Increase in Thefts at Local Fitness Centers

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Increase in Thefts at Local Fitness Centers
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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

The Santa Barbara Police Department has received an increased number of reports involving thefts from lockers at local fitness centers. The incidents involve patrons either leaving their locker unsecured or a suspect or suspects opening a combination style lock that was secured on the locker. Unfortunately, the combination style locks appear to be less effective and/or secure than a lock requiring a key. Suspects are able to open the combination lock without damaging the lock or leaving obvious signs of forced entry.

In the most recent cases, the suspect or suspects remove only the credit cards from the wallet or purse.  Then, almost immediately they utilize the stolen credit cards to purchase items or gift cards.  The suspect(s) leave the wallet or purse behind in what appears to be an attempt to provide more time to use the credit cards for fraudulent transactions.  Please be sure to check and review your belongings thoroughly upon return to your locker. If you determine you have had property stolen please contact the Police Department to report it.  Also, please keep this possible problem with combination locks in mind when locking any storage unit, carport storage area, or outdoor shed.

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Flicka Aug 19, 2018 09:57 AM
Increase in Thefts at Local Fitness Centers

Don't lock valuables in your car trunk instead. My sister-in-law did that and came back to her purse missing. No doubt the thief saw her put it there then go into the gym. He/she knew the owner would be gone about an hour so it was easy pickings.

a-1542519732 Aug 17, 2018 02:17 PM
Increase in Thefts at Local Fitness Centers

Even without forced entry, any masterlock combo lock can be systematically solved in 5 minutes or less. I've done it with my own that have lost combos. Don't trust em for anything!

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