A lot of people believe that living inside a guarded community brings added benefits of protection and security. These communities are meant to keep crime out, but do gated communities actually have less crime like we believe? Is it actually safer for them to live there?

The answer is yes, there is less crime rate. But crime is not absent, and is not as little as you might think.

Most data out there indicates that the long-term crime rate of gated communities is only a little lower than the crime rate outside. The basic trend with gated communities is that the crime rate is very low for the first year its established, but then it rises to just a little less than the rest of the community after that. They feel this is caused because burglars don’t like going to areas that are unfamiliar but they slowly make their way into these communities and crime rate goes higher. Unfortunately, patrol officers cannot be everywhere at once and security codes can be given out to workers and visitors of the community.

Where guarded and gated communities have great potential to be a very safe neighborhood, it is also inhibited by a major false sense of security. Homeowners do not take necessary precautions to reduce crime, such as locking doors, installing a home security system, or organizing a community crime watch. Imagine the possibilities if homeowners were to take such precautions. Locked doors would cause burglars to invest more time breaking into a home. Security systems and neighborhood watch programs would give on site patrol officers the opportunity to stop a crime in progress. Homeowner awareness to the limitations of a guarded community is the first step in reducing crime.