A suspected burglar in the Weston Hills Country Club community turned up dead in the canal of the Club’s golf course Sunday. The Sun-Sentinel reported that the Hollywood, Florida suspect died from asphyxia after accidentally drowning, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and Broward Medical Examiner.
A golfer noticed the body on Sunday and informed country club employees. It was not reported whether a weapon was found in the area, indicating that the suspect was armed.
During the burglary on March 7, one Hollywood man was arrested at the scene and two other men got away on foot. They are still at large, according to a Broward Sheriff’s spokeswoman. She said it appeared that the deceased person found in the canal was attempting escape.
There were no details reported regarding premises security or barriers such as fencing around the golf course that might have prevented potentially armed robbers from entering the country club’s property and endangering golfers and others at the club.
In January, an attempted robbery on the Deerfield Country Club golf course left a golfer dead.
Negligent premises security is a serious matter and is sometimes a factor in incidents that occur at resort and recreational facilities including hotels, amusement parks, nightclubs, casinos, etc. Negligent security and safety measures can give way to injuries, criminal acts and violent attacks. Key areas of potential premises liability include:
• Perimeter control, or limiting access to a property through fencing, landscaping or other means (CPTED or “crime prevention through environmental design”);
• Lighting, which may have been inadequate at the start or poorly maintained after installation;
• Security equipment, including access control, locking mechanisms and closed circuit television;
• A lack of security staff, or security personnel, who may not have been properly trained, or who took inappropriate action in a violent crime situation.