This is the good news - that people are banding together to protect their own property and environs. (...)The police is limited in time and resources. The first line of defence of our communities is us, banding together, providing mutual support.
The merit of such an option is that it formalises (and legitimises) community action – allowing people to take part in the protection of their property without fear of intervention by the police. In effect, it reinforces the idea that a community problem might best be dealt-with by the community. The best police response might be to invite and organise a community response – and then back it up.
We would do well to remember this: It is up to us.
[UPDATE001] This is what I mean: