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Auto thefts rise on New Year's Day

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Police are on the lookout for thieves who want to ring in the new year with a new car.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, New Year's Day is the most popular holiday for auto thefts. Last year, more than 2,000 vehicles nationwide were reported stolen on Jan. 1.

Captain Brian Vonderhaar with the Adams County Sheriff's Office said he doesn't usually see car thefts in the area.

"Most of the time it's just a chance encounter when somebody left their keys in their car," Vonderhaar said.

However, Vonderhaar said you can never be too careful.

"A lot of people go out to start their cars and let them warm up, get the snow and ice off of them," Vonderhaar said. "That will give them easy opportunity for a car thief."

Vonderhaar said to make sure and take your keys out of the car and lock your doors. Also, try and park in a well lit area.

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