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Should we turn our condo association into a gated community?

Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 08:43 AM

Looking for opinions or reasons to turn our condo association property into a gated or gated and fenced community. We are in Michigan. We've had a number of thefts over the years and some co-owners want to put up gates and possibly a fence all the way around. Looking for ideas and reasons to, or not to, do this. Any advantages or disadvantages? Thanks



To begin with we have (Florida) what is considered gated. You use a remote to open the gate. The drawback is sometimes deliveries can not be made. What makes you think a gated community will stop break-ins. It may stop car theft but even then not worth it.The gate for walk-ins is broke at times and then you wait for someone to open the gate from the inside.

posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2012 8:58 AM by Walter Ward

I do not live in a gated community; however, from what I've heard it's more trouble than it's worth.  
1)Being gated does not mean totally no crime.  
2)High maint. on the gates means higher operating expenses.  
3)When you enter your community is there enough room for cars to stop to enter the gate w/o causing a safety issue on the main street.  
4)your streets must now be private, meaning the assn. will be resp. for maintaining them which is very, very costly. 
Just a few of the drawbacks, all of which should be thoroughly researched before making a decision.

posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2012 9:39 AM by mary

Since you are looking for opinions, I believe that anything that makes it more difficult for a would-be robber to commit a crime will make him/her try an easier target, and forgo your community. However, there is no way to eliminate crime altogether and a professional that knows what he wants, will evade any system. 
As a property manager, you must consider the following: 
1) The initial expense of the project. Unless you are erecting a wall or fence around the entire property, you may be wasting your money by installing a gate at the main entrance. A proper gating system could be quite expensive,and would require the complete support of all the owners. 
2) Most gated communities have personnel at the entrance to let in visitors and deliveries. Add the expense of the project, ongoing wages for +/-168 man-hours per week. 
3) Systems need maintenance and repair. If it’s not working properly, it’s of no use, and will frustrate owners. 
4) Even if you include maintenance in your budget, don’t forget to increase your reserves, as now you have another common element that will eventually need to be replaced. 
5) Some municipalities have laws regarding gated communities as they may impede emergency vehicles. Check with your local police and building departments etc. 
6) Consider your property manager. If the property is large and/or does not allow for the perimeter to be inspected by car etc., your property manager will periodically need to walk the entire fence to make sure it hasn’t been breached etc.. Even so, how often can this realistically be done? Is this the best use of his/her time? Would it be included in your management or employment contract? If not, add some additional expense here. 
7) Would creating a gated community increase your liability? Consult your attorney and/or insurance agent.  
In theory, a gated community is great, and I wish I lived in one. The expense however goes well beyond the initial project cost. Additional lighting may be appropriate. Although this is not free and does includes several of the above factors (maintenance, repair, cost of electric); it may be an easier project to sell to the owners.  
Best of luck. 

posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2012 9:40 AM by Richard Blenden

A Berlin Wall din't stop people from crossing the border, what makes you think that your fence will stop someone. I would argue that it would actually provide a false sense of security and lower owner's guard and awareness. 
That's not to say that a making it a gated community is not a good idea. It will probably increase value of your property and make it more appealing for buyer

posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2012 9:40 AM by Jeff Ross

I live in a gated community next to a college in CA. The only reason for the gates was probably to keep college students out. They do still manage to follow other cars in and park to avoid parking costs at the college, but only a few do it. Our gates do not have personnel. The gates do come at a cost, as some stupid folk try to drive in the wrong way when they can't get in and will damage the gate, causing high costs for repair. Average cost probably between 2 to 5K per year for 2 gates. Our property was originally built as a gated community. I will say though that crime is not much of an issue here. I know a lot of my neighbors and none of them have ever complained about crime. Or maybe it's because there isn't much crime in our area? But cars do just follow in other cars that do have the opener/access. So I don't believe the gates keep out those that really want to get in. I will say though that the walking gates are also locked, requiring a key for access. That helps too.

posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2012 10:48 AM by tw

Have you met with you local police force? Establish a relationship with them, it will make a difference. They will up patrol, make recommendations. It is worth a try.

posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:07 AM by Liz

Thank you all for input.  
The majority of our issues have been thefts of cars and or car wheels. Little of much else, that we know of. We have talked with the Police and their suggestion is a neighborhood watch. Problem is, getting co-owners on board with that. 
Streets are already private, per our Association guidelines of being a site-condo (COA), basically single family homes in an Association. Not sure on how it differs from a HOA.  
From what is being said, two major drawbacks are costs (initial and upkeep) and deliveries. 
Without starting a new thread in the blog.. 
What about security cameras? Do any of you have them set up? Advantages or dis-advantages?? 
Thanks again!!

posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:25 AM by Orig. poster

For you Crime Watch be careful who does the watching. Check the murder of young man by the crime watch monitor in Sanford Florida. Being a community you might be libel.

posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:31 AM by Walter Ward

If you are having a number of theft it sounds like a good ideal. The expense and upkeep is a big though.I like the ideal to met with local police. You can establish a watch committee.

posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:37 AM by joy

Gates are usually both good and bad. If unmanned, there will be broken gate arms as some drivers will attempt to slip in behind other cars, or drivers will go too fast or slow. Once broken, there is effectively no gate. Cameras are fine but DVRs have limited storage & require maintenance, IP feeds, etc. Most cameras can also be easily disabled with a towel or piece of tape. Penalties for unauthorized entries are difficult to enforce, as not all drivers can be easily viewed with cameras, and people sometimes drive vehicles that are not their own, license plate photos are not always that helpful either, as they prove nothing with regard to who is in the vehicle.  
We setteled on a system with a reader device on owner vehicles that was mounted on the windshield. When we used codes that needed to be entered at the gate, they became a joke & were readily available at the local high school, despite rules to the contrary in the CC&Rs.  
I suggest you define what you are hoping to accomplish with the gates, then lower your expectations. There are definately trade offs. Emergency vehicles cannot be impeded. If the goal is not to have anyone who is not authorized in the community, legit vendors needing access to homes that may actually be unoccupied at the time of the visit, teen guests with multiple friends in the neighborhood and other scenarios create situations that are far from seamless. Cyclists and pedestrians create other scenarios that leave much to be desired from a security standpoint. That said, cameras and gates may discourage petty criminals and reduce area traffic to a great extent.  
Good Luck.  

posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:48 AM by John D.

Wow, kinda surprised at the negativity from this post! We are gated and wouldn't have it any other way! Granted, we are just one 26-unit building and we have no streets involved, but it is well worth it to us. Our garage gate mechanism was replaced 5 years ago and we have had nearly zero maintenance costs on it (we have routine service once a year and that costs about $250). Our new front entry system (which was less than $2,000!) works with cell phones so you can grant access to a delivery person even if you are not on the property. And because we're gated, packages are safely left at your door. We are very strict about doors never being propped open and we have very little problems with that (likely because we're only 26 units and we're only one bldg). So while this would be more complicated for a larger complex, our residents and our property are very secure and, in our 22 years since the complex was built, we have had zero car thefts from our gated garage. And given that San Diego is the car theft capital of the world (because of the nearby border with Mexico), that's really remarkable! And, of course, the bonus benefit - not solicitors at your door! Good luck! 
Bette Cessna, Sunset Views HOA, San Diego

posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:46 PM by Bette Cessna

Our area goes through cycles of roving theives. The PD usually can predict who the perps are by when they are released from jail (which is also in the vicinity). Our gates don't impede their progess and the homeowners have failed to participate in a community watch group. The board wanted to place cameras in strategic outdoor areas but found that to be costly and in demand of constant attention. We did, however, mount cameras in the common areas like the cabana, pool area and front gate entrance. Boy, did that cut down vandalism and idiots who like to use their cars to push open the gates. It was a dramatic change so I recommend cameras if you have nasty homeowners who like to "get even" by vandalizing common area assets. The cameras, high speed bumps, and vigilence have also cut way down on speeding cars (another ongoing problem). I feel for you. It is hard to sleep at night when you feel vulnerable to thieves.

posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:35 PM by Renee

Just wanted to say thanks for the great info on this subject! Our association is/was also considering installing gates because of crime problems and to keep people from the apartment complex accross the street (we share a common access road) from cutting thru our property). One thing we were advised not to do is put up fake cameras and/or put up a sign that we do have cameras when we don't. I have a feeling it might be just too expensive since we would need 4 gates including parking areas.  
Betty- would you happen to know what your approx initial costs was for the gate?

posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2012 10:28 PM by Kathy

I have always lived in gated communities since I moved out of the country and into/near a city. I highly recommend it! In my opinion it keeps out your basic rif raf. Keep in mind though if someone really wants to get in they will find a way. But at least it keeps your community private and when things are unusual you notice it more because of the presence that is set with the gate and fence.

posted @ Monday, March 26, 2012 3:32 PM by Amber

Hmm, do you think they would be mad about stuff like hydraulic hoses?

posted @ Wednesday, August 28, 2013 5:25 PM by Charles Neslon

It comes down to safety vs. cost. It will probably be safer but the cost over all will be rather high. If you at least get a really good gate system at the beginning you could save money on gate operations. Toronto has a few companies that have some really good guarantees - just bringing it up.

posted @ Tuesday, September 10, 2013 11:43 AM by Elisa Jed

I think many people would enjoy and appreciate living in a gated community. You would need to look at how much it cost for fence installation, though. Depending on the size and everything, it can get pricey. Weigh the pros and cons to decide what would be best. 
Shelly Slader | http://www.leadersfence.com

posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:08 AM by Shelly Slader

What do you expect to accomplish? 
1. you are trying to open the gate and your battery is dead 
2. Will not stop from being robbed of items in car. 
3. Gate broke and can't get in 
4. How do you expect deliveries. 
5. Control gets stolen when shopping.

posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:57 AM by Walter Ward

I have a gated pool, and I love the privacy. I assume it would be the same with a house. Getting those fences would give you plenty of alone time.  

posted @ Friday, May 16, 2014 8:19 PM by Julia Carlson

I would recommend putting up a fence around the entire community. Turning yourself into a gated community could be really costly though. A nice high fence could help provide a safer atmosphere. http://www.braccifence.com

posted @ Monday, May 19, 2014 10:42 AM by Bob Strong

Fences help with security. Gated communities help reduce criminal activity. However, it's kind of difficult for visitors. 

posted @ Monday, May 19, 2014 4:49 PM by Elias Rufus

Does anyone happen to know how much a gated community would cost? I would be into it if I knew all of the benefits and drawbacks. I think one of my buddies lives in a gated community. I will have to talk to him about it.  
Jayden Eden | http://www.outdoorfence.com/residential/fencing/chain-link/

posted @ Tuesday, May 27, 2014 8:56 PM by Jayden Eden

I'll admit, I love living in a gated community. My wife and I have been there for 5 years. We do miss taking care of our own lawn like we used to though.  
Talmage Dangerfield | http://www.everlastingfence.com

posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:41 PM by Talmage Dangerfield

One drawback to putting a fence around the community is that you either need a system or person to open the gate for people when the come into the complex. My brother lives in a gated community and it's really difficult to get into the area when it's late at night or early in the morning. This is inconvenient if any of your tenants travel and arrive home at these times. 
Claudia Rosenburg | http://www.everlastingfence.com

posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:41 PM by Claudia Rosenburg

I think that there are more advantages than disadvantages to fencing a community. You have more control over who enters your community. And safety definitely goes up.  

posted @ Friday, June 13, 2014 7:55 PM by Brittany Matthews

I think it really is up to you. There are benefits of living in a gated community. I enjoy having that sense of security every night when I go to sleep.  
Edmond Vandergraff | http://www.braccifence.com

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2014 12:52 PM by Edmond Vandergraff

I do agree with some of these posts, it will need to be well thought out. I can see both sides to why it would be good and why it wouldn't. I personally think that it would be a good idea. 
Lana Lynch | http://www.rent-a-fence.com/

posted @ Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:06 AM by Lana Lynch

I have lived thru both non-gate and gated. And approx. 20 years of both. I find that the pro and cons would be equal. The main point is do you feel safer, then go for it. 

posted @ Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:36 AM by Walter Ward

