BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Boca Raton Police Department is promoting an initiative titled “WTF” — “where’s the fob?”
WTF is a question we have asked several times after homeowners in new communities like The Bridges and Seven Bridges have repeatedly left their key fobs in their cars, only to later express dismay when those cars are stolen. (We then receive lots of email from angry readers saying they have a right to leave the key fobs in their cars because those cars are in gated communities and they would have never moved here from New York or New Jersey if they knew they couldn’t do that).
While those communities don’t fall in the Boca Raton Police jurisdiction, “key fob gate” is clearly a problem that is plaguing law enforcement throughout the region. And by plaguing, we mean that police have better things to do than take reports about stolen cars from people who have left their key fobs inside.
If you’re new to key fobs, here’s a quick BocaNewsNow.com rundown of how they work.
You put it in your pocket. You then start your car without needing a key. Here’s the thing: when you get where you’re going, leave the fob in your pocket. This is where some people seem to get confused. If you leave it on your seat, someone else may use it to start your car. And as we’ve mentioned before: if you have a late model luxury vehicle, the odds are pretty good that your mirrors will stay extended if your fob is in your car, signaling to all that your car is perfect for the taking.
We applaud Boca PD for turning WTF into a teaching moment, and we are doing our part to help those of our readers who are moving here from other places and really want to send a message to criminals. You can download this sign, print it out, check the appropriate line, and put it on your windshield or rear window. Boca PD has also produced a video.