Are Gated Communities as Secure as They Appear?
You live in a gated community. Every day you drive through an elaborate gate that rises and falls seemingly upon your command. So, you have nothing to fear, right?
Data shows those gates are really nothing more than a status symbol. What’s worse, those very gates create an even bigger threat. Some thieves target gated communities because they know residents have more expensive things to steal, and they also know the residents take a lazy approach to securing their homes.
The illusion of security
Probably the biggest reason your gated community is not as secure as a home with an alarm system has to do with you and your neighbors. Driving through a big, fancy gate with ornate iron work does make you feel more secure but that is a problem. It really doesn’t mean you are safer. That false sense of security means some residents leave doors unlocked, or leave windows open. That makes your community a tempting target for savvy thieves who are looking for complacent homeowners.
Gated communities are a target for thieves
Those iron gates make a big statement. They say, “this community has money” and that makes your entire development a potential gold mine for thieves. Criminals will pass right by a home secured with an alarm system, but they will take a chance on an unsecured home even if it is inside of a well-to-do community. The reason is a simple risk-reward scenario. The potential payoff is worth the risk.
They also know people with more money go out more often and take more vacations. So, many homes inside the community are excellent targets for robberies. If a home doesn’t have a home security system, they have all night to loot the property without interruption.
Gates are more for aesthetics
Those iron gates look nice, but how secure are they? First of all, it is fairly easy to slip in and out of the gates undetected, even if you don’t have a pass code or key. Cars piggy back through the gates by following close behind another car. A lazy attendant may buzz in guests without a second thought. On another note, gates can fail or break and when they do, the community must leave them open until fixed.
Even if your neighbors are vigilant about their pass codes, the more enterprising thieves know how to get past locked gates with relative ease, and they will do so if expensive items are there for the taking in unsecured homes.
Security is up to you and your neighbors
The gate is only as secure as residents make it. Many residents in gated communities give their code or pass to friends and family members. Some communities even give pass codes or keys to outside vendors, landscapers and technicians. Those keys and passes often fall into the wrong hands.
Remember, once an intruder gets past your gate, there is nothing else to stop them from breaking into your home. Only an alarm system will protect you and your family from a break in.