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Old 07-01-2016, 09:29 PM   #1
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Theft of tailgates with built-in cameras

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I just finished reading a report about there being a big market for pickup truck tailgates with backup cameras. The insurance industry says there have been more than 1,700 claims for stolen tailgates. They say there have been many more that have not been claimed as their deductibles were higher or didn't want their rates to increase. Who would have thought it?
They say the tailgates can cost upward of $3,000 each and recommends you lock your tailgate if you have that ability, or back it up to a wall or tree as it has to be opened to steal it. Honestly, I never gave it a thought before. I now keep it "key locked". Just FYI.
I hope this is the right thread to post this info.
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Old 07-01-2016, 09:48 PM   #2
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I just finished reading a report about there being a big market for pickup truck tailgates with backup cameras. The insurance industry says there have been more than 1,700 claims for stolen tailgates. They say there have been many more that have not been claimed as their deductibles were higher or didn't want their rates to increase. Who would have thought it?
They say the tailgates can cost upward of $3,000 each and recommends you lock your tailgate if you have that ability, or back it up to a wall or tree as it has to be opened to steal it. Honestly, I never gave it a thought before. I now keep it "key locked". Just FYI.
I hope this is the right thread to post this info.
I remove my tailgate to keep any issues to a minimum when I am out for more than a weekend plus it weights about 75 pounds or so.
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Old 07-01-2016, 09:49 PM   #3
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I use a game cam to watch over our boat when parked in the water near the TT. It can also be used on your RV, just put it on a tree out of sight and high enough it won't be seen. I have it secured with a stainless steel cable around the tree and a lock. Even drove off once and forgot it. Went back a week later and it was still there with plenty of pix of the campers after us and several raccoons. You can set them for snapshots or video and 32GB is a lot of pix [several thousand].
We also have three scare lights that we never turn off even in storage.
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I just finished reading a report about there being a big market for pickup truck tailgates with backup cameras. The insurance industry says there have been more than 1,700 claims for stolen tailgates. They say there have been many more that have not been claimed as their deductibles were higher or didn't want their rates to increase. Who would have thought it?
They say the tailgates can cost upward of $3,000 each and recommends you lock your tailgate if you have that ability, or back it up to a wall or tree as it has to be opened to steal it. Honestly, I never gave it a thought before. I now keep it "key locked". Just FYI.
I hope this is the right thread to post this info.
Just removed the tailgate from my 4 day of F350 and replaced it with a Husky aluminum 5er tailgate. Do not miss the camera and do not miss the constant beep when backing with the tailgate down. Beep works without the camera but this tailgate does not set it off when down.
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I just finished reading a report about there being a big market for pickup truck tailgates with backup cameras. The insurance industry says there have been more than 1,700 claims for stolen tailgates. They say there have been many more that have not been claimed as their deductibles were higher or didn't want their rates to increase. Who would have thought it?
They say the tailgates can cost upward of $3,000 each and recommends you lock your tailgate if you have that ability, or back it up to a wall or tree as it has to be opened to steal it. Honestly, I never gave it a thought before. I now keep it "key locked". Just FYI.
I hope this is the right thread to post this info.
Around this area your tailgate is safe ...... the thieves leave them on as they steal the entire truck too much trouble just stealing the tailgate ........ sad but true.............

Just kidding but you are right our nephew had his tailgate stolen in Texas.........


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I purchased a 5th wheel tailgate that I have on my truck 85% of the time. The other 15% with the factory tailgate is for times when I need a tailgate that will hold some weight or simply for a change in eye candy for my truck.


I went to Amazon and purchased a small back up camera for under $20 then to the Ford dealer to purchase a rear wire harness for the factory back up camera and wired it to the Amazon purchased camera. This works just as well as the OEM tailgate camera set up for around a $32 investment.
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We keep ours locked.
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I've heard the value of a stolen tailgate is the aluminum. The camera isn't worth very much.
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I installed one of the following so my tailgate is locked whenever the truck is locked.
https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Lock-PL82...eywords=pl8250
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Old 07-12-2016, 10:50 PM   #10
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A simple $2 hose clamp installed on the right hinge will eliminate 90% of thefts. The clamp keeps it from just being lifted off.

Or for about $20 you can get a keyed hinge lock.
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