“Hey Nate, I got your email… changing your account shouldn’t be a problem.” I looked at my manager puzzled. “What do you mean? What account?” I asked, as I quickly scanned my brain trying to figure out if it were he or I that was starting to lose it. “The email you sent me… asking if you could change the account your direct deposit goes to.” My mind shifted from, “am I starting to lose it?” to, “did my wife realize she made a big mistake in marrying me and now trying to steal my money and smuggle it into an off-shore account in her attempt to run?”
After some investigative work, it turns out neither was the case. Instead, it was someone posing as me to try to steal my paycheck, and to my knowledge, it was not my wife. It is December, and a lot of these situations tend to creep up this time of year, which got me thinking I should “run and tell the village,” so to speak. Sit back with your hot cocoa and enjoy some key practices to keep your possessions safe this holiday season.
Ah, the holiday season—a time for joy, festivity, and, unfortunately, a slight uptick in sneaky grinches trying to make off with your stuff at the gym. While you’re “up in the gym, just working on your fitness” (thanks Fergie), let’s add a dash of awareness. While we’re busy lifting weights, let’s not forget the importance of lifting our awareness about keeping our belongings safe during this festive frenzy.
Always lock your car doors, even if you’re just running in for a quick session. Thieves often target parking lots, and an unlocked car is an open invitation. Inside the gym, use lockers with secure locks to stow away your valuables. Check out this blog we published last year, with recommendations for high quality locks for your locker.
Don’t make your car a tempting target. If you have to leave items in your vehicle, ensure they are out of sight. Stow valuables in the trunk before arriving at the gym. A pile of gifts or shopping bags in the back seat is an open invitation.
Consider bringing only what you need for your workout. The less you have with you, the less there is to worry about. A streamlined approach not only reduces the risk of theft but also makes your workout more focused.
If you see something, say something. If you notice any suspicious behavior or individuals loitering around the gym or parking lot, alert gym staff or security. Your proactive approach could prevent a potential theft.
As we celebrate the holiday season and strive to meet our fitness goals, let’s not forget the importance of keeping our belongings safe. By taking a few extra precautions, we can ensure that our focus remains on health and wellness rather than dealing with the aftermath of theft.