Yoga/Pilates studios and Gyms Being Targeted for Break-ins

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From MPD:

“We are experiencing a series of Burglaries involving Yoga/Pilates studios and gyms. Ten (10) burglaries of yoga/Pilates studios and/or gyms have been reported in the past 30-days. These burglaries are occurring across the city to include businesses in Patrol Districts 1D, 2D, 3D, and 5D.

Forced entry is used in these cases and offices within the studios have been ransacked. Cash and small electronic items have been targeted. Ensure that your businesses have working surveillance and alarm systems. Review your doors, windows and security gates each day and ensure that you have adequate lighting. Should you be the victim of such a break in, do not touch anything and call 9-1-1 for our response immediately.”

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  • I wonder what they’re going for? Those places don’t generally have tons of cash or high value items lying around do they? Is there a black market for yoga blocks that I’m not aware of?

    • This was my first thought too. I can’t imagine they would get away with much?

    • This is petty crime – these dolts are breaking in precisely because these sorts of spots rarely have much security implemented precisely because there’s relatively little to guard.

  • My wife had her Chanel purse and her iPhone stolen out of the locker room area at yoga studio. The thief or thieves entered the facility while all participants where in the yoga studio with the instructor. Typically they lock the front door but apparently not that day.

    Everyone had something stolen, from their wallet, phone, purse etc.

    • This is why studios should not separate practitioners from their valuables or valuables. One of the main reasons we go to Tranquil Space in Dupont is because they have cubbies for bags and valuables inside each studio. No issues with theft!

      • yup, a lot of studios operate this way, I wouldn’t go somewhere that I couldn’t bring my valuables in the room or lock my stuff up. If I do, I don’t bring any valuables. Epic yoga in DC has you bring your stuff in. I’ll leave my shoes out but thats it.

    • that’s rough. were the items locked in a locker? I go to yoga and keep my bag in the back of the room, behind my mat. I was surprised by how many women at the studio kept their stuff just in a locker (no lock) or on a shelf.

      • I haven’t been to the studio but from the pictures, there appears to be cubbies between the lobby/reception area and the actual studio. Not sure if there are cubbies in the woman’s dressing room as well.

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