Ongoing Trend on Ford Pickup Trucks Targeted by Thieves

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Taillights missing

ABC13 Houston reported a taillight theft incident in 2021. The owner parked his Ford F-250 in the Greenway Plaza area, where many pickup trucks and other vehicles were parked. While the owner was at work, he didn’t realize that burglars would target his F-250 in the parking lot. After being gone for about 3 hours, the owner noticed that the taillights on his truck were missing.

Theft rates in the US

Burglary rates were up in many cities in the United States. In previous years, Texas was the leading state with the most reported incidents of theft. But in 2020, California toppled Texas with 168,322 reports, while Florida is in the third spot.

Are pickup trucks easy to steal?

Many truck owners are baffled by how the thieves carry out their crimes as they can finish the misdemeanor in under a minute.

Preventing auto theft

Here are some things you can do to deter theft:

  • Audible alarm system
  • Wheel locks
  • Steering wheel lock
  • Steering column collar
  • Theft-deterrent decals
  • Window etching

Protect your pickup

According to the NICB, the F-series is the most stolen vehicle model even before the pandemic. Ford’s full-size trucks are the best-selling models — so, unsurprisingly, it has been the common target of thieves. In previous years, burglars did not just get the taillights of Ford pickup trucks — they stole the entire vehicle from where it was parked.

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