Hi everyone, I just received my 2011 Wrangler and am very pleased with it. I did have a duh! moment today when locking up. Though I don't keep a lot of stuff in my vehicles it hit me that all anyone has to do is unzip the rear panel or side windows to get in.
I also realized that my garage door opener is in the Jeep since this is my daily driver also.
Has anyone had any issues ? Or is this one of those its a Jeep and don't keep anything of value in it. Or keep it in the locked glove box and center console.
a friend of mine works for a Univeristy, and in broad daylight someone took there pocket knife and sliced the rear window to get what he had in the back. They could have unzipped it without doing any damage but NAAAH.... they just cut the window instead. For this reason i am so glad i have a hardtop.
Ive also had my window cut. I dont think its the noise of the zipper I think most thieves lack the brain cells to operate a zipper. Garage parking is the best. Also I wouldnt keep your garage door opener in it ever. Even away from home someone can get your title with your address and snap the door opeener. now youve got someone who can get in your house at any time
Don't keep any thing of value in it, or visible... This is true for any vehicle, not just Jeeps or convertibles....
If you do a few searches on the Jeep Forums, you'll find quite a few people have had their windows cut, even a few who left their doors unlocked.
If they see that there's nothing to steal, odds are they'll leave you alone.
I generally keep nothing more valuable than a pack of cigarettes in my Jeep, and even that's hidden.
" ... Nobody said it was a good plan. It's like somebody went through an actual strategy and replaced every instance of the word 'tactical' with 'balls out.' ... "
Check out the Tuffy replacement glove box door also. It looks bullet proof and it would do for the small items like garage door openers. There are other brands of the same thing but less costly than Tuffy. Also consider under seat security boxes intended for pistols. There is even one out there that opens based on fingerprints.
First of all I always leave my doors unlocked so hopefully they check this 1st and won`t damage my soft top windows. Next I went and got a storage box at walmart after measuring, and with back seat removed( if you don`t need it) and bolted box into floor. All my gear and tools fit and I placed it with clips and lock facing front so its easier access when I am sitting in seat or for heavy items its not much of a stretch with the seat popped forward, it pretty much sits right in the middle of jeep. Be sure to check where you drill into floor not to puncture anything underneathand I also had to put a peice of wood as a spacer in between box and floor as the box didn`t fit perfectly flat on jeep floor, before you drill check position so box or opening box dosen`t interfere with seat in anyway, considering seat will push back with you sitting in it. They still sell the style of storage box at my local walmart, its plastic with red clasps, perfect fit. I loved having it, now I have kids so had to take out and re-install seat and belts, oh well some day it will go back.
I found a tip on another forum for a great place to hide your garage door opener in a JK:
If you unzip the rollbar cover on the drivers side (just in front of the sound bar), there's a small cutout in the outside foam directly beside the drivers head that's just about the perfect size for a garage door opener.
I tucked mine in there, wrapped a zip tie around it & the rollbar, & zipped the cover back up. Once complete, It looks like part of the rollbar & is still easily accessible. You just have to feel around for the right button
I just take all of my valuables with me wherever I go. That includes my radio faceplate, I just stick it in my backpack and I'm good to go.
I'm lucky to go to a school with smart students. That means that even the ones who steal stuff are smart about it. About 2 weeks ago someone broke into my Jeep every day for 5 days in a row. They just unzipped the rear window and crawled in. The funny thing is all they ever got was about a dollar in spare change and a guitar pick.