Good advice - take heed.
I had an encounter with a 60's something woman today while at work. I had been processing a ticket on her vehicle when she rushes over. Cleared the ticked and had a talk with her.
I asked her to come to her passenger window and tell me what she sees. Low and behold she notices the piece of mail with her address in plain view which was clearly postmarked already. I told her that was one of the methods I use to identify responsible parties rather quickly and that it's also a hazard because criminals can simply take a picture with a camera phone and use that information in harmful ways.
Identity theft is just one of those. Imagine a BG or group of BG's taking that address, using a mapping software to locate it, making a scout of the area, then striking at the opportune time for a burglary. And all it took was leaving that piece of mail exposed in your vehicle.
Heck, I had an encounter with one of our judges late last year that had left a bank statement right out on his seat. Talk about having your brain elsewhere. He actually thanked me for pointing out that his banking information and personal information had been ripe for the taking. Now when he sees me he just waves and says "I've cleaned out the car to keep the bad guys away."
So I ask all of you...are you fully aware of what is actually in your vehicle in plain view?
If not, the next time you get out of your vehicle, walk around it looking in the windows and see just what's inside. You might be surprised what you find for yourself. Fellas, pass this to your wives, wives pass this on to your husbands.
Good advice - take heed.
You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training.Ē Archilochus, 650 BC
Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.
Great advice, from a firearms point of view as well. If criminals will break a window to steal a laptop, wouldn't they be more interested in that handgun or rifle?
Great reminder and good advice, thanks!
I don't like to keep things in my car. But it would be hard for anyone to look inside. I have one of the sun screen thingys for the windshield to keep the sun light out and then all the other windows have basically limo tint.
years ago, it was the law here, to display your registration so that it could be read from outside!!
that changed now, but i thought WTF??? super bad idea...
EMNofSeattle wrote: Your idea of freedom terrifies me. So you are actually right. I am perfectly happy with what you call tyranny.....
ďIf ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.Ē
Stand up for your Rights,, They have no authority on their own...
All power is inherent in the people,
it is their right and duty to be at all times ARMED!
Thank you for trying to tell me what to do. If you had stopped my on my business travels and tried to tell me that, i'd tell you to go away.
Valid info but not only is my address on all my mail, it is actually posted in big reflective numbers on a post outside my home! Anyone passing by can easily get my address without even slowing down. Not only that, but my house is even visible from the street!
OK I am being facetious but unless your car or demeanor serve to attract undue attention (like being a Judge) then I don't see the great harm in leaving your mail in the car. On the other hand, maybe you should create some 'fake' mail to leave in the car to steer someone down the wrong path?
"Each worker carried his sword strapped to his side." Nehemiah 4:18
Guns Save Lives. Paramedics Save Lives. But...
Paramedics With Guns Scare People!
not have anything to do with open carry, but the entire thing is corny. Anyone who thinks thugs from the hood can't find a house to burgle without snooping thorough a car window has been watching too much tee vee. Seeing a street address on a piece of mail provides no information at all about the neighborhood in which the house is located. I sincerely doubt that this is the method used by the homies in town. They'd probably get a big laugh out of this stuff.
How about we at least try to stay on topic: OPEN CARRY
I cover up the VIN on my cars - you know, the one that is visible thru the windshield - in some states, a person with the VIN of your car can get DMV information about you.
Wow, even the VIN. I wonder if I should trust my vendors that use my car's VIN to validate ordered part numbers. With each successive model year VW has tightened the specified oil specifications and happily denies warranty claims without good evidence.
What's visible through my car windows? At home, nothing much but my "go bag" of spare clothes, etc.
When I'm downtown? The large, fuzzy dog with a toothy grin. Not much else. I don't even need to lock my car here in Wyoming.
But, in the end, I live and therefore I am. I donít need any other personís permission to live or defend myself. I donít need anyoneís vetting of my intentions or sanity, nor approval for the self defense tool I choose or how I carry it.
I donít NEED to explain myself. I donít NEED any reasons at all.
This is why I have tinted windows and a lockbox under every seat. If they can't see it, it's all good.