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New Year's Day is No.1 holiday for auto theft

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ELGIN, Okla_While most of us will be ringing in the New Year by celebrating or beginning work our New Year's resolutions, some people will be spending it in a negative way. According to the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner, thieves like to spend their New Year's Day stealing cars. New Year's Day is the most popular holiday for auto thefts in the nation.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau said over 2,000 vehicles were reported stolen on New Year's Day in 2012, with Labor Day and New Year's Eve following close behind. Here are some ways to make sure you're protected while ringing in 2014. While most people wouldn't think about getting their car stolen on New Year's let alone any other day of the year it can happen, but there doesn't seem to be a spike on that particular day here in Southwest Oklahoma.

"Our biggest problem isn't so much auto theft, its auto break-ins. We'll have a rash for awhile and we'll have cars broken into. The cars getting broken into, people forget to secure them," said Carl Bremenkamp.

Some simple tips that every vehicle owner knows, but sometimes forget to do are; take your keys with you, lock your doors and never leave your car running.

"If you haven't got your vehicle secured, nine times out of ten the insurance company won't come through to start with," said Bremenkamp."

The type of insurance that covers stolen cars and car parts is comprehensive coverage and it is not required but recommended. Each year more than 75,000 air bags are stolen from vehicles costing both vehicle owners and insurers more than 50 million dollars.

"Be sure you don't leave your keys or anything of value, take in the house or secure it, in the truck or someplace it can't be seen because they look, they see," said Bremenkamp.

Bremenkamp encourages people to call your local police department if you do see someone trying to break into or steal a vehicle.

"We would rather turn around and spend all of our time talking to people than turning around and having to do reports on broken in vehicles," said Bremenkamp.

So this new years and every other day of the year remember those simple tips so thieves don't have the chance to make your new years a bad one. The most frequently stolen car in 2012 was the Honda Accord and the value of stolen cars was more than 4-billion dollars.

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