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Old 08-25-2013, 07:44 AM   #1
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Soft top security

Since the weather is going to be good for the next few days I want to leave the windows out on my soft top. My wife however seems to think this is an invitation for thieves. There are no valuables in the Jeep. Are Wranglers easier to steal than any other car? This is our first convertible. For those of you who leave the top down overnight, do you use any special security device, like the bar that clamps to the steering wheel?

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Old 08-25-2013, 07:52 AM   #2
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All they have have to do is unzip them to get in

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Old 08-25-2013, 08:00 AM   #3
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The words soft top and security do not go together. They are much like military and intelligence.

I routinely leave the top down (or over night jut pull it up and loosely latch one side to prevent overnight moisture on the seats) in my driveway. To deter theft, I simply don't leave anything of any value inside the Wrangler. I will, however, leave my CDs in the Wrangler. They are all Christian music so, if someone else thinks they need them, then perhaps they do!
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:34 AM   #4
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Depends on crime in the area you are in. When I have the top and doors off, my Jeep is as open as it can get. I do take caution on what I leave in it which is next to nothing.

As far as stealing the whole Jeep, probably a little harder now with chipped keys, etc.
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:44 AM   #5
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Been driving topless for almost four months straight now. Never had an issue. If they want it bad enough they will take it. Its why we have insurance
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:06 AM   #6
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My top/doors have been in a nearly permanent state of removal for weeks. The bottom line is that if it is something you would be upset about losing/being stolen, DO NOT LEAVE IT IN YOUR JEEP. This would apply for soft top on or off.

I keep a hat that I got for free and a $5.00 gray Hanes zip up hoody that I got from Target in my Jeep at all times. If someone wants my free hat or $5.00 jacket, then I'm fine with that. Things such as my Ray-Bans, iPhone, wallet, etc. need to come with me.

Stealing has been going on since man has been on the Earth. Our rigs are one of the easiest targets for thieves. If they want what's in your Jeep, they will take it. Just don't leave them anything of value.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:13 AM   #7
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Been Topless all summer and just throw my Canopy Cover on at night to keep out the moisture and Critters etc. don't leave anything you want in it and be smart about where you park it. Mine sits in a carport that's lighted.

Like everyone said, even if your Top is Up, all ya have to do is Unzip it to get in.

Good Luck, Enjoy it and Don't lose too much sleep over it.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:58 PM   #8
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I ended up buying a ruddy stereo console to keep things locked up. Something else I'm considering is the add a trunk. Once you lock the tailgate its pretty secure.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:12 PM   #9
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I work in the Ghetto.. where most hospitals are .. I park in an open employee lot.. if I don't have anything worth stealing they wont LOL... mot thieves don't want jumper cables
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:11 PM   #10
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I bought the Tuffy tailgate security enclosure. It creates a trunk between the back seat and the tailgate. If I keep something of value in my jeep it goes there whether the top is on or off.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:37 AM   #11
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I bought the Tuffy tailgate security enclosure. It creates a trunk between the back seat and the tailgate. If I keep something of value in my jeep it goes there whether the top is on or off.
+1 - excellent accessory. Another big plus is that you don't have to carry around another key - it uses the tailgate lock, which is your ignition key.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:45 AM   #12
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Can't do nothin' but take your stuff with you. Locking console for the random small stuff.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:54 AM   #13
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If they want it bad enough they will take it. Its why we have insurance
could try a proximity alarm too.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:08 PM   #14
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Hate to jinx myself but I work in the hood. Been there 17yrs n on my 3 jeep. All 3 No doors or top. Lost a set of subs once. The worse time was on my 73' CJ5 they decided to razor the window instead of just opening the door. If they want want sometime they'll get. Keep it bare n clean. When a vehicle has a shell that means they have cover n more time to snatch stuff. Can't live in fear if ur living free!
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:13 PM   #15
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I just bought a club Hook/Pedal to wheel lock, since my rig is stick shift I hook one end of the lock around the clutch and the other onto the steering wheel. no ones taking my rig anywhere fast I also want to get a kill switch

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Old 08-27-2013, 10:39 PM   #16
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Did you realize it's easier to cut a small gap in your steering wheel and slip the Club off than it is to break the lock on the club or cut through it.
Just saying. Happens every day.

Steering wheels are cheap.
Happened to a buddy of mine.
It's gone in 60 seconds stuff.
If they want it, they will get it.
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:42 PM   #17
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I have a club and it sits in the garage. Lol. I have insurance.
Take it. It's just not worth all the worrying. I've had a truck and a car stollen. Sucks, but what the hell.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:25 PM   #18
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I felt the same way when I put on the soft top on for the first time ever this spring. I found a good solution for all the gear I carry (tools, first aid stuff, automotive fluids ect.) since everything was just in a plastic crate:




Bolted it to where you attach the rear seat by the wheel well, painted it with rockguard spray to give it a more waterproof protection. Added the hatch/lock and it gives me a little peace of mind. So far no issues.

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Old 08-27-2013, 11:27 PM   #19
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The first month I had my YJ someone cut my drivers side window open to get in and steal about $1 in change. The door was unlocked... Shortly after that I took the top down, doors off and have never had another issue. I have a Tuffy center console and overhead lock box and know better than to leave ANYTHING of value in the Jeep.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:47 PM   #20
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It's a weird thing to get over for sure. I lived Downtown LA for a few years and had my ride broken into several times. I'm talking in the city, lived in a loft and parked on the street. It all stopped when I left my doors unlocked and taped a 3 x5 card in the front windows that said, No Smokes,No Change, It's Open. Thanks. Never had an issue again. Except once I found someone sleeping in it. Lol just once though.

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