Pickup Truck Drivers Beware: Tailgate Thefts on the Rise in Orlando Area

Your Ford truck takes you to one Florida destination to another with ease, giving you access to the tools you need to tow or haul your work equipment. What if your daily work plans are thwarted by a tailgate thief? That’s what is currently happening to many pickup truck drivers throughout the Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, Sanford, Altamonte Springs, and Casselberry region.

Trucks are being targeted due to the variety of features that modern tailgates contain. It takes around two weeks to locate all the parts needed for a replacement tailgate and it can be a hassle to deal with insurance companies, giving drivers an added headache. James Vogel here at Peacock Ford reports that tailgate thefts are steadily on the rise. Whereas our team previously replaced tailgates once every other month, this is now becoming a regular occurrence due to the technology and features included in new truck tailgates. Some trucks have expensive molding, cameras, folding steps, and ergonomic handles that make them a target to would-be tailgate thieves. Stolen tailgates are often sold or traded online through social media websites or Craigslist.

Insurance typically covers the cost of a replacement tailgate if you choose to file a police report, however you may need to contact your company to get the full amount. In the meantime, what can Florida drivers do to prevent tailgate thefts? We recommend keeping your vehicle in a secure garage when not in use and parking near cameras when you are out and about in the Orlando, Casselberry, Sanford, Altamonte Springs, and Winter Park region. If you drive a Ford pickup truck and have recently experienced a tailgate theft, we encourage you to visit a dealership like Peacock Ford to let our service technicians assemble a replacement.

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