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How Your Vehicle Can Compromise Your Safety and Privacy

When you see a vehicle with lots of stickers and decals, you might think it's a fun form of self-expression or showing support for a cause. 

However, have you ever considered that those stickers could be inadvertently sharing your personal information and compromising your safety? 

You could be telling people exactly where you live, how often you’re away, and that you have valuable items to steal.

To make sure your vehicles aren’t revealing more than you realize, let’s delve into how the stickers you're displaying might be interpreted.


What information are you driving around with all your decals and bumpers sticks on the back of your car?
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Sharing Your Hobbies

It can be tempting to add things to our vehicles, like hunting stickers, motocross decals, and “I’d rather be golfing” license plate frames, to showcase our favorite hobbies and passions. 

Unfortunately, they may be attracting unwanted attention by hinting at the possibility of expensive equipment and pricey toys being stored at home, or even in the vehicle itself. 

Plus, if the hunting season is in full swing, it signals to potential intruders that you might not be home on the weekend. This could present a security risk if someone is left at the house by themselves or if you leave it unattended.

Sharing About Your Family

Decals portraying your children's sports teams or achievements might seem like harmless displays of pride. However, they also provide strangers with detailed insights into your family life. 

These stickers not only introduce your kids to the world but also signal that your evenings and weekends are often spent away at practices or games, potentially leaving your home empty during these times.

Additionally, those cute pet stickers that show off how many pets you have, the types of pets they are, and each of their names, could inadvertently be making it easier for someone with ill intentions. If they want to break into your home, they know exactly what pets they are up against and how to potentially lure them away by name.

Trying to Simplifying Your Life

Sometimes, we do things to our car in an attempt to make our lives easier and add a little personality, but it might not be worth risking your safety and privacy. 

For instance, you might need to display a parking pass at your place of work or residence. While it might seem convenient to place it directly on your window or bumper, this can serve as a breadcrumb trail for those who want to keep tabs on you or possibly harm you. 

Even the infamous "Baby on Board" stickers, while intended to caution other drivers, could actually make you a target for criminals who perceive distracted or overwhelmed parents as easy victims. It’s likely you’ll have your hands full with the baby while loading your car and won’t be watching the cart where your potentially expensive items and handbag are sitting.

Personalized license plates may seem innocent enough for those who want to add a touch of individuality to their vehicle. The problem is, it also makes it more memorable to everyone who knows you, as well as others who may have less than honorable intentions.

Supporting Your Loved Ones

Displaying pride for your loved ones, like your children's honor roll bumper sticker or a "Proud Oilfield Spouse" sticker, might inadvertently disclose personal details and cause potential security risks. 

For instance, an honor roll bumper sticker can tell people exactly where your child attends school, and the oilfield spouse sticker may alert the public that your spouse is likely away for extended periods.


While vehicle stickers may seem like harmless decorations, it's important to consider the unintended information they reveal about your life. 

Before adding that next decal or personalization to your car, think about the details it might be broadcasting to the world and whether it’s worth the risk.

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