Here is a nice article in The Daily about the popularity of private security in Detroit.
The people of Detroit are taking no prisoners.
Justifiable homicide in the city shot up 79 percent in 2011 from the previous year, as citizens in the long-suffering city armed themselves and took matters into their own hands. The local rate of self-defense killings now stands 2,200 percent above the national average. Residents, unable to rely on a dwindling police force to keep them safe, are fighting back against the criminal scourge on their own. And they’re offering no apologies.
“We got to have a little Old West up here in Detroit. That’s what it’s gonna take,” Detroit resident Julia Brown told The Daily.
Indeed, these patrols are very visible within certain communities. Dale Brown, the owner of Threat Management Group, refers to his company as an “agent of change.”
Everything you hear about the police in the city of Detroit is true – they are lazy, ineffective, and incompetent. They rarely respond to calls, and even when they do, it can be hours after the initial call. The good news is that “the local rate of self-defense killings now stands 2,200 percent above the national average.” People are taking matters into their own hands, defending lives and fighting the criminal element. And when that doesn’t work, they call in the private security forces.5:07 pm on February 11, 2012 Email Karen De Coster