NICB Report: Pickup Truck Tailgate Thefts
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Thieves Enjoying Tailgate Parties at Victims' Expense
The report examines theft claims submitted to insurance companies during the period from
The make and model that saw the most tailgate theft claims during this period was the 2008 Ford F250 with 70 claims, or 5 percent of the total. Next was the 2010 Ford F150 with 48 claims, followed by the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado with 39 claims. The oldest vehicle identified in this report was a 1985 Ford F150. The newest vehicles identified included 2012 models of Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC and Toyota pickups.
The cities where the most tailgate thefts occurred were: Houston (96),
Tailgate thefts aren't anything new; however, the rate of thefts has been increasing in recent years. For example, from 2006 through 2009 there were only 23 tailgate theft claims processed. In 2010, that number shot up to 430 and increased again in 2011 to 472. Through
It is important to note that the numbers in this report reflect insurance claims and are not representative of the actual theft activity. Moreover, due to the methodology used to identify tailgate thefts it is possible that some thefts may have been missed. Also, for many reasons tailgate theft victims choose not to submit an insurance claim. Many victims may not be insured against theft while some feel that filing a claim may impact their future premium. Others may have a deductible that is higher than the replacement cost. Law enforcement agencies remain the best potential source of comprehensive tailgate theft activity and even they may not capture all of it.
Tailgates can be stolen in less than 30 seconds, making them prime targets of opportunity. With replacement costs reaching
Tailgate theft prevention tips:
- First, if your model has an integrated lock, use it. If a tailgate can't be opened, it can't be stolen as easily. If you don't have one, get one; they are relatively inexpensive.
- Park with the tailgate as close as you can to an object or a structure to prevent the tailgate from opening.
- Etch the truck's vehicle identification number (VIN) or your own personal identification number into the tailgate; this will aid in its recovery and may prevent its theft in the first place.
Anyone with information concerning tailgate thefts can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422), texting keyword "fraud" to TIP411 (847411) or by visiting our website at www.nicb.org. Or, iPhone or iPad users can download the NICB Fraud Tips app to make it easy to quickly send a tip and get a response.