PBSO Car In Seven Bridges

EMPTY POLICE CAR DOESN’T STOP ANOTHER CAR THEFT IN BOCA BRIDGES

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IN DELRAY BEACH, BOCA RATON: SEVEN BRIDGES, BOCA BRIDGES, LOTUS CONTINUE TO BE HIT. PBSO PARKING EMTPY POLICE CARS. CRIMINALS APPARENTLY LAUGH.

PBSO Car In Seven Bridges
This police car is empty and parked in a gated community on Lyons Road between Clint Moore and Linton Blvd. A similar car in Boca Bridges did not stop a car theft on Tuesday, the 15th in the area since August 1st.

BY: SEVEN BRIDGES BUREAU | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — For the fifteenth time since August 1st, a car was stolen Tuesday night from a gated community on Lyons Road between Clint Moore and Linton in West Boca Raton and West Delray Beach. The latest theft was reported at 9:35 p.m. The car — unidentified at this time — was stolen from the 9600 block of Chianti Drive in Boca Bridges.

Since August 1st, at least 15 cars have been stolen from the neighboring communities of Boca Bridges, Seven Bridges, and Lotus. All are gated. None have “Traffic Enforcement Agreements” with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. As reported by BocaNewsNow.com time and time again, TEA’s are a requirement for police to be allowed to issue tickets in gated communities. Police tend to spend time where they can issue citations. Criminals tend to spend time where police are unlikely to be.

The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office is so frustrated with these communities — and homeowners in these communities — that a digital sign was erected on Lyons Road reminding homeowners to lock their doors and remove valuables from cars. Sources tells BocaNewsNow.com that in almost every car theft case from these communities, a key fob was left in a vehicle and the door was left unlocked. Car thieves look for extended mirrors as a signal that a door is unlocked and a key fob is inside. Police have also expressed frustration to BocaNewsNow.com that “security committees” in these communities are “ineffective,” often run by homeowners who like to “play cop” but have no law enforcement experience at all.

Sleeping Sunstates Security
A SunStates Security Guard is apparently asleep in Seven Bridges. SunStates didn’t respond to a request for comment. (BocaNewsNow.com).

In Seven Bridges, a security officer was found apparently asleep Sunday afternoon in his SunStates Security patrol car. The company did not respond to a request for comment, or clarification, as to whether it is appropriate for a uniformed guard to be sleeping in a marked vehicle.

Law Enforcement sources tell BocaNewsNow.com that these thefts are likely to continue until communities take security seriously.

“We shouldn’t have to tell people to take their keys and lock their doors,” said a source. “We also shouldn’t have to tell community directors to invite the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in to issue tickets. And of course, we shouldn’t have to tell security guards that patrolling is more effective for crime prevention than sleeping.”

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