Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Locker theft

A couple of days ago I had my locker broken into at work.

If you've read this blog before and/or know me in the real world, you'll know that I'm a swimming teacher. I work 6 days a week at a gym with a 25 meter swimming pool, where I mostly teach children but in fact teach from teeny, tiny babies, right up to adults trying for triathlons.

So 6 days a week I get changed into my wetsuit - the water feels seriously cold when you're stood in it for 2, 3, 4 hours at a time - put all my belongs into a locker in the changing room - we don't have anywhere separate to put our stuff, we just change with all the muggles - which is secured with a combination padlock and go to the poolside to complete my lessons. Depending on which day it is my stuff is locked up for anywhere between 2 and 6 hours.

Up until two days ago, I hadn't really thought too much about how safe or unsafe my stuff is. I often take my laptop into work with me - I rent a desk space that I visit 3 days a week to do my writing - and I often have my iPad in my bag. I put them in the locker, attach the padlock and assume all is well and safe.

However, it turns out that that might not be the case. On Monday, I finished my lessons at around 8pm and going back to my locker, I noticed that my lock was missing and also that the locker was badly scratched as though my lock had been chopped off and the person doing it had accidentally cut into the locker as well as the lock. Now upon seeing this and subsequently seeing that my stuff was still inside, I wasn't too concerned. Sometimes lockers need to be chopped because people forget their combinations or the combination on the lock slips a number or two and so I simply assumed that my locker had been chopped by mistake, which also happens from time to time.

However, when I later informed the service manager, in attempt to get a new lock, it turned out that there hadn't been any locker chops in the men's changing rooms but there had been three reported locker thefts! He asked me if anything was missing, I checked everything thoroughly and it turns out that I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING WORTH STEALING! Haha! Which I guess is a good thing?

Luckily my phone was with me on poolside - not something I normally do - my iPad and laptop were at home and everything else was still in place. Maybe the thieves were interrupted? Or maybe they were only interested in electronic devices? Because fortunately for me my bank cards, driving license, oyster card etc were all left behind.

So now it's got me a little worried about my stuff while I'm at work. The club do make a point of telling members not to leave any valuables in the lockers downstairs and now I know why!


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