Gyms get busier at the start of a new year and according to Gaffney Police Department officials, it creates more opportunities for thieves to break into cars.
It’s an issue that fitness centers and law enforcement are taking seriously.
Gaffney Police are looking for a woman accused of using checks stolen from a car parked at a gym.
After that deputies posted a warning on their Facebook page about staying safe and aware in Gaffney and surrounding counties.
Daniel Golden works out frequently at Your Best Body Fitness Center. He said spending time inside doesn’t make him worry about his car outside.
“Really all I do is lock my doors,” Golden said. “I really don’t keep stuff out in my car where people can see it.”
Lisa Fink said she works hard to keep her customers coming back to a safe environment, including having lights filling the parking lot so customers can see and cameras pointing in the parking lot and inside the building so security can see the customers.
“We have lockers that we offer free daily that they can bring their bags in and lock them up, so they never have to leave anything in their car,” Fink said.
In addition to working out machines, the gym offers boxing, a food truck and a full menu with a chief, so patrons can eat dinner and stay later.
“You do not have to go to the grocery store, you don’t have to cook,” Fink said. “You can pick it up take it home, you can order it take it home.”
While working out and eating healthy, law enforcement ask that you keep valuables out of sight and keep your eyes open.
Investigators said a group of individuals are currently targeting fitness centers and other public areas used for exercise across South Carolina, so if you see something, say something.