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SECURITY SLEEPS IN SEVEN BRIDGES DELRAY DESPITE CRIME RISE

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ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL… PBSO INCREASES PATROL BUT COMMUNITY SECURITY SNOOZES.

CAR THEFTS, CRIME…

Sleeping Sunstates Security
A SunStates Security Guard appears to be asleep in Seven Bridges. (BocaNewsNow.com).

BY: SEVEN BRIDGES BUREAU | BocaNewsNow.com

DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A security guard in the West Delray Beach community of Seven Bridges was seemingly sound asleep Sunday in his SunStates Security vehicle. While it was unclear if the officer was “off duty” at the time of his siesta, it is clear that the image is optically challenging for the company — and community — which is facing a dramatic rise in crime. The snoozing snapshot comes as some want to arm guards in the Seven Bridges community — raising questions about whether guards who sleep in uniform should have weapons that could be compromised by someone reaching in a window. SunStates did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sunstates Security Sleeping Seven Bridges
A SunSates Security guard apparently asleep in his patrol car on Sunday in the West Delray Beach community of Seven Bridges. Car thefts are on the rise in the community, and its neighboring communities of Boca Bridges and Dakota which are patrolled by other security companies. (BocaNewsNow.com).

As BocaNewsNow.com continues to report, Seven Bridges, and the neighboring Lyons Road communities of Boca Bridges and Lotus, are in the midst of a wave of car thefts despite the communities being gated and employing roving security. Law enforcement tells BocaNewsNow.com that professional thieves easily penetrate the gates of these communities, then look for cars with extended mirrors — a sign that doors are unlocked and key fobs are inside.

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Reported crimes in the area of Seven Bridges and Boca Bridges since August 1st, 2022. Data provided to CrimeMapping from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Seven Bridges, Boca Bridges, and Lotus all boast million dollars homes, but none have “traffic enforcement agreements” in place with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Traffic Enforcement Agreements, or “TEAs,” are required for police to have the authority to issue tickets in private communities. Police tend to spend time where they can issue citations. Criminals tend to spend time where police are unlikely to be. The lack of TEA often puts law enforcement in the position of responding to crime several minutes after a call is received, instead of potentially being just streets away.

PBSO Car In Seven Bridges
This PBSO car, parked in Seven Bridges, is empty. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is doing what it can to deter crime in the neighborhood that does not have a Traffic Enforcement Agreement in place. Deputies are not permitted to issue citations without the agreement which the community has claimed for years is in process. (BocaNewsNow.com).

PBSO, so concerned about the lack of TEAs in these communities, placed a digital sign on Lyons Road warning homeowners to lock their cars. The agency is also placing unoccupied police cars in the communities as a crime deterrent. But without actual Deputies in those vehicles, criminals may quickly learn that they are only up against roving security that may be napping.

The Seven Bridges Board of Directors used HOA funds to pay an attorney last month to tell BocaNewsNow.com in a “legal letter” that the community has a “traffic enforcement agreement” in process with Palm Beach County — a claim it’s made for years. The legal letter accused BocaNewsNow.com of creating a “road map” for would-be criminals, but made no mention of its position on security guards who sleep in their patrol cars. A board member did not respond when provided with the sleeping security photo on Sunday.

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