Police warn of bumper stickers giving away too much info

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- Bumper stickers seem harmless enough, but as we're finding out that may no longer be the case.

That cute decal is actually a way for criminals to pick up free information about you and your family.

Law enforcement in Putnam Co. Florida posted this image on Facebook as a warning to folks.

They say decals, like this family sticker, tell others that dad is in the military and is gone a lot, Mom is alone with the kids and there's a pet but it’s not exactly a guard dog.

And stickers displaying your kid’s school give crooks a heads up to where you drop your children off.

Also, if someone is involved in sports now these crooks know you're probably not home in the afternoons.

"That does really worry me I never thought about anything like that,” said Kathleen Wiggins, a mother who uses the bumper stickers.

"My mother in law has brought that up to me and I actually bought her one and she stuck it on the inside of her car for fear of that," said Julie Maddox.

The FBI reports that in 2012 there were over two million burglaries in the U.S., with almost 75 percent of them being residential.

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