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Tailgate Theft Prevention
This FAQs page answers several of our most frequently asked questions regarding the Gate Keeper® tailgate protection product. Please browse through the list, if you don't see what you want to know, contact us and we will get answers for you.
Q: I have never heard that thieves steal tailgates, why do they do that and is it common?
A: Tailgate theft has been a problem since way back in the 1970s when trucks were becoming more popular in many areas. As tailgates become damaged from use, or accidents, it is common for thieves to seek out a similar gate, remove it, and use it as their own or sell it to unscrupulous shops or yards who then resell it to honest people who just need a new gate. Most tailgates are removable without tools, so a thief can take one off in less than 20 seconds, usually without setting off any alarm or attracting much attention. Replacements from new vehicle dealers are VERY expensive, often more than $1,000 after paint and assembly, therefore there is a healthy market for stolen tailgates.
Q: I already have a locking handle on my tailgate, why would I want a Gate Keeper®?
you're ever in a situation where you leave your vehicle and have the gate
down or unlocked, the Gate Keeper®will still protect your tailgate
from easy removal. Also, if you have your locking handle unlocked during
the course of the day, then forget to lock it, the Gate Keeper® will
be there to protect your property. A good example is ATV riders who park their truck and leave the gate down while riding. We often get calls where the truck owner returns from riding only to find his/her trucks tailgate is gone! When left down, the locking handles don't do any good!
Q: Do I need to drill any holes to mount the Gate Keeper®?
A: No. Each model bolts on using factory holes already in you truck.
Q: I tow a fifth wheel trailer and would like a Gate Keeper® for my flow through gate. Do you make one for that?
A: If you drive a Ford truck (87 and newer), a GM truck (88-98), or a Dodge truck (1500 series 02 and newer or 2500/3500 series 03 and newer), there is a good possibility that our Gate Keeper® will work fine, depending on the manufacturer of your flow through gate. If you drive a GM truck 99 or newer, it is most likely that a hole will need to be drilled on the flow through gate in order to bolt our part on.
We are trying to catalog as many manufacturers of flow through gates as possible to determine which gates our Gate Keeper® will work with. This has become a large task, so if you have any information we can use, please email or call us. We plan to add a list of flow through manufacturers on each Gate Keeper® model description page which will work with that particular model of our product.
Choose the model for your truck from the model list.
See our installation tutorials to see an installation with photos for most models.
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