Well put, and I can't really dissagree with any of it, so I hope my origional post didn't seem like I was. I don't hold anything against the police, there hands were tied by stupid laws designed to protect the assailants rights, they were underfunded, undertrained, and unpepared for it. The point I was trying to make is that many people think that its the job of the police to protect them, and that that service will be 100% reliable as and when they need it. And its a very nieve view at that. Its generally the polices job to deal with the crime after it has taken place. Its too late when your family are hurt, your house is burnt down, and your stuff has been stolen. I'm in the emergency services myself and have seen the devastation that can be caused by arson.
I put my personnal protection in my own hands and am perfectly capable to do so as are most of the people on this forum.