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Most popular car-theft holiday nears

December 23, 2011

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.
The analysis by the Des Plaines-based National Insurance Crime Bureau counts Christmas Day as the holiday with the fewest reported vehicle thefts.
Vehicle thefts nationally have declined for seven consecutive years. But there always is a black market for items obtained by theft, and vehicles remain popular theft targets.
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. Its study examined vehicle thefts reported on 11 holidays in 2010.
There were 2,347 car thefts reported stolen Jan. 1, 2010, more than 200 cars stronger than the No. 2 holiday (Memorial Day; 2,122 thefts).
“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.
New Year’s Eve also ranked high on the list (No. 5) with 1,986 thefts, followed by Christmas Eve (1,928) in sixth. Christmas Day ranked 11th with 1,361 stolen cars.
“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 complete ranking of the 11 holidays from 2010 were as follows:
1. New Year’s Day (2,347) 
2. Memorial Day (2,122) 
3. Halloween (2,064) 
4. Labor Day (2,020) 
5. New Year’s Eve (1,986) 
6. Christmas Eve (1,928) 
7. Independence Day (1,914) 
8. President’s Day (1,903) 
9. Valentine’s Day (1,745) 
10. Thanksgiving (1,605) 
11. Christmas Day (1,361)