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Does living in a gated community make you feel safer or is it just a false sense of security?
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September 29 2012 - San Antonio
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Yes it definitely help to keep the riff raff out, you really don't want random people driving in and out of your neighborhood!
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October 01 2012
Buyers are asking for gated communities.  I explain that if security is their concern, then "gated" is not good enough.  A guard gated community offers more peace of mind.  All the service workers (pool, landscaping, pest, ...) come and go, and if a stranger can follow them in the gate, then "gated" communities offer little security.
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October 04 2012
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As a consumer, I dislike gated communities.    They do not increase my sense of security, and in some cases decrease it because the gate is screaming "look here, good stuff!!".

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October 04 2012
If it is monitored by a person, it is even safer. I just sold a home to a client in a guarded, gated community and everytime I went in the neighborhood, I had to show my id and state my reason for visiting. If it is just a gated community, it is safer but all someone has to do is wait for a car to enter and then follow them in. Hope this helps.
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October 04 2012
I think there is a sense of security, knowing it 's gonna be  harder for someone to steal your car. and someone to cross over the property lines and solicitors.
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October 04 2012
Another element to "gated community" to investigate:  is the entire property fenced in or just the main entrance area.  If only entrances are "secured" or covered by security personnel but anyone can walk onto the back side of the property because there is no fence, you are not very secure.
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October 05 2012
I've lived in both a gated with a guard community and a non-gated community.  It's my opinion that most thieves will go for an easy target and a gate as well as a guard is a definite deterent.  Hopefully if the gate does not have a guard each person driving through will stop and make sure someone doesn't simply follow in.  Having said that, it's in your best interest to have an alarm and actually use it. 
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October 06 2012
Gated does cut down on the traffic that comes though.    Though it is a added expense on the HOA costs. 
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October 10 2012
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I live in a gated community, more because the house we wanted was in the community vice having actually looked for a gated community.

Any additional sense of "security" is "felt", vice "real". Sort of "by definition", there's less traffic. This is not only due to the gates, but also due to the fact that gated communities tend to be "dead ends", no thru-streets.

Our community also has gate attendants (note, not "guards") and some roving patrols, and this adds to the "feeling" of security. There may be some deterrent value to having people monitoring the gates/community, but my experience is that our biggest danger is the residents (speeding, etc.).

I will say that Halloween is much more "kid friendly", because of the limited traffic. Of course, many others know this and drop their kids off to do their trick-or-treating in our neighborhood.
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October 10 2012
I am a huge fan of gated communities! However, keep in mind that they are not a substitute for common sense and still being safe.

Also, if you live out in the country and away from the not as safe areas of town you should be fine without a gate.

Let me know if you have any other questions!
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November 16 2012
Perception of safety is a difficult thing to speculate on. You should do a gut check and if you feel that you are safer then that is probably the best answer. However, 3 inch stainless steel screws through all the strike plates on your doors and locking pins through all windows and sliding glass doors really does wonders for sleeping better. Contact your local police station and ask to speak with the SAFEE officer for your area. They will come to your home and provide you with a review of your home and tell you where you can improve the home for your protection.
When it comes to values in gated communities, the numbers tend to creep upward indicating that homes in gated communities retain their value and are of greater value than comparable homes in the immediate area. I wrote a blog about that so feel free to read that when you get a moment.
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December 23 2012
In my opinion, it is a reality of the real estate market...  although it isn't going to prevent all crime.  It certainly is a deterrent and the reality of it is, a high percentage of todays buyers, in all price points are looking for a gated community.   So for that reason alone, I would say that even if you do not believe that a gate in itself will keep you safe.... the person buying your home certainly might feel that way.  Best of luck...!
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