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Theft Prevention Tips for the Gym

The Newark Police Department wants you to stay safe while you get fit.

From the Newark Police Department:

If your New Year resolution was to start getting to the gym more often in 2013, also resolve to protect your belongings while working out. Theft is a crime of opportunity. Most thefts occur when valuables are left unattended. The thief normally seeks privacy to commit his/her act. Virtually any article left in plain view is apt to be stolen. Most property that is stolen from a gym is either left unattended or unlocked.

Here are some tips that should help you protect your property:

  • If you have personal items of value, leave them at home.
  • If you have to bring personal items, get a fanny pack and keep them on you at all times. Do not leave your keys unattended anywhere. 
  • Use a lock on your gym locker. 
  • Also, another way to stay safe is to never leave your bags, purses, wallets, or any other possessions unattended even for a moment. Know where your property is when you are working out. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings when you get to the parking lot and report any suspicious activity. 
  • Keep a written record of valuables, including descriptions and serial numbers. These are proof that the property is yours and will aid in the reporting process and recovery. 
  • Always report missing or stolen property immediately!

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