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New Year’s Day Top Holiday for Car Thefts

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January 1 is prime time for thieves looking to steal your car. New Year’s Day has topped the list as the No. 1 holiday for car thefts across the country.

Even police were a little baffled by the statistics. The crime trend typically shows that the warmer months attract a variety of activity, including car thefts, but when it comes to looking at the holidays, it's a different story.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, out of all of the official holidays New Year's Day - in both 2011 and 2012 - topped the list for having the most vehicle thefts in the country. New Year's Day 2012 had more than 2,000 reported.

Charlottesville police say what’s in the car - packages and boxes lying in plain view - may make car theft more appealing to criminals. They also say one of the reasons the trend continues is because people are not as cautious when warming up their vehicles this time of year.

"Colder months, people have a tendency not to secure their car. The other side of it too in some of the communities - we failed to remember to take the keys out of the automobile, which is an open invitation to drive the car,” said Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts with the Charlottesville Police Department.

Charlottesville police say the thefts happen at car dealerships too.

Labor Day, Memorial Day, Halloween, and New Year's Eve rounded out the top five. But it was Christmas Day that had the lowest amount of thefts out of the holidays and of any day.

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