We have never had any problems with police at any meets , even at larger multi meets where there are people driving stupidly around car parks! But I think sometimes maybe residents complain about noise then the police get called and it goes on from there . We usually meet up in a pub car park then go for a drive around in the country side or similar so interference with the public is kept to a minimum and maybe as we are and 'older' crowd we just wouldn't have those type of issues anyway ! Lol
I think online owners clubs are getting more popular these days there aren't many people who don't have access to the internet and don't know how to use a computer, I think for me if I have a problem I would first go to a forum or similar and try figure something else out myself first rather than pay for a garage or dealer to do the same it kinda like cuts out the middle man and even if I couldn't get the problem sorted myself I would have better knowledge and I'd know if they were telling me the truth or not ! You hear about these dodgy garages spinning lies and me being a woman I just maybe wouldn't feel as comfortable if I hadn't done some research so that's where I think the online helps as its easy to search and usually you aren't the only one to have experience a certain problem!
As for the meets and things well I guess unless you look on sites like this you wouldn't know wether there was a meet or not I don't recon meets are getting less I recon they are getting more popular maybe as its 'almost' a free activity to do, you get to meet new ppl and have a good old chat which in this day and age financially is a bonus !