Ford Trucks Hot in North Texas – With Thieves
F-250 Among Most-Stolen Models
It’s no great mystery that pickup trucks are popular in Texas. Perhaps no other region or state in the country is as synonymous with pickup trucks or truck culture than the Lone Star State. However, the flipside to trucks’ popularity with buyers is popularity with thieves. There is a high demand for salvage and spare parts from “chop shops” that illegally dismantle stolen vehicles to sell the parts cheaply to unethical repair shops or individuals looking for low-priced components.
A Dallas/Fort Worth NBC affiliate did a report on the rise in truck thefts in the North Texas “Metroplex” area, with the city of Dallas leading the way with 200 reported truck thefts for the year. Fort Worth had 60 reported thefts, and the city of Garland reporting 44 thefts. Often, the illegal chop shops are clandestinely located in residential areas. Tarrant County investigators, where Fort Worth is situated, found $50,000 worth of dismantled parts in a residential neighborhood.
In Irving, of the 55 thefts reported so far for 2016, 22 of them have been Ford F-250s. Statewide, 2,440 truck thefts have been reported through the end of March. Ford truck models are the most commonly stolen, with GM trucks coming in second and Dodge/Ram trucks coming in third. The Texas-built Toyota Tacoma and Tundra were not among the top most-stolen trucks in the state.