Auto theft: the hottest holiday and the hottest cars


Enjoy your New Year’s Eve celebrations, but you may want to keep your wits about you on New Year’s Day. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), in 2009 New Year’s Day was the highest day for auto theft. In 2009, the following holidays were ranked by the volume of thefts:

  • 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

Curious about which car models thieves favored in 2009? Check out the NICB’s report on Hot Wheels report. Select your location from a drop-down list to learn the 10 most frequently stolen cars in your state. You can also view the nation’s top 10 car theft hot spots.
To minimize the potential for car theft and to increase the likelihood of vehicle recovery if theft does occur, NCIB recommends a layered protection approach. This layered approach combines common sense, a warning device, an immobilizing device, and a tracking device.