Warning over leisure centre locker break-ins

PUBLISHED: 06:39 27 August 2012 | UPDATED: 18:10 27 August 2012




POLICE have issued a warning to leisure facility members, including Potters Bar’s Furzefield Centre, after a spate of locker break-ins.

Hertfordshire Constabulary want those who attend centres across the county to be on the lookout for locker thieves after a number of thefts from changing rooms recently.

Public and hotel leisure facilities have experienced thefts in several areas across Hertfordshire, some from unattended bags or items left in changing rooms, while others have been due to locker break-ins.

But the manager of the Furzefield Centre was quick to insist no thefts had been reported at the Mutton Lane site.

Barry Ellis told the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ Potters Bar Edition: “The police made us aware that thieves may be operating in or around the area at the moment and of course we would follow their view that members should remain vigilant and keep their valuable safe.

“There haven’t been any reports of locker break-ins here and we wouldn’t want to scare anyone either, we run a safe environment.”

Police are asking people using changing rooms not to leave valuables unattended and to use lockers provided as well as being vigilant.

DC Sarah Hopkins said: “This type of crime is not common but there have been several incidents in recent weeks.

“It is always a good idea to keep an eye on your valuables when out in public and changing rooms are no exception.

“There have been some cases where lockers have been forced open so it is likely that someone will have heard or seen something. If you see someone acting suspiciously report it immediately.

“It’s also a good idea to protect your valuables by property marking and registering items on www.immobilise.com and installing tracking software on mobile phones and iPads.”

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