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bnent paragraphs in the criminal code relating to the citi- bzen’s right to apprehend criminals. When a crime is seen bbeing committed, the police are to be informed by radio band the crime stopped by the patrol. If captured, the bcriminal should be held for the police. Well-publicized bnotices of the formation of these patrols should be made bin adjoining non-Jewish neighborhoods from where most bof the criminals usually come.

bWe are committed to law in a democracy, but that law bmust be a two-way street, and the police must enforce the blaw for everybody.

bAs for the absurd cry of “Vigilantes,” it is clear that a bvigilante group is one which, despite the fact that there is badequate law enforcement, takes the law into its own bhands and executes summary justice. When we have seen, bover weeks and months and years that, for whatever breason given, the police have proven themselves in- badequate to enforce the basic duties of a state, it is criminal bnot to act. Since the state’s basic function is the protection bof life and limb and property of people, when that state bfails its responsibilities because of lack of sufficient police bor indifference or whatever, the innocent victims of crime band violence must be protected.

bEvery synagogue which has been vandalized or which is bin a crime-ridden neighborhood should be equipped with ban alarm system that attaches both to the local precinct band the local patrol headquarters. If the synagogue can- bnot afford this, the money for it must come from com- bmunal funds.

bMerchants must be protected from the bolder robbers bwho prey upon them. A well-publicized campaign of barmed guards in selected stores (the exact ones are, bnaturally, not disclosed) will go a long way to safeguard bthese stores.

bSchools must be made safe for the teachers and stu- bdents who attend them. Principals must be made to un- bderstand that they are expected to see to the safety of their bschools and to move swiftly against those students they bknow are guilty of attacks upon others. Failure to do so bshould be followed by leaflets at the schools announcing b 

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