What makes a car fancy? Can you describe the owner of the car by its stickers?
There are car stickers used for legal purposes. It can be for security purposes for subdivisions and institutions to give their members stickers for identification.
Some car stickers promote a brand or even used as a promotional campaign for a company. But there are also stickers, specifically bumper stickers used to speak out the driver’s mind, such as “Keep Distance”. It is also considered legal since there are rules that set the distance between cars to avoid accidents. Customized stickers are used to strike a conversation, motivate people, speak of an advocacy, or make others smile.
Stickers on cars served as a badge for a person or even as a family. It speaks about the person, where a person lives or the family lives, what they believe and what interests them—whether the kind of team they support, products and brands they love. Car stickers speak like a public announcement of one opinion where it marks the passers-by or even cars stopped by the traffic light. It might occur unconsciously to the public, yet it leaves a mark. They may not remember the car’s colour and its model, but sure they will remember what the sticker says.
Issues were raised by many on car stickers because of how it might give an idea to criminals and give them the upper hand to commit fraud, theft and other planned crimes. Car stickers pose a risk to families. When one criminal is keen on the information on your cars, they might use your personal information to commit crimes, thus endangering the car owner and his family. It is cautioned that not all criminals are strangers. Studies documented that most victims stalked were preyed on by individuals who knew them personally. Real-life fraud was committed by people whom a person trusts rather than people whom they just met.
What information do other people get from these stickers?
One, it reveals the address of the owner. Two, it may endanger children from child predators. Third, it gives them information on what’s inside the car. Valuable things attract theft. Fourth, it gives them the idea of where one works. With the possible information that car stickers elicit, it would be safe to look for alternatives, especially if one made it a hobby to collect stickers.
Safest alternatives may include putting stickers that lacked the details mentioned above. Opinions and religious beliefs may be an alternative to make one’s car appealing. One may transfer bumper stickers on the fridge except for “keep distance”. But if one wants to put it in their car, one may opt to choose a sticker with general content. It may include quotes, movies, songs, animals and other non-controversial contents. In this way, protecting oneself and the family is the priority.
In transferring those stickers, one should consider the effect of sticking and peeling off of those stickers. Sticking and peeling off of car stickers may devalue the car. Suppose one has a plan to sell the car; it’s safe to put minimal to zero stickers on it. Avoid repainting. One might leave the repainting to the next owner. Either way, it would still end up to the owner on what to do about its stickers.