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    Just wondering if anyone else here does gated neighborhood security.

  • #2
    75% of my job is working 'the gates' at my university.
    The other 25% is campus foot patrol.

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    • #3
      Thankfully, I don't have to work the gates, I do bike and vehicle patrol around the community. How do you all handle speed violations, if you do that?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by PSOfficer View Post
        Thankfully, I don't have to work the gates, I do bike and vehicle patrol around the community. How do you all handle speed violations, if you do that?
        I work in a gated condo community. With the speed violations if they are residents we fine them $100.
        "Get yourself a shovel cause your in deep Sh*t"

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        • #5
          We patrol very few communities with gates. Even fewer yet, have gate houses with our officers assigned. Most times, the gates are non-functional anyway.

          Be Safe,

          Hank
          " We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on one hand and of overwhelming force on the other" - General George C. Marshall

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          • #6
            My previous employment was at a gated community, where I sat in a metal "shack" for five years watching entrances, taking calls, dispatching and what not.

            As for the speed violations, it was written into the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions of the community for security to stop any vehicles found speeding and issue a fine based on a fine schedule (ie: 0-5 over=$25, 5-10 over=$50 ect.) Also the patrol officers check for current registration and POI and issue additional fines when appropriate or notify the local LE.

            I don't recall how it all worked, and I wasn't on patrol there so I never dealt with any of this. But it was common for patrol to issue Notice Of Violations(tickets) with fines at least twice a day.
            Never be afraid to try new things. Remember, amatures built the Ark while professionals built the Titanic.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by PSOfficer View Post
              Just wondering if anyone else here does gated neighborhood security.
              Gates are good. Ones with bathrooms are probably busy during the day and evening shift weekdays. High visibility, so no wearing white shirts more than one day in a row. And 3rd shift non-business are mostly a breeze except at the ends of your shifts. 3rd shift is usually by yourself often, more responsibility, and good time to get paperwork, planning, and/or school work done because you are often sitting and idle. Gates are cool, usually, and you get to meet a lot of nice people too if you are not too busy to remember.

              And speeding violations? "Don't do that."

              Excessive speeding violations? "Don't do that! Don't do that!"

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              • #8
                When I did gate security, I must have written up incident reports every few hours for people speeding in and out of the gates. Italked to them about installing speed bumps but apparently they preferred to pay thousands of dallars in gate repairs and replacements every month. The management would also look at us like it was our fault.

                But that's the one thing in common I've had in all my time guardin'. We ALWAYS get the blame.
                "Complexity is easy; simplicity is difficult."
                -Georgy Shpagin, mentor to M. Kalashnikov

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dayanx View Post
                  We ALWAYS get the blame.
                  True, the "blame game" starts and fingers begin to point elsewhere. But your Incident Reports help deflect that and place the blame where it belongs. Sqaurely on the lap of the Property Manager.

                  Be Safe,

                  Hank
                  " We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on one hand and of overwhelming force on the other" - General George C. Marshall

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dayanx View Post
                    When I did gate security, I must have written up incident reports every few hours for people speeding in and out of the gates. Italked to them about installing speed bumps but apparently they preferred to pay thousands of dallars in gate repairs and replacements every month. The management would also look at us like it was our fault.

                    But that's the one thing in common I've had in all my time guardin'. We ALWAYS get the blame.
                    Every month? Wow. So, did you start up a body shop just outside the gates, or did you miss that opportunity?

                    Gates and their approaches should be configured so that a vehicle must make at least one significant turn immediately before reaching the gate from each direction - in other words, it shouldn't be a "straight shot" at the gate, either coming or going. People won't typically even think of the "serpentine" approach as a gate-protector (make the approach a little scenic with nice landscaping, a nice lighted prestigious-looking community sign done in stone, maybe a fountain, etc.) and they won't resent this method like they do being jarred by speed bumps every time they enter and leave the community.

                    Day in, day out - speed bumps can become very annoying whereas a scenic nondirect approach can be created that is very pleasant to the eye, adds a note of both prestige and privacy, and yet is "welcoming" to the residents and visitors. Only Security and the property managemer will know that the real function is to keep vehicles from taking a straight dash at the gates.
                    Last edited by SecTrainer; 12-05-2007, 02:04 PM.
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