TXINS December E-News: Auto Theft During the Holidays, Agency Happenings, Texas Trivia & More!

Auto Theft During the Holidays

With Thanksgiving in the rearview and Christmas steadily approaching, 2017 is coming to a close.

While the holiday season approaches and the year winds down, it’s crucial to remember that thieves are particularly active during the holidays. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), a total of 22,705 vehicles were reported stolen on the 11 holidays covered in their 2016 report. The data is pulled from the National Crime Information Center’s stolen vehicle file, which showed a total of 803,719 vehicle thefts for the year.

Many of the thefts occurred in large states. California was the number one state with the most holiday vehicle thefts in 2016 with 5,285. It was followed, in descending order, by Texas (2,121); Florida (1,397); Washington (889) and Georgia (763).

While many feel the spirit of giving during the holidays, car thieves are in the business of taking.

Which holidays rank as the biggest threat to your car’s safety?

11. Christmas Day: Vehicle thefts: 1,664
10. Thanksgiving: Vehicle thefts: 1,777
9. Valentine’s Day: Vehicle thefts: 1,789
8. President’s Day: Vehicle thefts: 2,008
7. Christmas Eve: Vehicle thefts: 2,054
6. Independence Day: Vehicle thefts: 2,086
5. New Year’s Eve: Vehicle thefts: 2,110
4. Memorial Day: Vehicle thefts: 2,139
3. New Year’s Day: Vehicle thefts: 2,242
2. Labor Day: Vehicle thefts: 2,258
1. Halloween: Vehicle thefts: 2,578

The latest report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the U.S. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen in 2016.

While thefts are down since their all-time high in 1992, thousands of vehicles continue to be stolen each year because owners leave their keys or fobs in the vehicles. For owners with cars which predate more modern anti-theft measures, “The Club” is an effective theft deterrent.

America’s 10 Most Stolen Vehicles:

10. 2000 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
9. 2008 Chevrolet Impala
8. 2015 Toyota Corolla
7. 2001 Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size)
6. 2015 Nissan Altima
5. 2016 Toyota Camry
4. 2004 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size)
3. 2006 Ford Pick-Up (Full Size)
2. 1998 Honda Civic
1. 1997 Honda Accord

Keep your holidays merry and bright and contact your TXINS agent today to ensure you have the right coverage in place to protect against vehicle loss.

We Are Here for You 

Texas Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. is your trusted advocate. As an independent insurance agency, TXINS represents a wide network of A-rated insurance companies, which allows us to find the best insurance policy to fit your needs and budget. We don’t believe in cookie cutter policies and will customize a plan specifically for you. Your overall satisfaction is our top priority. That’s a promise.

TXINS offers complimentary insurance reviews to ensure you are getting the right coverage for yourself, your family, or your business. To schedule your review, contact us today at 800-541-9849 or via email. Together, we will ensure you are protecting what matters most.

The employees of TXINS are active members in our communities. Here’s a quick list of what we’ve been up to in the past month and what we’ve got planned for the month ahead.

  • David Green and Doug Roberts represented TXINS as guest speakers at the 56th Annual Louisiana Beekeeper Association Show in Pineville, LA on November 30-December 2.
  • Traditions Insurance Agency staffers Marcy Diaz and Marissa Sosa attended the Pro Ag Spring Update in San Antonio on November 30. There they received the newest information on crop insurance policies for 2018.
  • Join us at the El Campo “Christmas at the Movies” Lighted Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 7. Stop by the office, grab a bag of popcorn, and give a big wave to Nancy Novasad Pfeil, Lindsey Malek, Celeste Socha, and Elyse Hlavinka as they roll by! Many thanks to Hochheim Prairie for partnering with us and allowing us to use their beautiful float!
  • The El Campo office is an official Toys for Tots collection site. Please drop off a new, unwrapped toy now through December 8 and spread a little holiday cheer to a child in need.
  • All agency locations will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26 for the Christmas Holiday. We will also be closed on Monday, January 1 for New Year’s Day. We wish everyone in the TXINS family a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
  • Happy December birthday to Marcie Ramm, Allison Silva, Janet Corson, and Hector Gutierrez. We hope you enjoy your special day!
  • Congratulations to last month’s Texas Trivia winners: John Crowell, Antonia Cisneros, and Kenny Trochta. Be one of the first three people to answer the Texas Trivia question correctly and win your own full-sized Texas flag!

The Commercial Lines Department attended a Texas Mutual Education Day on November 8 at the Wyden in Houston. The team learned about the importance of appropriately classifying a risk, business entities, what’s combinable and not, experience rating, and endorsements for Workers Compensation. The ladies were especially inspired by guest speaker Judi Holler with Holla Productions. (pictured left to right: Jo Ann Hernandez, Janet Corson, Judi Holler, and Kristen Johnson)



Congrats to Stephanie Salazar of Edna, TX, our November Referral Program winner! Thanks for your referrals, Stephanie!

If you love Texas Insurance & Financial Services, Inc., tell a relative, friend, or co-worker about us. When they call to receive a quote make sure they let us know that you referred them.

As a thank you, you’ll receive a surprise gift and will be entered into our monthly gift card drawing and our annual Grand Prize drawing for a $1,000 gift card!!!

(Grand Prize drawing will be held on December 7, 2017.)



Texas Trivia

Santa’s Wonderland is a true Texas Christmas Experience and is the biggest Christmas attraction in the entire state! Boasting more than 3 million twinkling LED lights, Santa’s Wonderland sits on approximately 72 acres on the outskirts of College Station.

Along with a hayride or carriage ride through the Trail of Lights, guests can visit with Santa himself, nibble on Texas-sized helpings of BBQ, burritos, sausage on a stick, twister potatoes, turkey legs, and funnel cakes in Frostbite’s Food Village, shop for festive holiday decorations and gifts in the General Store or Santa’s Town, or sip a glass of locally made wine at the Winterland Winery. Add in live musical entertainment, a petting zoo, and the chance to play in actual snow, there’s something for everyone enjoy at this family-friendly Christmas extravaganza. For many Texans, visiting Santa’s Wonderland has become a beloved family tradition. What year did Santa’s Wonderland open? Email your answer to Kara Wood. If you are one of the first three people to answer correctly, you’ll win a full-sized Texas flag!

Show Your Spirit, Texas!


TXINS is proud to be a Trusted Choice® agency. We are dedicated to you and are committed to treating you as a person, not a policy. This commitment means we will:

  • Work with you to identify the insurance that is right for you, your family or your business, and use our access to multiple companies to deliver those products.
  • Guide you through the claims process for a prompt and fair resolution of your claim.
  • Help solve problems related to your coverage or account.
  • Thoroughly explain the coverage and options available to you.
  • Return your phone calls and emails promptly and respond to your requests in a timely manner.
  • Use our experience and company relationships to customize coverage specific to your unique needs.
  • Treat you with respect and courtesy.
  • Conduct our business in an ethical manner.

This is our promise to you. For more information on Trusted Choice, click here.

From our customers…

“We love how quickly our agent gets us the information we need. We also appreciate that if they aren’t sure about something, they’ll find out quickly and let us know. Thank you!” — Brandi & Clay Redmon, Needville, TX


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