One of your New Year’s resolutions should be to protect yourself against theft, including while you are working out at the gym. The dirty secret New York City sports clubs and gyms don’t like to talk about is thieves who pilfer valuables out of your locker while you are lifting weights, doing crunches or swimming laps. 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 the most locations, such as New York Sports Club, Crunch, Equinox, Planet Fitness and New York Health and Racquet Club, where one paid membership gives a thief unlimited access to dozens of locker rooms. Read the experience of a New York Times reporter, whose clothes and valuables were stolen out of his locker while he was working out.
- Protect yourself from gym locker thefts. Make sure you have 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.