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Most vehicle thefts by holiday in 2016

The National Insurance Crime Bureau also looked at vehicle thefts by state

A total of 22,705 vehicles were reported stolen on the 11 holidays covered in NICB's 2016 report. (Photo: Shutterstock)
A total of 22,705 vehicles were reported stolen on the 11 holidays covered in NICB's 2016 report. (Photo: Shutterstock)

With Thanksgiving in the rearview and Christmas steadily approaching, 2017 is coming to a close.

While the holiday season approaches and the year winds down, it's crucial to remember that thieves are particularly active during the holidays. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), a total of 22,705 vehicles were reported stolen on the 11 holidays covered in their 2016 report. The data is pulled from the National Crime Information Center's stolen vehicle file, which showed a total of 803,719 vehicle thefts for the year. 

Many of the thefts occurred in large states. California was the number one state with the most holiday vehicle thefts in 2016 with 5,285. It was followed, in descending order, by Texas (2,121); Florida (1,397); Washington (889) and Georgia (763).

While many feel the spirit of giving during the holidays, car thieves are in the business of taking. Keep reading to see which holidays rank as the biggest threat to your car's safety. 

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Christmas Day surprise

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11. Christmas Day


Vehicle thefts: 1,664

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Thanksgiving feast

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10. Thanksgiving


Vehicle thefts: 1,777

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Valentine's Day

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9. Valentine's Day


Vehicle thefts: 1,789

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American flag

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8. President's Day


Vehicle thefts: 2,008

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Christmas decorations

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7. Christmas Eve


Vehicle thefts: 2,054

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Independence Day flags

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6. Independence Day


Vehicle thefts: 2,086

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New Year's countdown

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5. New Year's Eve


Vehicle thefts: 2,110

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Military flag

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4. Memorial Day


Vehicle thefts: 2,139

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New Year's Day Fireworks

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3. New Year's Day


Vehicle thefts: 2,242

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Labor Day

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2. Labor Day


Vehicle thefts: 2,258

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Halloween candy

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1. Halloween


Vehicle thefts: 2,578

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