are so numerous that our citizens will be compelled to form patrolling parties, and thus aid the police in detecting and bringing to justice the gangs of thieves that now nightly depredate upon private citizens in all sections of Richmond
Many of the burglaries now committed are effected in the rear of residences, where the police have no eye to what is going on. If the watchmen patrol the streets at all hours the burglars can readily see them, and have only to wait till they pass the house which they design entering in order to escape detection.
Were there a guard at every front door in the city and the rear of the houses were not properly fastened, the burglars might gain access to the back yards, enter the windows and doors, take what they sought, and then escape undetected.
In times like these every citizen must become his own watchman by employing proper fastenings for his doors and windows, and by being prepared to punish summarily any intruder that may be caught depredating on his premises.
Let this be done and burglaries will soon cease.