A Multi-Layered Approach to Gym Security
Did you know there are over 7 thousand health and fitness clubs in the UK? Nearly half of these are fitness gyms, and the figure is consistently rising. With an estimated worth of £3.9 billion at the end of 2022, the fitness industry is one of the UK’s most valuable sectors. So, how do we ensure asset and people protection regarding gym security?
Taking a multi-layered approach to security within gyms reduces risks that the assets and people are challenged with. With a multi-layered approach, several security measures are implemented in various facility areas to create layers. By doing this, risks that aren’t successfully stopped from one layer can be prevented by the next.
Varying factors go into securing a gym. For example, a gym in an area with high crime rates may need additional layers compared to a lower crime-rated area. Another consideration can be the level of pedestrians in the gym locations since a busy place would require more security to control the throughput. Delivering the appropriate level of security benefits a gym due to creating a safe environment that prevents misconduct while encouraging a sense of comfort and safety for members.
Assessing risks to secure appropriately
Layer 1: Entrance
- How to secure: The entrance to your gym should not only be welcoming but also work as a deterrent to thieves. A security portal that is user-friendly while reinforcing that only authorised members can gain access is a great way to ensure your customers feel welcome yet safe.
- Considerations: Will your gym-goer demographic be able to use a pin or app easily? Perhaps regular doors with speed gates once inside could be a better option for you if so.
Layer 2: Main Gym Area
- How to secure: Installing CCTV around the area will help you spot rule-breaking around the gym and manage it in future by looking back at incidents with the footage provided.
- Considerations: Is your CCTV capable of picking up quality pictures in a high-motion area, or will it need to be upgraded to better quality?
Layer 3: Changing/locker room
- How to secure: when cameras aren’t an option for privacy reasons, and with a rise in press reports regarding gym theft, protecting people’s belongings must be prevented. Offering members the option to use locks to protect their belongings reassures them while in the facility.
- Considerations: providing locks can be a large expense and could make the business liable for theft that occurs. Perhaps giving each member the responsibility and option to purchase their locks ensures they can take charge of the safety of their items is a more suitable option.
Layer 4: Pool area
- How to secure: ensuring the pool is manned while open is essential to the health and safety of your customers while also protecting the area from vandalism.
- Considerations: have you got enough staff members to provide a manned area during opening hours, and do they have suitable training against security breaches?
How to improve your existing gym security layers
While taking a multi-layered approach to security in gyms can be a large yet worthwhile task, it will be key to start by improving your existing layers. You can begin building a welcoming but safe space by introducing security training to staff members so they can usefully man the gym and restrict particular areas to the public. On top of this, it will be essential to research your demographic to carefully select an appropriate security solution that’s best for your customer.
How a multi-layered approach comes together
Combining the layers discussed within one facility helps create a secure environment for gym-goers. All layers come together to deter, delay, and prevent crime within a gym, as each security solution is a backup for one another. Additionally, many benefits come with multiple layers of security but overall, making your customers feel protected and keeping them wanting to come back is the ultimate priority for your business.