ECU Police Alerting Rec Center Members Of Thefts

Thieves are having a field day inside the East Carolina University Rec Center and police say they're doing all they can to find the person or persons responsible.

There are 21,000 members registered at the ECU Rec Center, not counting guests who sign, but among them are some using the center as their personal playground for stealing.

There are lockers available for gym-goers to store their personal belongings, but police say some are not securing them with locks. So thieves just look for open lockers and steal the items inside.

Officers say cubbies on the exercise floor don't have doors and are open to thieves as well. Rental locks and lockers are available to help secure belongings, but they say it's up to the members to actually use them.

There are surveillance cameras around the rec center, except for locker rooms, in order to determine who is stealing from members.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:18 AM
    Sports Center in MHC has a thief. She steals and then mocks the people she steals from.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 03:14 AM
    A agree that they should play music that is more intelligent and try to promote a classier image. Diversity shouldn't come at the expense of safety. Visitors should pay more to use the facility.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 02:50 AM
    They should make the REC Center more exclusive to students and staff and charge more for visitors. Every Saturday looks like West Greenville Day.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 28, 2012 at 01:04 PM in reply to
      Sounds like a simple, sound solution.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:43 AM
    Maybe it would help if they stopped playing all that terrible gangsta hip hop music.
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      by REM on Feb 28, 2012 at 04:55 AM in reply to
      But that's "culturally diverse", and "politically correct".
  • by Mike Location: Greenville on Feb 27, 2012 at 06:26 PM
    ECU is in a crime infested area. Come on now college students use your locks on your lockers, lock your vehicles, lock your apartments and don't stumble home drunk at 2AM. ECU needs to have a mandatory class on how not to be a victim. Some of these college kids are so clueless. When you get in the "real world" mommy, daddy and the ECU Police aren't going to be there to hold your hand.
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      by ECU Student on Feb 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM in reply to Mike
      It is a bit rude to blame theft on the people being stolen from. Not every student is clueless, nor do they have "mommy and daddy" holding their hand throughout college. Yes there should be precautions taken on behalf of everyone in Greenville; however, the fault is on the theives. How hard is it to work for something rather than taking it from someone else. Bottom line is these people need to be caught and punished.
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        by Vet on Feb 28, 2012 at 04:52 AM in reply to ECU Student
        Welcome to the real world, where your ideas of how the world should work and how it actually does meet. It is unfortunate that people can not be trusted but that is life. This is nothing new, in all of history there have been thieves trying to take things from people and people implementing security to prevent them from stealing.
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      by To Mike on Feb 28, 2012 at 03:01 AM in reply to Mike
      I could not agree more! #wakeupstudents
  • by Vet Location: Greenville on Feb 27, 2012 at 06:00 PM
    There are plenty of lockers always available that can be secured. Whenever I use these facilities I take my own lock and secure my belongings while I work out. Yes, it would be great if you didn't have to do that, but that, unfortunately, is the reality now. There are even signs posted all over the locker room stating that there have been thefts and that you should lock up your belongings. Maybe some jacked up muscle-head will catch one of these idiots in the act.
  • by That stinks Location: New Bern on Feb 27, 2012 at 05:50 PM
    Just wondering, are the rental locks free of charge?
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      by Melissa on Feb 27, 2012 at 09:32 PM in reply to That stinks
      Yes, they are free -- you just need your ECU ID to check them out. It is easier and more convenient to just bring your own lock, though.
  • by Melissa Location: Greenville on Feb 27, 2012 at 05:38 PM
    I have used the SRC many times. Anyone who doesn't put their stuff in a LOCKED locker is just asking for misery. If it's not nailed down, it's stolen. That's just the way it is on ECU's campus. The same goes for their library. I know many people who have had their textbooks stolen (and/or laptop, phone, etc) when they left them in a study room just for a few minutes to run to the bathroom. It's a SAD state of affairs!
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 28, 2012 at 04:55 AM in reply to Melissa
      So, are you saying some of these ECU students are actually studying to be 'thieves'? Sadly, thieves exist on the outside of campus too. It won't end after graduation. You're right; some responsibility lies with the students to secure things. Really shocking about the library. You'd think the librarians would be noticing that sort of thing.
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        by Melissa on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:54 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        You cannot get into the SRC without an ECU ID. There is an electronic turnstile that only opens when you scan your ID and only lets one person in at a time. There are also 2 staff members manning the desk that the turnstile is attached to. It would be difficult to sneak in. So yes, the SRC thefts are very likely being done by students (or staff). The library is much worse because anyone off the street can walk in there and spend the whole day. Non-students use the library to loiter, sleep, use the bathroom, use the internet, enjoy the air conditioning/heat..... and STEAL. That place is huge and has many isolated areas..... and ONE security guard who sits at a desk by the front door and pretty much never gets up. At least the SRC has restricted access -- but the library is a free for all.
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          by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 28, 2012 at 01:07 PM in reply to Melissa
          Then something is terribly wrong there! That library should be exclusively for ECU students with valid I.D. ECU had better wake up fast. Most towns have a public library exclusively for, THE PUBLIC. Where is it?
  • by Warm weather is coming on Feb 27, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    It is winter now, so the thugs have moved their robbery indoors. Just wait until the weather gets warm again and it will be open season on people walking between 10th and 1st street.
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