Tailgate thefts reported to insurance coverage corporations throughout the U.S. declined 5 p.c in 2017, a report exhibits, though it is unclear what number of such thefts go unreported to insurers.
In response to a report by the Nationwide Insurance coverage Crime Bureau, which maps the variety of tailgate thefts within the U.S. by way of insurance coverage claims, the variety of such thefts dropped to 1,788 in 2017 from 1,877 in 2016.
Total, the variety of thefts reported to insurers have slipped 6 p.c since 2014, although the precise variety of thefts reported to the police could also be “significantly larger” since not all thefts result in an insurance coverage declare, the NICB notes.
For 2016 and 2017 mixed, Texas had essentially the most tailgate theft claims (1,360), adopted by California (1,039); collectively, the states logged almost 65 p.c of the whole theft claims.
Michigan, Missouri, Nevada and South Carolina slipped into the highest 10 record for tailgate thefts for 2016 and 2017. Tailgate thefts in Nevada surged 245 p.c, when put next with the 2014-15 theft figures, and South Carolina thefts jumped 118 p.c.
The highest cities for tailgate theft for the 2016-17 figures are: Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and Fresno, Calif.
“With new tailgates retailing round $1,300, with even larger prices for some variants, the demand contributes to a thriving underground marketplace for automobile elements — a market fed with elements faraway from stolen automobiles,” the NICB stated in a press release.