New Year’s Day Ranks as the Top Holiday for Vehicle Theft

Canton, MA - December 15, 2011 - New Year’s Day continues to rank as the most popular holiday for vehicle theft, according to the latest data form the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). In 2010, car thieves rang in the New Year by stealing 2,347 vehicles (that’s one vehicle stolen every 36.8 seconds).  

Below is a list of holidays ranked by number of thefts reported in 2010:
                1.             New Year’s Day                   (2,347)
                2.             Memorial Day                       (2,122)            
                3.             Halloween                             (2,064)
                4.             Labor Day                             (2,020)
                5.             New Year’s Eve                   (1,986)
                6.             Christmas Eve                      (1,928)
                7.             Independence Day              (1,914)
                8.             President’s Day                    (1,903)
                9.             Valentine’s Day                   (1,745)
                10.          Thanksgiving                        (1,605)
                11.          Christmas Day                     (1,361)
According to LoJack Law Enforcement Liaison for MA and NH Calvin Deyermond, “No one should start off the new year dealing with the expense, hassle and emotional stress of having a vehicle stolen. By using common sense and the right theft protection solutions, people can keep their vehicles safe this holiday season…and all year long.”
Deyermond, who is a 29-year veteran of Lawrence, MA PD, advises that consumers use the following layered approach to vehicle theft protection:
The first important step: Use Common Sense Measures.  Never leave keys in the car with the engine running.  Don’t hide a spare key in the vehicle.  Close all windows and lock all doors when leaving your vehicle.  Park in a well-lit area and, when at home, keep your car in the garage.  Don’t leave valuables visible in your car, particularly when shopping this holiday season.
The second step: Use Theft Prevention Products.  A thief may be less inclined to steal your car if it has visible and audible warning devices like a wheel lock or alarm system.  Immobilizers—which include smart keys, kill switches and fuel cut-off devices—can offer another means of protection.  While the professionals can often disable these devices, they do offer another means of deterrence.
The third step: Use a Tracking and Recovery System.  Since thieves can typically disarm most theft prevention devices, recovery systems provide the peace of mind that you’ll get your car back – often quickly – in the event it is stolen.  The most effective systems are directly integrated into law enforcement, use Radio Frequency technology, which has proven to be optimal for recovering stolen vehicles, and are covert so they cannot be disengaged. 

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