Gated communities are perceived to be safer communities by residents and potential buyers – but what kinds of crimes do they deter? Do they eliminate the opportunistic burglar? How about the drug addicted burglar?  Do those gates interfere with the prompt access of emergency personnel like ambulance and fire-fighters?

Typically homes in gated community are perceived to be more costly than their local communities without gates – but is it? Do they give the residents a false sense of security? Many businesses get the code numbers to access the area, from lawn services, home security personnel, cleaning people, pet sitters or dog walkers, repair services and their staff, anyone who is employed at a business that is called for repair for any of the homes or any city or county employee now has a code. Are they trustworthy persons? The business may have a long-standing trustworthy reputation but they may have staff and helpers who you wouldn’t give access to your residence. Some upscale businesses have their employees checked and bonded to ensure all residents are safe and that business keeps their excellent reputation; some businesses hire people to fill in and who know if they are day-labor or can be trusted. That doesn’t mean all day-labor is not trustworthy just that it’s more comfortable to feel like someone has done background check of some kind.

When it comes to living in a gated community there are certainly some pros and cons. Some adults like the way community gates limit pass-through traffic, and choosing to live in a gated community is a personal preference, yet there are a few points on both sides of the fence.

One point to keep in mind is that there are different types of gated communities. Some communities offer 24-hour staffed main gatehouses but coded entrance at others and some simply use automated gates with a security code. Having a security person at the gate can provide a bit more security than an automated gate, they can take information down about the company, the vehicle and the person entering and where they are expected in the community or on the property – but they also are not infallible.

When it comes to crime statistics, there is little difference between gated communities and their open counterparts. Burglaries do happen in gated communities.

Although gated communities may not be safer from crime than other neighborhoods the streets are a bit quieter and it lends an exclusive prestigious atmosphere.

Even in gated communities, every homeowner should take measures to protect their own safety. Being safe at home means locking your home’s doors and windows and keeping your garage door shut. You can also protect your home with safety devices and a monitored home security system.

There ARE pros and cons to living in a gated community but most of all -it is a personal preference.

Call Janyne Kenworthy - Treasure Coast Sotheby's for information on any community in the Indian River County area.