By on September 5, 2014

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Texas pickup truck owners may need to do more than lock up their daughters from the brodeo clowns tearing up the country music charts (or wanting to, anyway), as the state is No. 1 with a bullet in tailgate thefts.

According to Autoblog, the National Insurance Crime Bureau tracked tailgate thefts from New Year’s Day 2012 through New Year’s Eve 2013, and found Texas reported the most claims with 752. In addition, six of the Lone Star State’s cities also held the most claims of any location in the United States, with Houston coming in at No. 1 with 145 claims. The second- and third-leading states, California and Arizona, pale in comparison.

Overall, thefts climbed 31 percent from 831 cases to 1,090 between 2012 and 2013, with no clear sign explaining the rise. NICB representative Frank Scafidi offered that the increase may correlate with the expanded awareness surrounding the issue of filing insurance claims on such thefts.

As for how to prevent thieves from making off with your tailgate, the bureau suggests using hinge locks that keep the tailgate from opening.



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34 Comments on “NICB: Texas No. 1 In Tailgate Theft Claims...”

  • avatar

    This really sux and besmirches the Great state of TEXAS .

    Those who have not yet gone there , need to , it’s a wonderful place to vacation .


    • 0 avatar

      “it’s a wonderful place to vacation…”

      …and have your tailgate stolen.

      • 0 avatar

        I live in Oregon (1-8 thefts last year).

        I religiously lock my tailgate.

        (I also wonder how many non-claimed thefts happened; people with collision/liability only insurance obviously aren’t going to be making tailgate theft claims…

        What I really want is a *rate* chart, of claims per truck with appropriate insurance, though I don’t know that the Insurers would make that available.)

  • avatar

    Would be interesting to see this data on a per registered pickup truck basis; Texas has a whole lot of pickup trucks.

    • 0 avatar

      +1. Came here to say this.

      It’s interesting to see just 1-8 claims in well-populated states where trucks are very popular – AL, SC, TN, VA. Sparsely populated states such as MT, WY, NE all have a similar number of claims. SD reported 0 claims!

  • avatar

    We like being #1

  • avatar

    Along with the number of registered trucks in each state (rpol35), the data could be better explained with the following information:

    1. crime/theft rate in each state
    2. number of insured trucks in each state
    3. how many truck owners’ insurance policies cover tailgate theft
    4. among those owners, how many are even aware that tailgate theft can be claimed

  • avatar

    An average of one tailgate theft a day in a state with as many pickups as Texas is worthy of a news article? Coverage of this is bound to be motivated by some sort of agenda. Is it to justify higher insurance rates? To promote tailgate theft, as most criminals obviously don’t know about the opportunities? To claim a statistic where Texas is worse than the fallen civilizations its residents are leaving behind? Whatever it is, nobody really cares that much about 1,100 tailgate thefts in a country the size of the US.

  • avatar

    eh, if it ever happens a cow tailgate can be had for sub 200.

  • avatar

    Not surprised to see Florida high up, but then again, most of the rednecks around me drive with the tailgate down because they think they’ll get better gas mileage. Oh no, I just pulled the pin and threw that one into the conversation!!

  • avatar

    My just-above-stripper 2014 Ram locks the tailgate along with the doors: problem solved.

  • avatar

    So I assume these stolen tailgates are being sold to replaced damaged ones?

  • avatar

    I don’t know why manufacturers still have easy to remove tailgates because with the rare exception of slide in campers or work bodies, the only people that remove tailgates are thefts.

    • 0 avatar

      OEMs have nothing to lose, all win, unless/until the NICB makes a big stink about it. But I’ll leave my tailgate off so forklift drivers don’t damage it loading and pushing forward a pallet of brick, block, concrete mix or sod, etc. And it’s easier to off load by hand. But since I never lock mine, I’ll trap the eyelet-hanger under the striker. It would take tools and time to steal the tail gate.

