Overall, 2,328 vehicles were stolen on Halloween in 2011, the last year for which data is available. New Year's Day is the worst official holiday, but with 2,286 thefts, it's still slightly safer than Halloween.
Why is Halloween so popular for car thieves? Often drivers leave their cars in unfamiliar locations for long periods of time. And between parties, costumes, kids and candy, drivers are often distracted and make simple mistakes which lead to car thefts.
You can use these simple tricks to keep robbers from making a treat out of your vehicle this Halloween:
-Don't leave your car in unfamiliar locations overnight. If you're planning on attending a Halloween party at a bar or a friend's house, leave your car at home and take a cab to and from the event.
-If you're parking in an unfamiliar location, make sure the area is well lit with lots of foot traffic. Your car will be safer with crowds around.
-Always lock your doors and roll up your windows. Do not leave valuable items in the car. Even a shopping bag is an invitation to thieves to see what else your car may contain.
-Install aftermarket anti-theft devices if your car doesn't already have an alarm. Even a Club on the steering wheel will deter thieves.
-According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only 11 percent of car thieves are ever caught. A GPS tracking unit will allow police to track your vehicle down more quickly.
Adhering to these precautions will prevent a major headache, as having your car stolen is scary expensive. Inilex, a company which sells aftermarket GPS tracking devices, created this infographic showing the average stolen car ends up costing the owner over $8,000.