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How to Stop Locker Thieves at Gyms

July 26, 2017

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This month, a locker thief at two Long Island gyms was finally caught by police after a year-and-a-half of successfully stealing members’ valuables. So, what’s the best way to stop and catch thieves at gyms and organisations?


Rogue member behind thefts

The police initially thought the thefts might have been carried out by employees of the two gyms, L.A Fitness and Lifetime Fitness in Long Island, but that was not the case. Eventually, a member using a fake name, was discovered to be behind the attacks. Alberto Gil, 55, was able to steal all kinds of valuables successfully for more than a year. He stole watches, jewellery and cash from the other members of the gym. He developed a method that left no sign of damage using a wooden block to pop out the lock mechanism.

Police caught Alberto by noticing that the incidents at the high-end gyms all happened during times he was there under a fake name. One gym member said:

“It’s surprising. You know why? It costs a lot of money to get in here, so you think somebody wouldn’t be stealing somebody’s stuff.”

The police said that the only way to protect your valuables for sure, was to not bring them to the gym, or carry them with you while working out. Not the most practical advice. Surely there is better solutions for gyms, or any organisation, that might have a need for lockers?

Biometric Security

Biometrics could be the answer gyms and organisations are looking for. And there’s two ways they can help.

First off, biometrics could be used for access control to the premises. Members scan a biometric, such as a fingerprint, to gain access to the gym and scan on the way out. Biometrics ensure organisations can confidently keep track of who is and isn’t on site at any given time. And a biometric has the added advantage of being only usable by the person it belongs to – you can’t lend it to anyone else. In this way, organisations can confidently ensure only approved members are on site, and should thefts occur, they know exactly who was there at the time.

The second way biometrics can help, is by using them for the lockers themselves. Members scan their fingerprint to select and open a locker – and repeat to unlock later. With such a solution, the locking mechanism can be hidden and not exposed like a padlock for example would be. Beyond security, biometric lockers would be very convenient to use, and simple for the organisation to operate from an admin point of view. Assigning lockers is automatic and no key distribution is needed.

BioStore are experts in biometric solutions that make the daily life of organisations simpler and more secure. Lockers are just one of many services we offer – find out more about our full range of solutions that benefit from the power of biometrics.

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