Police to Hold Crime Prevention Event This Saturday

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The Duncanville Police Department is warning residents about a growing crime problem in the Metroplex.

The theft of pick-up tailgates and SUV 3rd row seats has become an ever-increasing problem. And, the police department says it is an easy crime to prevent.

“Simple locks like getting a bicycle cable lock and running it through the clasp in the floor, up through the frame and locking it,” is a low-cost and effective measure to keep the easily removable 3rd row seat from being taken according to officer Doug Sisk.

Sisk is the crime prevention and community relation officer for the Duncanville Police Department.

pickup_tailgateAccording to Sisk, something as inexpensive as a hose clamp can keep a pickup tailgate from being taken.

The reason these items are such a hot commodity, is the ease at which they can be taken. Sometimes they can be stolen in less than 15 seconds.

Another enticing factor is the easy money and the difficulty in tracing these parts back to the crimes.

When Sisk was asked about the resale value of a tailgate he said, “they may sell them for anywhere between $100 and $500 to a body shop.” A quick online search showed that the parts could be sold for as much as $2,500.

The Duncanville Police Department will be holding an anti-theft event this weekend to show residents how to better secure their vehicles.

Residents can come to the Duncanville City Hall parking lot at 203 E. Wheatland Road from 9 to 11 am this Saturday, June 27.

For more information on this event, or how to reduce other crimes of opportunity, you can contact Officer Doug Sisk at 972-780-5027.