Tailgating: It’s not just for football games any more

September 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

I used to keep a a list of Texas bests and worsts — the good things that Texas ranked last in, and the bad things that Texas ranked first in. I quit keeping count when the list spilled onto a second sheet of paper and I lost interest. It was sort of like beating my opponent 106-0 in six-man football. The game ceased to be interesting after the century mark had been broken. I had proven my point.

But now for something completely different, and certainly not as shameful as the contents of my old list, just amusing, and not surprising since there are probably more pick-em-up trucks than bathtubs in Texas (and probably even more than houses with indoor plumbing in some counties) … . Texans have an estimated 14 percent of all pickups in the country.

Thieves are cashing in on tailgates belonging to pickups. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports a 31 percent increase in stolen tailgates from 2012 to 2013.

Texas, not surprisingly, leads the nation in these thefts, and the big cities are where it’s happening. Houston, San Antonio and Dallas have the most claims, followed by Phoenix and Tucson. Lubbock Police Department reports only two or three cases each year.

There’s a black market for tailgates, which are being sold on Craigslist and eBay. Replacing a tailgate can cost as much as $3,000. And, after all, where’s the most common place you see “ouchies” on a pickup? That’s right …

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