An article in the Los Angeles Times Book Blog Jacket Copy discusses the recent report of thefts at L.A.'s Central Library. It's not a crime wave, but it is a reminder to keep an eye on your personal belongings.
The author says: "When I'm there doing research, I haul my backpack (as much a drag as it is) with me when I take a break. It's only sensible. If I were at Macy's, I wouldn't leave my purse in the middle of the floor when I ran to the bathroom."