That’s what a subset of Oakland, California residents have decided to do, via a trio of campaigns on a crowdfounding Website named Crowdtilt. (Hat tip to ValleyWag for the original links.) The three patrols, if adequately funded, will cover Lower Rockridge North/West, Lower Rockridge South/West, and Lower Rockridge “including part of the Uplands.” Each campaign has a different (Facebook verified, apparently) sponsor, and wants between $20,000 and $25,000 to make the dream of private patrols a reality.
Unlike Kickstarter, the Crowdtilt campaigns don’t feature fabulous prizes for contributing; gifting $100, for example, won’t entitle you to “One (1) free ‘accidental’ shooting of your choice.” That aside, dozens of residents have contributed cash to the loosely allied projects.
“What occurred last week at the Casual Carpool has ignited our neighborhood to act,” reads one of the campaign descriptions, referring to the broad-daylight stickup of commuters waiting in a carpool line on Oakland’s Hudson Street. “While the city and the police are doing what they can, we feel it’s time for us as a community to begin exploring a wide range of ideas and taking some action on our own.”
Read the rest via Oakland Crowdfunding Private Cops.