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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Gated

Going through A/Z  little rant from me....




G - Gated

We live in a gated community.  We have a fob that when we push it, the gate will open and we can get back into the community. If you don't have the fob and know the code, you can just punch it in and can access to our community.

I have to laugh. It is gated, but pretty much everyone in town I'm thinking knows the code how to get into it.

We personally gave the code to a plumber that helped set up our washer and dryer, the cable guy, our movers, family members.  FedEx, the postal service, and UPS know the code.  The trash people know they code.  There are probably at least 100 or more houses within this gated community. If similarly codes were given out like we gave codes out, the code is known by many. It is the same code we were given when we first looked at the house back in November 2014.  And at times the gates will be open coming and going so anyone and everyone can come in.

So I'm not sure how safe we are.  But it is a gated community. Whatever that means......(actually I know what it means, come back and see me H and R and it will help explain it more)

Do you live in such a community?

50 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

That does seem silly for everyone everywhere to have the code. How does that keep you safe? I have no experience with such things, so what do I know? Is there a camera monitoring license plates on vehicles that come and go? Perhaps that would help.

EcoCatLady said...

Hmmm... well, I live on the opposite end of the spectrum, in one of Denver's poorest neighborhoods, which I lovingly refer to as the barrio because a significant chunk of my neighbors are Mexican immigrants. I think my neighbors are probably the kind of folks that your gates are intended to keep out! Funny thing about it though, the crime rate here is actually lower than in some of the parts of town with all the gated communities! Perhaps there's just less to steal! :-)

Eileen T said...

Those gates don't look very substantial - way too easy to climb over if someone was serious about getting in.

Rhonda Albom said...

I think I live in the opposite. People rarely lock their doors and unless there is a dog, no one has fences. I can't think of a gated community in New Zealand, although they might be out there.

Lynn Proctor said...

That's funny Betty! Nope mine is wide open haha :)

Mildred said...

It's funny that so many have the code. I know of many gated neighborhoods in our area, but we don't live in one. Wishing you a nice day, Betty.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I know people that have lived in gated communities. In some cases it is merited. I don't live in one. They are rarely seen in our town. I guess that is a good thing. No one has thought they were needed.

Jacquelineand.... said...

No gated communities around here either; you're right, though, if everyone knows the code, what good is it doing?

Sheethal Susan Jacob said...

I live in a gated community which is always wide open :)

Bijoux said...

Can't they change the code every once in a while?

Intense Guy said...

No, I don't live in a gated community - and never have. As you point out, if everyone (or lots of folks) know the code, the only purpose the gates serve is a "status symbol" -- the only places I know that are gated also have a guard in the guard house - and check visitors against a list of "per-announced" permitted names.

Which seems to be a huge expense, and of course open to human error or graft.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I'm not in a gated community. I'm not sure if we have any around here. And I'm definitely not sure what exactly it means, so I'll be back to learn more :)

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

We live on a road and our only gate is to the back garden :) We keep it locked so the cats are safe.
Tasha
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jack69 said...

So now, it is an 'Open Gate'? (smile)
I always like your perspective. The angle youtake keeps me coming back.
Love from North CArolina

live and learn said...

I don't know much about gated communities, but I do know that I love the picture looking out over the city.

Thanks for stopping by, Betty.

Wendy said...

No gates here, but my daughter lives in a gated community with a guard house and guard who has a list. The neighborhood is also protected by natural barriers of water and forest. However, if someone was up to no good, they could simply slip in on the exit side because there is no gate.
~Visiting from AtoZ

Christine Verstraete said...

My'gated' protection has 4 legs... and no one knows the code but us. haaa! Thanks for stopping by for A to Z!

Manzanita said...

You have to follow their rules. I bet you can't even have chickens in your back yard. LOL

Cindi said...

sadly yes, never again. about a year after we lived in our neighborhood the HOA decided to erect a gate. The HOA was a joke. We were sent a letter because we left our water hose out on the lawn! The horror. lol. And you're right everyone has the various codes to enter, so the purpose?

Maria Zannini said...

We live in the country. And I'm with Christine Verstraete, my gate consists of four legs--times three. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I don't live in a gated community and although it seems like it should be more safe, I don't think I'd want to ever live in a gated community.

susie said...

I live in the hood. At least to the south it looks that way. It's better the other way.

;)

Linda said...

Love "whatever that means." Now I'm really looking forward to H and R.

Beautiful trees! Maybe that's why fee is so high, private roads beyond the pretty gate?

jaybird said...

We don't live in a "gated" community per se. But I do live in a town where everybody knows everybody else's business. If a car comes into the neighborhood that doesn't "belong" we are quick to spy it.

For instance, one night, my family decided to order Chinese food, but it was kind of late. Which is rare for us to eat dinner so late. All my neighbors know this. The poor Chinese food delivery guy wasn't on my porch for more than a second when my phone started blowing up. At least two of my neighbors called to report a "stranger" lurking on my porch and a car that didn't belong was parked in my driveway!! How's that for neighborhood watch? Good thing I don't cheat on The Husband. HAHAHA. Just kidding. Gotta love small towns like mine though. We really do look out for each other here.

