The FBI reports that a home in the U.S. is burglarized every 15 seconds. And it's the little things that might be tipping them off. "The majority of thieves are impulsive and don't look much beyond the opportunities that they see," says Joseph B. Kuhns, Ph.D., professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and author of the 2013 study, Understanding Decisions to Burglarize, from the Offender's Perspective.

Sure, you may have a neighbor pick up your mail or set lights on a timer — but there are other indicators that give away that your home is vacant or that you've got vulnerable spots.

1. Trash barrels are out — days before pickup.

If your cans are out on Thursday and trash day is Monday, that tells burglars that you're gone for the weekend, according to home security and loss prevention consultant Chris E. McGoey. Also be wary of leaving boxes from that new flat-screen TV or gaming system at the curb — they make the home seem like a more enticing prospect. Plus, they reveal that you have money to spend and perhaps other expensive items in the home. Read More..

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