The main purpose of a gate, on a low-crime property, is not to deter or prevent crime but to provide the perception of security and exclusivity.
Let’s face it, everyone wants to feel good about where they live and a gated community is like a private club where access privileges are required. Still, other apartment communities add gate systems as a barrier to keep criminals off the property and away from rent paying residents.
Sure, one can tailgate onto a property behind someone else but this requires effort and exposes the criminal to a potential witness.
Criminals want to come onto an apartment property anonymously and blend into the community of strangers.
If you manage a property that caters to college students it can be a nightmare to maintain an effective gate system.