. But what about your textbooks? Textbook theft is a rising concern for students across the nation. It may seem odd, but when you consider that textbook prices continue to rise (and so do sites paying money for those books), textbooks themselves are becoming high-risk items. Like the common practice of stealing and reselling bikes, stealing textbooks and selling them back to the bookstore or online retailer can turn a quick buck, and with some textbooks valued at hundreds of dollars, it is an appealing offer.
Take, for example, University of Virginia student Stephen Lambert, who in 2010 was charged with grand larceny for stealing nearly $20,000 worth of texts from the campus bookstore and reselling them on Half.com. Not to be out done, this year in Tennessee a student was arrested and now faces a class B or C felony charge for stealing approximately $60,000 worth of books and attempting to sell them to local pawn shops.