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Tailgate thefts numbers for 2016 thru 2017 by state

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by NoDak, Feb 1, 2018.

  1. Feb 1, 2018 at 5:57 AM
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    NoDak

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  2. Feb 1, 2018 at 6:07 AM
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    WTF - why would any one take a effing tailgate? Man I know we non-Californians think Californians are a bit odd and Texas is well Texas - but tailgates. Some one please explain to my frozen midget mind.
     
  3. Feb 1, 2018 at 6:12 AM
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    tcBob

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    Put a clamp on mine shortly after getting my truck. Friend did the same and found his tailgate open but not stolen after an attempted theft.
     
  4. Feb 1, 2018 at 6:15 AM
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    Think about how easy a tailgate gets dented or smashed. Steal a good one and that's a quick couple hundred bucks on Craigslist or the like
     
  5. Feb 1, 2018 at 6:17 AM
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    Commocean

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    Easy to turn around for a quick sale, and you can get a good chunk of change for them to boot. Buddy of mine had the tailgate stolen from his brand new Ford F250 right in his driveway. Replacing the entire thing with all the goodies runs thousands of dollars.
     
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  6. Feb 1, 2018 at 6:17 AM
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    My dads f250 tailgate replacement last week $3200. I warned him to lock it. He left it unlocked for two days only
     
  8. Feb 1, 2018 at 6:31 AM
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    Holy shit, tail gate are big business I guess, thank you for the explanations. O know crime can happen anywhere, but I have never personally heard of anyone's tail gate getting stolen.
     
  9. Feb 1, 2018 at 7:39 AM
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  10. Feb 1, 2018 at 7:46 AM
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    PaulK

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    Or just add some big washers to the bolts where the cables attach to the bed so they can't be disconnected without tools. These are quick grab, rip out the camera wires, crimes of opportunity. If it doesn't come off quickly as expected, they will find another truck.

    That said, I have a Gate Keeper on mine too, but it's rusting so it's coming off in the spring. I really don't need the washers or the Gate Keeper anymore because I added a locking handle.
     
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    Not sure but I am on the research hunt for you
     
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  13. Feb 1, 2018 at 7:55 AM
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    Why must SC always make the dirty list? :frusty:
     
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    As noted above, no, but it seems no better than the cheap $2 hose clamp. Or just install a pop n lock like I did.
     
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  15. Feb 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM
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    How does a tailgate with a LOCK get stolen? I have no sympathy if you don't lock your tailgate and it gets stolen.
     
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    PaulK

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    Agree. There are lots of other fancy tailgate locks out there, but the washers and/or a hose clamp will stop theft in most cases.
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    Most guys use one of these and put the key in the cab.

    everbilt-repair-clamps-5y0649b-64_300.jpg

    Pop-n-locks are the best fix.
     
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  18. Feb 1, 2018 at 8:05 AM
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    DIY Pop and Lock + hose clamp... should deter those thieves..
     
  19. Feb 1, 2018 at 8:06 AM
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    My tailgate is coming off when I install my swingout tire carrier. No real need for it at that point.
     
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    Hose clamp here. Twisted it so i takes a small wrench to undo instead of just a flat screwdriver or nut driver.
     
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