CARS.COM — It may be the holiday season, but auto thieves don’t take a holiday.
So while you’re stealing a kiss under the mistletoe, they may be stealing your car right from under your nose.
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Among major American holidays, those falling near the end of the year are crunch time for crooks.
In 2015, Christmas Eve ranked No. 4 with nearly 2,100 stolen cars reported. And New Year’s Eve ranked No. 2 with more than 2,200.
But there is at least some rest for the wicked: Compared with the daily average for the year, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day were fairly quiet.
Thanksgiving also ranks relatively low, but Black Friday, while not a holiday, was a bargain-shopping bonanza for car thieves, who scored hot deals on 2,244 cars — outpacing the No. 1 car-theft holiday, Halloween.
After decades of steady decline, auto theft is on the rise as thieves find clever ways of cracking your car’s anti-theft technology.
But a little common sense still goes a long way:
Follow these tips and your biggest problems this holiday season will be bad fruitcake ... and worse sweaters.