Because of where I work, I deliver to a lot of gated communities. Of all of the ones I’ve been to, there’s maybe one that isn’t a complete piece of shit.
While the residents in some of these communities can be pieces of shit, I’m actually not talking about them. I’m talking about the gate systems they have in place.
Just like the apartment buildings of this area, all of the gated communities are different from one another. I’ll get to the apartments in another piece. They’re fucking weird. Now that I think about it, almost all of the gated communities ARE apartment or condo complexes.
What I don’t understand is, why do there have to be so many DIFFERENT types? And why can’t any of them work?
For starters, almost all of them have two gated entrances/exits. Only one actually has a keypad at both entrances to get in. The rest have no keypad to get in at the rear entrance, yet there is an entrance gate. That one that has a keypad at both entrances, one of those is on the passenger side of the vehicle, so if you’re driving by yourself you have to get out of your car, in all types of weather, to punch in the code to open the gate. But at least they have a keypad there.
One of the communities, if you GPS your way to a street inside it, the GPS will ALWAYS take you to the rear entrance where you can’t get in because there’s no keypad. They thought well enough ahead to put in a place where you can turn around if you accidentally find yourself at this entrance with no way of opening the gate, but they refuse to put in a keypad there.
When you get the gates to open, they stay open long enough that 30 cars can get in behind you. Sounds safe. That is, if the gates aren’t open already when you get there. Some of them stay open all day and all night. Some of them I’ve never seen closed.
Speaking of the keypads, not all of them are the same or operate the same way. Only one place set up a general entry code that all delivery services can use to get in. That was awfully nice of them. As for the rest, some of them have a certain code for each resident. You can use one resident’s code each time you go, no matter who you’re going to see. Most of the time they’re just four digit codes. One place requires you hit the pound button before the four digit code.
One place requires you use their very basic keypad to search for the person you’re going to see to get their three digit code. You do this by hitting one of two buttons over and over again to scroll through the entire list of residents alphabetically, remembering their code once you get it, then punching in the code. The keypad will call that person, and then they can push a button on their phone or their wall to open the gate for you. That’s great, if their phone is working, or you know their last name, or if they’re even listed.
Another one of the places is the same way as that last one, except the display on the keypad box is digital and the three center lines on the display don’t display. So you only get the top third and bottom third of their names. Good luck reading that shit.
With both of those places, it makes me wonder. When the residents come home, how do they get in? Do they have to page themselves? Or do they have their own code to punch in and get the gate to open? If they have their own code, why don’t any of them give it to delivery people so they can get in more easily?
Personally, I would never live in a gated community for these very reasons. They’re offered as amenities, as selling points to get someone to live there. But if they’re screwy or don’t work, or they’re never closed, what’s the point? If I had to live in one of those places and chose that place because of the gate feature, and the gates were never closed, I’d be pissed. Or if people had problems getting in to see me… fuck that. That’s not ease of use.
Do you know how many times I’ve gotten in behind someone who entered their code? Just slipped right in. That seems safe. Hell, I’ve gone to one place several dozen times and have only seen the gate closed once. They also have a security guard shack right at the entrance, and only once have I seen a security guard there. What’s that about?
Do you live or have you lived in a gated community? Would you?