I am guilty of leaving my sweatshirt in an open locker at the gym with my keys in the pocket.  I know I’m not alone.  You stick your sweatshirt or jacket in a locker, and go work out.  If you’re dropping off stuff, you keep opening locker doors until you find an empty one then leave your stuff there.  In theory you know that someone could grab your sweatshirt, take your keys, walk out into the parking lot, hit the alarm button, locate your car, then drive off quickly.  But you never think that will actually happen, right?

Wrong.  It happened yesterday in South Windsor at their LA Fitness.  The terrible part was that they actually broke into lockers to steal money, electronics, and the car keys.  Three lockers were vandalized and the thief took off with a 2010 Lexus ES350.  This also happened last week when a thief was cutting locks off the locker doors and stealing from within the club.  

This isn’t new to local gyms in the area.  Many people have had car windows bashed in and their bags stolen that were left in plain sight.  Gyms are an easy target for thieves because most of us are occupied for at least an hour and for the most part leave our valuables unmonitored.

A gentle reminder to keep all your stuff hidden in your trunk and find a way to keep your keys with you.  It’s not a coincidence that many of the gyms have eliminated the giant key ring board at the front of the clubs.  It was just setting them up for liability.

The good news is that most likely a lot of these fitness clubs are hiring plain clothes officers to monitor the gyms looking for these thieves.  The guy next to you bench pressing 220 pounds can very easily be a cop that has scored the best job in the world… working out and getting paid to look out for bad guys.

Source: The Hour

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