First-Ever NICB Report Tracks Truck Tailgate Thefts

A new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reveals that tailgate thefts are on the rise. While the total number is a far cry from the amount of vehicle thefts that occur annually, the projected increase is 18 percent for the 2011-2012 year.

The first-time report from the NICB analyzed tailgate thefts from January 1, 2006 through September 30, 2012 that occurred across the country. Approximately 1,343 claims were made in 45 states.

Of those claims, 5 percent (or 70 claims) were for the 2008 Ford F-250 and 48 claims were made for the 2010 Ford F-150 tailgate.

Why the fascination in pickup tailgates? Well, they can be removed in less than 30 seconds and they go for $1,000 or more. The 2007 Chevrolet Silverado (39 claims) 2008 Chevrolet Silverado (36 claims) and the 2011 Ford F-250 (35 claims) rounded out the top five trucks with stolen tailgates.

As for the top five states, Texas claimed the top spot with 451 claims, followed by California (272 claims), Arizona (125 claims), Florida (86 claims), and Nevada (36 claims).

According to the NICB, there are a few things you can do to help prevent tailgate theft. Most are pretty straight forward, but you’d be surprised how many car owners fail to follow these safety precautions:

First, use the integrated tailgate lock. If it can’t be opened, it can’t be stolen unless they take the whole car. Next, park as close to a structure or object as you can, so the tailgate is obstructed. Finally, etch the vehicle identification number (VIN) into the tailgate. It makes it harder for thieves to sell, and easier for the police to identify and recover your property.

Click here to download the complete NICB report.