DELAWARE, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) — An Ohio search-and-rescue response team is warning families about placing decals showing stick family members on cars because it could cause criminals to target them.
“Our goal is that everyone thinks about the free information that they are providing to potential criminals,” RACE Search and Rescue said. “Our families safety is the most important thing.”
RACE posted a picture on its Facebook page about how car family decals can tip off criminals, with an honor roll sticker showing where their kids go to school to a parking pass showing where they live. The group also states that stick family stickers that shows any family members in the military could potentially be away.
Harrisburg, Pa., Police Chief Patrick O’Rourke says these stickers just reveal too much personal information.
The stick figure family may divulge too much information as to how many children are home, what ages they are, if you have a dog, if you don’t,” O’Rourke told WDRB-TV. “Be cautious about what you’re putting on your vehicle. Be aware of what the ramifications may be.”
RACE is a nonprofit search-and-rescue team that is comprised of unpaid professionals.