Lockers at pool twice as secure

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 June, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 June, 1997, 12:00am

A double-safety system for private belongings at the Urban Council Kowloon Park Swimming Pool is proving successful.

The trial scheme, in which swimmers are encouraged to use private padlocks on coin-return lockers, has won the support of swimmers and council vice-chairman Ip Kwok-chung.

Mr Ip said the police-recommended scheme was launched by the Urban Services Department four months ago following petty theft from lockers last year.

Kowloon Park manager George Ngan Siu-ming said: 'All 3,280 coin-return lockers in the pool complex are now installed with steel hasps, allowing swimmers to padlock them for extra security.

'So far, the result of the trial scheme has been satisfactory.' Other security measures have also been implemented, including extra patrols in changing rooms by security guards, the installation of reflective mirrors for easy surveillance, and the random exchange of lock cylinders among lockers.

Mr Ngan said the pool management would open a locker and remove any belongings when a user failed to remove a padlock after the pool closed at night.

Mr Ip advised swimmers not to bring valuables to the pool.