Bumper stickers have become a way of life in the United States. When I lived in Austin a car would drive by that had no paint showing, and a bunch of liberal bumper stickers. Most of the bumper stickers had to do with Barack Obama. But Newsweek has a new article that reminds us that your bumper sticker could be dangerous as well. 

In the Newsweek article, police warn that your bumper sticker can give out too much information about you and your family. For example, a “baby on board” sticker can show an easy target because they may be distracted by a kid. Another time in Austin, my wife stopped to get gas and a man crawled under the car, opened the passenger door, and took my wife's purse. We did not have a sticker, but we did have twin babies in the car at the time. Luckily a man saw it happen and told a police officer that was in the convenience store. The man still got away with some cash, but he had to drop my wife's purse to get away so it was not as bad as it could have been.  

Bumper stickers can also show where your kids go to school. You can be a proud parent, but when you put that your kid is an honor student at a certain school, then a predator could know where your kid is most of the day. I also remember reading an article a long time ago that stated flags in front of a house can show whether there may be guns in the house. For example, a Gadsden flag that says “Don’t Tread on Me” is more likely to have guns. 

I am not asking you to take down any bumper sticker that you have on your car, but you may want to think about what your bumper stickers say about you. Does any of your bumper stickers make you a target? 

 

 

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