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Tailgate thefts seen in Albany

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Two pickup trucks at M&M Auto Sales on West Oglethorpe Boulevard in Albany are minus their tailgates Wednesday.  They were apparently stolen sometime Tuesday.

In this case, Dodge Ram pickups were targeted, and the tailgates cost between $800 and $1,000, typically. Some of the fancier style with video cameras can run into the thousands.

While tailgate theft is not yet widespread in South Georgia, it's enough of a problem nationally that the national Insurance Crime Bureau published a report on the topic in February.

The NICB report said that tailgate thefts reported climbed 18% from 2011 to 2012.

The problem is most widespread in Texas, with about a third of the national total reported there. California was second followed by Arizona, and Florida was fourth,  

NICB says tailgate thefts have been a problem since the '70s, but it's on the rise. Frequently crooks steal them to re-sell on Craig's List, or even to turn in for the value of the metal.

Without special locks, they're easy to steal, and they are not serialized.

Tuff Truckin in Albany is one of the auto parts dealers that sell tailgate locks, to prevent those thefts.

"Absolutely," said Tuff Truckin sales representative Corey Gamble.  "I mean if it's a problem, of course it's an easy fix. It's 20 bucks. You can spend 20 bucks to save your tailgate or spend 15 hundred to get a new one."

See the report HERE. 

The NICB offers these tips to help you keep your tailgate:

  • First, if your model has an integrated lock, use it. If a tailgate can't be opened, it can't be stolen as easily. If you don't have one, get one; they are relatively inexpensive.
  • Park with the tailgate as close as you can to an object or a structure to prevent the tailgate from opening.
  • Etch the truck's vehicle identification number (VIN) or your own personal identification number into the tailgate; this will aid in its recovery and may prevent its theft in the first place. 

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