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     In the United States, during the 18th century, it was said that everything was public. Hence, all lives  belonged to their country. However, now it has changed.  America has separated public and private spaces. According to the Webster’s dictionary, public means “publican, general, the people; open for the common use be everyone without restriction”, while private refers to “separate, unconnected with others, secret, secluded, isolated, closed; opposed to the people, subversive”. These days, the concept of private space receives more interest than public. Moreover, Americans mostly connect the notion of “private” to the term of property.  Due to the existence of Yale locks, burglary alarm system, and lighted streets people are becoming more concerned about the matter of protection their properties. They are more willing to install those new devices to prevent their private spaces from burglary, especially when it is becoming a big business today. Police records show that burglars, holdup men and vandals are costing the American public many million dollars a year. Needless to mention, this does not include the untold loss in injury and death of persons that cannot be expressed in dollars. Hence, if possible, burglaries, holdups, and acts of vandalism should be prevented from happening. The presence of an effective alarm system can be able to change that situation because no one wants to break into a home or establishment where all previous intruders have been caught and sent to jail. Moreover, the burglar alarm is capable to of producing a strong psychological effect. For example, if an intrusion alarm is arranged so that it will activate siren that will emit noise. This disturbance will make it impossible for an intruder to hear the approach of police.  Also, the alarm might force a burglar to leave before he has finished his planned activities. The alarm can successfully save your properties and prevent them from any burglary. 


The New York Times: BURGLAR IN CHURCH TRAPPED BY POLICE; set off alarm in Rectory while robbing the poor boxes of the holy redeemer.


June 6, 1908, Saturday.

     Yesterday morning Rene Bacy was caught ransacking the poor boxes in the Rome Catholic Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, on East Third Street. Police claim he’s a yeggman, a burglar, with extreme Socialistic ideas.

     There are electric burglar alarms attached to every poor box in the church. Bacy tripped at least one by the time he was caught with not only money, but the golden diamond studded crown that adorns the head of the statue of the Infant Christ which is estimated to be worth $21,000.

     When Brother William slumber was interrupted at 1 yesterday morning, Bacy had already ripped away the outer wooden covering of the poor boxes and was working at the metal interior of one of them. When police caught him he admitted that he had intended to take the diamond studded crown of the statue of the Infant Christ.


The New York Times:BURGLARS STRIKE ALARM; Police Enter and Surround Loft Building and Catch Two of Them;


March 21, 1913, Friday

     On March 20th 1913, in the early morning, burglars climbed on a stepladder from the roof of a four-story building at 174 Lafayette Street to the roof of a six-story loft building at 142 and 144 Grand Street, just block away from Police Headquarters. Tearing away several beams they ascended with a coil of wire rope to the upper hallway.

     On the second floor of the building was a safe containing several thousand dollars, property of the linen dealers Meyer, Martin & Danda. On the third floor was an electric burglar alarm. Near the front of the building was a policeman on fixed post.

The burglars got past the policeman without detection, but they tripped the burglar alarm. The central office of a protective agency was quickly alerted and a few moments later Samual J Stack was on his way to the building.

On the third floor he found three steel bits, a brace, a coil of wire, and a flashlight. Stack heard the receding footsteps above him and when he went upstairs he saw a man on the roof of the adjoining building at 174 Lafayette Street. Stack fired at the man as the burglar darted out and ran out onto 176 Lafayette Street. Patrolman Muller ran after the first man he saw coming out of the building, Patrolman McCarthy ran after the second.

     Patrolman joined in on the chase after the first man, as he led them on a wild goose chase through Brooine Street, tossing a loaded revolver in the process. When the patrolmen finally caught him, the burglar revealed himself to be John Radice, an iron worker, living at 139 Thompson Steret. He was put into prison on charges of burglary and possession of weapons. The other man, William Rosell, was also caught. He had a long record of burglary and was put away with the same charge again. 










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