Handicap License Plates.... Do they make you more of a target???

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    Handicap License Plates.... Do they make you more of a target???

    I have to renew my Handicap tag for the first time in May. In Texas you have the choice of getting the blue plastic tags that hang on your rear view mirror or getting regular handicap license plates, or both.

    Until now I've only had the blue tags, but I've been thinking about getting the handicap plates so I don't have to worry about losing the tags or forgetting to put it on my mirror. This idea also brought up the question about being more of a target to BG's. I currently walk a cane when I'm out in public, but don't walk like I'm using the cane for support. So I started thinking would the plates be a big signal flag

    What do you think???... get the blue tags??? get the license plates??? Help me decide...

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    Get the plates - they don't block your view hanging from the rear-view mirror, so you can better see the BG's .

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    I've never given the first thought to this but I admit it does make me think now that you mention it. May be an interesting thread! Off hand, I would think the license tag would be less obvious though.
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    I don't see the tags or placard as any more of an invitation to criminals than them observing that one is old and/or less than good physical condition. Unless your infirmity effects your ability to wield and fire a weapon any such assumption by criminals would be less than prudent.
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    The placards are less obvious because you only put them on the mirror once you park. I'm thinking about the plates being spotted while we're out. There has been an increase in driveway robberies around here, where people are being followed home. I know people are oblivious to others these days, but would the plates set off an 'easy prey' alarm to BG's. A parking lot is one thing, but this kinda concerns me...
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    I have the blue tag, because I sometimes ride in the wife's car, and it's easy to just move the tag from my vehicle to hers. I've never thought that having a handicapped tag makes me more of a target, but that being said, I never relax my SA when out in public.
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    I have Disabled Veteran plates and never thought about this particular scenario.

    IMO most people aren't observant enough to notice what type of tags you have.

    And if someone targeted me because of my plates, it might be the last mistake he ever makes. YMMV

    OTOH I don't have any Marine Corps or NRA stickers on my cars or anything that advertises I might own guns. To each his own. I think the convenience of the plates outweigh the remotely possible chance of someone recognizing the plates and actually doing something about it. JMO
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    That is a tough choice. My hang tags for my son expire next month so I will be watching this thread closely. Right now we have the handicap license plates for my mother in law's car. It is very convenient as we don't have to remember to hang anything before we get out. The hang tags we have for my son are convenient in that they are portable and if we should decide to fly off to Disney or some place like that we can just toss one in one of our bags and we are good to go.

    As far as them making one more of a target, I don't think so. Given the choice I would expect a BG to go after my mother in law (77 years old, arthritic) getting out of any vehicle than they would me ( mid 40's 6' 04" in the neighborhood of 300 lbs) getting out of her Buick with the handicap plates on it.
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    Not here in California...I have yet to see someone get out of the their car that was remotely handicapped.
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    Cool

    If you are that concerned get the placard so you can remove it at home and driving down the highway. I agree with Guantes comments and the one by a famous firearms instructor, "If you look like food you will be eaten". Make yourself a hard target and do not rely on anyone or anything for your safety but you ! The proper cane and a little knowledge of how to use it make it a great weapon that most people do not think of as a weapon.
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    Once you pull into the handicapped parking space, does it really matter whether you have a tag or a plate?.
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    +1 on varob

    I have the plates on my car and wish sometimes i had the hanger. With the mirror version I could still use it if my car was in for service, went out with others, or on vacation in a rental.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveLeather View Post
    Not here in California...I have yet to see someone get out of the their car that was remotely handicapped.
    A walking disorder is not the only thing handicap tags are given for. Severe heart problems as well as respiratory problems can also qualify for handicap tags. A person can look physically fit, and still be handicapped.
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    I'd go with the plates. less hassle moving the placard around. As to being targeted because of either one, I doubt it makes a difference to a slime ball.
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    I'm off my crutches from my knee surgery now, but also walking with a cane...and will be for a while. Criminals are typically opportunists. If the opportunity is there and they sense a person is vulnerable compared to them, then they may indeed choose that person as a mark. I doubt that they would identify their potential mark based on the plate or hanger, but more on the scenario/opportunity/and perceived vulnerability of the potential person at the time of opportunity. If I were you, I'd get both. That way, you can take the hanger if you use another vehicle for whatever reason but your primary vehicle is good to go.

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