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Study: New Years Day Busiest Holiday for Car Thieves

January 20, 2010

DES PLAINES, IL --- New Year's Day was the leading holiday for reported vehicle thefts in 2008, according to an analysis issued recently by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Among holidays, your vehicle was safest on New Year's Eve and Christmas Day. 

Nationally, vehicle thefts have been on a steady decline for several years in a row, to less than 1 million a year in 2008. But the thieves are still busy, stealing an average of 2,650 vehicles every day in the U.S., or one every 33 seconds. 

"We know that thieves never miss an opportunity to make a quick buck by stealing a car," said Joe Wehrle, president and CEO of NICB. "They work weekends, nights and holidays and ironically, they are particularly busy on New Year's Day and Labor Day." 

The holidays ranked by number of thefts reported to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in 2008 were: 

New Year's Day 

3,017

Labor Day

2,847

Halloween 

2,727 

President's Day 

2,683

Memorial Day 

2,599

Independence Day 

2,584

Valentine's Day

2,389

Christmas Eve

1,841

Thanksgiving

1,806

Christmas Day

1,267

New Year's Eve

   916

 

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