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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!

2012-07-24 16.01.14-1theftWhere’s the kill switch?!

OK, on the lighter side, if you can call it that, here’s a story of a handcuffed theft suspect who somehow was still able to steal a police car.

We’re betting the officer who had his vehicle stolen is wishing he could shut down the car remotely.

Of course he could’ve avoided the theft if the rear passenger window had been locked.

The handcuffed suspect had been left alone in the squad car — and somehow managed to roll a window down, slide the car door open and drive off — leaving officers in White Settlement, Texas, rushing to find him days after the incident, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Whoops!!!

A video shot from another vehicle’s dash cam caught Darren Porter, 41, sliding out of the backseat and pulling off the squad car theft.

Cops had detained Porter Friday morning, over allegations that he’d broken into a nearby antiques store — and officers had cuffed him and tossed him into the back of a Ford Crown Victoria squad car, officers said.

If you missed the link above, check out full coverage from The Sacramento Bee below:

Handcuffed Texas Suspect Makes Off With Squad Car

When I was this old, I think I was still playing with G.I. Joes!

I KNOW that I wasn’t thinking about stealing cars — or even driving cars!!!!

An ABC News video captured an 11-year-old jacking a “bait” car in a bait car sting by police in Albuquerque, N.M.

After climbing in and somehow starting the engine — the 11-year-old bandito then has a little fun: taking the vehicle out for a little ridiculous underage joyride. The way-too-young car thief even stops to pick up some friends — who are all 10 years old!!!!

“Come on guys! Jump in.”

Holy ba-geezal — it’s too much to even believe.

When fiddling with the radio, one of the kids thinks that he spots a police officer — and alerts the other to “look out!” The video shows the group slouching down to avoid being seen.

Watch the whole crazy video here.

And tell your kids not to steal cars!!!!