Elk Grove Tailgate Thieves
Why would a thief take my tailgate?
Because trucks with backup cameras are a super hot commodity among crooks. These crooks are targeting your truck’s tailgate to steal the camera which they can sell for some quick cash.
Increase in Tailgate Thefts between Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova
Sacramento Police indicate that the region between Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove (and everywhere in between) has been hit hard by tailgate thieves going after back up cameras.
How does the thief do it?
Elk Grove tailgate thieves pull up to a pickup truck, pull the tailgate down and cut the cords. It takes all of thirty seconds.
What can I do to protect my tailgate?
John Tran of Auto Tech Service and Repair located in Elk Grove recommends having a lock installed on your tailgate. Also, he suggests installing an after-market alarm that will go off if someone begins monkeying with your tailgate. He says you might even consider putting a truck lid (cover) on there–that way you will have two locks.
Any preventative measure you can take that will make it more difficult and time-consuming for a thief to remove an item from your vehicle is a good idea.
We just suggest that you start with locks and alarms. Another good preventative tool is to install motion-sensing lighting in and around where you park your vehicle.
Is it just the back up camera thieves are after?
Lately, it has been the backup cameras that are being stolen. However, we know that even the tailgate itself can fetch a fine payday for a thief. The cost to replace a tailgate can run a few thousand dollars.
Elk Grove Police Department
If you notice any kind of tailgate behavior in your neighborhood that looks suspect, please contact the Elk Grove Police Department at (916) 478-8000.
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