Ford Super Duty Thefts are Skyrocketing in Denver
Since the beginning of the year, a Ford F-250 or F-350 has been stolen every 32 hours in the Denver area.
The Ford F-250 and F-350 are among the most expensive vehicles sold in America and in being among the biggest vehicles sold in America, it is hard-to-impossible to fit a Super Duty in an average home garage. This combination of high value combined with ease-of-access has made the ¾- and 1-ton trucks a hot commodity for thieves all over the United States, but these big, expensive pickups are being stolen at a shocking rate in Denver, Colorado.
According to a report from TheDenverChannel.com, reports of stolen Ford Super Duty pickups are on the ride and they aren’t just being stolen out of the owner’s driveway in the middle of the night. In some cases, these trucks are being swiped in crowded, well-lit public areas, leading Coloradans with F-250 or F-350 pickups to live with the constant fear of their truck disappearing.
Three Stories of Stolen Super Duties
The initial report focused on the story of Chad Boudreau, who owns a 2005 Ford F-250 (above in red). On Valentine’s Day, Boudreau took his fiancé out for a nice dinner and when they returned to their parking spot less than two hours later, the truck was gone. Someone had stolen his truck in a crowded shopping mall parking lot, one that was likely well-lit, provided that it was nighttime when the theft occurred. Boudreau was a good sport about the situation, calling the meal the most expensive of his life, but his positive attitude might stem from the fact that he got his truck back.
After about a month, authorities located his truck and he got it back, but repairing the damage cost him around $4,000.
“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.”
The initial report also included input from Kevin Vigil and Sloane Eberly, each of which have had a truck stolen in the Denver area this year. Vigil’s red F-250 (above) went missing in March while Eberly’s white F-350 (below) has been missing since earlier in April.
Unfortunately, the Super Duty trucks owned by Boudreau, Vigil and Eberly are just three of more than 90 big Ford trucks stolen this year. At the end of April, there will have been 120 days this year and with 90 F-250 or F-350 trucks stolen during that time, one of these trucks is being stolen on an average of every 32 hours.
Denver police recommend parking these trucks in secure, well-lit areas, but it seems like Boudreau’s F-250 was stolen from that very situation. Along similar lines, police are urging people to use steering wheel clubs or some other obvious theft deterrent device. While the club will not stop a determined car thief, it may send the crook looking for an easier target to steal, but since the movie Gone in 60 Seconds showed us that in the long run, it is nearly impossible to prevent someone from stealing a vehicle, a hidden tracking device like a LoJack unit can help quickly recover the vehicle.