We recently moved into a gated community and I love it. The gates are kept open during the day and close at 9pm at which point you need a remote or a key code to enter. The roadside areas have aluminum fencing and the back of the community, which backs up to a neighborhood park has chain link fencing. I like that the chain link does not obstruct our view from the back yard, I can easily keep an eye on my kids if they are at the play ground. http://www.qualitychainlinkfencing.ca/services.html

posted @ Tuesday, July 01, 2014 2:19 PM by Julia Emmers

Living in a gated community provides for a lot more privacy. I personally enjoy living in a place where cars can't come barreling through at 8 mph. It just really makes me feel better about letting my kids play outside. http://www.landmarkfence.com

posted @ Tuesday, July 08, 2014 11:39 AM by Emily Merrell

It sounds like the streets will probably be your biggest expense. In a gated community, you will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the streets within the walls. It sounds like you simply want a fence to stop crime. Rather than turning the condos into a gated community, simply built a fence and install more security measures. 
Jenn | http://www.americansecuredfence.com

posted @ Tuesday, July 08, 2014 12:54 PM by Jennifer Davies

I have never actually lived in a gated community before, but have always thought it would be nice. I wonder how long it would take to put a fence up all of the way around the entire condo complex. I personally don't think it would be worth it to do all of that extra work. http://www.securityfencesystems.com/commercial.php

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 9:46 AM by Talmage Dangerfield

I would recommend putting in a gate around your community. The fence alone probably won't keep the thieves out, but it will deter some people. The presence of the fence alone will be make an impact. http://www.fencenashville.net/Pages/WoodFence.aspx

posted @ Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:08 AM by Jameel Johnson

Living in a gated community is really nice. I really hate when people come flying through my neighborhood 20 mph over the speed limit. A community with a good fence and gate around it really helps keep everyone inside safe and happy. http://www.allcountiesfenceandsupply.com/vinyl-fencing.html

posted @ Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:00 PM by Tony De Azevedo

My grandma used to live in a gated community. It was really nice because she had a big fence that ran behind her condo. Whenever it would get damaged the HOA would pay for someone to come out and repair it. http://www.braccifence.com

posted @ Tuesday, July 15, 2014 4:43 PM by Talmage Dangerfield

I wouldn't mind having a gated community. I feel like it's more safe. Plus, it can give it a nice posh feeling. 
Anita Mas | http://www.incomweldinghawaii.com/servicesguarantees

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:39 PM by Anita Mas

Fencing an entire community like that has both pros and cons. It does make things safer, but that much fencing can be expensive. If the balance is worth it (raised fees and dues), then go ahead and fence it off. Just make sure you know what you're getting into. 
Marc | http://www.pacificfence.com/

posted @ Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:53 AM by Marcus Fillion

If you really want to turn your condos into a gated community, then I don't think deliveries are going to be a problem. There are plenty of delivery companies you could authorize to come through the gates, and you could give your code out to those companies. I'm sure it would be much less of a problem than some people are thinking.  

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:54 AM by Jennifer Davies

If you do decide to turn it into a gated community you'd better get a strong iron fence to put around it. You either have to go all of the way, or don't do anything. I've seen some gated communities that wanted half of the community to have a fence around it, and no one really respected the fact that it was even a private community. http://www.odi-tampa.com/aboutus.html

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:43 PM by Gador Huntington

Living in a gated community can be really nice, if everyone respects the rules. You're going to need a great fencing company to put in that much fence though. Having a fence all of the way around your entire complex can take a while to put in. http://www.securityfencesystems.com/commercial.php

posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:54 PM by Tony De Azevedo

I disagree with Jennifer. The deliveries could be a major problem. It seem dangerous to give the codes out to multiple companies, and it defeats the purpose of security. A gated community will cause a lot of problems no matter what the delivery is. It's not worth the inconvenience.  

posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 4:57 PM by Marcus Fillion

I agree with Tony on this one, putting up that much square footage of fence all at once can take quite a while. I hope that you are able to get the whole project done at one time. It would be really a pain to have a gated community that is only halfway gated in. http://www.leadersfence.com

posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:02 PM by Edmond Vandergraff

I can agree that putting up fences can be one of the hardest jobs that there is. Once you start putting a fence all of the way around the whole community, make sure that you have enough resources to finish the job. You won't regret living in a gated community though, it is so much more quiet. http://www.outdoorfence.com/residential/residential-fencing/

posted @ Monday, August 04, 2014 12:48 PM by Deuce Masterson

You have to realize that putting up a wooden fence is usually a bit more work, but they still look great. I don't know if you are planning on putting up a fence around the entire community or just a gate at each of the entrances though. But I can agree that living in a gated community is so nice, and makes you feel so much more secure. http://www.citywidefence.com/fences_cedar.php

posted @ Monday, August 04, 2014 2:26 PM by Emily Merrell

Fenced communities can add an extra level of comfort to your living space. I like the peace of mind that comes with the security. It makes me feel safe.  
Jim Tracy | http://www.citywidefence.com/fences_vinyl.php

