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How to prevent laundry room theft?

My gf lives in an apartment building with a shared laundry room, there's no locks and the room is open 24/7. Lately she has noticed that some articles of her clothing had been stolen. How can she prevent this? We're planning to tell the superindendent but i doubt they can do anything about it. Any ideas?
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Short of waiting there until the laundry is done, or setting up camera, there isn't much you/her can do about it
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im sure others are expereinceing missing items as well so get a bunch of the tennants together and put pressure on the super to get a lock on the door.

edit: it wont solve the problem but it will prevent other people from walking in and jacking your clothes

edit2: forget about what i just said,

if its happening on a regular basis, what you should do is wait and hide, when you find the perp... :lol: hahahaha good times
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simple solution.... put a padlock on the doors of the laundry...
That way when you are doing your laundry you can put a combo lock on it.
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Siefer999 wrote:im sure others are expereinceing missing items as well so get a bunch of the tennants together and put pressure on the super to get a lock on the door.

edit: it wont solve the problem but it will prevent other people from walking in and jacking your clothes
What if it's fellow tennants who are the theives.
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UrbanPoet wrote:simple solution.... put a padlock on the doors of the laundry...
That way when you are doing your laundry you can put a combo lock on it.
Are there usually holes to put padlocks on in the washers/dryers? I haven't noticed. But I guess yeah if we can get some of the tenants to complain maybe they will put the locks on the doors. But I would assume they wouldn't want to do it because some people might leave their laundry in the machine the whole day locked and no one else would be able to use it.
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Can we assume the worse about which article of clothing is being stolen here? ;)

If we're on the same page, then let's also assume this person has a perverted interest in your gf, and hopefully he's just harmless. What you can do is confront the problem head on. Let your girlfriend go about her business as usual. You can play the unassuming party and come into the laundry room pretending to do your load, and just keep an eye out of suspicious people. This person may be brazen enough to just commit the act in front of you under the pretense that he's doing his gf's laundry, and no ones the wiser.

If you catch him, take him down. Call the cops. It's a crime to steal people's property even in a public place.
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Bring a book and stay there until it is done.
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Emancipated wrote:Can we assume the worse about which article of clothing is being stolened here? ;)

If we're on the same page, then let's also assume this person has a perverted interest in your gf, and hopefully he's just harmless. What you can do is confront the problem head on. Let your girlfriend go about her business as usual. You can play the unassuming party and come into the laundry room pretending to do your load, and just keep an eye out of suspicious people. This person may be brazen enough to just commit the act in front of you under the pretense that he's doing his gf's laundry, and no ones the wiser.

If you catch him, take him down. Call the cops. It's a crime to steal people's property even in a public place.
The articles of clothing stolen are some tanktops and cardigans, so I'm assuming there are no intentions of that sort :| The room is pretty small with 3 dryers and 3 washers so most of the time the room has no one in it, so the thief probably wouldn't try to do anything until no one is there.
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I guess staying in there until the laundry is done is the best bet, but man, what a hassle :mad:
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kit0828 wrote:I guess staying in there until the laundry is done is the best bet, but man, what a hassle :mad:
I'll watch your laundry for you?
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Sajjad wrote:I'll watch your laundry for you?

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kit0828 wrote:I guess staying in there until the laundry is done is the best bet, but man, what a hassle :mad:
May be a cell phone with unlimited incoming is good too. She may just talk for the whole session.
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gman wrote:May be a cell phone with unlimited incoming is good too. She may just talk for the whole session.
Or a home phone with superior range. I had one of those. I used to bring my phone down to the laundry just in case when I was living on the 10th floor of an apartment building. Reception was still fine, kind of to my surprise
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kit0828 wrote:Are there usually holes to put padlocks on in the washers/dryers? I haven't noticed. But I guess yeah if we can get some of the tenants to complain maybe they will put the locks on the doors. But I would assume they wouldn't want to do it because some people might leave their laundry in the machine the whole day locked and no one else would be able to use it.
Pretty sure it can be retro fitted with some very short screws...
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