Keep your car locked and secure on New Year�s Day -- that�s the holiday with the most reported vehicle thefts according to the latest National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Holiday Theft Report.
The report shows dramatic variations in theft activity throughout the winter months. According to the data, thieves aren�t too busy on Christmas Day, as it shows the fewest number of vehicles stolen on that day. Thanksgiving ranks low on the holiday theft list as well. However, New Year�s Eve and New Year�s Day rate as two of the highest theft days.
The data, pulled from the National Crime Information Center stolen vehicle file, shows that in 2019 there were 22,743 vehicles stolen on the 11 holidays studied below, a minimal decrease of 136 compared to 2018. Every day, there were 2,175 vehicles stolen across the nation on average.
The 11 holiday vehicle thefts from highest to lowest are:
If you live in California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Washington, pay particular attention as these are the top five states with the most recorded holiday thefts. Of these five states, Florida had the most thefts on New Year�s Day, California had the most on Presidents Day, Texas and Washington had the most on New Year�s Eve, and Georgia had the most on Memorial Day.
Tips to Keep Your Vehicle Safe
To reduce the chance your vehicle is stolen, NICB recommends the following four layers of protection:
December 02, 2020