ST. CLOUD -- It's the time of year when we start opening up our homes for fresh air. But, it's also the time of year when thieves take advantage of easy entry into your home.

St. Cloud Police Crime Prevention Specialist John Justin says you should lock your doors and windows even when working in the back yard. Justin says last year a home was burglarized while the owner was in the back yard mowing the lawn. He says if you must have lower level windows open, look into buying a lock.

Justin says it's also a good idea to make your home look lived in. He says you can put interior lights on a timer and have exterior lights on a motion sensor.