New Years Holiday big break for car thieves

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - While most people will be out celebrating the new year, car thieves across the nation will steal more cars than any other night of 2010.

The data, released from a national insurance report, suggests thieves are targeting car owners who are on vacation or out enjoying New Year's Eve celebrations.

"It's a crime of opportunity, they usually hit the easiest ones." said Lt. Jamie Debari with Horry County Police. Car theft records for both county and city police were unavailable on Thursday because of holiday schedules. The data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows New Year's Eve tops all major holidays for car thieves.

Halloween, Fourth of July, and Memorial Day also top the list in terms of number of car thefts reported. Through the report, experts point out that the number of stolen vehicles is on the decline and has been for the past six years.

Horry County Police recommend anyone who is a victim of grand theft auto or any other stolen property to report the crime immediately in order for police to notify other agencies.

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