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Why Your License Plate Could Be a Target For Criminals

It seems that more and more people today are personalizing or customizing their motor vehicles, whether it's with custom interiors in outrageous colors or with special stereo systems more high-tech than the car.
But many times these added extras could be doing more harm than good.
Personalized license plates; we see them everyday on the way to work, school or wherever.
They are known for their witty sayings and clever spellings in 6 or 7 characters, but if you have one on your car, SUV or truck, you may be getting attention from unwanted eyes.
Criminals may be using vanity plates to spot their next victim.
Sure, vanity license plates such as 10S NE1, L3T IT B or NV ME are just clever sayings that really don't identify any personal information about the driver.
These drivers clearly want some attention while they are driving down the road.
However, license plates such as QT GRAMA, 4 JENNY or WEB GRL all clearly identify the driver as a woman or a senior citizen, both common targets for crime.
Once spotted, these license plates may help muggers know which car they should hide behind, so that they are more likely to encounter a woman.
This is clearly a concern, as most people do not want to voluntarily make it easier for someone to commit a crime against them.
As an alternative to vanity license plates that still offer the driver some customization options, are personalized license plate frames.
With smaller lettering that isn't as easy to read from a farther distance, these frames fit around your license plate and can contain famous quotes, phrases or even a six letter saying.
Drivers should still be careful because some states may have laws against license plate frames, but at least they could prevent your vehicle from becoming an easy target for thieves.

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