Plymouth, Minn. (WCCO) — Plymouth police have taken to the air to watch for thieves at Life Time Fitness and Plymouth Ice Center.

A SkyWatch tower has been set up in the parking lot that allows police to watch for thieves before they hit a car.

Police say there have been a number of break-ins in the parking lot over the past few weeks.

The SkyWatch tower is able to record footage of thieves and, with its night vision technology, is able to keep watch over the parking lot at all hours.

Police say that you shouldn’t leave valuables in your car that people can see. They also advise that you lock personal things in the truck before you arrive, so that thieves don’t see you doing it in the lot.

Comments (30)
  1. James says:

    Wow, sounds like a good way to justify wasting all that money on a mobile skywatch tower. wait for a few reports of break ins and put the 5-6 figure mobile unit to work! So who pays for that, Life Time Fitness? Do they rent it from the local PD? Where’s the journalism behind that part of the story because I’d really like to know. Now if that money was spent keeping these criminals behind bars in the first place… you wouldn’t be wasting so much money tracking them down once you slap them on the wrist. Have you ever had a car broken in to before? Really makes you mad. How are you going to feel watching the criminal get caught, pay a $200 fine and walk out the door the same day they’re arrested? Let’s face it, this is just a big expensive toy that serves no real purpose.

    1. Greg says:

      well folks I am an employee of metro transit and the skywatch is owned by the metro transit police and it is used throughout the metro area as they loan it out when not used for parades and the state fair.

      1. James says:

        That’s a bit of information that should have been included in the original story. How about the penalties for breaking into a car? Is there any real justice being handed out? I’d like to know.

  2. Bruce Peck says:

    Unreal, they really need to join the White Bear Lake YMCA

  3. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

    Complete waste of Tax Payers Money, Life time should be paying for this

    1. Another Bob says:

      Yeh, public safety is such a waste of money. So, no more police for your neighborhood.

      1. Tom says:

        The police only show up to do the paperwork after the crimes have been comitted. It is your job to protect yourself and your family. Not the cops.

    2. Another Bob says:

      To mntaxwaste.wherediditgo?

      Went to see if you started your blog yet. Couldn’t find the site again.

      Could you send along your site address, please?

    3. sasellman says:

      Lifetime pays taxes too! More than any homeowner.

    4. JamieinMN says:

      And I’m sure you’d be saying the same thing if it was YOUR car that had been broken into???? Highly doubt that…

  4. Bruce Peck says:

    Interesting. They really need to join the White Bear Lake YMCA.

  5. KH says:

    The city of Plymouth is a partner with Lifetime for the space. Sharing the ice rinks and swimming pools with school.

  6. Life Time Member says:

    What the artice fails explain better is that this building is also a town community center which is also used by the Wazata swim team. I do not believe public safety is a waste of taxpayer funds. I do belive that Life Time should contribute to the cost however as the extra security also benefits them and their members.

  7. sasellman says:

    If my car is broken into at Cub Foods, I am calling the local police, not the Cub Manager. Lifetime pays local business taxes and deserves police protection just the same as a homeowner.

    1. James says:

      If your car is broken into at a roudy biker bar, and if the biker bar attracts enough roudy criminals that it requires a big spend by the police department to enforce the law on a regular basis, you would either be complaining that the bar needs to be shut down or they need to provide their own security intead of wasting the police department’s resources to handle all these common criminals.

      I just can’t draw any distinguishing lines between the roudy bar and your lifetime fitness or cub food example, other than you have a clear bias towards one or othe other.

      Point is, they need to pay for the extra level of policing if it really is that big of a deal, but it’s clearly not. This is a clear example of the PD using their “grant” money or tax money to play with a new toy in a clearly non-threatening environment where they will really do nothing to deter crime or keep it off the streets. Imagine if that $150,000 tower (guessing) was money spent on building a bigger jail to keep these guys locked up? That’s the waste. That’s the real crime.

  8. DaveM says:

    Stupid. Put up a tower labeled “Police” and the thieves will find a new parking lot to target (assuming they aren’t utterly brainless). Was this tower paid for with Obama money? Why not just put up cameras on a light pole and monitor them remotely at the police station?

    1. T. Connors says:

      I agree…..the funny thing is the police station is only a couple hundred yards away from Lifetime! How about a sign that says “Please Don’t Steal Here”

  9. T.T. says:

    I agreee with your last sentence DaveM but personally I was wondering why I am sitting here unemployed when the writer of the article cannot even use simple spell check before publishing! Truck should be trunk. Nice

  10. T.T. says:

    I agree with your last sentence DaveM but personally I was wondering why I am sitting here unemployed when the writer of the article cannot even use simple spell check before publishing! Truck should be trunk. Nice

  11. HMMMMM says:

    Lifetime should being paying for security of the parking lot not the tax payers.

  12. Another Bob says:


    Perhaps you should start working on your numbers now and learn how to count.

    Next, trunk is a word, spellcheck would not find it incorrect.

  13. M.S. says:

    The Police do not have to protect anyone. They are civil servants. What bothers me most about this story is that for a business they will bring out the mobile unit. What about violent crimes against people, animals, while they are in there home or neighborhood, where is that mobile unit then. Seems that it could be a case of whoever has the most dollars to donate to the right people.

  14. Rob Wagner says:

    This doesn’t happen at Golds Gym, because if I (we) caught someone breaking into our cars, the fools would have broken jaws. Why doesn’t lifetime pay a employee to drive the lot during hours to prevent this. I guess that would make to much sense and the police would not be able to buy a new toy on the tax payer.

  15. James says:

    So can anyone explain what the deterent here is? People have had security cameras in parking lots for years. If someone wants to steal, they’ll steal. How is this anything more than a waste of money? Are they cracking down on criminals now, and if so, why isnt’ that the headline? Do they expect to take 30 criminals off the street for 5 years each? What’s the overall plan here? Or… is this just some department that wants to show off their new toy and needs a place to justify next year’s budget? Should we be affraid, happy, on board, what does the media want to represent so we can all follow and listen? How should we proceed with life, where’s our direction “oh big media outlet”?

  16. pat says:

    Plymouth should be picking up the entire tab on this. They have allowed huge low income i.e. criminal element, live there. now you pay the price with lots and lots of crime.

  17. Kevin says:

    Anotrher expample of how Plymouth will be the next burb to turn into trash…its already half way there….I moved out of there a year ago……

  18. Jeff says:

    Kevin’s a racist….I hope someone breaks in his car tonight!

    1. paab says:

      Kevin is absolutely correct, and it doesn’t make him a racist. Maybe he is black.

  19. Chelsey Little says:

    It looks like something you would see in a si-fi show.

  20. weee says:

    big deal dont go there!

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