ATWATER VILLAGE — Police have warned car and truck owners to be aware of a spike in catalytic converter thefts. But thieves are also interested in other auto parts, including tailgates. That’s what an Atwater truck owner named Paul discovered after the tailgate of his black Ford pickup was stolen this week while parked in front of his home on Brunswick Avenue. When he reported the crime to police, he was told that tailgate as well as catalytic converters thefts were on the rise.
Why would anyone want to steal a tailgate? Paul explains:
The tailgates are $3,500 brand new (Mine had the built in camera and steps) so they have a good resale value for thieves and unscrupulous body shops. The tailgates only take about 30 seconds to remove and mine was taken in a well lit area.
If you want to hold on to your tailgate, park with your truck tail against a wall or garage or buy a tailgate lock that costs around $20, Paul said. Truck owners, he said, have “to take care and be