11th August 2014
In any changing room facility there has to be a trade-off between privacy and security. The use of CCTV cameras must be limited in order to protect the privacy of the facility’s users. Camera coverage must therefore be limited to the main entrances to the facilities. Without security camera coverage there is increased potential for thieves to be able to operate, and theft from changing rooms is far from uncommon.
Simple ways to improve changing room security
Changing room facilities can be made more secure by making it harder for thieves to operate and by increasing the risk of getting caught. The layout of the rooms can have an important bearing on security, as can the availability and quality of personal lockers.
Changing room layout
Open changing rooms make it much harder for thieves to operate due to there being a high risk of being viewed by the facility’s users and the security staff. When cubicles are provided they afford thieves as well as users with a degree of privacy. By adopting a more open layout you can make it much harder for thieves to operate unseen.
The entrance to changing rooms should be such that it prevents people to be seen from outside when the door is fully open. A concealed entrance to the room means that security staff or users could enter at any time without warning, increasing the risk of thieves being caught.
In addition to creating an environment that increases the chances of thieves being detected, a system should be employed by which users can safely and securely lock away personal belongings and valuables.
Providing personal changing room lockers will prevent many of the opportunistic thefts that usually occur in changing rooms. However, it is important to install high quality steel lockers to prevent more determined thieves from being able to operate. Low quality lockers have common weak points which are exploited by thieves. Common points of access include the lock, hinges and vents, so it is important to purchase lockers which offer reinforcements in these common areas of weakness if you want to improve changing room security.
Our personal locker specifications
Our changing room lockers incorporate a range of design features to enhance security. They can also be easily customised to suit customers’ individual requirements.
Secure locking mechanisms
Our changing room lockers incorporate enhanced metal channel enforcers which run the full height of modules and the locking mechanisms are located behind welded frames for improved security. Coin or key operated lockers are provided as standard, with scope for customisation such as use with padlocks. Coin operated mechanisms can also be easily incorporated.
To prevent doors from being forced open by thieves, our lockers feature semi concealed knuckle hinges. The hinges are welded to the doors to provide greater strength and door channels are used on both sides for improved security. The hinges are riveted to the door frame to allow easy replacement in case of damage to a door. Secure Ventilation It is important that lockers are properly ventilated and promote good air circulation. Vents are commonly located in locker doors which can be used by thieves to gain access to the contents. By positioning vents and air channels in the carcass of the lockers, air is allowed to circulate throughout the individual lockers while the metal locker door is left unpierced.