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Vehicle Thefts Slow Down During Winter Months – But Watch Out for New Year’s Eve

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its latest Holiday Theft Report which shows dramatic variations throughout the winter…

  • January 4, 2021

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its latest Holiday Theft Report which shows dramatic variations throughout the winter months.

According to the data, Christmas Day shows the fewest number of vehicles stolen on that day, followed by Thanksgiving.

However, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day rate as two of the highest theft days.

The data, pulled from the National Crime Information Center stolen vehicle file, shows that in 2019 there were 22,743 vehicles stolen on the 11 holidays studied below, a minimal decrease of 136 compared to 2018. Every day, there were 2,175 vehicles stolen across the nation on average.

The 11 holiday vehicle thefts from highest to lowest are:

New Year’s Day (2,320)

Labor Day (2,222)

Presidents Day (2,204)

New Year’s Eve (2,201)

Halloween (2,191)

Valentine’s Day (2,174)

Memorial Day (2,162)

Christmas Eve (2,011)

Independence Day (1,995)

Thanksgiving (1,683)

Christmas Day (1,580)

The top five states for holiday vehicle thefts are California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Washington. Of these five states, Florida had the most thefts on New Year’s Day, California had the most on Presidents Day, Texas and Washington had the most on New Year’s Eve, and Georgia had the most on Memorial Day.