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New Year's Day is No. 1 holiday for car thefts

But more car thieves take Christmas off versus 10 other U.S. holidays, according to a new crime report.

By James_Tate Dec 11, 2013 9:10AM

The National Insurance Crime Bureau has new information on car thefts during the holidays, and for Christmas, the numbers are relatively good.

The NICB looked at data analyzed by the FBI's National Crime Information Center for the number of reported vehicle thefts during all U.S. holidays. For the second straight year, Christmas had the lowest number of reported car thefts in 2012, at 1,432. It was also the holiday with the fewest reported thefts for the entire year.

Christmas placed last in a list of 11 holidays studied by the NICB and NCIC. Among the holidays with the fewest reported car thefts were Valentine’s Day and Thanksgiving, which were virtually tied with 1,654 and 1,656 respectively. There were 21,325 cars stolen in total over the eleven holidays in the NICB report for 2012 -- a 2.5-percent increase over the 2011 holiday vehicle theft total of 20,800.

The top five holidays for car thieves in 2012 shouldn’t come as much of a surprise: Halloween placed fifth with 2,053, followed by Memorial Day (2,078 thefts), New Year’s Eve (2,152), Labor Day (2,158), and topping the list was New Year’s Day with 2,228 reported vehicle thefts. While New Year’s Day is at the top of the list among holidays, it should be noted that there were 64 other days in 2012 with more reported thefts -- most of them during the summer months. With nearly 4,500 thefts between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day however, there’s no doubt that it is the most precarious time of the year for vehicle owners.

The NICB recommends taking precautions to help ensure you’re not one of the unlucky ones who have their vehicles stolen. The recommendations consist of common sense advice: parking in well-lit areas, stowing purchases and packages in the trunk, not leaving any valuables visible when parked, and what should be the most obvious -- though we don’t always remember to do it -- making sure your vehicle is locked.

Follow all of these steps and your vehicle should be in good shape through Christmas, but just make sure your New Year’s Day hangover isn’t compounded by having your ride stolen.

[Source: NICB]

Dec 11, 2013 10:43AM
Why do they show a white man breaking into a car when statiitics show that minorities are the ones who do most of the car theft?  Oh that's right, if they did show a black or hispaniard then those people would get upset. 
Dec 11, 2013 10:19AM

Sidearm...Nothing says Merry Christmas more than looking down the barrel of a 44, in the hands of the owners car you just broke in to.

Dec 11, 2013 10:22AM

In Indiana, we just shoot them.  Now we don't have to worry our taxes providing  3 squares aday.  This is why our crime rate is Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, low.   If you decide to do the crime then do the bullet.   We promise in Indiana, it will only hurt for a second of two and no headache.


We LOVE our Police.  They protect us Hoosiers. Oh, yes, we all voted to give them a 20% raise before Christmas for their families.  Why, because in Indiana we have a Huge Surplus of Cash in a Balanced Budget state.


Then we move on to happier things.  American Exceptionalism is ALIVE and Well.


          ~~~~~ Merry Christmas to you and to my Liberal friends, Happy Holiday !!! ~~~~~

Dec 11, 2013 10:46AM
Get a manual transmission to eliminate a good majority of the thieves, and back it up with a Smith & Wesson insurance policy.
Dec 11, 2013 10:35AM
Pontiac Aztek or Nissan Juke.  Theft problem solved.   You just have to deal with the laughs
Dec 11, 2013 10:54AM
Back in the day they used to Hang Horse Thieves this isn't that far removed is it?  
Dec 11, 2013 9:58AM
Removable steering wheel, alarm, tracking device, fuel cutoff.
Dec 11, 2013 10:54AM
But they should not show a white man holding a tool to a car door. We all know who steals the most cars Black and Mexicans  not a white man. So be honest with the people who read your news
Dec 11, 2013 10:19AM
Inner city POS start by slugging people in the head then move on to car theft because it is fun.
Dec 11, 2013 10:39AM

WHY IS IT ALWAYS a white guy in these ads, stories, cartoons name it. When a low info libtard tells me every chance they get they show the black man as a crook.I will tell him the 2 worst words a low info libtard could ever me !  I dont care what color you are, I want to bet all you low info libtards out there the next tv ad, cartoon etc. will only have a white guy. Even when the show family guy shows 5 crooks in peters house guess how many where white? What would jails show? are jails reality? Is a cartoon reality?  HHMMM why is that? Maybe we can ask the white mexican crew at NBC ?


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