• Dec 31, 2009
Maybe it's the mass inebriation that makes it easier, but New Year's Eve is apparently hottest holiday for car theft. If the whole world is already sleeping it off, there's no way anybody is going to pay heed to your stupid alarm, perhaps.

As proof, our corporate cousins at AOL Autos breaks down the car theft rates for various holidays, and New Year's bookends the list of eleven days. While New Year's Eve is relatively quiet, New Year's Day is three times as active. The second-most active car theft day? Labor Day – again, another event that tends to involve plenty of imbibing and a good dose of "hey, watch this." With Halloween in third, it would be interesting to see how many of these thefts were mere joyrides, and how many were determined thieves looking for 1994 Honda Accords (the most stolen car last year) to feed the chop shops.

Many cars are easily stolen because of a lack of owner vigilance. Things like leaving your keys inside the car, even if it's just at home, are about the same as a blinking neon sign on the roof saying "steal me." Josh Max works up a good list of Dos and Don'ts – and if you don't want your car stolen this New Year's season, AOL Autos has tips, whatever the reason.

[Source: AOL Autos | Image: Tuppus - C.C. License 2.0]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Last night, was like a war zone in my neighborhood - firecrackers going off every which way and car alarms going off (although you don't know if it was set off by the firecrackers or deliberately). Me and a couple of friends just left the alarm off since we were near our cars (but I left mines locked).

      With the smoke too, a thief literally has cover for something else if you're not careful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would def. steal that car.. if i could...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sure. If you were a car thief, what would be your New Year's resolution?

      Most likely it would be to drive a nicer car in the new year!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would be afraid to steal it. Afraid the frame would rot and break in half before I could get away.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did they factor out people who are simply too drunk to remember where they parked their car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Truth to the story is probably a huge number of people go out, get hammered, can't find their car and report it stolen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Alcohol and crime are probably my favorite couple
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd steal that Aston, if you ask me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You cannot put too many of your kids in back of that car, ma'am. What you do need to jack, with all due respect, is a good new Honda Odyssey or Kia Sedona. X)

        P.S Happy New Year for everyone! =)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now I know why MY Aston Martin was stolen - I neglected to attach it to an empty dumpster.

      So st00pid.