Tailgate theft by state from 2012 and 2013If you live in Texas and own a pickup, you might want to guard your truck's tailgate from thieves. A recently released study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau looking at tailgate thefts found that from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2013, the Lone Star State led the country in this crime. Also, the problem may have gotten worse because the numbers jumped 31 percent from 2012 to 2013.

Over the two-year period, Texas led the nation's tailgate thefts with 752 claims, compared to California with 334 and Arizona with 207. Combined, those three represented a significant 67 percent of the total cases found by the NICB. Not only was Texas on top of the list, it had six cities with most tailgate thefts nationwide, including Houston in the lead with 145.

To collect this data, the NICB analyzed insurance claims for stolen tailgates from pickups across the country. In 2012, it found 831 cases of the crime and 1,090 in 2013. Bureau spokesperson Frank Scafidi told Autoblog that "it's hard to know with confidence" the reason for the rapid rise in claims. Though, he speculated that it could simply have been more awareness of the problem for people to file it with their insurance.

According to the bureau, there's a high black-market demand for tailgates and thieves are feeding it. They can be stolen relatively quickly, and in some cases the NICB even found criminals going to malls or even car dealers to steal from multiple pickups at once. The crime can be easily prevented with hinge locks that keep the tailgate from opening, though. Scroll down to read the NICB's statement about the study or read the entire thing as a Word document, here.
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NICB: 2013 Tailgate Thefts Rise 31 Percent Compared to 2012

Texas, California and Arizona Most Active

DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 3, 2014 - The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released a new report that shows that insured tailgate thefts rose from 831 in 2012 to 1,090 in 2013-an increase of 31 percent.

The report reviews claims data submitted by insurance companies between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013.

The top three states for tailgate thefts during this period were: Texas (752), California (334) and Arizona (207). The cities reporting the most thefts were: Houston (145), San Antonio (125) and Dallas (91).

The top three cities for tailgate thefts were: Houston (145), San Antonio (125), and Dallas (91).

The underground market is lively for items that can be acquired at a fraction of their legitimate cost. Tailgates are no exception. While many of these stolen tailgates end up on similar vehicles, others are simply sold for scrap, which contributes to the nationwide problem of metal theft.

Tailgate thefts can occur anywhere; several episodes of multiple thefts have occurred in single locations, such as auto dealers' lots and shopping malls. Since a tailgate theft takes just seconds to accomplish, consumers might consider using an after-market security device, such as a hinge lock to thwart criminals.

View the complete report here.

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword "fraud" to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on our website. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote $371 billion in insurance premiums in 2013, or more than 78 percent of the nation's property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 93 percent ($168 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.

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