Thieves in Denver are Focusing on Ford Super Duty Pickups
More than 90 examples of the Ford F-250 and F-350 have been stolen since the beginning of the calendar year.
The Ford Super Duty is one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States so statistically, the F-250 and F-350 are among the most likely vehicles to be stolen. Unfortunately, those statistics are supported by real world data, with Super Duty pickups being among the most commonly stolen vehicles in America, but things are particularly bad in Denver, Colorado.
According to TheDenverChannel.com, thefts of the largest Ford F-Series pickups have been increasing, making these big trucks one of the most popular target for thieves in the Mile-High city. These trucks are likely popular moneymakers with crooks based on the fact that they are big, expensive vehicles with plenty of parts that are easy to sell online, but more importantly, big trucks like the F-250 and F-350 are hard to tuck away. Unlike a Ford Mustang GT or a Lincoln Continental, most garages won’t accommodate a Super Duty pickup, forcing owners to leave them outside overnight, but trucks aren’t just being stolen from owners’ driveways.
Expensive Valentine’s Day Dinner
The original report spoke with a 2005 Ford F-250 owner named Chad Boudreau, who took his fiancé out for a nice dinner on Valentine’s Day earlier this year. After a nice meal, they came out to the parking lot to find that the truck was gone, having been stolen from a crowded parking lot in a window of less than two hours. Boudreau jokingly calls it the most expensive meal he has ever had, factoring the cost of his truck into the price of the meal.
Fortunately, Boudreau got a call from the local police about a month later. They found his truck and it wasn’t completely destroyed, but it did have $4,000 worth of damage.
“I was so excited once I got that call, at least I knew what had happened to it,” said Boudreau. “I’ve owned a Power Stroke now for probably five or six years now — two of them — and two years ago they tried to steal my old truck twice, so I’m very familiar with that and know it’s a huge issue.”
He is right, too. According to Denver police, there have been more than 90 trucks sold since the beginning of 2019 and in mid-February, there were 12 Super Duties stolen in a single week. Figure that if there were 90 Ford trucks stolen in Denver between the beginning of January and the end of April, an F-250 or F-350 is being stolen roughly every 32 hours.
The original report also spoke with Kevin Vigil, who had his dark red F-250 (above) stolen in March while Sloane Eberly’s F-350 (below) was stolen earlier this month.
How to Protect Your Truck
The Denver police have reminded F-250 and F-350 owners to make sure not to leave their keys or key fobs in the truck, but that is just common sense. The police are also recommending that owners use some sort of theft deterrent device like a steering wheel club, as while that item won’t prevent a truck from being stolen, it might be enough to send the thief looking for a different victim.
Along similar lines, owners can install a hidden kill switch that will prevent the Ford truck from starting, but that won’t stop a thief from towing the vehicle away. To protect your truck in a situation like that, the only real protection is a tracking device that will allow authorities to find the truck once it has been stolen.
Finally, police suggest that Super Duty owners try to park in crowded, well-lit areas, but with the first truck mentioned above having been stolen in a crowded parking lot, it is clear that there is no safety in numbers when it comes to car theft.