Police in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area warn that Ford Super Duty pickup trucks have become a favorite target for thieves. This year alone, dozens of trucks have already been reported stolen.
The Ford E-Series van has also proven a popular target.
Local news station KRON 4 spoke to police in the area, who might have some idea as to why the Ford Super Duty and E-Series in particular are being targeted: online videos which demonstrate how easy it is to steal them. Concord City Police Cpl. Christopher Blakely said that 30 such vehicles have been stolen since January 1st, and he called the videos “disturbing.”
“I mean you’re basically showing someone how to steal a truck in a matter of two minutes on a video that you see online,” said Blakely. “They’re stealing these cars because they are easy to steal.”
According to him, the Ford Super Duty itself often isn’t even the prize; rather, it’s the tool storage box mounted in the bed of the truck. “What they’re trying to do is steal it, bring it to a location, break into whatever storage you have on the truck, steal those tools, and sell them on the black market.”
To deter theft, police recommend using a simple, locking steering wheel club. It’s not a particularly high-tech solution, but it increases the number of steps involved to take the Ford Super Duty, often just enough to convince the would-be thief to move along.
Aftermarket car alarms are another suggested solution for owners.