Full-Size Trucks to Get More Security

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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)

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I guess no one likes dodges.

Or Toyota


No Toyotas on the list. you know why? because Tundras have THE most sophisticated security system already installed! 80 bit encryption OH and my truck has a factory glass break sensor. and i should mention my tailgate locks as well.

The reason you Ford at the top of the list is the majority of super duty's DONT EVEN HAVE A CHIP KEY! and the ones that do are mickey mouse and easily broken through!

The GM model is easy to crack as well which is the reason so many of them are stolen as well.

its cuz the other brands are easier to steal, Ram makes it hard for them cuz they are th eonly smart truck company

No Tundras because there are so few of them sold, and the old ones all rusted away and are in the junk yards.

"based on insurance claims submitted per 1,000 vehicles" This means that it doesn't matter how many vehicles are sold it is just the % out of 1000. Good job Toyota Ram Honda and Nissan. Anti theft should be mandatory in all vehicles.

Actually Diesel, with this data, it does matter how many are sold. If there are more GMs and Fords sold, then there will be more stolen and more claims filed per thousand insurance claims. You can weight the data proportionally to the number of vehicles sold (which would overlook the sales mix and find other possible factors), but this is not what they have done here.

It doesnt help if you have freaking skynet running your security system on your truck. With those gigantic plasict door handles and crook with a hammer and a screwdriver can jimmy your door and open it as if you used the key bypassing the whole system. No one listens to car alarms anymore so thats no good. Maybe they wont steal the truck, but if you have things inside unsecured that can be taken in the blink of an eye. Happened to me in broad daylight next to a busy highway. Crook smashed the doorhandle/lock cylinder and got into the truck probably faster than I could with the real key, didnt even set the alarm off. Probably didnt even hit it hard enough to do more than sound the warning chirp most high dollar alarms have. I suppose if I had a keyfob pager alert alarm then I could have gone out in the parking lot and confronted the thief, not really my cup of tea given that one items that got lifted was a loaded 40S&W Glock that they smashed the lid of the center console to get (whole f***s lot of good the locks on that did for me... right?).

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BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA that hemi lol thinks he's something special. Ford had 80 bit key encryption since 2011.

@ Alex - the actual numbers of vehicles stolen IS greater for Ford or Chevy due to the fact that there are more of them but the number of units per 1,000 is still the same. The ratio's do not change based sales volume. Canadians buy more pickups per capita than the USA but they sell a lot more pickups per volume in the USA.

Congratulation to Ford. Robber friendly truck.

I would have thought steering locks were a necessity on any vehicle? I don't recall driving a vehicle for the last 20 years not fitted with a steering lock.

The problem with manufacturer security systems is that they tend to be 'outdated' by crims almost as soon as they are implemented.


@The Real Lou
Here's a link and a couple of paragraphs on how Canada may approach the UNECE and FMVSS in Canada. The link is a government Study or Impact Statement on the incorporation of UNECE in Australia. It shows how we can buy US vehicles as well as Euro vehicles. UNECE is quite a flexible model.


1.2 Australia’s Dual Standards System
Australia has a dual standards system for new motor vehicles. An ADR may directly specify
technical and performance requirements, as well as allow alternative standards to be met
instead. The alternative standards are typically the same UNECE regulations as those directly
Forty-seven ADRs have been fully harmonised with UNECE regulations. Fully harmonised
means that a manufacturer only needs to provide evidence of a UNECE approval, or a valid
test to the requirements of a regulation, in order to demonstrate compliance with an ADR.
Seven ADRs have been partially harmonised with UNECE Regulations. These ADRs are
harmonised, except that there are some additional Australian requirements that must also be

The reason why Dodge/Ram isn't on this list is because of the smart key design (which they got from Mercedes). Instead of a typical key fob, The 4th gen Rams (SLT trim and up) uses an IR blaster with encryption to turn on ignition. Ford and GM do not offer this, though GM is offering something similar with the Denali and Chevy High Country package for 2014 and I'm sure Ford will do the same with their next generation of trucks.

@Big Al from Oz - steering locks have been mandatory and around for decades but they have been very easy to disable. HD pickups were the last bastion of regular keys due to the utilitarian nature of HD's. Chipped keys are expensive and to supply them to a multi-driver fleet raises fleet costs.
As HD's expanded into the high end markets with 70-80K price tags, they became the preferred target of criminals.
Criminally - trucks serve a dual purpose in crime - they are a valuable black market commodity and are commonly used in other crime. They can tow stolen machinery, campers etc., you can empty the contents of a house or shop into the box or ATV's, sleds, bikes etc.
Another factor that makes HD's so popular is their size and mass coupled with 4x4 make them a difficult to stop get away vehicle.

@Toyota still not a full line manufacturer w/o a heavy duty offering,

Shows how much you know!

Ever bother to check out Hino Motors? Yeah, Toyota owns that heavy truck maker that makes your little full-size HD's look like child's play!

I agree with hemi lol, Toyota has had key anti-theft systems for quite some time.

But let's take a look at the tailgate theft issue. First you have to think like a criminal to understand them. Nobody is going to walk up to a F-150 or GM and bust out tools until they find the right ones to steal the tailgate!

