I have an issue that I need to get off my mind. Sometimes humans can really be a selfish lot.
The area I live in is basically a residential area with a few commercial sections thrown in. It used to be a nice quiet area to live in. Then came more development, which is unavoidable really, and the quality of living became hectic, with the perpetual traffic snarls and all that. The price of progress, I suppose.
That is not what I want to bitch about. As the population and the surrounding residential area grew, more and more people started to populate the place. More housing sections came into the fray. Though it became a busy area, people still lived in harmony or at least an outward feel of harmony anyway.
Then breaks ins and robberies start happening and people start getting worried. Let's not even talk about the Police force who are supposed to be handling this issue. They've got rather more important things to do as the puppets of the ruling regime than actually patrol our streets and homes.
So, the residents decide to start hiring security guards to patrol their residential sections. Money needs to be paid for these security arrangements. Why we need to fork out money to pay for security, I really don't know when we already pay taxes and security should be the job of the cops anyway. But what other choice do the people have to protect their homes and family. Heck, even I pay a monthly security fee to to have guards patrol my home are at nights.
Soon, the guards were not enough. Some residents decided to fence up and gate their residential sections. Fine and dandy. I understand the need for security and all that. Now comes the part where I want to bitch.
Most of these self imposed gated communities erect fences around their neighbourhood with a main guarded entrance and one or two small gates to allow other residents to walk through their areas as some of these neighbourhoods are actually short cuts for people and school children to go through. These gates are normally locked at a certain time late at night and opened early morning, which is fair.
Then there are neighbourhoods, practically all of them over here that actually lock these darn small gates all day long and deny access to regular people to go through, including school going children who have to walk quite a distance to go around these gated neighbourhoods just to get home. Some of the long way rounds take them past heavily traffic roads and pose a danger to these children walking home from school.
It's bad enough that it's a really hassle for cars wanting to drive through which are stopped and asked all kinds of questions before they are let in. Don't get me wrong, once again I understand the need for security and the guards are only following the orders of the over-zealous residents which thinks the freaking entire neighbourhood belongs to only them but to lock these small access gates so no one can pass through is just plain ridiculous. Why erect them only to keep them locked all day?
Most of these places have only one available access to enter the neighbourhood with all other accesses gated or blocked by steel drums or boom gates that are perpetually closed with no one manning them. God forbids if an emergency should happen and the fire brigade or ambulance cannot access these roads. Lives could be lost! But heck, do you think these residents care?
I'm getting a bit long winded here. My whole initial idea is to bitch about how some of these residential areas are locking these small access gates as early a 7pm and totally deny the public any access whatsoever to bypass their neighbourhood which was the case for me yesterday.
I went for my evening run and sometimes my runs take me through these gated communities. Mostly, I have no problems cos these small gates are all unlocked and I can access them and run in relative safety, away from the busy main roads with all those cars zooming by. But last night, on my way back from my run, which was only 7.30pm, all these gates were locked forcing me to run along the dangerously busy main roads risking life and limb. Why can't they just close these gates later at night?
Imagine if a kid or an elderly person needed to take this path as a shortcut to access the shops across the road nearby, they'd now have to walk along the busy main roads and risk being run over by the sometimes maniac drivers zooming by. We're seriously becoming a nation of selfish people who only think of ourselves and not about the other people living around us.
I know it's not a big issue but heck, I'm still pissed with having to detour out of my running route and hit the dangerous main roads just to continue my run. Like i said, I've no issues with gated communities and all that. I even understand the need for security but do it properly with a little more thought for the rest of the people around you.
I won't be surprised that there will soon be a time when people would not even be allowed to pass through a particular neighbourhood simply because they don't live there! We're going to become a very compartmentalized nation soon.
I blame this on no one but the government for creating this need of having our own security with their mismanagement of the Police force whom I don't really see patrolling the streets at all which would deter the crooks and thus removing the need to hire security guards to keep us safe!