While millions of Americans are snoring away in their beds, sleeping off the effects of raucous New Year's Eve parties, or glued to the bowl games on their televisions, thousands of car thieves are slinking around in the cold looking to boost their wheels.
According to statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), New Year's Day is the leading holiday for reported vehicle thefts. Interestingly, however, NICB finds that Christmas Day—just seven days earlier—happens to be the holiday with the least reported auto thefts.
The good news for insurers is that holiday auto thefts have declined slightly in recent years. The NICB reviewed 11 holidays in 2009, finding that 22,991 vehicles were reported stolen compared to 24,676 reported on the same holidays in 2008.
The holidays ranked by number of thefts reported to the National Crime Information Center 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
To review the NICB's full report, click here.
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Corrected December 29, 2010 at 12:49PM: yes