TOPIC: Re:Theft from community washers and dryers

Re:Theft from community washers and dryers 11 years 4 months ago #3594

First and foremost,is your clothes care center clean, painted, comfortable and inviting? Why? Because it should encourage the residents to STAY with their laundry. Do you have a television bolted high on the wall? How about an exercise bike, a shelf with resident donated books for borrowing / exchanging? Do you have a great table for clothes folding? How about a controlled bulletin board where they can post items to sell or things they want to buy? We cannot be liable for laundry left unsupervised, and it is understandable that if a resident needs a dryer and they are full of dry clothing, that they will pile it out...I would, too! So clean up, decorate with cheerful colors, issue some policies and a plea to take care of the clothes center, be responsible for your own laundry, and be a good neighbor! Do you keep it locked and issue keys for residents use? Do you ask that it not be a play area for our under 14 residents? Be proactive!!

Re:Theft from community washers and dryers 11 years 4 months ago #3601

Wow,Anne! What a great idea. I don't know how many times I've seen neglected clothes care centers and laundry flung hither and yon. If more communities implement this, there should be a great reduction in crime as well as resident retention and a heightened sense of community. Thanks! Dawn Robertson

Re:Theft from community washers and dryers 11 years 4 months ago #3602

I was at a property that placed it's laundry facility adjacent to the pool; with a patio. It made it pleasant on most days to hang out there. They also placed a WiFi transmitter in the area. This is the building where the office, clubhouse (with TV), and fitness center (also with TV) was located as well. The laundry facility was large enough to accommodate about a dozen loads at any given time (usually representing 4 or 5 residents) There were 6 sets of washers and dryers in the facility, with a large folding area. They also placed bins for residents to place old clothes and canned food items for a local shelter.
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Re:Theft from community washers and dryers 5 years 5 months ago #16421

Well this lady did exactly that left her clothes in the dryer and someone took a couple pairs of her pants and she reported it to the office and they called the police and are trying to charge somebody with theft cause they took some of the clothes. Do you think this is right?
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Theft from community washers and dryers 5 years 5 months ago #16422

per the rental agreement, residents are responsible for their own things and management is not responsible for their losses. If they leave their clothes unattended, there is nothing management can do.
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Theft from community washers and dryers 5 years 5 months ago #16433

That sounds stressful. Have you tried installing an IP camera and/or adding a flyer in the laundry room that warns people that they are on camera? If you install an IP camera that records a reasonable number of days before it writes over the data, you can watch back in the video to determine if you are having problems with a single person or different people, and use this info to come up with a strategy on how to stop it from happening in the future.

Also, have you tried installing a lock on the laundry room door with non-duplicate keys? This would prevent non-residents from stealing clothes or vandalizing the unit.

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Thank you Christine for sharing this info.
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Re:Theft from community washers and dryers 4 years 11 months ago #17488

A surveillance camera and Laundry room rules is what I would recommend. I know its outside of the budget right now but definitely something to look in to since not only it would help with this issue, but will also make residents feel safe doing laundry late night.
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Re:Theft from community washers and dryers 4 years 1 month ago #18350

In no way does that justify STEALING someone else's clothes. Throw them on the floor, throw them in the trash bin if you are that angry. Thieves are worse than inconsideration or inconvenience. Does someone have the right to steal your car if you block someone's driveway? Or would it just get towed and force you to do what's required to get your car back. When someone steals laundry, that person has lost an expensive chunk of their needed wardrobe. They can't go pay a fine and get it back.
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Theft from community washers and dryers 3 years 10 months ago #18556

I left an expensive king flat sheet in the dryer overnight. My mistake. Someone in my building of 12 residents took it. It has been one month. I left signs in the laundry room. No response. I as m shocked. This is an affluent high rent area. My neighbors are petty and hate children (grandchildren ). Now, these snot ass people are thieves too. I have lived in many areas. Never, has my laundry been stolen.Sickening.
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