AGAIN! ANOTHER CAR STOLEN FROM GATED WEST DELRAY BEACH, BOCA RATON COMMUNITIES… POLICE STILL NOT INVITED TO PATROL…
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — They live in million dollar homes, they drive Teslas and BMWs, Mercedes and Maseratis, but several of the homeowners in Seven Bridges, Boca Bridges, Dakota, and Lotus aren’t bright enough to figure out how to lock their cars… or bring their key fobs inside. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is now telling these homeowners to get it together.
There have been at least ten car thefts in the area between Atlantic Avenue to the north, Clint Moore to the south, Lyons Road to the east, and 441 to the west since August 1st. Most have taken place in the gated communities of Seven Bridges, Boca Bridges, Lotus, and Dakota. Not one of these communities currently has a “Traffic Enforcement Agreement” in place with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. As BocaNewsNow.com has reported repeatedly, a “Traffic Enforcement Agreement,” or “TEA” is required for police to be allowed to patrol gated communities. The agreement permits police to issue tickets on otherwise private roads. It is no secret that police tend to spend time where they can enforce traffic laws. Criminals tend to spend time where police are unlikely to be.
The Seven Bridges Board of Directors, in a poorly written legal letter, told BocaNewsNow.com to stop reporting that Seven Bridges does not have a Traffic Enforcement Agreement as one is in progress. The community has told BocaNewsNow.com for five years that a Traffic Enforcement Agreement is “in progress.” There is no agreement currently in place.
The situation is so bad that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday afternoon issued this advisory:
“The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has been experiencing an increase in vehicle burglaries and stolen vehicles occurring in neighborhoods on 441 & Lyons Road between Atlantic Ave and Clint Moore Road. Many of the burglaries and stolen vehicles have occurred due to owners forgetting to lock their vehicles and leaving the key fob in their cars.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office would like to REMIND the public: Do not leave valuables in plain view such as: GPS devises, lap tops, PDA’s, cell phones and purses. Do not leave windows open. Do not leave doors unlocked. Do not leave the keys or key fob’s inside the vehicle. Do not leave personal information in plain view. Do not move valuable items to the trunk while in public view.”
One law enforcement source, not connected to these investigations, said police shouldn’t have to teach common sense.
“It’s like we have to tell these people how to wipe themselves after using the bathroom,” said the source. “Reminding people to lock their car door, and bring their key fob with them, really shouldn’t rise to the level of police issuing a statement.”
Since August 1st, cars have been stolen from: the 16900 block of Pierre Circle, the 16900 block of Brûlée Breeze Way, 15600 block of South State Road 7, 17100 block of Ludovica Lane, another from the 17100 block of Ludovica Lane, 9900 block of Espresso Manor, 16800 block of Pavilion Way, 9800 block of Rennes Lane, 17500 block of Cadena Drive, 9500 block of Labelle Court, 8200 block of Linton Blvd.
There have been no vehicle thefts in The Oaks or Mizner Country Club which dramatically increased security over the past several years and work closely with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Both communities are in the zone being targeted.
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