What are the $1.5M Coto de Caza Gates Good For?


Posted By CotoBlogzz | 05/03/2009 8:00 PM

We have often presented irrefutable evidence that gated communities are not necessarily safer than communities with no gates.   In fact, the over $1.5 million dollars/year  spent by  Coto de Caza, often makes that community less safe than most of the gated or un-gated neighbors.

Although theft/larceny increased 83% by the end of the third quarter of 2008 compared to the first quarter of the same year, and crime and vandalism reached an all time high at that time, the community has seen two consecutive quarters with a downward trend.

Period Incidents

Coto de Caza - Crime and Vandalism Trending 1Q2009, source:  OCSD

For the third quarter of 2009, the Orange County Sheriff’s department  (OCSD) reports  19 cases of theft/larceny, two drug related cases, three cases of vandalism and two aggravated assaults.

On the other hand, the  OCSD reports 33 incidents of theft/larceny in Ladera Ranch, 16 narcotics related, 12 vandalism, 13 disorderly conduct and 13 vehicle violations.

Period Incidents

Ladera Ranch - Crime and Vandalism Trending 1Q2009, source:  OCSD

In the case of Ladera Ranch,  the last two quarters show an increase in crime and vandalism.

All in all, not a bad deal for Coto de Caza.  Consider that while the community pays close to $2 million per year for gate access and maintenance, they pay less than $100,00 per year for security to the California Highway Patrol   The numbers in the adjacent table shows relative costs estimated by looking at law enforcement contracts between the cities and the OCSD and reported figures.
Community Cost/person

So, the question is, what are the Coto de Caza gates good for?  Real Estate Sales collateral!

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