A close look at this fence on Essex Street in Cambridge’s Central Square, right off Massachusetts Avenue, will reveal how high security it is: There’s an identical five-button pad on the opposite side of the door of this iron fence, meaning a code at least five numerals must be input in precisely the right order to get out as well as in. That is, if it weren’t for the fact that the gate has been left open. Oh — and if it weren’t for the fact that the gate only goes about as high as the average adult’s waist, making the fact that it exists and has a high-security lock for people trying to get in or out a little superfluous. But, when closed, the gate probably does a good job of keeping out (or in) very short or dumb people.

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