Locker Thefts, Security Concerns at White Marsh Gym

Police are investigating a series of locker thefts reported at the former Bally Total Fitness.

The White Marsh LA Fitness has been the scene of several locker thefts in the last month, according to police. The gym had been a Bally Total Fitness until December and Bally signage remains on the building.

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On Jan. 11, valuables were taken from at least four lockers that had been pried open, said Lt. Ron Brooks of the White Marsh police precinct. Gym members have reported additional incidents of locker theft in recent weeks, Brooks said.

Brooks encouraged members to keep valuables in the trunks of their vehicles, rather than in gym lockers, if possible. He emphasized that vehicle theft from the gym parking lot has not been a recent issue.

In February 2011, an were reported in the gym parking lot, along Town Center Drive near , Patch . An Essex man was  with the crime in May 2011.

That incident focused attention on other , including vehicle theft, vandalism and locker theft that had become increasingly common starting in January 2011. Following several Patch reports, Bally Total Fitness management last spring.

Following a transfer in ownership, the gym became an LA Fitness in December 2011.

A gym member, who declined to be identified, told Patch that some security equipment had been removed from the gym's entrance following the change in ownership.

A gym manager, who declined to be identified, declined to answer questions about gym security when contacted by Patch.

"There has been locker theft, and that's all I'm going to say," the manager said.

LA Fitness' corporate offices did not immediately respond to a Patch request for comment.

Jackie Bowen, a Perry Hall resident and gym member, said she prefers not to use a locker at all while working out.

"I keep all my stuff with me in a bag," Bowen said. "You have to be cautious. [Theft isn't] just here—it's everywhere."

Are you concerned about security at the gym? What could be done to improve it? Tell us in the comments.

smiley October 03, 2012 at 01:07 AM
they cannot protect /moniter the park lot my son car window was smashed and they stole his personal belongings
PH Girl December 05, 2012 at 06:55 PM
All the comments are justified. Bally's ran that place into the ground & LA Fitness hasn't fixed it up one bit. In fact, it's worse. Totally agree about the "criminals are exploiting the absence of security" comment from Ken. LA Fitness just bought out Bally's bankrupted business, and that's all. They clearly don't care to put anything into it. But you'd think they'd at least care about their own name. The pool area is filthy, full of mold, the stairway from the lockrooms to the pool are funky as hell. Don't touch the banister, you'll get a handful of GOO. I quit there & joined the Y. MUCH BETTER PLACE.
Hacksaw December 07, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Robbed again White Marsh La Finess 12/5/2012 - Locker Theft seems to be organized as many unfamiliar faces showed up at the GYM on this day. What was odd was that the Manager who is never,ever there after 5:00 was Prowling around the Gym. Police say that eveyone signs into the Gym only to check Membership to Steal, no electronic records are keep. I use a Hefty Master Lock, one only Large Bolt Cutters could handle, yet no one saw a thing and this was busy time 5:00-6:00pm. Active Survalance Monitor at front desk does not even record, the Police tell me. I have had a Membership there for 6 years but would never ever go back again. It's dirty, it's poorly run, they should have the Locker rooms only for changing and have a storage area on the gym floor in complete view of Members at all times. I was very sad to be an American on this day. It ruined my Holiday Season, now I will just work x-mas instead of being with Family and Friends.I will pray daily that God will show some Mercey on the Souls of the Commandment Violators. Vengence is his the prayers will be mine. Cost me 5,000 grand as I had to close out a Trading account because the information was in my wallet. Baltimore is a very Dangerous Place to live, I am afraid to leave my house now.........
Perry Hall Girl May 25, 2013 at 04:55 PM
my car got broken into between 7-8:15 pm on may 23rd. la fitness handeled this very poorly. they claim they have no cameras in parking lot , even after there was a shooting a year or so ago. I always put my purse in my trunk to deter theft and whoever broke into my car saw me do this. they were nice enough to only take credit cards (of which they immediately used $130 for gas at the middle river royal farms), $300 in gift cards, prescription sunglasses (idiots should have tried them on first), ipod, drivers license and messed up my driver side door. Please be careful people and be wary of your surroundings. this is still a great community with a few bad apples in it.
Tim May 25, 2013 at 06:41 PM
It's unfortunate for those who feel (or do) have little choice but to go to that cesspool of a gym.


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