Carjack-o-lantern: Auto thefts rise on Halloween, data show

Better lock up the Family Truckster before slipping into that red Ken Bone sweater or hot Samsung Galaxy Note 7  costume for tricks and treats.

Car thefts have been higher than normal four of the past five Halloweens, says the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

jack-o-lanternLast year, there were 2,201 U.S. vehicle thefts on Halloween compared to a daily average of 2,058. In 2011, pilferage reached nearly 200 thefts above the daily average. Only 2012 brought a slight dip.

“Is there a link between Halloween and vehicle theft?” asks the bureau. “Maybe. But during the last five years the data shows more theft activity on Oct. 31—and that’s no trick, or treat.”


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