Bumper Sticker Safety Risks: Securing Personal Information

Malicious actors seeking to target children and families—including child predators and criminals plotting home invasions—could exploit personal information on vehicle bumper stickers. Stickers and decals can unintentionally convey information about a driver or a family’s geographic location, affiliation with the military or law enforcement, schools children attend, and local sports team memberships. Stickers can also reveal personal information such as the number of family members, their names, and residential information.

  • In April, an Alabama sheriff’s office informed the public about the risks associated with bumper stickers, offering tips to protect themselves and their families. An Alabama police officer noted that several vehicle break-ins were perpetrated by individuals who admitted to targeting vehicles with specific gun labels.

Drivers are encouraged to keep their bumper stickers generic. The below graphic highlights the personal information unintentionally provided in stickers.

Download PDF

The NTIC is governed by a privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protection policy to promote conduct that complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws. The NTIC does not seek or retain any information about individuals or organizations solely on the basis of their religious, political or social views or activities; their participation in a particular noncriminal organization or lawful event; or their race, ethnicities, citizenships, places of origin, ages, disabilities, genders, or sexual orientations. No information is gathered or collected by the NTIC in violation of federal or state laws or regulations.