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Old 08-08-2010, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Around the Great Lakes
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What are the pro's and cons of living in gated communities across America? Do they really keep out thugs? I'm interested in opinions, please.
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Old 08-08-2010, 02:27 PM
 
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Charlotte Bobcats' Stephen Jackson's home robbed - ESPN

"Three men broke into the home in a gated community of two dozen million-dollar homes at about 2:45 a.m. ET Wednesday, police said."
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Old 08-08-2010, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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It helps that is for sure. But it all depends too. Most gated communities the gate guard can only take down the license plate number and let you in. I hate it when they try to ask me where I am going etc.. If its public streets that is illegal. I even had a cop ask me that once I was not very happy with that.
However in some communities like the one I live in, the streets are owned by the residents they are private property so unless you live there, security has to call the resident your going to, to allow the person in. The area I live in is in the middle of the city of Miami. Its even pretty close to some high crime areas. But we never have anything worse then a bike being stolen or something like that. And most other gated areas crime rates are much lower. So it helps. But living in a private gated area has more advantages.

Of course crime can happen anywhere any time.
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Old 08-08-2010, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY $$$
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here in nyc we have a gated community names sea gate and ironically outside of the gate is coney island which is a high crime area and its funny u look on one side of the gate you see nice houses nice lawns pretty quite and safe looking.

on the other side you see projects , thugs , and messed up blocks and crime lol.

and if you live in coney island and want to trick or treat dont even try going into sea gate they wont let you in.
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Old 08-08-2010, 07:49 PM
 
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No thanks, I'm a freedom loving guy. I'd never live in a city where I'd have to hide behind gates.
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Old 08-08-2010, 08:55 PM
 
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They really vary tremendously by region of the country. There have been a couple of books on the subject, but I found this one particularly interesting and user-friendly to someone (i.e., me) with a casual, but not professional, interest in the subject: Amazon.com: Behind the Gates: Life, Security, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America (9780415944380): Setha…

If I'm remembering right the research generally shows that gates do not keep crime out, although some of that seems to depend on location and even on what one defines as "gated." But if you're talking about the gated suburban/exurban subdivisions that are so popular in some regions of the country then no, the gates don't keep out crime. (or, rather, crime levels in those areas is pretty low to begin with, so both the gated and non-gated places are both generally very safe)
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:39 PM
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Reality is not a lot of crime in affluent suburbs across US, despite claims of media or cops to justify excessive pay/pensions for gvt workers

Gated communities and extensive personal security anywhere suggest a 3rd World setting w/poor infrastructure, much crime/instability, and proximity to poors

Many of world's wealthiest guys often live in leafy CA suburbs like Woodside and casually drive self in some $200K+ Mercedes to suburban offices in places like MenloPk or Cupertino or MtnView or RedwoodShs, w/no armed bodyguards following in some POS SUV, which "wealthy" in 3rdWorld may need for nominal security...or what community organizers in DC use for their travels amongst poors/voters
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:39 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Tacky.
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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Reality is not a lot of crime in affluent suburbs across US, despite claims of media or cops to justify excessive pay/pensions for gvt workers

Gated communities and extensive personal security anywhere suggest a 3rd World setting w/poor infrastructure, much crime/instability, and proximity to poors

Many of world's wealthiest guys often live in leafy CA suburbs like Woodside and casually drive self in some $200K+ Mercedes to suburban offices in places like MenloPk or Cupertino or MtnView or RedwoodShs, w/no armed bodyguards following in some POS SUV, which "wealthy" in 3rdWorld may need for nominal security...or what community organizers in DC use for their travels amongst poors/voters
Agree 100%. Gated is a red flag.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:42 AM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Reality is not a lot of crime in affluent suburbs across US, despite claims of media or cops to justify excessive pay/pensions for gvt workers

Gated communities and extensive personal security anywhere suggest a 3rd World setting w/poor infrastructure, much crime/instability, and proximity to poors

Many of world's wealthiest guys often live in leafy CA suburbs like Woodside and casually drive self in some $200K+ Mercedes to suburban offices in places like MenloPk or Cupertino or MtnView or RedwoodShs, w/no armed bodyguards following in some POS SUV, which "wealthy" in 3rdWorld may need for nominal security...or what community organizers in DC use for their travels amongst poors/voters
hsw pushes even his nrml limits with use of "poors" as plrl noun. aggrmnt on G.Cs same even among abbrv community. manages to mention suburban office prk as per usual.
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