According to the latest data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, you’re more likely to have a car stolen on New Year’s Day than on any other holiday, and New Year’s Day even trumps the average daily theft rate. The NICB just released their latest analysis of car theft rates in 2008 and 2009, and it includes a handy breakdown of theft rates per holiday. In 2009, an average of 2,276 vehicles were stolen per day in the U.S. On holidays, the theft rates were:
- New Year’s Day, 2,760 vehicles stolen
- Halloween, 2,325 vehicles stolen
- Independence Day, 2,207 vehicles stolen
- Memorial Day, 2,207 vehicles stolen
- President’s Day, 2,204 vehicles stolen
- Labor Day, 2,202 vehicles stolen
- New Year’s Eve, 2,189 vehicles stolen
- Valentine’s Day, 2,090 vehicles stolen
- Christmas Eve, 1,851 vehicles stolen
- Thanksgiving, 1,620 vehicles stolen
- Christmas Day, 1,336 vehicles stolen
I’m not really sure what you can read into this, except “don’t leave your keys in the car when you come home less than sober from a New Year’s Eve or Halloween party.” Also, you should remember to take the keys out of your car when you’re partying with friends and family on July 4th or Memorial Day.
The good news is that thefts declined from a daily average of 2,650 in 2008 to 2,276 in 2009, a reduction of nearly 15%. The highest number of 2009 thefts occurred on June 1, when 2,847 vehicles were reported stolen; the lowest number of thefts occurred on Christmas Day 2009.