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The potential dangers of your bumper stickers for your family
November 4, 2016
People don't think of bumper stickers as being dangerous, but police officers around the nation are warning families about the dangers that come with the stickers and decals people like to post on their cars. Eye Witness News 3 reports that the Montgomery Public Safety Department released the Facebook post below showing how much information criminals can glean from what people think of as "innocent" bumper stickers.
The stick figure family stickers have grown in popularity over the last few years, and according to WYFF 4, people have the option of adding names to the decals as well. One site that sells these stickers has a warning about the dangers of placing names on the stickers, but many people choose to ignore the warning. Some even place the family's last name on the decal. Tony Ivey from the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Department points out how child predators can use these decals to get to children. Ivey says that children often think, "If someone knows my name, even though I don't know who they are, they must be okay because everybody I know, knows my name."
Besides giving out people's names, states that the stick figure decals and bumper stickers often contain employment information for parents and schools for children. Whether the kids are in sports or not is also a common piece of information. All of this goes together to let criminals know when people tend to be home or where to find children. Police recommend using caution when putting bumper stickers on vehicles. Don't make the criminals' jobs any easier for them. Eyewitness News 3 states Corporal Hicks from the Montgomery Public Safety is telling people to also use caution in their Facebook posts. Telling people when you are on vacation and the house is empty or using photos with GPS tracking can be dangerous. Using common sense when using technology is always advised.