Annual holiday vehicle theft study released

December 9, 2013 12:00 AM

Although 2013 is coming to a close, data regarding vehicle thefts in 2012 has just been released. The National Crime Information Center tracks the number of reported stolen cars each year, and the organization places a special emphasis on thefts that occur during the holidays.

The latest report indicates that the number of vehicles stolen on holidays rose 2.5 percent in 2012 compared to 2011. According to the data, the worst holiday for thefts was New Year's Day, but there were 64 non-holiday dates in the year that had worse numbers, including the three worst days for thefts: June 1, July 23 and Aug. 1. 

On the other hand, Christmas Day was the holiday with the lowest number of stolen vehicle reports. Valentine's Day and Thanksgiving also had relatively low thefts. 

One way drivers can take preventative measures against theft is by getting regular scheduled maintenance. A simple tune up done by a professional can ensure the security system of a vehicle is working, along with features like door locks and remote keys. Similarly, motorists and mechanics should be inspecting doors and the trunk to make sure everything is closing smoothly, which can help deter theft. 

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