Personal Items Stolen At School Sports Events
It's from students pointing fingers at others or coaches upset at their colleagues.
Sadly, we have thieves in our world - and close to home.
I've heard the arguments and seen the anger after a student athlete, competing at a high school sports event, learns that personal property has been taken. More like stolen. Toss in loss of items for many athletes. In the past, items ranged from expensive cleats to designer clothes. Now, add things like watches to cell phones, iPods to wallets and, of course, money.
I am told that students should know better and leave valuables, the day of a game, at home or with a reliable person. Maybe so. But some can't. Let's face it, most coaches and teachers don't have time nor do they like taking responsibilities, and I don't blame them.
Thieves are in action a great deal at track and field meets, when people leave personal property exposed. Also at soccer games when folks are focusing on the field and someone else is busy pilfering. Hockey arenas are also traps when someone forgets to lock an arena dressing room door. Same with basketball in school gyms.
Now football. A situation in the past few days saw a handful of players lose personal property. We're not talking about thousands of dollars, but it is still theft of personal property. The players were originally going to put everything in a bag and leave it under the watchful supervision of a member of the team. Instead, they left it in a dressing room - one that was supposed to be locked.
I really don't have the right answer. People need to think more — and also about a better way to protect valuables.