      The hose clamp thing is another easy trick.

  • avatar
    DC Bruce

    Weird. South Dakota is probably more agricultural than Texas, and is at the bottom of the scale.

    Of course, these figures aren’t normalized for population; and Texas has far more people than does South Dakota.

    I’m not sure why there’s any great value in a tailgate, unless this is some sort of dick-move prank.

    In any event, I think most new trucks lock the tailgate as the same time as the doors are locked.

    And yes, a number of wind tunnel tests confirm that a pickup with an empty bed has less drag at speed with the tailgate up, than with it down. Having a bed cover improves matters further, but not as much as one would think.

    • 0 avatar

      It’s partly due to the population number difference, and partly due to the population difference itself: Outside of Sioux Falls and Rapid City, you could probably leave your house and car both unlocked and no one would bother you. It’s just something inherent from generations of Lutheran and Methodist upbrigings; even those who didn’t come from those backgrounds know that theft is wrong and generally more trouble than it’s worth.

  • avatar

    Wait till they start making them out of aluminium.

  • avatar

    I see a correlation between population, poverty and rates of pickup ownership. The PNW has lots of pickups but lower poverty rates and smaller populations. Texas, Florida, California and Arizona have lots of people, lots of poverty and lots of tailgate thefts. New England has fewer pickups, plus in Upstate New York all the tailgates rusted out before they could be stolen.

  • avatar

    O.K. , I knew someone would make some comment about poor Bubbbas , I am not so sure they’re the ones stealing tail gates .

    Prolly kids looking for dope money .

    I know a guy who bought a new loaded up Ford Pickup and the tail gate has a built in step with a hand rail thing that folds _up_ out of it ~ I never saw anything like this until March , he says the tail gate co$t$ $3,800 if it gets pinched , unlike me , he’ll never work his truck nor park it @ the Junk Yard .

    I occasionally rent a pickup for hauling home a dead Moto for someone , I then like the easily removed tail gate as it makes a dandy loading ramp and it’s always all scratched up anyway so no worries .

    One of the best aspects about my Work Truck is : it was sold to a ranch new in TEXAS and the dealer had a step bumper added as is common but _this_ one is cleverly made so the tail gate hangs straight down when you un hook the chains , making it near impossible to dent with a fork lift and I can walk right up to the edge of the bed and not have to lean in over the open gate when loading….

    All the ” Old Truck Enthusiasts ” who see it , ask me when I’m going to junk this priceless bumper and add a roll pan or cheapo Chinese !CHROME ! rear bumper….

    Trucks are MADE FOR WORK ! .

    I have no beef if you want AC , Slushbox , a comfy seal and so on but really , it’s a TOOL .


  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    How many people live in Texas? How many people live in Arizona?

    Maybe you have a greater chance of losing your tailgate in Arizona?

    • 0 avatar

      You are more likely to have your tail gate stolen in Arizona. Almost twice as likely infact. In Texas, there are 28 stolen tailgates reported per million people. In Arizona, there are 51 tailgates reported stolen per million people.

    • 0 avatar

      Tucson and Phoenix have very high property crime and vehicle theft rates, but violent crime rates are relatively low. People will steal $hit fom you in Arizona. Even coming from the scapper’s paradise of Metro Detroit, I was suprised at the level of larceny in Tucson.

      Someone stole my mountain bike when we first moved to Tucson. I had it locked up outside of our apartment. Someone cut the heavy duty lock and tried to ride it away. Too bad for him that I had taken the chain off. I caught his a$$ on foot while my wife called the police. Here’s the big surprise: he entered the country illeagally.

  • avatar

    This has to be wrong, the media explained all “undocumented workers” are simply DREAMERs wanting a better life. Oh wait…

  • avatar

    I’m surprised Virginia is so low and Ohio so high as opposed to being reversed.

  • avatar

    Obviously, South Dakotans drive down to Texas to steal tailgates.

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