From the article:
The newspaper claimed it was merely providing a public service, because its readers "are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods."
The newspaper was providing a public service to local criminals. Now they know which homes not to rob.
New Idea for smart phones and Google maps. You type in an address and have it highlighted in red so when you go burgling, you know where to avoid. You could even download the entire list from the newspaper. Is there an app for that?