Car stickers could make families a target


There's a new warning about the stickers you put on your vehicle.

Each day, we drive by dozens, perhaps hundreds of cars on our way to our destination. But back up for a second and think about it this way: Each day, your vehicle is also seen by the same amount of strangers during your drive.

"Not too far away, occasional trips to Purdue to see my daughter," said Stacey Cox.

If you follow Cox on the road, you'll get a picture of her family and their life.

"My youngest son likes to play baseball, middle son likes to play basketball, my daughter is a soccer player, I love to shop and my husband is a golfer, so pretty much tells the story right there," she said.

Laila Canter's story is also on the back of her van.

"My mother-in-law bought it for me and she thought it would be cute because I have such a big family," Canter said.

It shows her twin daughters, twin sons and family pets.

"I have another dog that I haven't bought a sticker for yet," Canter said.

But police are warning what you put back here can paint a picture of your schedule, interests, when you're home, even what's inside, along with if you have any animals that will put up a fight. From there, they can follow you home and eventually cash in.

"Oh. Oh, I didn't know that. It might make me want to take them down," Canter said. "That's kind of scary."

Police recommend keeping the details at a minimum, because you never know who will be watching.

"I told someone I was probably going to take them off, because I've heard that it's kind of an advertisement," Cox said. "I think they've had a good run and maybe it's time to move on."

If you use the stickers, police say your best bet is to avoid being too specific.