Thipu: We keep Sports Illustrated (and almost every popular stealable magazine) behind our desk and put dummy copies on the shelf. In order for the patron to get the real magazine they have to leave us with something valuable (we specify library card, but patrons leave us everything from driver's license to engraved cigarette lighter to EBT Cards. One woman walks in, hands us her house keys and then goes back and forth for the New York Post (yes, it gets stolen), People, and Cosmopolitan, Essence, Rolling Stone, Ebony and Jet. It works pretty well, considering theft is almost a way of life here. It continues to amaze me, though, what people will steal.