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Why block License plate number??

I have alway wondered why people block out their license plate numbers when they post pics.

I mean, after all, strangers see their license plates all day long when they are out driving around...Why block the numbers in pictures they post on the forums?

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A question also pondered by others.... http://tsx.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=677503

As a victim of identity theft, it is just a precaution. To me, driving around my local area where my plate blends in (even if I don't) is one thing but putting it out on the internet with billions of people (some not so honest) is quite different. But then, after spending a couple years restoring my credit, I may be overly sensitive.
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AWESOME info!!

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Good question - good point.
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You never know, but.... I think it's silly to block a plate online. You travel daily with your plates visible. You need to be more concerned with the locals than those online. Never read of ANY incident on ANY forum where this has been an issue.
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You never know, but.... I think it's silly to block a plate online. You travel daily with your plates visible. You need to be more concerned with the locals than those online. Never read of ANY incident on ANY forum where this has been an issue.
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I guess in my mind it removes the anonymity of the internet - eg if I post my tags, then someone can figure out who I am
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Agree with that ... if somebody sees my license plates, they may be able to find out a lot about me & my car. But if they see it online, they can find out even more and associate my online name/account to my personal data as well ... some of the private info I provide online is meaningless, because I am anonymous. But once somebody knows my name and can associate it all with the same identity ...
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Also i think those that modify there cars block their plates to avoid warrantee issues etc.. or something along those lines.
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A question also pondered by others.... http://tsx.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=677503

As a victim of identity theft, it is just a precaution. To me, driving around my local area where my plate blends in (even if I don't) is one thing but putting it out on the internet with billions of people (some not so honest) is quite different. But then, after spending a couple years restoring my credit, I may be overly sensitive.
Since I was also an identity theft victim, I'm not taking any chances by exposing my plate number on the internet.

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Seems like the more cautious approach is warranted. Unless, of course, we are exposing some fool who has badged an E series as an CLS 65 AMG


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...graphic editing practice.

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Well, here's my reason for doing it...
I have another Merc - little baby black one - with unusual plates (stand out) - not even prepared to say here - as I have a stalker - I never even gave a thought to identitiy theft - I'm more scared of the idiot stalking me. I have a restraining order against him - and whilst I have not heard from him since I bought the new baby - he kicked and dented my little black car - as well as the previous Porsche that I had prior to this one.
Just trying to be careful - and yet I don't believe he knows I have this car as I moved so many miles away - just to get away from him!
So I think everyone may have their own reasons...
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Well, here's my reason for doing it...
I have another Merc - little baby black one - with unusual plates (stand out) - not even prepared to say here - as I have a stalker - I never even gave a thought to identitiy theft - I'm more scared of the idiot stalking me. I have a restraining order against him - and whilst I have not heard from him since I bought the new baby - he kicked and dented my little black car - as well as the previous Porsche that I had prior to this one.
Just trying to be careful - and yet I don't believe he knows I have this car as I moved so many miles away - just to get away from him!
So I think everyone may have their own reasons...
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Terribly sorry to hear that. Your problem is much worse than a little identity theft. Hope it turns out well for you.
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. . . as I have a stalker . . .
Sorry to hear that, Jo, being stalked cannot be good. Lightening the thread slightly, in the present economic climate, you might be better off having your car stolen than trying to sell it.






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If I am not mistaken, since I used to live in Texas....

In texas license plates are public record,meaning anyone in Texas,can pull,by typing your plate numbers who you are and where you live aka who the owner is and address.

Which I always thought is a bit bizare,no regular resident should be able to have excess to your address and your name by looking you up via license plate - In Texas I might add.

I know, in almost every state..only law enforcement can pull your info out,by looking up your plates.

Its been almost 10 years though since I left Texas, maybe it changed!

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with a french number plate and most of your email adress you can find the owner and where the car sleeps ...
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I'm 100% sure I've already posted a reply in this thread.

I wasn't aware I'd broken any rules, so perhaps one of the mods would be so kind as to let me know by PM why it was removed?
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I'm 100% sure I've already posted a reply in this thread.

I wasn't aware I'd broken any rules, so perhaps one of the mods would be so kind as to let me know by PM why it was removed?
Because you actually posted it in THIS one!!






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Thanks for clearing that up Woolly. I guess that gets me the 'numpty of the week' award...... doh!!
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