Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

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Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby TexasCajun » Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:07 am

Well it's after 3:30am & I'm on here because I can't sleep. Tonight, I went to the gym. And as usual I stored my street clothes, boots that my wife got me for Christmas, wallet, keys, and my handgun in one of the lockers while I worked out. My heart sank to the floor when I went back to the locker room after I was done to find everything gone. I thought I was being careful by going into one of the private changing rooms to disarm/change & putting everything in my gym bag before storing my stuff in the locker & locking it with a padlock. Wrong! I'm not 100% sure, but I think that the lockers near mine that still had locks on them were there when I first went in. Needless to say, I'm not the least bit happy about the possibility of some thug walking around with my house & car keys, my address AND my handgun. I've already filed the police report, canceled my cards, & requested a replacement CHL. I'll spend tomorrow having all the locks re-keyed and getting my new DL & bank cards. Until then, it's just me and my 2 12ga shotguns, Beretta Nano, & every single little sound that has me doing rounds & checks around the house...

So hindsight being 20/20, I should have gone to the gym in workout clothes carrying my Nano, wallet, & keys in a gym bag small enough to keep with me on the workout floor. Or possibly getting a belly-band or sticky holster to keep the Nano on me. Going forward, I'm going to cancel my gym membership since I've been a bit wary of some of the 'clientele' that they seem to attract.
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Re: Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby gigag04 » Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:13 am

Did you have the SN?

Might get it back.

Also - the gym should have video and a record of who comes in.
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Re: Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby TexasCajun » Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:26 am

I gave the serial number to the police. No video. I wouldn't count on being sure who was there. During the late evenings, the staff tend to wander off & leave the check-in scanner in self-serve mode (sitting unattended on the counter).
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Re: Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby A-R » Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:36 am

TexasCajun wrote:I gave the serial number to the police. No video. I wouldn't count on being sure who was there. During the late evenings, the staff tend to wander off & leave the check-in scanner in self-serve mode (sitting unattended on the counter).


In addition to all your other troubles, sounds like you need a new gym too. And old gym's owner needs to know why you're leaving.

Sorry that happened to you.

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Re: Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby C-dub » Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:48 am

That is extremely unfortunate. I'm very sorry for your loss.

My gym, it's been way too long since I've been, has lockers inside the locker room and outside near the weight area where everyone could see. I always put my things in there in, but I never went late at night. I hope you get your stuff back.
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Re: Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby TexasCajun » Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:44 am

Thanks everybody. I'm not too concerned about losing the stuff. It all can be replaced. But it does gall me to know that some thug low life criminal is out there with my gun. I pray that somehow the police can come across it before an innocent gets hurt.
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Re: Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby Keith B » Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:26 am

So, how did they get past the lock? Cut it? Jimmy the door?
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Re: Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby Redneck_Buddha » Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:29 am

I have locked my pistol in a gym locker before...but no more after this. Yikes! Also, I've got a passive alarm on my car and am always hesitant to even lock it in my trunk, as the release is just inside the driver door.
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Re: Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby TexasCajun » Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:40 am

Most likely, they cut the lock. I'm not sure because nothing was left behind & the door looked OK.
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Re: Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby Keith B » Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:42 am

TexasCajun wrote:Most likely, they cut the lock. I'm not sure because nothing was left behind & the door looked OK.

I am assuming this was your personal lock, not one maybe the gym gives out where an emplyee might have a master key?
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Re: Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby Abraham » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:04 am

Consider working out at home.

It'll save you time, money and inconvenience.

A set of free weights, a bench and you're set to go.

Prefer all the high tech gadgets over free weights?

For the cost of a few years membership you can probably buy those for use at home too.

I wouldn't accept FREE membership at any gym.

Way too much bother...


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Re: Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby TexasCajun » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:06 am

Keith B wrote:
TexasCajun wrote:Most likely, they cut the lock. I'm not sure because nothing was left behind & the door looked OK.

I am assuming this was your personal lock, not one maybe the gym gives out where an emplyee might have a master key?

It was my personal combination lock.
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Re: Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby TexasCajun » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:09 am

Abraham wrote:Consider working out at home.

It'll save you time, money and inconvenience.

A set of free weights, a bench and you're set to go.

Prefer all the high tech gadgets over free weights?

For the cost of a few years membership you can probably buy those for use at home too.

I wouldn't accept FREE membership at any gym.

Way too much bother...


I'm leaning in that direction. Although I don't have the room for equipment. So I'll probably just stick with the running track at the city park for a while.
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Re: Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby texanjoker » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:23 am

Gyms get slammed with thefts. Never have anything valuable in the gym locker OR in your car. The cars are hit as well.

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Re: Lesson Learned - Gym nonCarry

Postby fickman » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:47 am

Sorry to hear a lowlife helped himself to the things you worked hard for.

I analyzed the security camera coverage at my gym and park in the most illuminated spot that has a full crisp picture on the monitors. In my favorite spot, you can also see 2 spots on either side. The break ins I know about have typically involved the perp backing into the site next to their target.

When I plan to shower at home, I pack light and keep the bag with me or use the lockers on the workout floor that I can see the whole time.

When I play basketball, I put my bag on the sideline across the gym from where everybody congregated and store their bag. Even during a competitive game, if somebody crosses the court to be near my bag, it imeditately gets (and keeps) my attention. Sometimes I'll use the floor lockers just outside the court, but I can't see them while playing.
If I take my big bag and it's late (9pm-2am), I'll keep my bag with me. If it's busier, I'll use the public locker room. The problem with the private changing rooms is that a thief will get unlimited time alone to work in there... it's loud enough that he could potentially do whatever he wants, take all the time he needs, never fear somebody walking in on him, and out all the loot in a bigger bag without suspision.

If mine ever gets stolen, I imagine the police report will cost me my membership with no refund as the contract has a non-30.06 "no guns" clause.

Nothing is perfect.

P.S. if you're going to workout at home for sure, consider something like P90X (depending on age and current conditioning level, of course). My wife does it and I've used a few sessions when I couldn't make it to the gym... it's the real deal.
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