We’ve all seen the dad, mom, son, daughter & family pet vinyl graphics glued on to the rear windows of vehicles. (One can select the graphics that accurately reflect his family’s composition.) My personal favorite is the one depicting the father holding a briefcase, an empty space next to him, his son’s outline followed by that of the daughter, the baby and then the family dog. In the area above the missing wife’s space is the message, “Position available”. Very cute, seemingly innocuous and yet, by most of us in the law, legal and law enforcement fields, viewed with concern.
“In order to defeat bad guys, you have to think like one.” – Col. Timothy B. Mills, one of my very first mentors in the criminal investigation field.
If I’m a bad guy and I am casing a neighborhood, I am more likely to break into a home with young children- especially a baby. Parents are extremely vulnerable when confronted with their children’s safety or very lives. As a bad guy, whether it’s burglary or kidnapping that I’m about to commit, I will use every intimidation method I know. Threatening the life of an infant or young child will, more likely than not, force the adult victims into compliance.
So while family graphics are pretty on a Prius, cool on a Camry and hopeful (see above re: wife advertising!) on a Honda, they’re also dangerous involving derelicts.
Get a Mt. Rushmore bumper sticker if you must but do not announce to the world the composition of your household. While the majority of people are good, all you need is one bad element to destroy the safety of your home and family environment.
Be proactive and more reluctant to share your family information with strangers at large.
BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.
As always, stay safe.