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Tailgate Thefts Rising Across The Country

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DUNCANVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – Truck tailgate thefts are up across the country according to a new report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

In Duncanville, a suburb south west of Dallas, tailgate thefts this year have already reached a record.

In the first two months of 2013, Duncanville police have reported 16 cases of tailgate theft. In 2012, 13 cases were reported all year.

Alvin Hannah’s tailgate was stolen off his Ford F150 last week. He said it happened at night with his truck parked on his driveway at his Duncanville home.

“It’s a bad feeling for someone to go into your yard and take something,” he said.

Hannah said he never thought his tailgate was a target for thieves.

“Tailgate – that’s a new one for me,” he said.

Duncanville Police Officer Doug Sisk said unless truck owners etch a vehicle identification number into their tailgates, catching these thieves is often nearly impossible.

“(Tailgates) are so portable and easy to dispose of,” Sisk said.  “You can go to a body shop or a wrecking yard. They have no way to track them back to the vehicle they came from.”

However, Officer Sisk said preventing a theft is easy.

He suggests pick-up truck owners cover the hinges on the tailgate with a simple hose clamp.

The officer also added most of the tailgates stolen were not locked.

Hannah said when he replaces his tailgate he plans to park his truck at night close to his garage door so the tailgate won’t have room to open.

The Duncanville resident said he’ll be more cautious the next time now that he knows his tailgate is a target.

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