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2012-07-24 16.00.48This just in … New Year’s Day is the second most popular holiday for car thieves.

A new study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (pdf) reports that New Year’s Day is the No. 2 holiday for car theft, with 2,286 vehicles reported stolen in 2011.

No surprise, Halloween clocked in at No. 1 — with 2,328 thefts reported in 2011, according to the NICB report.

So why the heck is New Year’s so popular with car thieves?

Most experts speculate that the heavy use of alcohol at holiday parties, which makes revelers more careless about where they park their ride, is a major factor in the uptick in illegal activity.

An interesting write-up from TheCarConnection.com on the NICB study pointed out that Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day had the lowest reported thefts among all big holidays. That report pointed out that, unlike New Year’s, those holidays are more family-focused and end up with revelers most like at or near their home — instead of carousing downtown.

Well, it’s 2013, don’t wait around to end up like the “other guy” — resolve to keep your vehicle safe with a Viper system right away!

By Glenn Busse

Been talkin’ with (social media manager) Andrew and his crew on various things snakes, bugs and rock ‘n’ roll and he invited me to blog. I sat for days and blanked — then all of a sudden, it happened!

OK, admit it, sometimes when you wake up, life is like a movie …

It could be like the theme song from the Sopranos is playing “woke up this morning” and you got yourself a gun — or like what happened to me with my Viper SmartStart … I was jamming up a pretty sweet day, got my workout in, fav cup of java, Cold Play was jamming “Kill the DJ” and what??? My Viper SmartStart is talkin’ to me?

Gotta love it when technology is intuitive and does your work for you!

By the way, I’ve had a great freakin’ day — and my Viper SmartStart set me on my way …

Glenn Busse, also known as Moondawgster, is the Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Viper — and also likes all things involving snakes, bugs and rock ‘n’ roll (oh, and blogging ….)

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 — nice and pricey.
Credit: Wikipedia.

We suppose some people wouldn’t mind spending a small fortune for a factory option, especially when they can afford an even greater fortune for the car itself, but $50,000 for brakes?

OK, it’s for the R35 Spec-V, but still, that’s a lot of loot.

By comparison the $6,300 for the Bang & Olufsen speakers on the Audi seem really cheap. Likewise for the $2,900 leather door sills on the Panamera.

You have to have that on the Porsche, don’t you?

But none of this, or the rest of the items on Jalopnik’s list approach the breathtaking cost for a carbon finish on a Bugatti Veyron: $300,000.

Eh, but then again, it’s only slightly over 10 percent of the vehicle’s MSRP.

We say nevermind these ridiculous factory options!

Get an aftermarket one that is absolutely essential. Give your car a few IQ points by adding SmartStart.

Seriously. And it won’t shrink your wallet either.

Aaaaaand, if you missed the link above, make sure to check out the full post on ridiculously expensive factory car options here.

We’ve covered quite a few “connected car” stories recently.

And collectively you can really see where the automotive future is going. It’s all about high efficiency with more and better features.

As you saw with our recent post about smart roads, connectivity knows no bounds. It’s your device, your car, your world!

Sanjay Poonen, president of SAP Global Solutions and head of its Mobile Division, recently told Forbes that he believes the auto industry is moving away from closed systems to open standards-based platforms. It may be that the car turns into merely a method for delivering apps to users, if you will.

Some brainiacs at MIT wrote about it the reinvention of the automobile in 2010. Check out a preview of the book here. One of their big ideas for transforming the industry has to do with utilizing wireless communications for car-related uses.

Connectivity in general opens all kinds of opportunities to create not only more efficient vehicles but more efficient overall systems. That means for example improved car security wherever you might be, less traffic, better communication between cars and the passengers inside them.

At Viper we’ve been on the leading edge of a critical aspect of the connected car of the future.

Not to toot our horn too much, but we’ve made some futuristic-type features a reality today. And as other technologies evolve, Viper SmartStart evolves with them.

Who knows, maybe one day we’ll all be able to remote control our rides via our phones. They’ll make an app for that, we’re sure. Until then we can at least start our engines by voice command. And there IS an app for that. See what’s new in Viper SmartStart 3.0.1 (and more coming soon, shhhhh) here or check out the video here.

Read more full coverage on the connected car from Forbes here.

The 2013 Mustang Convertible in the Ford booth at SEMA — this baby is built by Stitchcraft and powered by Viper SmartStart.

LAS VEGAS – That’s right folks, it’s finally here, SEMA Show 2012 in Las Vegas.

You know how it goes, what happens in Vegas … stays in Vegas! And the owners of these Viper SmartStart-sponsored demo cars know exactly where their car is staying, safe and sound! Viper sponsored several sick show cars at SEMA this year, and here’s your chance to take an inside peek.

Several of the featured show cars were powered by Viper SmartStart — from the 2013 Mustang Convertible at the Ford booth (pictured left) to the Ford Raptor Anzio. Heck, we even got a Viper SmartStart system on a Scion FR-S in the Scion booth. No matter how fancy your ride is, with a Viper system on it, no one dares come close.

You can also check out a shot below of the 2013 Ford Mustang in a booth at SEMA — and yes, that baby is also powered by Viper.

The owners of these tasty show cars wouldn’t trust just anyone with the safety of their pricey rides — they had to have the industry-leading Viper SmartStart system — which also allows them to start, locate or control their car from virtually anywhere with a smartphone.

It was an honor to sponsor cars at SEMA Show 2012 — the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. The show (closed to the general public, of course) incorporates the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products together in beautiful Las Vegas.

[Follow more SEMA coverage on our Viper Facebook page and Twitter: @ViperSmartStart. Also check out more at SEMA Show's Facebook page.]

Check out more pictures of Viper-powered show cars at SEMA below here:

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