dealer did the same thing when i bought my dually. i was like ok, until i priced what a new tailgate cost. now i lock mine.This is very common around RI. When I was buying my truck the dealer pointed out that the tailgate had a lock on it as if it was a special feature so I wrote it off until I heard how common it happens so now I leave it locked a lot of the time.
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I'd much rather take the 2 seconds to turn the keyJust do what I do...keep the gate down and decide you need to backup your trailer a bit...jack it good and hard and listen for the crunch as it contacts the jack stand...makes them less likely to get stolen! If you don't have a trailer, just put it down and back it into a pole