Originally Posted by roundturns
Its a sad statement of the times and unfortunately some of the people that ski. Years ago skiing was more of a fraternity and bond and commraderie existed that made this type of activity really really low rent and you didn't see much of it. You'd think somebody that could afford a $70 lift ticket would be above skiing. Maybe just the opposite is supporting theft, people are so put out by the cost of the sport they can't help themselves when they see something they can pilfer and justify it by telling themselves the person they just ripped off can afford to replace. I hope not.
I have a seasons locker at my home hill and its worth the price just having peace of mind knowing my skis aren't going to be stolen while I eat lunch.
I'm a criminologist, so I know a bit about the type who would steal someone's skis or goggles. It's a teenage boy, he didn't think much about it at all, no real need to justify the behavior to himself, he didn't pay for his own lift ticket (mom and dad did) so there's no sense that he's entitled to free goggles because he paid $70 for a lift ticket, he doesn't care if you can afford to replace them or not, he doesn't care much about anyone but himself. He saw the goggles, wanted them, took a quick look around to see if anyone was watching him, and took them. That's it. Luckily for us most of them quit doing this kind of thing by their mid-20's or so. Wachusett is a great place to steal stuff because there are a ton of people around (increasing anonymity) and a ton of unlocked things to steal, also a ton of unsupervised teenage boys.
On a related note, sure, it would be easy enough to cut a ski lock with a Leatherman, but not as easy as it is to swipe a pair of skis that aren't locked at all. And if anyone sees you cutting a ski lock....looks a bit suspicious. If there's one "law" of explaining crime (no pun intended), it's that the easier it is to do something illegal, the more likely it is to happen. Crime is affected massively by opportunity. Most burglars get in through an open door or window, a great way to have your car stolen is to leave it "for a second" with the keys in the ignition, etc. The really amazing thing to me (and a really great thing, actually) is how rarely people's stuff gets stolen at ski areas given the amount of opportunity there is.
Have any of you had your skis stolen while locked? Just curious.