Automakers are getting smarter about including more sophisticated security systems in full-size pickup trucks and SUVs to make stealing harder for thieves. It wasn't that long ago when security systems were simple and, for the most part, unable to prevent a smart burglar from removing items stored inside of a vehicle. Many of the security systems didn't even sound an alarm unless someone hit the unlock button in the vehicle. This meant a quick snatch-and-grab through a broken window could be easily accomplished in a home driveway without setting off an alarm. But it sounds like this could be changing.
According to a recent Detroit News article, many new SUVs and pickups will be getting smarter security systems that depend on motion detectors, glass sensors and steering column locks. This will be a huge asset for GM full-size SUV owners who have suffered a rash of third-row seat thefts because the vehicles' removable seats bring a hefty price on the black market. Ford's full-size SUVs have avoided this problem because their third-row seats are integrated into the vehicle and not removable. GM's 2015 full-size SUVs will have integrated third-row seats as well.
Additionally, pickups are prone to tailgate theft — particularly models (both full-size and midsize) with easy-to-remove rear bed doors. Some manufacturers are incorporating more complicated engineering designs because tailgates can cost several hundred dollars or more to replace, especially those with integrated bed steps, electronic backup cameras and internal locks. Thankfully, there are plenty of choices for keeping your pickup tailgate, and your bed belongings, safe.
According to theft data collected by the Highway Data Loss Institute regarding 2010 to 2012 model years, these vehicles have the highest claim rates (based on insurance claims submitted per 1,000 vehicles):
1. Ford F-250 crew (7.0)
2. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew (6.7)
3. Chevy Avalanche 1500 (6.1)
4. GMC Sierra 1500 crew (6.0)
5. Ford F-350 crew (5.6)
6. Cadillac Escalade (5.5)
7. Chevy Suburban 1500 (5.4)
8. GMC Sierra 1500 extended cab (4.7)
9. GMC Yukon (4.5)
10. Chevy Tahoe (4.4)