Ford trucks being targeted by thieves

9NEWS at 9 p.m. 9/15/16.

DENVER - Denver Police have a warning for the owners of Ford Trucks: They're being targeted by thieves.

So far this year, more of the full-size models have been stolen than in all of last year.

DPD says in 2015, 137 full-size Ford trucks were reported stolen in metro Denver. So far this year, the number has spiked to 180.

Across the country, Ford trucks were the most stolen last year, the National Insurance Crime Bureau said.

An F-350 belonging to Vance Pierce, was stolen over the weekend in Northglenn.

“We're very disturbed by it,” Pierce said. “I can't believe somebody would do this, especially in broad daylight in the middle of a Sunday afternoon.”

Denver Police are now trying to figure out why Ford Trucks have become so popular among thieves.To keep your car from being stolen, DPD recommends something more than a basic car alarm.

Andrew Slater agrees. He’s a shop manager at Car Toys which sells anti-theft systems.

“It's not a guarantee, but it's a good deterrent,” Slater said.

Older cars, he says are more at risk.

“A factory car alarm will the honk the horn if the door opens,” Slater said. “The only way to open the door if you’re a thief is to break a window and by that time they've already gained entry into the car.” 

He says stopping thieves these days requires a more elaborate system which includes a number of sensors and a kill switch. DPD says something as simple as a steering wheel lock might help.

Pierce tell us his truck did not have an alarm. However, the pickup was recovered a few days later and is now being processed by investigators.

Pierce is hoping his truck will be returned and ready for a hunting trip this weekend.

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