By the time the cops arrive, the violence is usually over, and the perpetrator is already long gone. Only in a small percent of cases (anybody have a documented number?) do they arrive in time to protect us from being criminally violated. They protect us mostly in a very general sense, but patrolling and locking up some criminals (for which we are most appreciative and pay taxes).
If you want real DEFENSE (protection against a specific criminal act which is about to transpire), organize your own community watch and defense plan (which should be more than calling 911), arm and train yourself, have your defensive weapon readily available (lock it if minors are in the house), and have a pre-developed plan of defense for any situation you can imagine.
As a recent A-C-E post noted, some greater Atlanta communities are paying for their own private police forces, since the tax-paid police services have proven inadequate to prevent crime. That helps, but the members of a community need to be armed and ready to help themselves or their neighbors. Signs so indicating might persuade the bad dudes to drive on a little further to another, more passive, neighborhood.
When ACE was a kid (a looong time ago), everyone knew their neighbors, even in Atlanta suburbs. Neighbors watched for suspicious activity by strangers. That sense of community has been lost in large part, for a number of reasons. It's time to bring it back.
Saw a muscle tee like this at a Fourth of July party in Avondale, GA (one of the first planned communities in the US, about seven miles from downtown ATL), and it cracked me up, but it makes a good point.
Thanks to Chad Crayton @ 13 Crows for linking to this post. Visit his blog for some interesting and beautfiful images.