posted @ Monday, August 04, 2014 2:38 PM by Jim Tracy

I would definitely recommend a fenced community. It allows a sense of security in the neighborhood. I know if has cut down the traffic of the boys in my neighborhood through my yard. http://www.rent-a-fence.com/

posted @ Thursday, August 07, 2014 1:02 AM by chevyjones

I think you might be able to get thefts to go down, but that's a lot of money to install a fence. I think you could prioritize what you decide to fence, like the pool or something, would be a good idea. I don't think it would decrease the thefts by much. http://www.poolfencephoenix.com/products

posted @ Thursday, August 07, 2014 10:49 AM by Dolores Brown

I think it might be annoying to have the whole condo community gated off. That means you need to get someone to man the gate, and if anyone in the condo area wanted visitors it would be a problem. I think a gates more of a hassle than it's worth. http://www.holmanfence.com

posted @ Monday, August 11, 2014 12:35 PM by Dolores Brown

I think the only thing you should gate is your pool. It really makes sense to put a fence around it. You wouldn't want any accidents. Personally I don't think a fence would stop people from robbing the condos. http://www.ccpoolfencing.com.au

posted @ Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:19 PM by Tom Stubbs

Vinyl fencing looks beautiful in all kinds of yards and with all kinds of landscaping. My husband and I just bought a house and I would love to have some vinyl fencing in my yard! We just have to decide which color would look best with the color scheme of our new house, there are so many options! http://www.alliedfencetampa.com/vinyl.php

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 8:40 PM by Kiara Thorne

Fences are helpful for many reasons. Security is a major reason to install a fence. It can help with theft, but also give you more privacy when you are in the backyard. I am a person with a lot of pets so a fence is also helpful to keep the pets close and still be able to run around when they are not on a leash. I think there are far more advantages than disadvantages.  
Jane Abbott | http://www.djfencellc.com/services.html

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 11:03 AM by Jane Abbott

We have both security fence and cameras. The crooks still come in and the security camera is great catching the owners who do not obey the rules and regulations

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 11:11 AM by Walter Ward

I think that is a great idea because it allows privacy. On top of privacy it makes your yard look better in my opinion. One thing that will keep you safe from burglars is having a dog within that fence because in my experience with door to door sales I always avoided houses with gated yards and big dogs. http://www.pacificfence.com/

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:04 PM by bobby roosco

I wouldn't want a gate around the entire community, but I would like one leading to my driveway. I think that it would look really nice, and it would make a lot more sense. Those gated communities really aren't that hard for just anyone to get into. http://www.automatedgateservices.com

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:06 PM by Talmage Dangerfield

I think the gated community would help decrease the thefts. It might be a hassle to do the gate thing with all the residents, though. I would make sure everyone is on board, though, because it can only really work if everyone is okay with the fencing. http://www.lynxfence.com/locations.html

posted @ Thursday, September 04, 2014 3:14 PM by Dolores Brown

I think finding a condo in a gated community is a good idea. Even just a small fence around it will keep strangers out. It makes it a lot safer for families that have small children. http://www.braccifence.com

posted @ Monday, September 08, 2014 3:47 PM by Jim

I think fencing your community would do a lot of good. You could potentially lower the amount of thefts you have in the neighborhood. I think it would be beneficial for everyone in the condo community. http://www.braccifence.com

posted @ Monday, September 08, 2014 3:49 PM by Tom Stubbs

I think being in a gated community is a great idea. We had a condo that was in a gated community and it just felt safer. Honestly I don't know if it was actually safer, but it felt that way and the fencing they put up went well with the landscaping. It wouldn't hurt to get a quote on the fencing, a lot of companies will do the estimate for free. http://www.alpinefenceglenview.com

posted @ Tuesday, September 09, 2014 9:45 PM by Rodhe

Some people say they're white trashy, but I personally love chain link fences. Like many of you have said, I love that they don't obstruct your vision. My friend recently put up a chain link fence because too many of his pet badgers kept getting out. I still need to replace that bike tire. http://www.paradisefencing.com/chain.html

posted @ Wednesday, September 10, 2014 11:00 PM by Tyrone

Turning it into a fenced community is a great idea. It should instantly improve the security and privacy. This is what I would prefer most. http://www.collierfence.com

