HndsmKansan saidWe've had lots of discussion about gyms and fitness facilities, but I can't
remember talk about how safe your gym is with regard to your personal
stuff you stow away in a locker (in the locker room) or even your car in the parking lot.
While I've never had anything taken, I was "strongly encouraged" recently never to put my billfold (or anything of major value) in my locker in the locker room. Was told that our local YMCA's get visited by criminals with bolt cutters, lockers get raided, things stolen and that a "ring" has been doing it primarily for the credit cards which can be sold.
I am also aware that cars have been damaged and ripped into a few times
(but much less frequently). I've altered my habits.
While some of this is probably common, I wonder if private clubs are any safer or if this is the kind of behavior everyone should expect and move
to safeguard their belongings.
Here in Texas we have two general rules:
1. If it's not fastened down, it will get stolen.
2. Texas is so big because there are so many idiots here.
North Texas is well known for being a mecca of thieves. You can talk to law enforcement people to find out why.
Every day when I go to the gym, I find no less than 6 unlocked lockers with all sorts of personal belongings.
Logan / flex89 worked at LA Fitness in Lewisville. One guy had his cell phone stolen twice from his UNLOCKED locker in THREE DAYS. DOH!!!
I once set my gloves down to go number 1 at 24 Hour Fitness in Lewisville. A young man snagged them. I confronted him (they were clearly mine). I went to the front desk and they would do nothing. I finally told the guy that if he needed my stinky gloves that bad, and couldn't afford 10 bucks, he could have them and that he was a dirt bag.
Corey, my buddy (well kind of) from Lewisville is even dumber. He lost his billfold TWICE, in a week, from unlocked lockers at 24 Hour Fitness in Lewisville.
In Arizona, and in Nebraska, I've left stuff laying around and come back a week later and it was in the exact spot I left it. The quality of folks here is much lower, though. They litter. They're rude. They steal.
Last summer, at LA Fitness, in Lewisville, I left my stop watch laying around. Brandon, a friend of mine, took it. I didn't know it, until someone ratted him out. I confronted Brandon but he knew damn well it was mine, and played the stupid card. Brandon gave me the stop watch back.
Unfortunately, you have to protect yourself in places like Texas. It will get stolen, even right in front of you. It's part of the I,I,I,me,me,me way of thinking in this part of the world. Sad, but, true.
It's ironic that so many Bible thumpers can't follow their own rules, or, even just do the right thing.
Such is the world we live in, sadly.
I was at 24 Hour Fitness on Fairmount in Dallas one afternoon a few years back. It was around 5:30 p.m. The gym was packed. Someone came through with bolt cutters, grabbed a guy's BMW keys, and ran off with them. They hit several other lockers, too. True story. I never heard if the guy lost his car, or not. The act was beyond brazen.
I usually don't take my billfold, nor money, into the gym.
Simple locks are easy for a thief to pick. (Just listen for the clicks as you pull the shank.) I used to know a kid that could pick a lock in nothing flat. He could open a padlock in less than 20 seconds.
Most gyms around here have cars that get broken into in the parking lot in BROAD DAYLIGHT. The police department puts surveillance rigs in them, but, it still happens.
LifeTime Fitness seems to be safer, overall. They have tons of lighting and cameras everywhere.
The gyms I go to all have warnings about doing stupid stuff. Handouts, signs, and so on. Thieves abound in this part of the world.