When a D.C.-area gym found itself plagued by a locker room thief, the manager decided to do something about it. According to NBC, Chris Kopp decided to install surveillance cameras. When that didn’t work, he filled one of the lockers with flour and put a flimsy lock on it–and sure enough, the thief got a face full of white powder. Which is a great way to catch someone, and it’s a funny story but…I want to back up and discuss that whole “cameras in the locker-room” thing. Is that something you’re OK with?
Gym patrons are warned, NBC reported, that their activity in the locker room is being monitored on security cameras, so it’s not as if it’s secret surveillance. But they seemed torn–some of the members that NBC interviewed liked the idea, while others weren’t so sure. I’m also torn on the issue of whether this is something that makes me feel safe, or super-uncomfortable–so it’s time for a poll.
On one hand, I really like the involvement from the gym manager. Usually, gyms take a pretty laissez-faire approach to locker room security. They’ll warn you with signs that they’re not responsible for lost or stolen objects, and you’ll try your damnedest not to make yourself a target–but then, you’ll have to, you know, do other things before or after hitting the gym and will have to have valuables of some sort with you. Or you’ll have some money on you and not want to carry it all over the gym.
Or you’ll forget your lock, which I definitely did once in college and, predictably, someone rooted through my unlocked locker and stole all my cash, which was lame because I was a waitress at the time and really needed it. But I knew I couldn’t complain to the school or the gym, because I’d been warned. So I appreciate that this particular gym manager is doing something to make members feel like their stuff is safe, like installing cameras and flour-coating the guy.
On the other hand…there’s also something about the idea of having security cameras in the space where I’m changing that makes me feel a little…exposed. Would I have felt better leaving my locker unguarded? Probably. Would I have felt comfortable knowing that my changing was caught on camera, even if it was closed-circuit? Definitely not.
But then, maybe some people want better surveillance in the locker room, if it means a more secure area to leave your stuff while working out. If you walk or bike to the gym, you don’t have the option of locking your bag or wallet in the car, and you may not always remember to bring a lock–and even if you do, what if the thief just breaks it? A security camera might thwart a criminal, or make it easier to catch them once they’ve committed the crime.
What do you think, readers? Security cameras in the locker room–worth it, or too much? Let us know with this poll:
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