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National Insurance Crime Bureau

NICB Releases 2018 Annual Holiday Vehicle Theft Report

22,770 vehicles stolen on 11 holidays

DES PLAINES, Ill., Oct. 30, 2018 — New data released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows a total of 22,770 vehicles were reported stolen on the 11 holidays in 2017 covered in this report. NICB theft data is pulled from the National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) stolen vehicle file.
  
New Year’s Day tallied the most holiday thefts with 2,469. It was followed, in descending order, by President’s Day (2,312), Halloween (2,297), Memorial Day (2,290) and Labor Day (2,180). 

Download the complete report and an infographic.

  1. New Year’s Day (2,469)
  2. President’s Day (2,312)
  3. Halloween (2,297)
  4. Memorial Day (2,290)
  5. Labor Day (2,180)
  6. Valentine’s Day (2,169)
  7. Independence Day (2,124)
  8. New Year’s Eve (1,962)
  9. Christmas Eve (2,054)
  10. Thanksgiving (1,777) 
  11. Christmas Day (1,664)
2017 Holiday Theft Infographic

California was the number one state with the most holiday vehicle thefts in 2017 with 5,142. It was followed by, in descending order, Texas (1,988), Florida (1,396), Washington (819) and Georgia (812).

Halloween, the number one holiday for vehicle thefts in the last report, falls to number three in today’s report. An improvement, but witches will certainly trade their brooms for nice cars if we leave them vulnerable. NICB reminds drivers to be vigilant and to secure their cars at all times when unattended. 

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About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting, and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through Intelligence & Analytics, Learning & Development, and Strategy, Policy, & Plans. The NICB is supported by more than 1,200 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $530 billion in insurance premiums in 2020, or more than 82% of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 95% ($236 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more, visit www.nicb.org.