Once again (about every 2-3 years) our neighborhood is experiencing a rash of burglaries. This is the first time though that the reaction has been tinged with hysteria. It's not that the police don't respond quickly so I'm not sure what is the difference except that there is a push to get everyone to join in on funding a private security company contract along with the neighborhood next door.
I'm not against security - I'm just not sure how having rent-a-cops on call will change anything. Often the burglaries are smash and grab out of cars parked on the street. This time it is smash entry into homes where the residents are gone and grab of laptops, phones, etc. Will paying $25 a month to a private security company change this? If it will, then I have no problem doing that but I just don't see the connection.
Does anyone have experience with private security making any difference? I would think a house security system would be more effective although more costly.