Tailgate Theft Drops Slightly

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It used to be that one of the easiest pieces to remove from a pickup truck was the tailgate. However, with the advent of integrated struts, auto-locking mechanisms, backup cameras and electronic drop-and-lift capability (like on the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500), tailgates are becoming more of a complicated electrical system than a simple rear gate. While these advances make tailgates heavier and more expensive to replace (some costing upwards of $2500 or more) when dented or crushed in an accident, there's been an unexpected benefit: They are becoming more difficult to remove and steal.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau the number of tailgate thefts seems to be declining slightly, even though the average cost for the tailgates — especially for upper-trim-level models — is increasing.

A new report from the insurance-crime investigators at Des Plaines, Ill.-based NICB shows that there were 1,788 tailgate thefts reported in 2017. That's down by 89 incidents from 2016 and 6 percent overall since 2014. The published report is based on submitted insurance claims, which means there is the possibility that even more thefts could be happening that never get reported for one reason or another.

The top five states with highest tailgate theft in 2016 and 2017 were:

  1. Texas
  2. California
  3. Florida
  4. Arizona
  5. Nevada

The top five cities with the highest tailgate theft in 2016 and 2017 were:

  1. Houston
  2. Dallas
  3. San Antonio
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Fresno, Calif.

To read the full report, click here.

If you don't have a newer pickup, there are some easy-to-install, inexpensive products that can help deter tailgate theft.

Cars.com photo by Christian Lantry

 

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Comments

When your tailgate goes missing you'll most likely find it on Craigslist or at your local scrap metal center.

WHAT’S UP WITH ALL THE TRUCK MAKERS COPING FORD I GUESS FORD IS THE SUPREME LEADER!!!

WHAT’S UP WITH ALL THE TRUCK MAKERS COPING FORD I GUESS FORD IS THE SUPREME LEADER!!!

The F-150 leads the way with either power or key locks for their tailgates.

The other truck owners use jury-rigged , hillbilly , farmboy methods by using "hose clamps" ha-ha-ha-ha around the hinge on the tailgate to secure it

AND THE IDIOT SPEAKS AGAIN.

And the idiots keep copying me. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA stupid garbage motors fan girly.

And the idiots keep copying me. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA stupid garbage motors fan girly.

I know is the Jonny dltho stupid garbage motors fan girly. He fires up when they talk to her precious garbage motor company. Which is pretty junk and more junk.

I know is the Jonny dltho stupid garbage motors fan girly. He fires up when they talk to her precious garbage motor company. Which is pretty junk and more junk.

Cause the last time someone put (JHONNY DLTHO WAS HERE) AND GUESS WHAT? HE STOP REPLYING UNDER MY USERNAME SOVI NOW IS HIM IDIOT.

WHAT A LOSER!!!!

WHAT A LOSER!!!!

Y puro califas!!!!

Y puro califas!!!!

NOBODY STILLING FORD TAILGATE THEY ALL USE IT TO SEAT AND WAIT FOR THE TOWTRUCK,,

I don't need to use you're name to call you stupid. LMBO!!!!!!!!!!

Chingon little ding dong sounds like Maxine Waters Russia out to get me! LMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL35W64X4mk&t=573s

Johnny dltho is mad HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA and his the one who use multiple username to protect her beloved garbage motors company aka (GMC).

I wast talking about the lettering you idiot.

And I wasn’t talking about the The whole Tellgate You dummy I was talking about the lettering. Ford had it first with the F-150 and super duty before and now all the automakers try to copy em.

And I wasn’t talking about the The whole Tellgate You dummy I was talking about the lettering. Ford had it first with the F-150 and super duty before and now all the automakers try to copy em.

They should put solar panels on tailgates, or maybe a wind turbine , fans inside the tailgate that produce electric power for the truck.
The engine can be much more efficent where part of the power is robbed by the charging system to produce electrical power resulting in better gas mileage and more engine power to drive the truck.

HI, IT'S ME DING DONG CHINGON.

I think impending national conceal carry reciprocity might have something to do with it. It is not a 10th Amendment 'right' to violate the 2nd Amendment.
{and after a few years of that, national Constitutional carry}
Or reduced illegal invasion, more deportation of criminal aliens.

"The F-150 leads the way with either power or key locks for their tailgates"
My Tundra came standard with a lock 15 years ago. Just sayin'

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA he doesn’t even know what to put anymore cause he ran out of ideas. At least I don’t have to hide behind a computer or a laptop or a smartphone to post under different name you idiot.

EBRules: That would cost, weigh and look outrageous.

Do we think Texas is #1 because there are more trucks here?

I've lived in Houston, SA and Irving (Dallas). I feel like I've dodged this bullet and not looking back. No pun intended.

The (thing) ran out of ideas just like Garbage Motors ran when it came down to design the CHEVYOTA TUNDERADO and guess what? they have to look elsewhere and search in different truck makers designs LIKE FORD AND TOYOTA to came up with a breed and at least those truck makers know how to design a perfect truck that is gonna last forever and ever.

Stamping the letters on a tailgate isn't new Chin-Gone.
Have you ever seen the original GMC scriptish tailgate from oh, I don't know...100 years ago?

Stamping the letters on a tailgate isn't new Chin-Gone.
Have you ever seen the original GMC scriptish tailgate from oh, I don't know...100 years ago?

WOW...30 comments and only 2 or 3 worth reading. SAD

SOMEONE SHOULD STAMP " DUMB DUMB " ON MY FOREHEAD.
THAT WAY PEOPLE WILL KNOW THAT THEY SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM ME.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA idoit.



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