Lock Your Doors: New Year’s Day Is Most Popular for Car Thieves

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Car thieves certainly aren’t shy about ringing in the new year with a new set of pilfered wheels.

According to a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, New Year’s Day is the most popular holiday for car thefts, with 2,347 vehicles taken from their rightful owners on the first day of 2010. The stats are based on data reported to the National Crime Information Center.

New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve were the fifth and sixth most popular holidays among car thieves, with 1,986 and 1,928 thefts occurring on each day in 2010, respectively. Christmas Day is actually the least popular day of the year for car thefts with only 1,361 thefts occurring.

To help keep your ride safe this holiday season, MainStreet looked at a few ways to protect your vehicle as the most popular holiday among car thieves approaches.

Park in a well-lit area. The NICB says the best way to keep a car safe is to park in a well-lit, populated area and to make sure all gifts or other packages are concealed before leaving the vehicle.

Cab it to and from the party. According to  Inilex, a company that creates hardware and software for vehicle theft recovery, it’s a good idea to leave your car home when you head to celebrate the New Year, especially if you’ve planned on taking a cab back from the party to avoid the risk of driving under the influence. “A car left over night is an open invitation to would-be thieves,” the company says.

Double-check your locks. You should also triple-check the windows and be sure to activate your alarm. Inilex says you can even take it a step further by pulling up the emergency brake and removing your car battery cables.

Which vehicles are the least popular among thieves? Find out in MainStreet’s roundup of cars thieves don’t want!

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