Do Your Bumper Stickers Say Too Much About You?

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July 10, 2018

Bumper stickers provide social expression in an environment where communication is through blinkers, horns and hand gestures. These pieces of decoration can also be helpful for the driver of the car and fellow motorists: However, police have issued warnings on the use of bumper stickers:
  • Moving billboards. Police in Atlanta, Ga., are asking families to think about their stick figure decals and other bumper stickers on their cars. These fun decorations might be sharing valuable information about your family to thieves. Information about where your kids go to school or high-paying occupations give information to thieves as to your location and the potential value of items in your car or home. Bragging about your kids' sports teams or other extra-curriculars could signal that you're away from home a lot.
  • Advertising what you own. Police in Huntersville, N.C., are warning against having gun related stickers on your car. These cars have become targets for thieves who are searching for weapons to steal. 
Bumper stickers have been around since the 1940s, with origins linking to Kansas City. These pieces of advertising are as synonymous with the open road as the cars that drive it. From political campaigns, school pride, to vacations, there are no signs of a decline in popularity.
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