Tis the Season to be Wary: the Most Popular Holidays for Auto Theft

It may be the holiday season but criminals
don’t take a holiday. While you’re butchering the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne
auto thieves may be taking your car to the chop shop. Among the major American
holidays one coming up very soon has proven to be crunch time for crooks.
According to the latest holiday theft report by the National Insurance Crime
Bureau, New Year’s Day ranks number one for stolen cars with 2,469 recorded
incidents. That’s 241 more than the daily average for the year of 2,228. New
Year’s Day is followed by Presidents Day at number two with 2,312 thefts, Halloween
which ranked number one the previous two years falls to number three with 2,297 and Memorial Day joins the list at
number four with 2,290. But there is at least
some rest for the wicked. While January 1st might be a good day to keep close
tabs in your car, NYE was NBD. After decades of decline
auto theft has seen a resurgence recently as thieves find clever new ways
of cracking your car’s anti-theft technology but a little common sense
goes a long way. Keep your car locked when unattended and never leave the key
or fob inside as 57,000 people did one recent year resulting in a 22 percent
spike and theft by key. Remove anything of value from view as even an empty
backpack or loose change looks appealing to a thief. Still exchanging gifts? Stow
packages in the trunk before driving to the next store in case you’re being
watched and never leave your garage door opener in the car or program your
address and the GPS system under something obvious like “home” as it could
lead thieves straight to your house while you’re out. Start the new year
out right make common sense your resolution.

Stephen Childs

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