There are a number of different places that you may visit, either on a one-off or on a more frequent basis, where you have to lock away some or all of the belongings you have with you. It could be at a swimming pool where you will wear the corresponding wristband that matches the place in which the member of staff has stored your belongings, or alternatively you may use a locker and keep the key on you while you swim, either in your zip pocket or worn around your wrist.
Another example is when you visit the gym and how you store your possessions can change a lot depending on whether you go to a busy gym in the city or a quieter place elsewhere. In some places you have to use a locker to secure your belongings while you do your workout, whereas in other places you can just store them in a changing room. Keeping your possessions safe is always of such high importance and if you are locking your things away at the gym there are some tips to keep in mind.
Try to find a central locker
The layout and exact location of a changing room will change from one place to another but as much as you can it is a good piece of advice to try to stick to choosing the lockers in a fairly central position. It is considered to be less likely for problems to occur with having belongings stolen if the locker is at the hub of the changing room so to speak. If there is only a locker available for you in a more hidden away position then there are still checks you can make.
Look at the strength of the lock
A locker can provide your possessions with a good amount of protection and it is unlikely that someone will go smashing through them in a public place but it is still good practice to look at how strong the lock is. If you can see straight away that it is particularly flimsy then just look for another available locker or wait until one in a better position (more centrally) becomes free.
If you have arrived at the gym straight from work or university then it is expected that you will have certain belongings with you if you cannot store them in the car for example. Wherever possible though it is always best to take the bare minimum with you to the gym in terms of possessions.
Article written by Leo Campbell on behalf of the suppliers of lockers and a range of other equipment including shelving and cycle shelters – http://www.prefectlockers.com/.