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Car Decal Danger: What Are You Telling Thieves?

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Dangerous decals: Police have a new warning for drivers about the dangers of bumper stickers and other decals you have on your car. They could be giving criminals free information.

Allan Harnage is a huge gator fan, but besides showing his whole family bleeds blue and orange, he's also letting people know how many family members he has and what kind of pets, through his family car decal.

Allan Harnage says, "I haven't really thought about it ... With the stickers of the dogs there i'm hoping it might tell them to stay away."

But law enforcement says it invites criminals. The Putnam County Sheriff's office posted a warning on Facebook to warn people - soon other law enforcement agencies began to share it. They say decals like this tell people - 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 a guard dog.  

Kathleen Wiggins has bumper stickers on her car. She says, "it's maybe got me thinking maybe i should take them off."  Wiggins has a bumper sticker on her car letting everyone know there's a marine in her family - and is probably not home a lot. She adds, "that does really worry me i never thought about anything like that"

And bumper stickers about where your kid goes to school is another way to let people know where you drop your kids off- if you're kids are involved in sports- you're probably not home in the afternoons.

Julie Maddox has a sticker of her little football player. Maddox says, "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."

The FBI reports that in 2012 there were over 2 million burglaries in the us - almost 75% were residential burglaries. It's something to think about - but others say they are not too worried about a little sticker pride.

Officials also say parking permits that give away where you work, or places you frequent, should also be removed from your vehicle, when not in use.

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