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 12:42 PM by James Harvon

I think a gated community would be a good idea. There are a lot of different fencing options you can look at. I would just keep your options open. I know they have pvc, vinyl, and a few other materials you could look at. http://www.yorkfence.com

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:25 PM by Dolores Brown

I think it can be really good to have a gated parking lot. I have had to repair my windshield before because it had been vandalized. I don't want to have to deal with that. It's kind of a pain. http://www.speedyglass.com/locator/colorado/denver.html

posted @ Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:56 PM by Jim Tracy

I think having fences is always a really nice option for a home. That way, you don't have animals getting in and it is more secure. I think it also helps the home to look a bit neater and nicer. I think that in your situation it would be a great idea, especially with your security problems. http://www.trejosironworks.com

posted @ Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:09 PM by Grant Harper

Florida Gated Condominium.  
We have had a car lose all 4 tires  
and the gate was closed.  
We have had auto windows broken  
and the gate was closed. 
Cars broken into, gate control gone 
and the gate was closed. 
So don't put complete faith in the fence/gate 

posted @ Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:22 PM by Walter Ward

That might be kind of a pain because you would have to get a gate opener for everyone in the complex. Either that, or you would have to have some kind of key code security lock. It's really up to you though. http://www.rutfencing.com/products/

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:25 PM by Talmage Dangerfield

I think the condo association should replace the windows if they are requiring it. I don't think they should be able to make you replace your windows. It doesn't make any sense for you to have to pay for something like that. I'm pretty sure the condo has funds for these kinds of projects. http://www.southlandexteriors.net

posted @ Thursday, September 25, 2014 4:41 PM by Dolores Brown

It would only be beneficial to turn it into a gated community if you get a good security system. What is the point of building a gate, if someone can easily jump over it. This would really be a great way to help all of the residents feel more secure at night though. http://www.miamifloridahomesecurity.com/articles_9.html

posted @ Tuesday, September 30, 2014 4:08 PM by Tony De Azevedo

I think that in some cases it may be best to get some gates and fences. In my complex, we have fences and it helps to keep everyone's things in their own space, and it is more secure. We are about to get the fences replaced to help make sure it is all secure, and we will be getting chain link fences. I think it will be a great way to keep everything enclosed. http://www.avalonfencing.com/en/chain_link_fencing.html

posted @ Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:06 PM by Julie Myers

I would love if my association turned into a gated community. I like the safety a fence would offer. I want to make sure my kids are safe. http://www.macdonaldfencing.org/en/

posted @ Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:21 PM by Gary Birtles

I really like the idea of a gated community. But maybe that's just the mother coming out in me. I think its safer and looks more professional to have a gated community. http://www.incomweldinghawaii.com/services

posted @ Tuesday, October 07, 2014 8:15 PM by Emily Dye

Our community was turned into a gated community. I like it a lot better. It just makes me feel safer. http://www.newenglandcedarfence.com

posted @ Wednesday, October 08, 2014 9:48 PM by Tripp Vanderbilt

Fences are good especially for establishing boundaries in yards, but they don't make a huge difference in security. However, I would definitely say that getting fences is beneficial for other reasons. I've lived in a gated community and I liked having that much more than no fences at all. http://www.rhinofenceandrail.com

posted @ Saturday, October 11, 2014 2:28 PM by Skylar Mitchell

I agree with Skylar that fences are good for boundaries of yards, but they don't really do much for security. It's still good to get fencing, but I don't think the theft numbers are going to go down by much. There might be better options for the condo association to look at. They could get in contact with a security company and set something up in addition to the fencing. http://www.pvcultimatefencing.com.au

posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 2:20 PM by Tom Stubbs

Some advantages would include increased protection and even better property values. Disadvantages might include first and foremost cost, then possible problems. How are residents going to get in and out? where will you have entrances? Be sure to consider as much as you can before fencing in the community

posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 9:27 PM by Lars Melger

You will probably need to get a fence contractor out to help you out first of all. Turning your condo association into a gated community is a really great idea in my opinion. It will help everyone to feel so much more secure while inside. http://www.surelinefencing.com.au

posted @ Friday, October 24, 2014 5:19 PM by Gador Huntington

What is the biggest change for your condo? The regulations that go with being a gated community, or the actual fence? A fence and gate is a great idea to cut down crime. Any contractor can discuss possible types and looks for the fence before you make any decisions. It doesn't hurt to consider the idea, even if you end up changing your mind. 
Jenn | http://www.conceptfencing.net.au

posted @ Tuesday, October 28, 2014 7:46 PM by Jennifer Davies

If you decide to make it a gated community, you're going to need one of those automatic gates. It will make it so much more convenient for the tenants to not have to get out of their car just to open the gate. You'll probably want to get a key code or something to lock it though. http://www.craftsmanfencing.com.au/pr_security.htm

