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Police Advising Families to Remove Stick Figure Decals, Bumper Stickers, and More

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Police are advising families to remove stick figure decals, as well as other signs of family life.

Police are advising families to remove stick figure decals, as well as other signs of family life.

In what seems like a no-brainer move that should have been made years ago, police are advising drivers nationwide to remove stick figure decals from their car windows. Why? Because criminals, that’s why.

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As you might suspect, stick figure decals that detail how many kids you have and what kinds of activities they are into—as well as whether or not you might have a guard dog in your home—give criminals all kinds of insights into your family. Add to that bumper stickers that might include the name of your child’s school (and even what sports teams they play for) or perhaps the place where you work, and you’ve given the bad guys perhaps even more than they need to get what they want.

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What your stick figure family tells about you.  Photo: OhioSAR.org

Other giveaways include parking passes that hang from your rearview mirror. Whenever you are not parked in parking lots that require the pass, you should remove it and place it out of sight.

Police and even the sticker manufacturers have actually been advising against displaying personal information on the back of your car for some time. Here is an NBC news affiliate interviewing Aaron Ellsworth of FamilyStickers.com, and their local sheriff in 2009. They urge parents to use the same common-sense practice as not putting children’s names on backpacks and shirts:

The bright side? While criminal activity is never a good thing, at least we won’t have to look at people’s stick families anymore. Silver lining.

Police Advising Families to Remove Stick Figure Decals

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[Gallery] A Look at Some of the Strangest Stick Figure Families:

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Need help removing the decals? Check out our post on removing bumper stickers.


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    Timothy Moore hails from Dayton, Ohio, and tries to bring that Midwestern flavor to his writing. (But as it turns out, no one really likes the Midwestern flavor.) He has been covering the auto industry for years, with several national auto shows under his belt, but he’s been writing about lots of other things (like dragons and Mickey Mouse and cows drowning in milk) since he was just a tot. Outside of the land of cars, Timothy enjoys watching The Office and consuming excessive amounts of peanut butter and beer, and is on the board of an up-and-coming Dayton theatre company called The Playground. And when he’s not on stage (or three jars into a peanut butter binge), Timothy spends time with his mischievous dog, Greyson. See more articles by Timothy.