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7:07 AM, Aug 20, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Throughout metro Atlanta, people move into gated apartment communities to ensure security.

But when that security breaks down, it can be an open ticket for crime, even armed robbery.

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It's a broken gate at The Peaks at West Atlanta -- an open invitation in a gated community for someone to come in and break in, and that's exactly what happened.

Jamae Black was about go into her second floor apartment.

"I was coming up my stairs going to my apartment and basically he (an intruder) held me at gunpoint. He forced me into my house and held a gun to my back. He robbed me, took my money, jewelry, everything," Black said.

"I was scared to death. The breezeway is so dark. I was just begging that he didn't kill me," she added.

Black says she's been worried about the lighting and the front gates for some time.

"This is not the first time that it hasn't been working. It has always an issue. Every time it goes out its weeks before it gets fixed," Black said. 

And she is not alone.

"I don't know what's going on. The gate is constantly open and it's been open for a week going on two," said Gloria Davis, a resident of The Peaks. "We do have police that come in here and try to find out what is going on. But if we can get the gates to close and get some kind of security with them, we will be all right."

And the gates will be fixed by tomorrow afternoon. So will the breezeway lights.

That's the assurance we got in reaching to the Ledic Management Group, based in Tennessee.

They run the Peaks of West Atlanta and five other area apartment complexes. They said the damage at The Peaks was caused by a lightning strike more than a week ago.

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