Thieves targeting change room lockers at Port Coquitlam recreational facilities now have a higher chance of getting caught, thanks to a new Bait Locker program.
As of April 1st 2008, random lockers in change rooms at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre have been fitted with alarms. If the locker door is forced open, a loud repetitive beeping noise will alert staff, who will notify the police.
“The intent of the program is to deter thieves who break into lockers when they think the change room is empty,” said Jodie McNeice, the Port Coquitlam Community Police Manager. “Now, locker thieves will never know when they might set off an alarm and have the staff come running. We’re hoping the increased risk of being caught is enough to make them think twice.”
Recreational facility visitors who hear an alarm go off are asked to immediately leave the change room and find a staff member, and not attempt to locate the source of the alarm. .
Coordinated by the Parks and Recreation Department and Community Police Office, Port Coquitlam’s Bait Locker program was inspired by – but is not affiliated with – ICBC’s successful Bait Car program.
Recreational facility visitors who hear an alarm go off are asked to immediately leave the change room and find a staff member, and not attempt to locate the source of the alarm.
Although the program is expected to reduce the incidence of theft from change room lockers, visitors should continue to be diligent when using the lockers, as the City is not responsible for lost and stolen items. If your locker has been broken into and items have been stolen, immediately inform any staff member who will take a report and notify the police.
To avoid being a victim of locker theft:
- do not leave an unlocked locker unattended;
- do not leave valuables in the lockers;
- if you must leave a valuable in a locker, be cautious and discreet;
- there are small lockers on the pool deck for items such as wallets and car keys;
- before leaving the locker area, ensure your locker is secured;
- inform a staff member if you suspect someone is watching you while you secure your locker, or if you observe any unusual activity.
Jodie McNeice, Manager
Port Coquitlam Community Policing
City of Port Coquitlam