Living in a gated community is supposed to provide piece of mind for homeowners. The reality of it is the sense of safety is only in the homeowner’s mind. Not to say living in a gated community is particularly dangerous, but it’s not as safe and secure as people might think.

Homeowners in gated neighborhoods think the gate is supposed to keep out intruders. However, there are many ways for trespassers to bypass the gates. For example, many gates do not prevent cars from tailgating, and determined burglars can scale walls or simply walk past the guard gate. Most guards don’t stop pedestrians from entering a community.

It’s not the gate’s responsibility to keep homes safe, it’s the homeowners. Here are some quick and easy tips for protecting your home:

  • Change your locks.
  • Don’t block doors or windows with trees or hedges. This provides a hiding place for burglars.
  • Install exterior motion detector lights. Intruders avoid things which will draw attention to them.
  • During working hours, keep a radio or TV on. This creates the illusion someone is home. Also consider using timers to turn on interior lights.
  • Contact your local police department to see if they will conduct a free survey of your home.

For more information about safety within a gated community, check out this article.

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