I recently attended our monthly Neighborhood Watch meeting. The Frisco Police Department kindly sent an officer to discuss recent trends in crime. I wanted to share some of these items with you.
Thieves are targeting trucks and stealing the tailgates. There were 7 thefts reported in Frisco one recent Sunday night. Three of them were on one street that had back alley entrances. This has been happening in large cities all over the country for about 5 years, but it is the latest crime trend to hit Frisco. Tailgates fetch easy money on Craigslist; up to $1,000. Here’s what you can do to protect your vehicle:
- Lock it. An integrated tailgate lock, if available on your vehicle is there for a reason – to prevent the tailgate from being opened. A thief can’t steal the tailgate without first opening it, so be sure to lock the tailgate when you leave your vehicle. If your truck doesn’t have one built in, you can buy tailgate locks at your local auto parts store or online.
- Park close. If you can’t park in your garage, back in and park as close to an object or structure as you can so there is no room to open the tailgate.
- Etch it. Taking the time to have the vehicle identification number (VIN) etched into the tailgate itself will help speed recovery time. Etching the VIN may even prevent thieves from attempting t