Lotus Leaves Gates Open By Day. Criminal Activity Rising Again Along Lyons Road High-End Communities.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A BMW X6 was stolen and several cars were burglarized in the high-end community of Lotus on Saturday. BocaNewsNow.com has learned that a silver car was seen fleeing the scene after the incidents.
Lotus is a GL Homes community on the Boca Raton/Delray Beach border where homes range from $800k to several million dollars. It sits on Lyons Road, just north of Clint Moore. The community leaves its gates open during daylight hours, but closes them at 6pm. The schedule does not prevent would-be thieves from entering before the gates close, then laying low until nightfall.
The theft and burglaries follow a series of high-end residential burglaries in neighboring communities, including Seven Bridges. Communities on Lyons have been hit hard over the past several years by thieves who apparently case homes, evade alarm systems, get in and get out. The Oaks and Mizner Country Club, however, both made major improvements to their community security and surveillance systems over the past two years which virtually eliminated the break-ins. Seven Bridges, Lotus, the under-construction Boca Bridges, and others have not — leaving them vulnerable to the professional burglars who continue to case and strike.
BocaNewsNow.com has learned that the communities that continue to be hit do not have “traffic enforcement agreements” in place with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, which means deputies can not issue traffic citations in the communities. That reduces the amount of time that deputies spend in the communities while on routine patrol. Florida statutes require law enforcement to be officially “invited” into private communities for traffic enforcement if they are not responding to a specific call.
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