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Bally Total Fitness Installs Security Cameras After Shooting

The parking lot outside of Bally Total Fitness was packed with vehicles Wednesday afternoon and a regular flow of members walked in and out of the gym's glass doors.

Few members who spoke to Patch were aware of the shooting outside of the White Marsh gym on Feb. 15. Even fewer noticed a new security camera bolted to the building's south end, pointing in the direction of the parking lot along Town Center Drive.

Pete Marino, a spokesman for Bally Total Fitness, headquartered in Chicago, IL, said security cameras were installed on Monday.

"Crime does happen occasionally," said Marino. "We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to prevent it."

The February shooting, which remains under investigation, was most likely a targeted attack, said Baltimore County police officials.

The victim told police that he was approached by two males in the gym's parking lot shortly before 9:30 p.m. They attempted to rob him and fired two shots in his direction as he ran away. No one was injured, according to the police report.

Shootings in the area across the street from The Avenue at White Marsh, a popular shopping and entertainment district, are extremely uncommon, said Capt. Michael Balog of the White Marsh police precinct.

Theft and vandalism, however, are not. Between mid-January and the date of the shooting at least seven crimes, mostly vehicle break-ins, had occurred in and around the gym, according to police reports.

Following the shooting, Balog said he increased patrols along Town Center Drive and made a statement reminding gym members to lock up and hide their valuables.

Marino said that Bally managers plan to install signs outside of the gym, reminding gym members to hide their valuables, carry their keys with them and dial 911 in case of an emergency. Additional lighting in the parking lot is also planned.

But further security improvements are pending approval from the building's landlord, he said.

Marino said he wasn't sure if security guards had been considered, but several members of local law enforcement belong to the gym.

"That's good news," he said.

Source: Perry Hall Patch

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