What is your car telling criminals?

They’re on the road in front of us every day, those cars with the stick figures in the back window and the bumper stickers that tell us how proud they are to have a child who’s an honor student at such and such a school. Just as bad are the custom license plates that let us know your name.

Your car can be telling criminals an awful lot about you and your kids; information they can use to carjack you, mug you or break into your house while you’re away.

Here’s an example of stuff that shouldn’t be on your car and why:


In addition, as I mentioned, if your name is somehow included as part of your custom plate, you’ve giving the potential mugger or carjacker your name. How many of us don’t turn around when someone calls our name? We’re also a lot more likely to allow a perfect stranger to get close enough to rob us or shove us into the car at gun point when they are telling us that they know us and back it by using our name. Let’s face it we don’t remember half the people we meet and just assume we’ve forgotten this person as he or she draws ever closer.

Take a look at your car and think about removing anything that might give a criminal an edge.

6 thoughts on “What is your car telling criminals?

  1. Snake Plisken

    The only stickers on my trucks are small and the only thing a crook might learn is that I’m a bass fisherman, a NRA member and that I support the Highway Patrol. I would think would give most bad guys second thoughts.

    When I see a vehicle with numerous stickers all over I think to myself ” that poor person. They have a whole lot to say and nobody they know is listening.” Either that or they are holding their car together with all those stickers.:)

  2. Hotchick

    If you have a GPS, set your home location to a point a few miles from your home (Garmin has a “use current location” feature. Set it at Walgreen’s or something). People steal GPS units, and if possible, your garage door remote. Then they have a key to your house and handy driving directions. Bonus points if they steal these while you are at a sports stadium. Then they know how long you’ll be away. Scrub your car of your home address. If they steal your purse, they also have your car and you’re immobile.

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