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Old 11-08-2013, 12:36 AM   #1
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Break ins!

Alright, more horror stories from the Jeep. This one actually happened tonight. I'm a college student, attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Three days a week, I take the train into the city.
Usually I just leave the jeep unlocked. Really nothing valuable at all. Pocket change, sunglasses, a pen... But thievery wasn't what happened.
I have a small set of driving lights on my front bumper, with the switch just under the dash of my TJ. Tonight, I got off the train, exhausted. Definitely ready to go home after a 2 hour train ride into the city, a 6 hour school day, then a 2 hour ride back home. Anywayyyy...
I hop into the Jeep and something strikes me as odd. The dome lights don't come on. So I turn the light switch to do it manually. Again, didn't come on. Oh, silly me. The keys must have to be in the on position! Turn the key... No chime. Pull the light switch? No headlights. Uh oh...
Pop the hood and everything looks good? Upon closer inspection, guess what I found? The switch for my driving lights. Broken, dangling by the wires by the pedals. In the on position.
Some asshole decided to open my door, turn my lights on, and totally and completely kill my battery. Lesson learned, lock the jeep. Even if they're a pain in the ass and don't like to open.

P.S. - this struck me as odd. Some people are REALLY stupid. Sitting right in my back seat? A 24 inch LED light bar waiting to be installed tomorrow. I guess they didn't look back and see an easy $200. Thankfully.

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Old 11-08-2013, 06:39 AM   #2
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It does sound like a horror story. I have been at a few train stations a couple of hours north of the city. They Kind of reminded me of Sleepy Hollow. Why break into a jeep and steal something. You can break in turn on lights, drain battery and come back later when the owner arrives in the twilight and do whatever. Creepy.

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Old 11-08-2013, 07:03 AM   #3
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Sorry this happened to you. I see posts all the time from Jeep owners who say to keep your Jeep unlocked so your top doesn't get slashed in case some scumbag wants something in your Jeep. I disagree with that line of thinking. ALWAYS lock your vehicle. Keep personal item out of sight and park in well lighted, well traveled areas if possible. Report any suspicious situations, no matter how small, to the Police.

In 16 years of Jeep ownership I had one break in. Happened in my own drive way. The thieves unzipped my rear window to crawl in the Jeep. They stole my XM radio and a 40th Anniversary GI Joe that was in the back seat (my wife was giving it to me for Easter). I reported the theft and was notified that they caught the group because of my GI Joe! The buried the poor guy in the ground and was shooting him with bb's. They got a complaint about some teens shooting bb's around children and when they got there they found the GI Joe. The group of teens were arrested for multiple thefts from vehicles.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:25 PM   #4
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Leave it unlocked. Cheaper to replace light switch (or a stereo in my case when my '98 was broken into in Ft. Worth) than to replace the windows or whole top!
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:48 PM   #5
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Leave it unlocked. Cheaper to replace light switch (or a stereo in my case when my '98 was broken into in Ft. Worth) than to replace the windows or whole top!
this...


thieves are more often then not 2 steps shy of window lickers in terms of intelligence. Therefor they are not smart enough to know that Jeep soft tops unzip so they will simply cut open your top if the door is locked... I rather have someone just kill my battery then kill my battery and have to spend 1300 on a new top.
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Old 11-09-2013, 11:54 AM   #6
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What year is this Jeep? I think on our 2013 if some lights are left on they will automatically turn off after so many minutes if the engine isn't running. I know it works that way for the interior lights, have never tried it for the headlights.
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:19 PM   #7
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On the JK the factory lights will turn off after 5 or 10 minutes regardless of the switch position to save the battery. The OP has a TJ, and aftermarket lights if I read it correctly.
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:38 AM   #8
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Yup yup. Aftermarket driving lights on a 98 TJ. And I've got my hard top on, so I really should be locking the doors. They're such a pain though. The locks jam if you pull the handles after locking, it sucks.
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I had the coolest naked lady air freshened in my jeep when I was in high school. Some dick stole it when I parked down town, doors and top off. Found out 5 years later it was an acquaintance... God only knows what he used it for! Weirdo
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Therefor they are not smart enough to know that Jeep soft tops unzip so they will simply cut open your top if the door is locked... I rather have someone just kill my battery then kill my battery and have to spend 1300 on a new top.thanks for your sharing,
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:43 PM   #11
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I went on and added an alarm with starter plus proximity alarm .After reading some of these stories I figured why not . I sleep better at night .
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Sorry this happened to you. I see posts all the time from Jeep owners who say to keep your Jeep unlocked so your top doesn't get slashed in case some scumbag wants something in your Jeep. I disagree with that line of thinking. ALWAYS lock your vehicle. Keep personal item out of sight and park in well lighted, well traveled areas if possible. Report any suspicious situations, no matter how small, to the Police.

In 16 years of Jeep ownership I had one break in. Happened in my own drive way. The thieves unzipped my rear window to crawl in the Jeep. They stole my XM radio and a 40th Anniversary GI Joe that was in the back seat (my wife was giving it to me for Easter). I reported the theft and was notified that they caught the group because of my GI Joe! The buried the poor guy in the ground and was shooting him with bb's. They got a complaint about some teens shooting bb's around children and when they got there they found the GI Joe. The group of teens were arrested for multiple thefts from vehicles.


Same thing happened to me. I was parked at work on "Mischief Night" and I came out to find someone had unzipped the back window and crawled in. My console and glovebox were locked, so both of these got busted and emptied on the seats and floor, and they jacked my backpack with all my schoolwork in it. Didn't care so much about the stuff, but it's pretty creepy to know someone had just been in my car in the last couple hours. Wish I'd caught them in the act!
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:57 AM   #13
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I guess I have everyone beat on theft, returned from LA on a business trip, happened to be winter and in the undercover parking found my Jeep without a top and doors, it was unbelievable and I looked at a long time wondering if this was really my vehicle. It was a interesting drive home with socks on my hands for gloves and underwear for a cap.

And I had thought someone stealing my doors and mirrors at my apartment was bad enough.....revenge later that year, I caught the guy at 3am and seeing a angry owner in a half open robe with a 44 mag, he took a prone position until the cops arrived...he did have some small rocks in his face when they arrived due some struggling. Interesting he tried to sue me for unreasonable force, was dropped by his court appointed attorney. An interesting morning for sure. Thefts stopped after that event.

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