According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, home burglaries account for more than 70 percent of all burglaries in the U.S.
For one couple, the excitement of their honeymoon fizzled within minutes of returning home once they discovered someone had broken in while they were away.
The information you publicly disclose about yourself may be the way burglars know where to strike.
Marco Morales and his wife got a big surprise following their honeymoon.
After returning from a cruise, the couple found their patio sliding door kicked in, and their entire house ransacked.
"I made a big mistake; I left my wedding band on the dresser before we left for the honeymoon," Morales said. "On the plane, I even realized it, but it was too late. I came home, the ring was missing and two watches."
While they were away, the couple's relatives dropped by to check on the house, even at one point mowing the lawn, but that wasn't enough to stop thieves from breaking in.
"An invasion of space is just horrible," Morales said.
Could a wedding announcement published online or in the Morales' local newspaper have tipped off thieves that the couple's home would be empty?
The Morales' think there's a real possibility this is what happened to them, and police say they have heard of this taking place before.
"It's happened in the past where people utilize the media, whether the paper or whatever, to find victims for weddings or funerals or really any occasion to be out of town," according to Capt. Dave Knipes with the Myrtle Beach Police Department.
A family in Wichita, Kansas, was robbed after police say thieves came across their names in an obituary.
Many police departments across the country provide a service that could make a difference before going on your next trip.
"You let us know where you live, how long you'll be out of town, we'll keep an eye on your residence, please leave us a number, and then we'll contact you," Knipes said.
While it's too late for the Morales family to use the system, they do plan on keeping in better touch with neighbors going forward.
"You just can't think of it too much," Morales said. "It sucks coming home to see if your house has been broken into every day."
In addition to official announcements in the newspaper, don't forget about social media web sites. If you frequently post travel plans online, you could be tipping off criminals about when you will be away, making your home an easy target for criminals.
According to the FBI, the average dollar loss per burglary offense is more than $2,000. Experts say that's why it's worth taking time to contact police or notify neighbors before you go away on a trip.
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