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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For the next two weeks, Greensboro police officers and city maintenance crews are working to replace door locks at the homes of burglary victims.

Crime analysts pulled information about the number of residences burglarized multiple times this year and the police department reached out to two hundred victims to ask if they were interested in new door locks.

The company Kwikset donated the locks to ensure the process was free.

"I stand by this program because we've already done it once over in eastern division and we've got a 97 percent success rate," explained Lt. J.R. Franks with the Greensboro Police Department.

At the 100 homes where these new door locks were installed last year, he said, only three had a repeat-burglary.

Homeowner Richard Brown got new locks Monday and said he was very thankful for the city program. Their home has been burglarized at least twice in recent months.

"That's a hell of a feeling to find someone in your house. You don't know if they have a gun, don't have a gun or what," Brown pointed out.

Officers hope their visit with homeowners and the new locks give residents a renewed sense of security.