Driving a pick-up in Texas? Better keep an eye on your Tailgate…

You might not pay much attention to your tailgate when you’re driving. But if you are driving in Texas, perhaps you should: the Lone Star state tops the states where you’re most likely to have your tailgate stolen. According to a report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) in August, Texas accounts for a staggering 39% (752 thefts) of all claims recorded in 2012 and 2013. California was next up with 334 thefts. Taken together, these two account for a staggering 67% of total cases. On the flip side, South Dakota was the only state without a recorded claim. And NICB saw an overall increase in the thefts reported rate of 31% between 2012 and 2013.

So just why are tailgates in such high demand? Well firstly, as any self-respecting pick-up driver knows, the darn things are rather easily damaged. Rear-end collisions, and hauling heavy loads are often the cause. And depending on how you like your tailgate, fitted with a back-up camera or other fancy electronics, and you can be looking at $3,000 for a new one. And the NICB cite the high cost of replacing tailgates as a direct driver of increasing demand. The study notes that stolen tailgates end up in the all the usual places such as Ebay and Craigslist. Thieves are becoming increasingly brazen. They are stealing tailgates from private vehicles, commercial vehicles, and even from ones parked on vehicle lots!

So what can you do to reduce the chances of coming face to face with your own tailgate on the Internet? The NICB notes the existence of a number of anti-lock devices – both manual and electronic – which usually fasten around the tailgate hinge. You can pick these up for as little as $20. In addition, it is recommended that owners park vehicles where possible in locked garages or back them up tight against walls.

You can read the NICB’s press release and whole report here

Posted by: Farra Majid on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 3:51 am in NEWS, Uncategorized