What do your stickers and decals say about you? 

What message are you sending?

When it comes to personalizing our vehicles, many of us enjoy adding stickers and decals that reflect our interests, beliefs, or sense of style. From bumper stickers displaying our favorite bands to decals showcasing our love for a sports team, these additions can make our vehicles feel uniquely ours. However, have you ever considered what message those stickers and decals might be sending to others?

While it's all fun and games to express ourselves through decorating our vehicles, it's essential to be aware that the symbols and information we display can inadvertently reveal more than we intend. In this blog, we'll explore how the stickers and decals on your vehicle can unwittingly disclose details about your life, potentially compromising your privacy and security. It's not meant to scare you, but rather to encourage you to think critically about the messages your vehicle may be sending to the world.

  • Home and Location

    Stickers and decals on your vehicle have the potential to unintentionally disclose personal information, presenting risks to your privacy and security. Let's delve into a couple of examples to illustrate this further. For instance, displaying stickers that showcase your enthusiasm for your child's extracurricular activities, such as sports or music, inadvertently communicates that you'll be away on many weekends for practices and games. While it's wonderful to support your children's interests, this information could be used by individuals with ill intentions to target your home when it's unoccupied. Or what about an image that identifies you with your pride in Alberta’s resources and that you’re an Oilfield wife. This could unintentionally inform others that your spouse works away from home for extended periods of time.

  • Family and Children

    Those cute family stick figure decals or school-related stickers on the rear window may seem harmless, but they can indicate the composition of your family, including the number and ages of your children. This unintentional disclosure might make you vulnerable to those who wish to exploit such information. We should be cautious about providing easy access to details about our loved ones, especially in today's digital age.

  • Hobbies and Interests

    Stickers that display your hobbies, interests, or affiliations can reveal a lot about your personality and potentially attract attention from like-minded individuals. However, they can also make you a target for theft. For instance, displaying stickers related to high-end gear or expensive hobbies might indicate valuable items within your home or garage, making you more susceptible to theft or break-ins.

Personalizing our vehicles with stickers and decals is a popular way to showcase our individuality and interests. However, it's vital to be mindful of the unintended information these decorations can reveal about us. Have a look at the image posted with this blog for some examples regarding common stickers/decals. By taking a moment to think about the potential risks and consequences, we can strike a balance between self-expression and safeguarding our privacy and security. So, next time you're considering adding a sticker or decal to your vehicle, ask yourself: What message am I sending?