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Halloween is Busiest Holiday for Car Thieves

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It turns out there's more to fear on Halloween than the usual ghosts and goblins. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, 2,328 vehicles were stolen on Halloween in 2011, narrowly beating out New Year’s Day as the holiday with the most car thefts.

What is it about Halloween that lures thieves to your car? AOL Autos writes, “Often drivers leave their cars in unfamiliar locations for long periods of time. And between parties, costumes, kids and candy, drivers are often distracted and make simple mistakes which lead to car thefts.”

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So that creepy guy in a ski mask lurking behind the tree in your neighborhood might not be taking his kids trick or treating, he may be waiting to steal your ride. LoJack, a company that makes vehicle tracking and recovery systems, reminds drivers to park in well-lit, active areas that have lots of people or other cars around; keep all your pricey items, like purses, cell phones, portable navigation systems, cameras and computers, out of sight in your vehicle; don’t program your home address in your navigation system as burglars will then know where you live; and don’t forget to keep your car keys on you all night. “Even if you are idling while the kids collect candy, never leave a key or key fob in the vehicle and always lock car doors and windows,” LoJack suggests.

Though car bandits will look for easy targets, like unlocked cars, there are vehicles that thieves prefer over others. The NICB found that in 2012, the top stolen vehicles were the Honda Accord, Honda Civic, full-size Ford trucks, full-size Chevrolet trucks, Toyota Camry, Dodge Caravan, full-size Dodge trucks, Acura Integra, Nissan Altima and Nissan Maxima.

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