Driver slams car against Whisper Walk gate, social media backlash is concerning

A driver slammed the door to Whisper Walk on Lyons Road in West BOCA RATON. (Courtesy of NextDoor).

BY: COMMUNITY SAFETY TEAM | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) – A car slammed into the gate at Whisper Walk off Lyons Road at noon on Sunday. There were no serious injuries. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and paramedics responded. There was no reason to believe it was intentional. In aging communities, people sometimes press the accelerator pedal instead of the brake.

It’s a social media post, however, that’s grabbing attention on Monday. A resident who we do not identify took to a social media site popular with seniors to ask these questions: “Who destroys a door like this? I wonder how long we’ll be unprotected? This is the use of the word “unprotected” that law enforcement will tell you leads to trouble.

Gated communities are all over South Florida. And the value of the gate is largely zero. Anyone who wants to enter a gated community can normally do so without a problem. A pizza delivery man. Someone pretending to be an Uber or Lyft driver. Someone claiming to be an Amazon Prime delivery person. A landscaper. You name it, it was probably thought up by people doing no good – and walking into a gated community, in front of a guard barely earning minimum wage, just isn’t a challenge.

What is a challenge, however, is changing the mindset of many who live in gated communities. Law enforcement frequently tells BocaNewsNow.com that people have a false sense of security when driving in their “gated” development. They leave the doors open. They let their children roam free. And in a problem unique to South Florida, people leave key fobs in their late-model Teslas and luxury cars, to express their shock and dismay when those cars suddenly disappear. The Boca Raton Police Department even created the slogan “WTF?!” It means “where’s the key fob?!” It’s a reminder to keep your key fob with you.

BocaNewsNow.com agrees that people shouldn’t walk into doors. But for readers who may have recently moved to South Florida, we join law enforcement in reminding you that the gates to your community are probably worth less in terms of security than the actual retail value of the doors. Lock your doors. Be aware of your surroundings. Report anything suspicious. And don’t think for a minute that someone crashing into your door makes you any less safe than you were before the door collapsed.

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