See the article here.
I haven't contributed much to the discussion about all this on the neighborhood mailing list. I understand people's frustration about lack of police response to neighborhood crime, though I worry that an armed citizen patrol may do more harm than good. And I suspect that's how most people on the mailing list feel -- few others have said much about it either.
OK, this part of the article makes me laugh.
"When asked about police response on Beacon Hill, Officer Kappel points to 2007 numbers that show crime citywide at a 40-year low."
Because those 2007 numbers are totally screwy and everyone knows it and still no one has done anything about it.