Pickup Truck Tailgates Prone to Quick, Easy Theft

TailgateHood ornaments and alloy wheels are commonly known as attractive targets for thieves. If you're a pickup truck owner, add tailgates to the list. In the Detroit area, this utilitarian truck end has become the item of choice for many thieves, according to the Detroit News. The thefts often happen in clusters and have increased in frequency over the past seven years.

A random search of local police blotters shows such thefts are common. Many blotters have reports of tailgates taken off of brand-new trucks at dealerships. There are also reports of thieves caught trying to resell the stolen wares.

One advantage for the thieves is it doesn’t take long to steal a tailgate – just a few seconds or a few minutes if the tailgate is locked. Taking a tailgate doesn’t often require tools, either. The quick speeds make tailgate-napping an often elusive crime. We even found a story where thieves stole a tailgate while the driver was in his truck.

Tailgates can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to as much as $3,600 for those with backup cameras and other accessories, according to the Detroit News. The average tailgate costs $1,200 to replace. Typically, thieves try to sell their loot on websites like Craigslist for a few hundred dollars.

Tailgates join hubcaps as easy target for thieves (The Detroit News)

By Colin Bird | March 28, 2011 | Comments (8)
Tags: In The News

Comments 

Tony

The funny part is that they probably selling to the same guys they stole it from

Marcus

I was just about to say that Tony. I can't think of any reason to buy a Tailgate unless mine got stolen or was damaged, and given where the bumper rides above the ground on most trucks, damaged isn't very likely I'd think.

If we're talking newer trucks, mine being an 02 F150 that has key lock for tailgate. Do most truck tailgates have key locks? Of coarse another issue is to use it.

Paul

Tailgates dont all have locks due to costcutting at the manufacturer level.They should have all been locking all the way back to the 1970s...

Someone stole two tailgates from my dealership in one night.

Wondering if a specific brand thing that got cheap. Now when I drive I'll be looking at new tailgates to see got cheap.

tim ault

Locking the tailgate does not stop it being stolen. The article even says that in it.

cj

add a lame sticker or somthin to your tailgate, takes work to remove it so they usually skip it and go to the next one.

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