Car Thieves Take Break for Christmas, Says Study


  • Holiday Car Thefts Picture

    Holiday Car Thefts Picture

    Christmas Day is a holiday for car thieves, a new report says. | December 18, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • Christmas Day has the lowest theft figure for a holiday, according to a new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
  • Halloween is the worst unofficial holiday for vehicle thefts, the report said.
  • New Year's Day is the busiest "official" holiday for vehicle thieves.

DES PLAINES, Illinois — Christmas Day has the lowest theft figure for a holiday, according to a new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

"Christmas Day holds the dual distinction for having the lowest theft figure for a holiday and the lowest reported vehicle thefts of any day in 2011 — 1,347," the report said.

Halloween is the worst unofficial holiday for vehicle thefts, the report said, with 2,328 cars stolen in 2011 in the U.S.

New Year's Day is the busiest "official" holiday for vehicle thieves, followed by Memorial Day, Labor Day and New Year's Eve.

Car thieves also tend to take a break on Groundhog Day, as well, the report noted. There were 1,491 car thefts on Groundhog Day in 2011.

Oddly enough, the "most active date for vehicle thefts was August 1, with 2,687 reported thefts," the report said. It gave no explanation why that date would trigger activity among auto thieves.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau said that the U.S. has enjoyed declining vehicle thefts for eight consecutive years.

Edmunds says: Car thieves apparently remove their Grinch hats on Christmas Day — but that doesn't mean you should let your guard down.

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