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Why does everyone black out their plates?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by swissrallyman, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Apr 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM
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    swissrallyman

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    Same thing on almost every forum: people post pics of their trucks and go through all kinds of efforts to black out, cut out, pixelate, swirl etc. their plates. What's the big secret? Don't you drive around with them in public where hundreds of people see them every day? Do THEY come stalk, rape and a murder you on a nighly basis?

    Each to their own, but I think its silly! As if that that plate number would be the only way to figure out where you live...
     
  2. Apr 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM
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    memario1214

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    Agreed. I find it silly as well. Some just don't want other forum people to know their plates. My thought is that if someone really wants to find me they will...
     
  3. Apr 23, 2012 at 8:59 AM
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    Pugga

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    Because you have an open forum where many people have build threads, showing detailed information on your vehicle, all the costs of aftermarket upgrades including how to install them. By listing your license place on here, people can scroll through, find a vehicle they like, run the plate and they now have your address without even leaving the comfort of their computer chair. Might be paranoid but that's why I don't list mine :)

    One of my friends was on a Honda forum, had lots of pics of his build and someone came and nabbed it. He had a pretty intricite security system and he never knew for sure if it was a forum member or stalker but the best he could tell was someone was able to look at his pictures, determine where the weak points of the system were and take it away.
     
  4. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM
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    I think the blocking out plate numbers is an older practice when there were not more sophisticated ways to get your identity,
    same reason the practice of using "user names" instead of your real name.
    All just really a safety measure to not openly give away your identity, address and location.
    Today, if someone really had intent to get your identity from the internet with malicious intentions,
    they would not bother with your plate number, they would key in on other things.
     
  5. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:15 AM
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    Snowman

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    Because people are paranoid. If I had a pic of my plate I would post it
     
  6. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM
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    la0d0g

    la0d0g Its 4 o’clock somewhere

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    no. no they can't.
     
  7. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM
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  8. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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    ^ this ours builds are like instructions on what to steel and where to look to find it. Some one driving on the highway can't get all that info.
     
  9. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    Someone post their plate number. I wanna stal...I mean see if I can look it up. :D
     
  10. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM
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    I would be much more paranoid about someone seeing me locally, checking out my rig, following me to work/home then stealing it. Rather than someone on an internet forum checking my plate, running it somehow (crooked cop? dishonest DMV employee?) finding my address, travelling to the city where I live, then to my house and stealing it.

    I'm more concerned that any moron with a screwdriver can steal a 1st gen if they want a joy ride.
     
  11. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM
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    Check out my build page to scope out the goods then come get it.
     
  12. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM
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    I don't list my address but if they want to find me they will. I already have one stalker (GF from HS) so another one or two might get interesting. My current GF might change her views on carrying fire arms too. :D

    Oh BTW you can see my plate in my photo's I don't care.
     
  13. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM
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  14. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM
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    Like the bad guy from Aladdin?
    hahaha cmack, I was gonna say "you sold your truck anyway!"
     
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    After all the people I've met from Tw and meets and everything...no point in blurring or blacking out my plates now :notsure:
     
  16. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:35 AM
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    Lol no. That's what everyone thinks it is. The bad guy from Aladdin is Jafar. My plate is pronounced Jaffer
     
  17. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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    Snowman I have a problem for your solution…

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    Too bad, Jafar is the man haha
     
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    I let people think what they want... :D
     
  20. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM
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