I have been assigned to PGA National as the Director of Security for over three years now and it has been a very challenging and rewarding experience. Unfortunately, I will be leaving to accept a position as an Area Supervisor in the Palm Beach Gardens Office of The Wackenhut Corporation. The good news is PGA National will be one of the accounts I oversee so I will be on site frequently.
The new Director of Security is Doug Murphy. Mr. Murphy worked as a police officer in Norwalk, Connecticut for 16 years and retired as a Captain. He has also worked as a property manager and he is no stranger to Wackenhut. He worked for several years out of the Boca Raton Office. In July 2007, he returned to Wackenhut and he has spent the last seven months as a Lieutenant at BallenIsles.
He brings with him a wealth of information and experience not only from his time as a police officer, but his time spent as a supervisor in a private community. Mr. Murphy began his training on April 13, 2009. I will spend the next month or two working with Doug to prepare him for the challenges ahead.
PGA National has again experienced several vehicle burglaries. The security force is proactively patrolling all the neighborhoods with special attention to the areas where these crimes are occurring. I am also meeting with members of the security committee to develop new programs to aid in the reduction of crime in PGA National.
As a resident, it is important that you lock your vehicles whenever it is parked and under no circumstances should you leave anything of value in the vehicle. You can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim by doing these two simple things. In addition, if you see anyone that looks suspicious in your neighborhood, do not hesitate to call security at 627-1600. With your cooperation, I believe we can greatly reduce the amount of crime in PGA National.
I have worked very hard to increase the safety and security of this community and I am proud that while PGA National has experienced its share of criminal activity, serious crime has steadily declined. I am confident that Doug Murphy will continue that trend for years to come.
In closing, I would like to thank all of the residents, board members and property managers that have made the past three years such an enjoyable experience for me. I would like to specifically thank Dawn Levinstein and the Board of Governors for their continuous support and assistance. Without their help, I do not believe the security force or I would have been as successful in our security related endeavors.