The dirty secret sports clubs and gyms don’t like to talk about is thieves who pilfer valuables out of your gym locker while you are lifting weights, doing crunches or swimming laps. Whether you are a long-time health club member, or a newbie acting on your 2014 New Year’s Resolution to get back in shape and lose weight, be sure protect yourself from gym locker thefts.
These are sophisticated thieves. They can ‘bump’ a lock, which allows them to open your locker without looking like they are breaking in, and go through your handbag, backpack or laptop bag to remove the valuables without looking like they are stealing. The most gym locker break-ins are at gyms with multiple locations, such as New York Sports Club, Crunch, Equinox, New York Health and Racquet Club and Planet Fitness, where one paid membership gives a thief unlimited access to dozens of locker rooms.
Read the experience of a this New York Times reporter, whose clothes and valuables were stolen out of his locker while he was working out.
Avoid gym locker room thefts: Use a super-secure tamper-proof lock, and avoid leaving valuables like laptops, iPads, or your wallet with your driver’s license, in your locker. And keep your house keys with you when you workout, just in case you want to get home.