There seem to be more and more of these stickers appearing in car windows. They are based on a simple premise: that most car theft is perpetrated by those under the age of 25. With this in mind, anyone over that age may place a distinctive ’25’ sticker in their window in the hope that the police will stop the car if if appears to have a young driver at the wheel, deducing it to be stolen.
It’s hard to object to the simple logical approach of this scheme, and I hope it’s playing its part in reducing car theft and associated dangerous driving.
But something doesn’t feel right.
What are we being told? Car thieves are young people, right? So young people are car thieves? Are we taking too much refuge in the idea that we know best the kind of people likely cause trouble?
How long before we place other stickers on our clothes, houses and handbags? Why stop at age? Why not produce stickers that specify gender, skin colour or accent?
I’m not about to object to anything that makes our roads safer, but I do wonder if these stickers say a lot about our assumptions about young people.
Not to mention our assumption that under-25-year-olds are incapable of removing window stickers…