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January seems to be a time for cleaning and organizing, it’s a way to try to start the year off on the right foot. This is also a good time to take a simple crime prevention survey of your home. Check your door locks, are they all secure? How about your windows? Do you have a way of locking your windows? If not, purchase some wooden dowels at a local craft store. The wooden dowels can be placed in your window track and will act as a lock. How about your outside lighting? Make sure your lights work; lighting is a very effective way to make your home less appealing to a burglar. How is your landscaping looking? It’s a good idea to trim bushes and hedges that could provide hiding spaces for someone trying to look in your windows. Do you have a gate to your backyard and is it locked? Now is a good time to purchase a lock if you haven’t already. If you have an alarm system, try to run a test to make sure it is working correctly. These are very simple, yet effective, ways to keep your home safe. Have you made your New Year’s Resolution yet? How about making a New Year’s resolution to keep your doors locked? In the majority of burglaries in our area, forced entry is not involved. That means the burglar simply opens a door or window to gain access to your home. Remember to lock your doors, and have a safe 2013!