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Old 03-02-2012, 07:13 AM
 
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"the gate is not a security device" so there's really not much point to it.
Couldn't have said it any better.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:31 AM
 
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A gate helps keep honest people honest
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:43 AM
 
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Whatever you do . . . . Don't let crime reports, facts, and statistics influence your opinion. LOL!
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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I'm finding it difficult to believe that a gate has no effect at all on crime.
It's like saying a locked door doesn't discourage people breaking into the house.
Either can be bypassed easily but not as easily as nothing there at all.

I'm not saying it's going to be great, or even worth the expense but I have a hard time believing it has no effect at all.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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Don't let propaganda influence you either.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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I've been amazed by the number of "gated communities" in San Antonio. It's as if almost every neighborhood built in the past 20 years is gated.

Personally, I couldn't care less. I live in a gated community, but it doesn't make me feel any safer.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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What a gate does prevent is lookey-loos... people from outside who wander into the neighborhood with their vehicles, either by accident or because they're bored.
Which also keeps out buyers. We often toured neighborhoods when we were looking to buy. None of the houses behind a gate got looked at (I really didn't care to wait to sneak in behind somebody).
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:05 AM
 
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It's like saying a locked door doesn't discourage people breaking into the house.
Do you think most robbers turn the door knob and check? Granted, having a closed door is better than an open door, but a gate is the equivalent of an open door if everyone can get through.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:26 PM
 
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There's more to a gate than mere security; they keep non-residents from using the roads that are paid for and maintained by the HOA members. A heavily laden gravel truck or semi can cause serious wear and tear on residential streets, so every one that is discouraged from taking a shortcut saves the residents money in the long run.

A new school opened near my community and hundreds/thousands of non-residents decided to use our streets as a shortcut every day. The increased traffic load leads to increased maintenance costs and decreased safety for kids and pedestrians; our gate put an end to the problem.
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Certainly some interesting thoughts there, DerpyDerp. But i do have to say that most gated communities aren't through traffic neighborhoods. They funnel all outflow onto main roads & cannot be used as alternatives to the main roads. I'd say yours is one of the exceptions, but your gate was put in after the neighborhood was built.

Out of curiosity, what school was it?
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