i personally never understood the point of blanking out my license plate. every day i have to have them on my car, one in front, one in back.. i don't assume someone from california would track my car to virginia and come steal it. if someone is going to steal it, they will be local. so, basically if they saw my car at the mall, they could get my plates then. unless every time i parked it i removed my plates and covered my Vin numbers.. but then they could just steal it at the mall anyways..
good point, it's basically public record anyway. Kinda like this picture, i didn't even take it, its the sale picture from the previous owner. So he just swiped it from my photobucket.