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Another added: 'The government have cut Policing so much that it has made us feel unprotected and unsafe in Wickford.
Essex Police has faced more than £47 million of cuts and lost more than 400 Police officers since 2011.
Volunteers have no formal training, but are hoping to team up with the famous Guardian Angels, from New York, after a trial meeting last week.
Crime in the Basildon district has seen an increase of 8.5 per cent between 20, with violence with injury rising by 12.1 per cent.
The vigilantes do not try to arrest criminals, but pass on information to police.
Families have turned vigilante crime fighters after police cuts left them feeling 'unprotected and unsafe'.
Volunteers say they have been forced to patrol the streets of Essex in the hunt for lawbreakers because of the decline in the presence of officers on the beat.
Last week they teamed up with Night Angels Pitsea, which formed before Christmas, and hit the streets with a contingent from the beret-clad Guardian Angels.
One founder of the Wick Group said: 'Since we've been in existence we don't seem to get the regular burglaries and break-ins and the community feels safer knowing we are out there patrolling.'In my view this is the direction communities are having to go in because the police have become very reactive to crime rather than proactive.'Burglary in Wickford Park made up 4.2 per cent of crime in that area between December 2016 and November 2017.