They most likely practiced this with their own pickups to get really good at it and know what tools to bring! So now you know who is stealing those tailgates from Ford and GM and it is your own brand-kind drivers!

Prove me wrong!

Not surprised to see Cadillac Escalade or Ford trucks on that list...

So, you are driving your 80 bit secured King Ranch (or whatever). You come to a stop light. Mr. Car Thief bumps into you from behind. You get all pissed off, storm out of your truck and start yelling at Mr. Car Thief for being so stupid and blind. Mr. Car Thief steps out of his car with his big pistol, you freak out, and Mr. Car Thief's accomplice takes your keys and drives off with your truck. Mr. Car Thief splits too, and your truck is gone. Don't give me any bull about how you're a big man and drive around with a pistol yourself, because when you are caught by surprise and are P.O.'ed you are not going to realize you are being set up.

I don't know if what you stating about OnStar is accurate.

We've had speed and red light cameras for decades in Australia. In Australia we have number plates on our vehicles for vehicle identification. The camera produces and image of your vehicle with the number plate. The number plate has to be assigned a 'home' and 'owner'.

The fine is then sent to the corresponding address in the traffic authority's data bank.

We also have number plate recognition cameras in police vehicles. These devices are constantly capturing vehicle images and processing number plates. If one is for a vehicle of interest, the appropriate (hopefully) action is carried out.

I do think it is a bit of a scare mongering comment you've made.

Even the NSA has that much information it can't accurately process the data. In other words the amount of information governments amass can never be processed and sometime found.

Just look at how hard it can be to process what we amass on our hard drives and smart phones, then multiply that by trillions times trillions. Mind boggling.

You know, a lot of you are talking as though these numbers represent trucks stolen--they don't. They represent trucks broken into or otherwise damaged by burglars and choppers. It's tailgates taken, windows broken, door handles jimmied, wheels taken and who knows whatever else may have been removed from them. As such, Ford and GM take the top 10 places of all forms of motor vehicle break-ins leaving all those other brands as "more secure". Remember, these are numbers based on a per-1000 of each vehicle type, not total numbers of each brand's model.

It is easier to get away with stealing something that is more common. Also a lot easier to sell stolen parts for a ford truck when there are so many more ford trucks on the road. I have no doubt that has a lot to do with the f250 at the top of this list. The f250 is MUCH more likely to be used as a work truck than a Toyota and definitely more common on worksites than chevy or dodge. So it makes sense they would be more prone to damage. Ford parts, especially tailgates, are in high demand. You can say it's because they are too weak if you're a blind fanboy for another brand, but I've put the tailgate on my f-250 through hell, as well as the rest of the truck, and I know it's built plenty strong and durable for what it is if you don't overdo it.

With that said I'm sure ford could improve the security of their trucks. My ram has more advanced security, but I don't like having to pay $100 for a spare key, and where I live getting my truck stolen or parts stolen is NEVER a concern. I prefer the simplicity of my F250, even if you can break into and start it with a screw driver.

LOCKING GAS CAP ! My 2013 pickup has enough security except NO locking gas cap, or better yet a locking gas cap door! We have too many bad eggs in my neighborhood that pour sugar or a bottle of coke a cola in the gas tanks and ruin the engine.
Its not about stealing gas cause they can't get a hose down the tank cause of the flapper, when they steal gas they simply drill holes in the bottom of the gas tank, the reason for the locking gas cap is to keep criminals from pouring anything in there!
I WISH the car makers would understand that!

RAM isn't on that list because they have far more superior security than Super Duties. Super Duties still use a metal key and RAMS have push button start or electric keys.

I'm not worried about theft, in fact I let the keys in my Ram hoping someone will steel it, not lucky enough yet though.


Agreed. Not a lot of crime where I live, but that has actually been a problem, especially with tractors. With a tractor that can result in a $30,000 repair.

Hey expedition I was at my local Toyota dealership today and asked to test drive one of those big bad Hino trucks you're bragging about, needed something more than a light duty with a pick up bed but certainly not clas 6/7 - they didn't know what I was talking about. What gives?? A fluke? I guess I'll try a few more dealerships.

And since it was called out that Ford does have this whiz bang 80 bit encryption, now it matters who had it first? That's the come back, haha.

Make fun of the door keypad all you want but when I go to the beach, woods, boating, etc and don't want to worry about losing my keys it's pretty darn cool to keep them in the truck and still be able to lock it up.

Hino is a separate product line. Google Hino trucks and see what you come up with.

Rambox = better security

Local classified add in my area always has Toyota Tacoma tailgates for sale but never any tailgates from any other brand of pickup.
The thief robs your tailgate, the next day you see a picture of it (same color) on the local classified add, you call the police but there's nothing they can do unless you can prove that its yours, no secret markings, no ID plate, no bar code to prove its off your truck.
Another scam you guys should know about is criminals will steal and switch your license plate and you won't even notice cause the criminal will install your license plate on his similar truck then run off from the local gas station without paying for the gas, the clerk or the camera gets the license plate number and the police show up at YOUR house and charge you with the crime!

More security features means more control for "authority" figures!

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