So often we tend to glamorize the late 1800s and early 1900s as being so innocent -- which they probably were in many ways -- but there was and always will be those that think what belongs to you and me must also belong to them. One article, published in The Fowlerville Review, showed how, even in the middle of town, there were late night robberies:
On Wednesday morning Mr. E.E. Walton awoke from a peaceful slumber and arose from his bed, but was unable to find his clothes. Being of a modest disposition, he immediately went back to bed while his wife dressed herself and began search for the missing garments, which she finally found in the kitchen upon the floor, minus about $6 in money and a valuable gold watch. Further examination revealed the fact that some ungodly sinner had removed the wire screen from the window by the use of a step ladder which stood handy by and had abstracted the above named goods.