What to do with your keys at the gym?

As I was sitting in the parking lot at the gym this week, I noticed another person leave the gym and start walking to his car.  When he got to his car, he reached into the wheel well and pulled out his keys, unlocked his car, and drove away.  I was a little shocked someone would do this.  All it would take is for one person to notice him hiding his keys to gain access to stealing everything inside, including the car itself.  Check out the video below about tips for your wallet and keys while at the gym.


Hitting the Gym in the New Year?

As we begin the new year, gyms, along with their locker rooms and parking lots, are filled with new and returning members.  As you get back into your exercise routine, please remember the follow prevention tips:

  • Don’t forget your lock.  Putting your personal items in an unlocked locker is an invitation for thief.  A simple lock will keep your belongings much safer.  Don’t have a lock?  Talk to your gym as many have locks that they will loan you.
  • Criminals will target gym parking lots because we leave our purses, wallets, and work bags in our vehicle.  Be sure to lock your vehicle and keep items out of plan view.  Secure these items in the trunk or take them into the gym with you.

After Christmas Prevention Reminders

After Christmas, don’t pile up empty boxes at the curb from all your gifts, like TVs, computers, and game systems, for the trash or recycle pick up.  This advertises your new, expensive merchandise to someone looking to steal valuable items.  Instead, break down the boxes or cut them up so they fit in your trash or recycle container.  Also consider putting out the trash in the morning instead of leaving it out overnight.

After the holidays is the perfect time to create, or update, your home inventory.  Take photos of expensive items like bikes, electronics, tools, or jewelry.  Don’t forget to record serial numbers as well, keeping the list in a safe location.  If the items are ever stolen, this makes it easier to file a police report and an insurance claim.