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 5:57 PM by Tony De Azevedo

You are definitely going to want a strong steel gate if you decide to make it a gated community. I agree with Tony though, it would be really nice to have a security code that opens the gate automatically. That will really make everything more convenient for all of your tenants. http://www.supersteelaust.com.au

posted @ Friday, October 31, 2014 4:47 PM by Edmond Vandergraff

I know that condos usually fence their pool area, because it's required by law, but they aren't gated communities. It might help with the security of the condos, but that's a pretty expensive investment. I would just have the pool area fenced, for safety reasons, and leave the rest of the community un-gated unless you start having problems. http://www.jcfence.com

posted @ Friday, November 07, 2014 3:59 PM by Dolores Brown

I think it's definitely the better option to have a gated and fenced community. It just seems safer overall. I used to live in a condo that wasn't gated. We had break-ins and robberies all the time. The one I live in now is fenced in and I don't have problems anymore. 

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 11:46 PM by Anna Jones

You could turn the condos into a gated community. I think you'd need to get a fencing contractor and some sort of security company. If everyone agrees the condo association should start working on plans to make it a gated community. http://everytypefencing.com/about

posted @ Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:31 AM by Tom Stubbs

I love my gated community. Yes, it is a little less convenient and costs more money but the benefits far outweigh the costs. We have some gorgeous iron fencing around the community and it really makes the community look more organized and proper. It is every American's dream to live in a gated community! 

posted @ Thursday, December 04, 2014 7:24 PM by Casey Jones

If you do turn it into a gated community, you're going to want to make sure that you have a good security camera and a good lock in front of the gate. You want to make sure that the tenants within your community have the security that they need. I have always thought that it would be really nice to live in a gated community. You don't have to worry about people driving through quickly, nor teenagers pulling pranks at night. http://www.finchsecurity.ca

posted @ Monday, December 22, 2014 5:37 PM by Edmond Vandergraff

Gated communities can really be quite nice. My wife and I lived in one for a couple of years, and we loved how quiet it was. We had a combination lock to open up the gate, so we didn't even have to get out of our cars. Ask the members of your association to see if they would like to put up a gate. http://www.centralcoastfencingindustries.com.au/products-services

posted @ Tuesday, January 06, 2015 3:19 PM by Tony De Azevedo

I think the real consideration is the fence itself. It would probably cut down on your security breaches, but that depends on the material you choose. And if you're going to get a fence for that purpose, you might consider some security features as well. Overall, it would certainly be a good investment. | http://www.reevesfence.net

posted @ Friday, January 09, 2015 6:51 PM by jenn davies

If you have the funds to install the fence, then I thin it would be a great idea. Fences are proven to cut down on robberies and break-ins. Poll the tenants to get their opinion, but I'd recommend the fence as your first option. | http://www.hahnaafencing.com

posted @ Wednesday, January 14, 2015 1:25 PM by marc fillion

Personally, I think it is just one of those things that your community will have to just vote on. There seems to be good arguments to go with either option. If there have been thefts in the neighborhood recently, then I would definitely go with the fenced option. http://www.phantomfencing.com.au

posted @ Friday, January 16, 2015 8:25 PM by Jordan Johnson

You could turn the condo association into a gated community, but that's going to cost a lot to install the gated system. You will need automatic gates and some sort of security company help you. It can be done, but I would think about the price costs. http://abfabrications.com.au

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 10:48 AM by Dolores Brown

In this situation, I would suggest asking for opinions in your association. It should probably be a collective decision so that everyone is in agreement. Overall, I think that it would be a good idea to get a gate to help with security. Usually, having a gate doesn't prevent all thefts or other crimes, but it does definitely help. I would just make sure that you have a quality gate that will be sturdy and look nice in front of all your condos! http://www.longlifegates.com.au/aboutus.html

posted @ Wednesday, January 28, 2015 5:28 PM by Grant Harper

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