Tailgate thefts on the rise in Central Texas

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist ERIN COKER

kvue.com

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 10:20 PM

AUSTIN -- Police are cracking down on a growing trend: tailgate thefts.

Easy access and easy removal make pickup trucks popular in Texas. Unfortunately, those same things make them popular among thieves.

"[Tailgates are] designed to be quickly and easily removed by the vehicle owner," said Sgt. Steven McDaniel with the Round Rock Police Department.

McDaniel said someone stole a tailgate Monday night in Round Rock. This week, Round Rock police have had five tailgates reported stolen.

In the past year, hundreds of tailgates have been stolen in Travis and Williamson County.

Robert Perryman has one of the most commonly stolen trucks: a Ford pickup. It has a lock, but he said he's never locked it.

"I don't even know if I have a key that works it," Perryman said.

Someone stole Francian Cobb's tailgate last Thursday. She said it was locked.

"We were in complete shock," Cobb said. "Nothing else was stolen off the vehicle."

The police department offered three suggestions to protect your pickup: keep your tailgate locked, back up your truck next to a garage door or wall and etch the vehicle identification number into the tailgate.

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