Police today were warning pickup truck owners of a rash of tailgate thefts in Long Beach.
The tailgates, which are designed for easy removal, can cost up to $3,000 to replace, fueling black market demand, according to Long Beach police.
The most targeted models are pickup trucks made by Ford, Toyota, Dodge and Chevrolet and those with back-up cameras, police said.
“Most tailgates are not labeled with identification numbers, making it almost impossible to determine the owner if recovered by police,” according to a statement from the Long Beach Police Department.
Police offered the following tips for avoiding tailgate theft:
- Attach a hose clamp or after-market tailgate lock around the pivot point of the tailgate
- secure the vehicle in a garage, if possible
- when possible, park the
truck in a position that prevents the tailgate from being opened
- mark the tailgate with the
owner's driver license number or vehicle license plate number to help
law enforcement return it if it is recovered
Police say tailgates are being stolen at alarming rates across the U.S.
Anyone who is the victim of
such a crime should contact the Long Beach
police Auto Theft Detail at (562) 570-7272.
--City News Service