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Most popular car-theft holiday approaches

December 20, 2013
The holiday season is in full swing, but remember that vehicle thieves rarely take a holiday. Indeed, one study ranks New Year’s Day as the most vehicle-theft-prone holiday over the past several years.
For the 11 holidays reviewed in 2012 by the Des Plaines-based National Insurance Crime Bureau, a total of 21,325 vehicles were stolen compared to a total of 20,800 reported stolen on those same holidays in 2011 — a 2.5 percent increase.
New Year’s Day topped the 2012 list, with 2,228 vehicles reported stolen across the country. Meanwhile, Christmas Day repeated as the holiday with the dual distinction of having the lowest theft figure for a holiday and as the lowest reported vehicle thefts of any day in 2012, with 1,432.
Although New Year’s Day was the holiday with the most reported thefts, there were 64 other dates in 2012 that recorded more theft activity. June 1, July 23 and Aug. 1 were the most active dates overall with thefts of 2,579; 2,525 and 2,457, respectively. 
The holidays ranked by number of thefts reported to the NCIC in 2012 were: 
1. New Year’s Day (2,228) 
2. Labor Day (2,158) 
3. New Year’s Eve (2,152) 
4. Memorial Day (2,078) 
5. Halloween (2,053) 
6. Christmas Eve (2,034) 
7. Independence Day (1,955) 
8. President’s Day (1,925) 
9. Thanksgiving (1,656) 
10. Valentine’s Day (1,654) 
11. Christmas Day (1,432)
"While Americans are enjoying the holidays and most have time off from work, we need to remember that holidays are just another day at the shop for vehicle thieves," the NICB stressed in a news release.
"The NICB reminds drivers to be alert during the busy holiday season. That includes parking in well-lit areas, keeping packages in the trunk or out of sight and making sure your vehicle is locked while it’s parked," the bureau stated. 
The NCIB is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness.