Tailgate Thieves Want Your Pickup

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By Larry Edsall

Consider yourself warned: Your pickup truck's tailgate is coveted by thieves.

"The rate of tailgate theft claims has been increasing since 2009, with an 18 percent increase projected from 2011 to 2012," according to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Founded in 1912 as the National Automobile Theft Bureau to investigate vehicle thefts, for more than 20 years the NICB also has looked into various forms of automotive insurance fraud.

Its report on the theft of catalytic converters spurred a growth industry in converter security devices. Now, the theft of pickup truck tailgates has become so significant that the bureau has issued a report about them.

Because the NICB report tracks only claims made by vehicle owners to insurance companies - and therefore its numbers don't represent actual theft activity - it speculates that the numbers in the report are low. Nevertheless, between 2006 and 2009 only 23 tailgate thefts were processed nationally. The figure for 2010 was 430 and grew to 472 in 2011. Through Sept. 30, 2012, 418 claims had been made; the NICB projects the 2012 final total will be more than 550.

Among states, Texas residents reported the most tailgate thefts, followed by those living in California, Arizona, Florida and Nevada. The cities posting the most tailgate thefts were Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Phoenix and Fresno in Northern California.

"Tailgates can be stolen in less than 30 seconds, making them prime targets of opportunity," the NICB report says. "With replacement costs reaching $1,000 or more, it makes sense for pickup owners to make their tailgates less attractive to thieves."

To make your tailgate difficult to steal, NICB recommends taking the following actions:

1. Lock your tailgate if it has a factory-installed lock. If not, an aftermarket replacement latch assembly with a lock may be available for your truck.

2. Park with your truck's tailgate as close as possible to a building or other large object that prevents the tailgate from being opened.

3. Etch the truck's vehicle identification number or a personal identification number into the tailgate. This may prevent it from being stolen or at least make it easier to recover if it is stolen.

Why do people steal tailgates?

"People want them," said Frank Scafidi, spokesman for the NICB. "If theirs gets banged up, why spend $900 or whatever they're going for if you can get one for $100 or $150?"

Scafidi also said some body shops have been known to buy stolen tailgates and use them in what he called a "two-way scam."

In that scenario, a customer goes to the body shop for truck repairs that include a replacement tailgate. The shop goes to a local pickup truck dealership and buys a new tailgate to get the invoice to turn into the insurance company, but then, according to Scafidi, "finds a part from Midnight Auto Supply and paints it up and installs it." A few weeks later, after the shop has been reimbursed by the insurance company, the new tailgate is returned to the dealership for a refund or credit.

Scafidi added that the NICB is looking into what it sees as another growing trend in automotive thefts: the third-row seats from sport utility vehicles.

 

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@oxi,

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Again, nobody brought your personal Tacoma bumpers into this topic before you started it. Don't want it brought up, then don't bring it in. And you are welcome to delete your photos from Photobucket at any time.

@oxi
Security on the internet is quite low. You have to take responsibility for the information that you display.

My work recommends not to even use Facebook. Because like what occurs on this site, quite often is information can be taken out of context or the information can be used to create a profile on a person.

You seem to have a bit of narcism, I know you will deny this, but by your writing it appears so. Control this "it needs to be about me" a little more, and you will find you will post less information that you don't want others to see.

Remember when telling a story here that the information can be used, that's all.

Just remember don't write to impress about yourself. The it is like adverstising and people will take notice.

@John - deleting photos from the net is not as easy as dumping them from the site/server you initially posted them on. Anyone who looks at those photos has transfered them to their own PC. To look at anything on the net, whether it be pics or threads on this site involves a transfer of information to one's personal computer. Those photos/information are files that end up in a temporary internet file on one's PC or a person can save them permanently.
Oxi can threaten all he wants, BUT, his photos are now a matter of public domain. Even the ones with his house in the background.
He has posted those same pics on Tacoma blogs which also renders them public domain. There are measures to take to prevent downloading private photos but most blogs do not have that feature. Photo sites can protect from permanent copying but there are often ways around it.

@Oxi - to bad, so sad. Your ego made you post stuff all over the net. You now have to live with the repercussions of those bad decisions.
Keeping your truck "it will be with me until end times."
The end of the Mayan Callendar has past, what "end time" are you fixated on now?
The Bible, Torah, and Qur'an are all a bit vague on those details. (details open to debate). Any inside information you care to share?

@Big Al from Oz - valid points. I had talked with the Head "Privacy" Lawyer for the organization I work for after a meeting. He had a lot of interesting things to say about the internet and social media sites. Many employers are now looking at those sites to see if new hires are a match to their organization's mission statements and profiles for "reliable" employees. In some cases, to see how much of a security risk those people may pose. Staff have been fired for breaching confidentiality or slagging bosses on those sites.
On the flip side, unscrupulous people can use that information for all sorts of things. You post that you'll be away on vacation and your house gets B&E'd. Identity theft is another issue. Stalking and more twisted uses are also a concern.
Someone could make some good money salvaging all of the metal off of Oxi's Taco. Where is the Motor Vehicle cops when you need them. LOL

@Lou, True he can't remove it all. But he can remove what he can. But he won't for whatever reason. I'm thinking about making some t-shirts!

OXI,

O my God, What a drama queen!! Someone posted a pic of your bumper. Why did you brag about your bumpers in the first place? This disucssion is on tailgates. Get over it.

Quote (Good thing the 2013 Rams have tailgates and RamBoxes that lock with the key fob.)

No kidding? Genius
I have a 2012, missed it by a year, damn it.

hey tyler

i never said that toyota was the only one to use platinum, i merely said that they use the most so thanks for reiterating my previous comment. as always i comment in defense as i always have to do. very very rarely do i make the comment to start anything. Normally i'm defending the product against people who dont know how to make an informed decision on their own instead they believe some bs propaganda from a manufacturers marketing. fanboi i'm not. if i were i wouldnt own 4 GM products as well as 2 Toyotas. Simply put i buy based on what i like and what i think is built the best.

i'll tell you what. If you want to say that I'm a fanboi then explain to me this: Why does FORD use a frame designed very similar to the Tundra on their F-250, 350, 450, 550? Wouldnt you agree that they DONT use a box frame when they are serious about a truck? OR how about Ram who used boxed frames until they get to the 3500 cab & chassis and then THEY TOO have a frame designed much like the Tundra. Tell ME why you think that is.

Simply put that test was designed by Fords marketing team to exploit their use of the cheap hydroformed box frame they use on the f150 to spin it as a smart choice. IF a trucks frame isnt supposed to be compliant then WHY WHY WHY is there a space between the cab and bed? just build em like the avalanche right? problem is when you USE a truck a chassis like the avalanche DOESNT get it done.

Hey Hemi LOL,

First of all, the reason "big trucks" use C-channel frames is because they are much easier to bolt things onto. Do you know what all is bolted onto a heavy duty's frame? Obviously not.

For what a 1/2 ton pickup does, a fully boxed frame is superior. Don't even try to justify your Toyota just because the Ram and Super Duty also has a part C-channel frame. The steel is MUCH thicker and suspension is much better designed than your weak Toyota frame and suspension.

The bottom line is Toyota came into the truck market thinking they can win with horsepower, while ignoring everything else, and were shown just how hard it is to make a dependable truck. Now they don't have the power advantage. They improved the interior and some options but I'm dissapointed Toyota didn't step up and provided a real contender to the half ton market for 2014.

Why does FORD use a frame designed very similar to the Tundra on their F-250, 350, 450, 550?
MEASURE THE HEIGHT ON THAT FORD, C CHANNEL VS TOYOTA. LOL. YOU MIGHT FIND A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENCE.

You guys are MORONS that do not think it is creepy and nothing short of STALKING when you publish somebody's else's photos!

If I post them, that's great and dandy, but some other CHILD does it is not right or proper but CREEPY!

Like I said a pattern of criminal intent can develop and if harm done, my lawyer will go after that individual and this site for not taking action!

Let it be known...

@Ken,

You are the drama queen! Point is good luck trying to remove the tailgate with a bumper like mine, my gosh you people need to lay of the corn syrup!

@Lou,

You have not proven you actually own a pickup, for all we know you drive a Pinto!

And unlike other CREEPS out there, I do not repost personal pics, I have morals and values unlike you folks!

@Big Al from Oz,

You really have some nerve!

No one can post anything of personal opinion because you label it "about me"?

How many times have you posted personal opinion, that shows "about me", you need to grow up and prove you own a pickup?

We are not robots!

@Lou,

End times?

That is when a human passes away to the after life of sorts depending on what you believe, my gosh how much corn syrup to you take in a day?

Pinto driver...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RXwOmcwxSU

hey brian

how is the suspension a better design? they are both hotchkiss leaf spring suspension and for your info the "design" of the Tundra suspension is FAR FAR SUPERIOR to that of which is under a super duty. the super duty has bigger heavier springs sure but the design of the tundra is much better. The leaf springs are toed out from rear to front making a trapezoidal rear leaf setup which is FAR better for controlling sway and handling. the Toyota suspension ALSO has outboard shocks that connected at an angle from the frame and are also staggered to stop axle tramp. the fords leafs are parallel and inboard shocks that are a liability hanging low when your truly off road. but yeah whatever you want to believe lol ...........

Oh, PLEASE enlighten us ALL with why a box frame is better on a half ton but that frame isnt better on a 3/4 or 1 ton. sounds kinda like your contradicting yourself. first i cant compare the tundra frame to a super duty when the reinforced section of a tundra runs the ENTIRE length of the cab and the super duty reinforced section is only 20 inches in length. BUT then the super duty's frame must be inferior to the f150 frame by YOUR OWN LOGIC..........

You simply dont know what your talking about. explain this since you claim to know so much. what happens when you OVERLOAD a box stucture? and then explain what happens to a c-channel contruction when you overload it? BEFORE you answer ask yourself why a semi uses a C-channel frame and when they build an "extreme duty" semi frame they sure as heck dont box it, they overlap a larger C-channel over the previous C-channel frame so it has torsional compliance. this is for OTR semi's that handle 200 ft. long trailers carrying 500,000lb loads. as you can clearly tell i know just a touch about whats bolted to a frame rail for upfitting a truck. you can put holes in a box frame that line up top to bottom to bolt ANYTHING on it you want, they dont build it that way for a reason and its not for ease of bolting stuff on. If you have EVER been under the hood of ANY car you should know they dont do things for ease of you changing it.

@ hemi v8

Boy i sure hope that frame rail on a 3500-5500 is bigger than a half ton. WOW great observation!

@Lou and others,

Sorry that I have a habit of proving what I say or have unlike you guys!

I show you what I drive and what I mod and sometimes where I off-road or been to, what do you guys prove?

Nothing!

You guys are like CNN, MSNBC or BBC World, talk and talk but cannot back your view or news with factual evidence, etc...

Anybody can claim they drive a certain pickup or pull this or haul that but prove it! Do not hand me this that you do not have to prove anything or something like that because yes you do need to prove something or your just full of talk or a CREEP like some out there!

And I do not re-post personal pics, I may talk about them and ask questions but there is no need to re-post personal pics in a smear campaign, I have morals and values!

I can back what I say, can you?

@OXI AND OTHERS, YOUR TOYOTA NOR THE TUNDRA COULD NOT PULL MY 7,400 LBS TRAILER IN 03 WHEN I BOUGHT MY DODGE RAM. THAT IS A FACT PERIOD END OF STORY.

2007-12 Toyota Tundra Tailgate Rust/Corrosion TSB.

http://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/2012/11/21/2007-12-toyota-tundra-tailgate-rust-corrosion-tsb/

Hemilol is a Toyota salesman. He sales turdras for a living.

@HemiV8 - The new "troll police" sure have cut down on the Sheep Herder posts, but true to form, you still troll, and are off topic.

@Oxi - I remember a guy suckering you by posting a bunch of pics the guy pulled from Google images. I can post pics of a truck and still be lying.
In your case, mister "I'm going to sue your ass off", I'm not dumb enough to post pics with vanity plates showing who I am and what I drive and even where I live, and what my house looks like.

Who would a thought a thread on tailgate theft would turn into a whine and cheeze party about internet privacy and 10 year old Dodge truck.

@ Lou, TROLL PATROL. I DON'T SEE THE TOPIC HERE.

@Big Al from Oz - valid points. I had talked with the Head "Privacy" Lawyer for the organization I work for after a meeting. He had a lot of interesting things to say about the internet and social media sites. Many employers are now looking at those sites to see if new hires are a match to their organization's mission statements and profiles for "reliable" employees. In some cases, to see how much of a security risk those people may pose. Staff have been fired for breaching confidentiality or slagging bosses on those sites.
On the flip side, unscrupulous people can use that information for all sorts of things. You post that you'll be away on vacation and your house gets B&E'd. Identity theft is another issue. Stalking and more twisted uses are also a concern.
Someone could make some good money salvaging all of the metal off of Oxi's Taco. Where is the Motor Vehicle cops when you need them. LOL


Posted by: Lou | Feb 10, 2013 2:44:39 PM

@Lou, blah, blah, blah, IS THERE A TOPIC IN SIGHT?????

I WAS HOPING TROLL PATROL COULD HELP! ONE COULD HOPE!

@John - deleting photos from the net is not as easy as dumping them from the site/server you initially posted them on. Anyone who looks at those photos has transfered them to their own PC. To look at anything on the net, whether it be pics or threads on this site involves a transfer of information to one's personal computer. Those photos/information are files that end up in a temporary internet file on one's PC or a person can save them permanently.
Oxi can threaten all he wants, BUT, his photos are now a matter of public domain. Even the ones with his house in the background.
He has posted those same pics on Tacoma blogs which also renders them public domain. There are measures to take to prevent downloading private photos but most blogs do not have that feature. Photo sites can protect from permanent copying but there are often ways around it.

@Oxi - to bad, so sad. Your ego made you post stuff all over the net. You now have to live with the repercussions of those bad decisions.
Keeping your truck "it will be with me until end times."
The end of the Mayan Callendar has past, what "end time" are you fixated on now?
The Bible, Torah, and Qur'an are all a bit vague on those details. (details open to debate). Any inside information you care to share?


Posted by: Lou | Feb 10, 2013 2:17:06 PM

oxi, Why would we post pics of who we are when you're acting threatening to sue everyone? Nice try. We are just trying to have fun here. If you keep this up, I think YOU should be banned because you become a liability to the site with your threats.

By the way, "Mike" hasn't worked here in almost a couple years. Get a clue!

@FlamboV8 - oxi started talking about selling his rear bumper and then someone posted a pic of the back of his truck. He then went apesh-t about it. The thread evolved from there. It was the flow of conversation. The moderator allowed it.

In your case, no one was talking about old Dodge trucks and towing something rated heavier than what the truck is rated to tow.
In your case, a blattant attempt to troll.

You even used capital letters. That means "yelling"
or were you too dumb to notice the "caps lock" engaged?

Must be lonely since you and your dozen or so alter ego's have no place to play!

@HemiV8 - thanks for repeating all of my posts. That shows you've improved. You are now "cutting and pasting" quality commentary.

Bwwwhaaaahaaaahhhaaaa.

@Lou,

You think someone can't find out where you live?

You didn't post pics but what other info are you giving them? Lots of ways to track people down...

Maybe oxi uses a program to scan the logs of the website and finds your IP...then he takes the IP and traces it to your internet service provider, then posing as law enforcement or by hacking he gains your home address!

Trust me, you are not anonymous on the internet. No one is!

@Lou, BLAH, BLAH BLAH, somethings never change. On and on about nothing. I hope they do clean this site up. Starting with you...... lou. aka clueless in Canada. I know it is hard for you to focus. Try to focus on short on topic posts. Less personnel attacks. I know you can do it Lou. Now give it a try. ;)

Sung to the tune of Blessed Union of Souls - I Believe

I've been coming to pickuptrucks.com now for a little over a year
Lou said he's never been so happy but Lou lives in fear
That one day everyone's going to find out he still drives around
With that old chevy van on the streets
Oh how he would lose it then but we're still posting here with Lou
'Cause we believe that love will see it through
And one day Lou will understand
And Lou will see us as persons not just a Ford/GM/Ram/Toyota fan
'Cause I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way
Lou will find the way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc3A1ShPPLU

@Femi - hit a nerve, did I ?, why so hostile on a theft thread? and why attack Toyota? You can't stand the fact that the Tundra is a way better truck than your own? and who is attacking who?
You still waiting for the 390 ci, made in Mexico Power Wagon? Oh, wait - you only by american stuff and that truck is made in Mexico by Fiat.
Good luck on living up to your lofty patriotic ambitions. BTW - I don't think those Mexicans belong to unions either, unless cartel's count as a union.
That leaves Ford and GMC - that bitter irony is so funny I could cry.

@bj - your thread name says it all.

