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Christmas day is not just for giving, it's also for not stealing. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, December 25th is the day many thieves take a break from stealing cars. Very kind of them, no? But here's the bad news: those thieves are just postponing their nefarious ways for a week. That's right, New Year's Day is the worst holiday for car thefts.
Here's some raw data: 2,760 vehicles were reported stolen in the United States on January 1st, 2009, and 2,189 were stolen on New Year's Eve. Naturally, this year is expected to pretty much follow suit, though the actual number of stolen vehicles is expected to fall for the seventh straight year.

What can you do to combat the problem? Mostly just exercise some common sense. The NCIB recommends the following: 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. Or you could just drive an unstealable car... Check out the complete press release after the break.

[Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau | Image: Peter Dazeley/Getty]
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Vehicle Thieves Rarely Take a Holiday

DES PLAINES, Ill., Dec. 28, 2010

New Year's Day and Halloween See Most Theft Activity

DES PLAINES, Ill., Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Once again, New Year's Day was the leading holiday for reported vehicle thefts in 2009, according to an analysis by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Christmas Day repeats as the holiday with the fewest reported vehicle 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. For the 11 holidays reviewed in 2009, a total of 22,991 vehicles were reported stolen compared with a total of 24,676 reported for those same days in 2008.

Although vehicle thefts have been declining for six consecutive years-with preliminary 2010 FBI theft data pointing to a seventh year-we must maintain our vigilance. There is always a black market for items obtained by theft, and vehicles remain popular theft targets.

The full report is available at: www.nicb.org//File%20Library/Public%20Affairs/2008-2009-Holiday-Theft-Analysis.pdf.

The holidays ranked by number of thefts reported to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in 2009 were:

New Year's Day
2,760

Halloween
2,325

Independence Day
2,207

Memorial Day
2,207

President's Day
2,204

Labor Day
2,202

New Year's Eve
2,189

Valentine's Day

2,090

Christmas Eve
1,851

Thanksgiving
1,620

Christmas Day
1,336

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.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through information analysis, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by nearly 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $319 billion in insurance premiums in 2009, or more than 78 percent of the nation's property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 93 percent ($151 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.

SOURCE National Insurance Crime Bureau


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      • 4 Years Ago
      my favorite unstealable car solution is to put a pack of fake c4 on the hood with a flashing LED... nobody goes near the thing.


      (no, I don't have the balls to actually do this)
      • 4 Years Ago
      worst day for thefts or best day for theives?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've found my "unstealable" car, a geo metro convertible.... I'm rolling on 13" steelies... blue car with one brown door.. am/fm casette deck with two speakers. That's my car of choice when I may lose sense of where i parked. Only cost me $500 too. You can't mess with that 1L 3cyl engine. 0 to 60? probably
        • 4 Years Ago
        my best friend had that car through college...gas milage rivals the Prius. Almost.

        He drove that car under a semi, over a vulture, and was picked up(pushed around) by a small tornado. After all that he had to climb out of the window when the door quit working.

        oh, and 4 college students can lift the car off of the ground. Ahh, good times.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I first saw the phrase "unstealable car", I thought you guys were referring to driving cars that are so unattractive that no one wants to steal them. I mean, wasn't there a list that showed cars with the least amount of thefts? I remember the ugly GM minivans being featured on the list.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, but would you go through all that trouble to steal a Ssangyong Rodius...?
        • 4 Years Ago
        There is no such thing as an unstealable car, as long as tow trucks exist.
      • 4 Years Ago
      New Year's Day car thefts:

      1. Drunks can't find their cars, report car stolen.
      2. Drunks get in accident, report car stolen to avoid repercussions.
      3. Thieves know people are partying and probably too drunk to hear or care about their car alarms, car really is stolen!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I find the best method for preventing theft is to drive a Sebring...
        • 4 Years Ago
        You would have to pay someone to steal THAT from you!
      • 4 Years Ago
      My car is fairly unstealable. It has a manual transmission, so a lot of would-be thieves can't even drive it. I keep reading all these stories about people stealing/carjacking a car with a manual and being unable to drive it, so I figure I have a better than average chance of it not being stolen. Stripped for parts is a different story.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeremy, in the spirit of Christmas how about removing my home IP address from list of banned users. I use to drop great comments on the evenings and weekends. Don’t do it for me, do it for Jesus.

      But to be totally serious, I was banned for making a silly joke. Last year when Obamas went on a Hawaii vacation I said that cost guard should be notified that if they see something large and not moving on the sand, it is not a beached whale it is just Michelle Obama taking in the sun. How is that a bannable joke? Come on dude, I love Autoblog, I just want to be able to post comments again from home.


      Thanks in Advance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i agree i.. have had many posts not show up on the stories ect. whats up with that biast.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You beg to be restored for a offcolor joke towards the First Lady and then tou repeat it in your defense....I think you should remain banned.

        It was not funny then nor is it funny now, it is ofefensive bot only to the first lady but to any overweight person who reads it.

        I call for another ban on your IP address/username again.
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