Glenwood Springs Community Center increases vigilance |

Glenwood Springs Community Center increases vigilance

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Community Center increased staff walk-throughs and may alter its camera configuration after two peeping incidents in the women’s locker room last month, parks and recreation director Tom Barnes said.

“We’re being more proactive, and we’re having more staff walking through,” Barnes said.

One camera already monitors the vending machine and pingpong table area downstairs. Another monitors the cardio balcony and computer area upstairs. Neither camera was able to record suspects going in or out of the locker rooms, Barnes said.

“It’s frustrating because it’s just a matter of a split second that someone can take a picture with a cell phone,” he said.

The Community Center has a no cell phone policy in the locker rooms, Barnes said.

Women taking showers reported to police that they saw a hand holding a camera under a shower stall in the women’s locker room on May 28 and May 5. Both times the incident occurred between 7 and 8 a.m., and the camera-holder left after the women yelled, police said. No one was identified.

Community Center staff was able to respond and get into the locker room within a matter of seconds, Barnes said.

He said adding a camera or aiming one directly at the entrance to the locker rooms could help identify a suspect in a similar incident. But he said it’s a sensitive topic as it could infringe on people’s privacy.

“It’s something that we’ve talked about,” he said. “The issue is there’s still a certain amount of privacy that’s involved as well.”

He added that the Community Center may add a camera pointing at the bottom of the stairwell. It’s the only way for visitors to get down to the locker rooms.

Barnes said there has been a bigger issue of vandalism, theft and loitering. But increasing staff walk-throughs into locker rooms and elsewhere months ago reduced the number of those occurrences, he said.

Adding adjustable posts and tape several months ago that guide all visitors close by the front desk also cut the number of people sneaking into the Community Center “to about zero,” Barnes said.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

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