NU Property Casualty360, Steve Hallo, December 03, 2020
Perhaps car thieves get into the holiday spirit as early as mass retailers, as Thanksgiving saw the second-fewest number of stolen cars behind Christmas Day during 2019, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's (NICB) Holiday Theft Report.
New Year's Day 2019 saw the most cars stolen out of all the holidays, NICB reported. This past year, more than 22,700 cars were stolen on a holiday. On average, 2,175 vehicles are stolen daily in the U.S.
Regionally, California, Texas, Florida, Georgia and Washington saw the most holiday vehicle thefts. The states with the fewest holiday auto thefts were Vermont, Maine, Wyoming, New Hampshire and North Dakota, respectively, NICB shared with PropertyCasualty360.com.
To reduce the chances of having a vehicle stolen, NICB recommends:
- Common sense: Remember to remove keys from the ignition, close windows and lock doors.
- Warning device: Let thieves know your car is protected with an audible alarm or visible warnings such as a steering wheel column lock or theft-deterrent decals.
- Immobilizing devices: Examples include smart keys, fuse cut-offs, kill switches and starter, ignition or fuel pump disablers.
- Tracking device: Hopefully it doesn’t get to this stage, but GPS and wireless technologies allow for remote monitoring of vehicles. If a car is stolen, the owner can be altered and track the vehicle on a computer.