Security review at leisure centres following thefts

Allander leisure centre, Bearsden
Allander leisure centre, Bearsden

Leisure centres in East Dunbartonshire are to review their security measures following a spate of thefts from lockers.

Both the Allander and Kirkintilloch centres have been targeted in the last few weeks with items being stolen from locker rooms.

Two members at the Allander had their wallets stolen from lockers while a Seat EXEO was taken from outside the Kirkintilloch facility last week.

Police say a 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incidents.

However, concerns remain over the ease with which members’ property had been taken in the first place.

Stephen Kane, a member of the Allander gym, said: “The lockers at the gym are not good enough. It only takes two seconds to break them open.

“The place isn’t monitored at all and anyone can walk straight in and up to the private members’ area.

“It’s no secret that local gyms are being targeted just now and the owners should be doing more to warn members.”

East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust (EDLC), the body which runs the leisure centres, said it will now review security procedures.

General manager Mark Grant said: “Locker security in each of our three leisure centres is currently being reviewed in conjunction with the police.

“We would ask any customer who sees an individual or anyone acting in a suspicious manner on Trust premises to report the issue immediately to a member of staff.Ensuring the safety and security of our customers and their belongings is a priority for the Trust in all its premises.”