I suggest looking at any crime data you find online with a grain of salt. Please know that Kissimmee includes many other zip codes besides 34746 - 34741, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47 as well as 34758 and 59. When you see "Kissimmee" the data you are looking at might include all of these zip codes (which would not give you very meaningful information for a single community) or might refer to the incorporated limits of the city and not the unincorporated areas.
If you want relevant data regarding the safety of the area surrounding Terra Verde, I believe your best resource will be the Osceola County Sheriffâ€™s Office. Unfortunately, they do not have statistics on their website, nor do they recommend any other site or source for crime information; however, if you visit their office at 2601 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. (192) they can conduct a neighborhood or radius search for you. Surely this is not the most convenient solution for you being out of the country, but it is probably the most reliable way to get the specific information you are seeking.
In answer to your follow up question, a gated community will not guarantee you against burglaries, etc., but it stands to reason that a guard gated community like Terra Verde may provide greater protection or at least greater piece of mind for your renters and for you living so far away. Youâ€™ve had the benefit of staying there and of the guest/renter perspective. Did you feel safe while you were there? Did the gate give you a greater sense of security that you think those who rent your home might appreciate (assuming you intend to use it for short term rental while you are away)? If so, you might want to include "gated community" in your home buying criteria.
Hope this helps!
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