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?
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!
__________________ But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. James 3:17 (KJV)
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.