Check out the tailgate on this bad boy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdVhSCBP5sk

@Hemi - nice song. Are we all supposed to get together for a group hug?
and no - it was a GMC van not a Chevy van.
It wasn't that old, only 4 years older than HemiV8's truck.

@Hemi - people have a primitive hard-wired need to belong to tribes and to be recognized as parts of a tribe. Some people latch onto that need in relation to trucks. It is, in some respects, primitive idolarity to worship one brand and attack other brands or those who own other brands.
The interesting thing is that as one becomes more educated and learns the ability to open one's mind, one becomes less inclined to feel the need to use objects as a source of personal identity.
We, as human beings have had the cognitive ability to read, write, and communicate for a short period of time relative to our evolution. The struggle is to become more than our programming, to rise above our primitive roots.

As you have pointed out, I have owned a GMC van. I currently have a Toyota parked next to a Ford in my driveway. My posts generally are rebuttals to those who tribalize vehicle badges.
Logic, is unfortunately lost on the mind of the cave dweller.

Sung to the tune of Blessed Union of Souls - I Believe

"'Cause we believe that love will see it through
And one day Lou will understand
And Lou will see us as persons not just a Ford/GM/Ram/Toyota fan"

@Hemi, Post of the year right there! I beleive that love is the answer.

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Sung to the tune of Blessid Union of Souls - I Believe

I've been coming to pickuptrucks.com now for a little over a year
Lou said he's never been so happy but Lou lives in fear
That one day everyone's going to find out he drives around
With a minivan on the streets
Oh how he would lose it then but we're still posting here with Lou

'Cause we believe that love will see it through

And one day Lou will understand
And Lou will see us as persons NOT just a Ford/GM/Ram/Toyota fan

'Cause I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way
Lou will find the way.
I believe
I believe
Love will find the way.
Lou will find the way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chAoWqPK6Vk

Whew! Between having a dent on my tailgate, and a lock, that narrows my chances of getting ripped off!

I will ask the guy at the auto recycling center if Toyota cat convertors get any more per pound then any other branks.

The laws requiring new only exhaust stuff be put on vehiches, i.e, salvage yards cant sell cat convertors, or even mufflers are sorta messed up. I tried to buy a stock muffler because it was bigger froma salvage yard, nothing doing.

There's always the aftermarkit. Sure glad my 72 RV doesn't require cats. But with fuel injection from a 99 Ram, and a bigger then stock cam, and long tube headers, it will still run cleaner then the original two barrell carb. Plus, better mileage.

@oxi
Quite a tirade, blame everyone but yourself. A sign of narcism.

I do post opinion, but remember you post a significant amount of information. There is a difference, you leave yourself open.

I do know some on this site don't like what I post, but I can live with it.

But, some of the stuff you post is pure and utter nonsense. It's purely subjective with no real thought or research in your argument.

Your fanboism towards Toyota also doesn't help. It's good to like a product, but don't be blinded by it.

I don't doubt your capacity to design and fabricate different components for your Taco, and you should be proud of it. But not everyone will share your enthusiasm.

In the end you have left yourself open, and judging by the images of you, you appear to be quite old and should have more commonsense.

I don't know you from a "bar of soap" and I do empathise, but I also see adolescent tendencies in your behaviour. Grow up.

Great fluff story -- really.

Until I see pics of what folks drive on here, you'all drive Pinto's!

I driver a 1989 Ford Escort with power windows.

I drive a 1989 Ford Escort with power windows.

I ride a horse

Go to Amazon.com and search "76029". You will find a universal tailgate lock that works well.

@Oxi grow up, seroiously if you use a common web persona and tell us you drive a tacoma google will find your info pretty quickly.

Look you use my name, Carilloskis +Ford Raptor
http://www.raptorforumz.com/showthread.php?t=963&page=38

You can see my truck and a bunch of personal info. thats just the reality of the situation . All of our anonimity is gone when we post on the net. we can all find out anything about eachother so maybe if you want to be left alone than do things that will cause you to be left alone like don't post stuff you dont want a stalker to know.

@Lou and Big Al thank you for being the only consistant voices of reason on this site.

Article on this forum back in October 2011 covered this topic. Perhaps there are more products on the market now to help avoid tailgate theft.
http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2011/10/protect-your-tailgate-against-tailgate-jacking.html



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