Crime never sleeps, or takes a vacation…

This recent article from the Insurance Journal website, indicates that New Years day is one of the most popular day for car thieves to do there work. Halloween is also high on the list too.

New Year’s Day Top Working Holiday for Car Thieves

December 28, 2010
While Americans are enjoying the holidays and most have time off from work, holidays are just another day at the shop for vehicle thieves.

New Year’s Day was once again the leading holiday for reported vehicle thefts in 2009, while Christmas Day repeated as the holiday with the fewest reported vehicle thefts.

For the 11 holidays reviewed in 2009, a total of 22,991 vehicles were reported stolen compared to a total of 24,676 reported for those same days in 2008, according to an analysis by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

The holidays ranked by number of thefts reported to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in 2009 were:

New Year’s Day 2,760
Halloween 2,325
Independence Day 2,207
Memorial Day 2,207
President’s Day 2,204
Labor Day 2,202
New Year’s Eve 2,189
Valentine’s Day 2,090
Christmas Eve 1,851
Thanksgiving 1,620
Christmas Day 1,336
The National Insurance Crime Bureau, headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., is supported by nearly 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations.

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Perhaps many cars get left overnight when their owners – realizing they have had too much to drink and take a cab home- leave these autos unattended for long periods. I don’t know, but with the holidays season over for this year, it seems silly to caution against leaving bags from shopping excursions exposed in our front and back seats. Then again, purses, laptops and bookbags- not to mention cell phones- left unattended and in plain view (‘ I only was in Starbucks for a few moments, and when I returned my window was smashed and my new netbook was missing’) are a sure invitation for disaster when a thief walks by.
Regardless of the time of year, stay vigilant by hiding valuables in your glovebox, or perhaps safely stowing them in the trunk. Also, pay attention to where you park and who might have seen you put that big bag from Bloomies into your trunk. Doing your part to keep criminals from doing theirs, will help you to have a safe(er) day, week and month, and of course keep you from having to call your insurance company with details on your broken window and missing items- a task none of us look forward to.
For more information on how to prevent theft, auto theft and how alarms, lojack and other features can save you money on your insurance premiums – Give me a call at 954-486-0299
Keith Royle
Triton Insurance