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12/30/2011 - New Year's Day most popular holiday for auto theft

Drivers should always lock their car doors.

A new study has been released that details the holidays on which vehicles are most frequently stolen.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, New Year's Day was the leading holiday for reported vehicle thefts in 2010, totaling more than 2,340. Christmas Day had the fewest vehicle thefts reported at approximately 1,360.

The study also detailed the total number of vehicles stolen on holidays last year. Nearly 21,000 vehicles were reported stolen, down considerably from the 22,991 that were reported stolen on the same holidays in 2009.

"Although national vehicle thefts have been declining for seven consecutive years we must maintain our vigilance," NICB said in a statement. "There is always a black market for items obtained by theft, and vehicles remain popular theft targets."

Other holidays during which there were many auto insurance claims filed due to stolen cars were Memorial Day, Halloween, Labor Day and New Year's Eve.

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