Pat Hatt said...

lol the worst kept secret ever. But yeah, I could hop that gate with ease. Seems a bit pointless

Birgit said...

I have to laugh about this. I mean, nobody can be there to open the gates for people like the postman and if you need a plumber, you have to give out the code. I have never lived in a gated community and not sure if I want to:)

lyndagrace said...

I also live in such a community. The gate does provide a false sense of security. There have been break ins.
I mean look at what happened at the White House. If someone can penetrate that “gate” what chance do we have? :)

Greenpatches said...

We don't have many gated communities; at least, not near where I live anyhow. I suppose the nearest to that would be some of the newer apartment blocks with code entry gates. I guess they must have similar problems with security.

Sandy said...

LOL...I had to laugh reading you post, it doesn't seem to make sense and only provides the ellusion of safety probably to many living inside the gated area. Do you have Association meetings, if so might be wise to suggest new codes every quarter or something.

Sandy at Bridge and Beyond

Roessel Morton Celeste Nicholas Thornton said...

g gated,
the title instantly seals me.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I'm sure it is a bit of a deterrent to have a gate. It would be great if they changed it from time to time. I have never lived in a gated community.
Debby

Sophia Camaya said...

The dorm I am in is somewhat like a gated community, you have a key to get into the building and then a key for your dorm room. I like gated communities when I lived on base for example because I felt safer. I just feel a sense of security.

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

I suppose the local riff-raff making a choice on who to rob wouldn't know the code, or if they did, wouldn't want to wait on the gate to open in order to get out. I expect you are a little safer.

My back yard is gated...does that count? lolz

Jerralea said...

I don't live in a gated community, but there is a code to punch to get into the church where I work.

It doesn't do much good if everyone knows the code!

Jo said...

Sounds a bit pointless then. Should be more like in our apartment. People have to dial a number which calls our phone and then we can let them in - or not. But if every Tom, Dick and Harry have the number you might as well leave the gates open permanently.

Mevely317 said...

Does your home have a separate alarm system?
Ours is not a gated community, but we've an (unmonitored) alarm system ... whose code I'm embarrassed to admit I've forgotten!

Maybe like your gates, the signage by our door is enough to discourage any potential burglars. (Not that I know any personally, but I've always heard they prefer easy targets.)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

We live far out in the country so no gates but plenty of deer, skunks, squirrels, etc. My son lived in a gated community of condos. No one else was allowed in.

Naqvee said...

In Fremont Calif. where we are living presently have a lot of gated communities. Ours is not gated but then the community has its own umpteenth maintenance guys whom we all know by face.
But gated or not gated, the idea is, everyone must take their own security measures.
Love,

Chatty Crone said...

Okay now what the heck is a fob?

J E Oneil said...

So the gate is more for show than anything :).

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Oh how I wish we lived in a gated community! Instead, our next door neighbors gave smashed windows they've never repaired and 42 cars....I laughed at the idea that everyone in town knows your code! ;)

Liz A. said...

I doubt everyone knows the code. But I suppose if you wanted to rob a place like that, a good way to case the joint would be to work as a plumber or cable installer...

Stephen Tremp said...

We don't. We once lived in a condo and after we moved our key fit to the pool gate for five years before they changes it. We used that pool year round during that time.

Veronica Lee said...

I do. We even have a 24 hour guard post at the gates which make our condo very safe.

Nick Wilford said...

Nope, but I can't say it looks very secure if everyone knows the code! Maybe some sort of security guard should be in effect - but he might end up falling asleep. :)

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

I live on part of what's left of the land Pete's grandfather bought when he came to Texas. The rest was stolen by the Federal Government to create part of the Big Thicket National Preserve.

There's a gate here. One made out of circle rod. Pete locks it when we all leave the house. Our security system is a dogs, horses (they notice everything!) and a shotgun or rifle in every corner of the house. More than anything, everyone knows Junior's baby boy lives here. That's better than any home security system.

I couldn't live in a place like that. Honestly. I'm too all about it's our land and we'll do with it what we please. Just plain too Texan through and through.

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Danielle L Zecher said...

I've never lived in a gated community. I'm not sure if I would like it. It doesn't seem like yours provides much security. Maybe they have some kind of surveillance at the gate to at least keep track of who comes and goes?

Funny in My Mind said...

We live in a small neighborhood out of the city limits. Each house has under 2 acres of land and big yards. The houses at the beginning of the neighborhood are older and a bit smaller but at the back where we are, there are newer, larger homes. Ours was built in 1987 so it is one of the older ones on the back area but we know who built it (they come in our restaurant) and we know everyone who has lived in it (we are the 4th family.) We have a neighborhood president and have to follow rules concerning our grass and what we store in the yard and we pay dues for snow removal and road repairs. All of our neighbors are listed on a roster and it is updated yearly. It is quiet and beautiful here but we have 80 trees on our property along so it can get pretty "leafy" in the fall and spring when the oaks drop their leaves.

Funny in My Mind said...

And if everyone has the code, it might as well NOT be gated. I guess it keeps most of the bad people out but if someone really wanted to get access, they could.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I live in an older neighborhood in the city, very suburban but lots of nice people around.