GYM CRIME: BEWARE!

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 02, 2012 4:15 AM GMT
    Well this was nice... walking into the locker room after a great elliptical workout tonight and find my locked locker smashed and my gym bag ripped off.
    I realized pretty fast I had been targeted... the guy's unlocked stuff next to mine hadn't been touched.

    The criminals are likely to be disappointed. I had a nice pair of florsheim dress shoes in there, a pair of slacks and belt, underwear, dress socks , my favorite pair of sunglasses (but inexpensive) and ... unfortunately, my montana silversmiths western watch. A few other minor things. No wallet (it was elsewhere by plan).... but did steal my keys (which was damned dumb on my part , I should have had them with me). I just bought a new car and it was parked right in front of the building.. .it was fine.

    Think about your stuff, guys and be aware of whats going around you. I've been at the YMCA for years and never had a problem, but you never know . Think about "what if" in advance.... you never know when it will be your time!

    Have a great weekend!

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    Jun 02, 2012 4:27 AM GMT
    So sorry to hear about that. That sucks. I've never thought twice about leaving my wallet and car-keys in my locker at the Y I use.
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    Jun 02, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
    Sorry that happened. I've had my house broken into and two different times a car. When somebody has taken your stuff, it's more than the loss of property, it's that awful feeling your personal space has been violated.

    My neighbor a couple weeks ago had his locker broken into at the gym and they got his keys to steal his car. The local LA Fitness was built in an area without room for a parking lot so it was built elevated with parking underneath making it so customer's cars are not visible from the windows and there has been many car break ins the last couple weeks.
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    Jun 02, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    This is why we have a Second Amendment.
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    Jun 02, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
    That sucks. That's pretty much why I don't use the locker at the gym. I live close enough to the gym. So I travel light when I go workout.

    Did they bust the locker? Or the padlock? If it's latter, you might want to consider a more heavy duty lock. Like the one below. The circular design makes it difficult to pop open with a crow bar. And not enough wiggle room to use bolt cutters.

    http://www.masterlock.com/products/product_details/40KADPF
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    Jun 02, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
    I'm sorry about the asshole you encountered.

    Did you look around? Maybe they got out and checked it and tossed what wasn't valuable. Or maybe returned it the next day. Check the lost and found.
  • TheBizMan

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    Jun 02, 2012 5:29 AM GMT
    Whoever got away with your underwear is mighty lucky!
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    Jun 02, 2012 5:33 AM GMT
    TheBizMan saidWhoever got away with your underwear is mighty lucky!


    For possible suspects, he should probably give the cops a list of Wichita RJers.
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    Jun 02, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
    Iceblink said
    TheBizMan saidWhoever got away with your underwear is mighty lucky!


    For possible suspects, he should probably give the cops a list of Wichita RJers.
    would NOT be a bad idea icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 02, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
    Usually helps to put a scary mask in your locker. If you're lucky, the thief will scream and draw attention to himself and run away. icon_lol.gif



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  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 02, 2012 8:01 AM GMT
    TheBizMan said
    Iceblink said
    TheBizMan saidWhoever got away with your underwear is mighty lucky!


    For possible suspects, he should probably give the cops a list of Wichita RJers.
    would NOT be a bad idea icon_lol.gif


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    LOL!

    Well there is a Wichita RJer whose name will not be mentioned....lol...
    who did go through my mind, but he wasn't even at the gym last night..

    Kind of funny... LOL
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 02, 2012 2:31 PM GMT
    Now this is odd... the YMCA called, apparently my Khacki pants that I wear to work were found behind a bush... and both of my dress socks....

    but no underwear!
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    Jun 02, 2012 2:36 PM GMT
    My Bulgari ring was ripped off at the gym. icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 02, 2012 2:54 PM GMT
    At 24 hour gyms, members can only enter through a locked door that can be opened with a scanned card. The gyms are heavily equipped with security cameras throughout, tracking the comings and goings of gym members. There are no lockers, just cubbyholes. Anyone who takes another member's belongings or steals or damage gym property will be caught on camera and will be arrested.

    Real sorry that it has happened to you. Hope whoever stole your stuff will seriously get BITTEN IN THE ASS by karma!
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    Jun 02, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    I had my wallet stolen from my locker last year. Lost my bus pass, which really sucked as it was the beginning of the month and $20 I had on me. The wallet was found later in the evening in one of the stalls and all my id was still in there.

    The weird thing was that there was no one around and I put the lock back without locking it to go wash my hands. Took no more than 2 minutes, so the guy must have been watching me. Lesson learned, lock down on everything.
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    Jun 02, 2012 2:57 PM GMT
    Which elliptical trainer were you using?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 02, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidWhich elliptical trainer were you using?


    John......lol

    Can't tell you which model, we just got some new ones in the remodeled area with personal TV's which are nice. I tend to use the ones upstairs without, I can basically look around and see whats up as I'm doing my 40 minutes.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 02, 2012 3:47 PM GMT
    I forgot to mention, I had 3 "open sided shirts" in my gym bag, now I have only one. The gym mentioned that one my of the shirts in my bag was found in the parking lot. It looked like it had been run over...lol

    We have been talking about gym dress and "intimidation" in a couple of threads... I think this says something... LOL at least I got kind of a laugh out of it with this situation.....

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    Jun 03, 2012 5:28 AM GMT
    Some gyms have safer mini-lockers out on the gym floor in plain sight. A great place to keep wallets, keys and jewelry while you load your bulk items into the regular locker room lockers.

    The locker rooms of a fancy local Equinox that I decided not to join provided everything to make things more convenient for members (Kiehls 1851 shower products and free towels) but removed their mini-lockers because members didn't want to pay a quarter to use them. I advised the manager that of course members didn't use them, rich people were cheap whereas some gyms provided them for free so why would he have had that convenience removed? Of course this was the same manager who greenlit the removal of the only bathroom on the upstairs workout floor to create more space for spin class - talk about a gym crime!
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    Jun 03, 2012 5:39 AM GMT
    I used to use lockers closer to the middle of the locker room or back towards the shower/bathroom/sauna area. Since hearing more and more about gym locker crime, i make sure to use lockers towards the front of the room.

    Also, I typically go during relatively busy times of the day and I try to avoid weekends. This way, I know people will be in and out of the locker room, hopefully deterring anyone's attempts to break into my locker. Most of the gym crime that has occurred in my gym have been during off-peak hours. Also, during the evening when i go there's always a cleaning guy doing his thing in the locker rooms, so I think that helps.
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    Jun 03, 2012 3:59 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidNow this is odd... the YMCA called, apparently my Khacki pants that I wear to work were found behind a bush... and both of my dress socks....

    but no underwear!

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    At least you got some of it back.
    Next time, dress like a bum when you come in so they think you've got nothing of value to steal!

    Check local pawn shops too. Cheaper than buying a new watch.
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    Jun 03, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    i would mourn the loss of the Montana silversmiths watch!
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    Jun 03, 2012 4:13 PM GMT
    It happened at my old YMCA location a lot, so I always kept keys and wallet in coin lockers close to me. My lock was broken once but all it had were clothes and sandals.
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    Jun 03, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said

    The criminals are likely to be disappointed. I had a nice pair of florsheim dress shoes in there

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    oh i'll say they are most definitely disappointed
  • Puppy80

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    Jun 03, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    I remember last year at my gym someone broke into several lockers when no one was around. Though the thief didn't know it at the time, but one wallet he stole belonged to a police officer. I know they tracked credit card usage pretty fast on the thief. I never heard the outcome but I'm sure they got him.