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Old 10-17-2013, 12:32 PM   #1
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Soft top slashed by thief.

Security to catch a theif?
I live in a fairly nice subdivision where we have had very little trouble with thieves, but about a year ago I was in a hurry when I got home and left a little money under an empty McDonalds cup in my console. I also left my doors unlocked as normal because never carried anything in Jeep. Came out next morning and cup was on ground and money was gone. I did learn a lesson and considered this just as much my fault. I began locking my doors from that point forward. The weird thing is that it was almost as if they were checking every night because the one night during the year I left something in it, it getís stolen. Mmmm.
A year has past. My sister is in the hospital and I went to pick my other sister up, so had to use my cheap GPS unit. After we came home from the hospital late, I didnít think anything about it and left the GPS in the floor board, but locked doors out of habit and parked right up next to garage door with driveway garage lights left on. Came out the next morning and my soft top rear window on drivers side was almost cut completely out. The glove box and console which had been locked were both open with papers laying everywhere. Of course the GPS unit was gone, but cutting my soft top and doing it so close to the house with the driveway lights on has really set me off.
I have read about several security issues on the Jeep forum, so I guess that from now on I will leave my doors unlocked and I have cleaned everything out of the console and glove box. It seems that this is giving in to the thieves and letting them win, but I canít afford to replace my soft top again. I guess my Jeep is now a target because there are more Jeeps in the subdivision now, but no other damages to theirs.
I have read some about alarm systems, but some say they work and some say they do not. The odd thing about this is that I work in a higher crime area and park my Jeep, but nothing has ever happened there. It has always happened at my home in the driveway with the driveway lights on. I am on the main street of the subdivision also. There are other Jeeps, but no other thefts. I canít prove it, but it just seems that it might be the neighborís kids down the street.
I am open for suggestions. I thought about a sensor unit sold by Harbor Freight that letís you know when someone comes in your driveway, but donít know how well it would work. I thought about putting the sensor on the inside of my Jeep so it would alert me on the inside and I might be able to catch them in the act. Harbor Freight also sells a security camera system, but itís $300 which is not anywhere in my budget at present. I am installing a motion sensor light above my garage in hopes that this will help. I did read about putting a blinking red light on the dash, but where do you find these and do these hook up to the battery? Anyone ever used them? Guess I will also look into vehicle alarms, but I read about one guy on the forum that his kept going off every night waking up the neighbor hood and so when he didnít use it one night, it got broke into as if they were doing this on purpose. Looking for ideas from some of fellow hunters out there that know how to set traps? What can I set up to catch these thieves? Iíve never used those cameras that they set out in the woods to take pictures of deer, but would probably get it stolen by a person. Itís not just loosing property, but when itís this close to your front door it causes you not to sleep well at night. Not out of fear, but being so mad that you want to catch them! I know a lot of people put guns as the answer and I do have plenty of guns, but am not sure if I would actually shoot someone for cutting my soft top although when I seen my cut window it really made me want to shoot them. Sorry for the long message, but Iím just so pissed and want to catch them. Itís a shame that thieves rule so many of us that now we keep our Jeep doors unlocked to keep from getting the tops cut even with nothing in the Jeep to steal. What did I do today to my JK? I taped up the cut window with black duct tape. Man Iím pissed. Just had to let it out! I love my Jeep.


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Old 10-17-2013, 12:45 PM   #2
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There are Very cheap cameras that run on battery and are easily hidden. Many of them will upload to your phone or a website if they are close enough to your home WIFI network. I'll try and find the link and post it up here. I used 2 of them when the landscapers screwed with my bike. Cost me $65 plus shipping.

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Old 10-17-2013, 12:50 PM   #3
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Leave $100 sitting on the drivers seat and hide behind the bushes with a shotgun.

It's obviously the same person. Unless he's got a bunch of buddies and they all check it every night... Either way, the sound of racking a shotgun will scare anyone away.
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:55 PM   #4
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Do you have a motion activated light on your house? If not, I would install one. Instead of a bulb, put a light socket adaptor (base like a light bulb that has an outlet you can plug into). Then run an extension cord into your bedroom where you plug in a radio or lamp.

When someone trips the motion sensor no light comes on to scare them away, but it does come on in your bedroom to wake you up, at which time you can investigate and deal with the situation however you feel appropriate.
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:24 PM   #5
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... I have read some about alarm systems, but some say they work and some say they do not ...
The problem with an alarm system is that, IMHO, most punks won't just break into just any vehicle. Rather than break into one, and THEN scrounge around looking for what they can take, instead, they look for what you have inside, then they know:
  • WHAT it is;
  • if it's worth taking; &
  • WHERE it's located in your Jeep.
They just quickly tear up your vehicle, take what they want (while your alarm is going off), and they're gone before you can get up, get dressed, and get outside.

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... not sure if I would actually shoot someone for cutting my soft top ...
What you need here is a tall tree & a short piece of rope.

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There are Very cheap cameras that run on battery and are easily hidden. Many of them will upload to your phone or a website if they are close enough to your home WIFI network...
Look into IP cameras. (Some models are "motion detecting".)
Some of them allow you to see what's going on, via your pc or cellphone.

Another idea...
Check into www.iSpyConnect.com.
They have all kinds of software for your pc that, not only allow surveillance (using IP cameras), but also facial & license plate recognition software.
Pretty cool website.

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Leave $100 sitting on the drivers seat and hide behind the bushes with a shotgun...
I like this idea.
Except, instead of a shotgun shell, use a shotgun slug.
It won't kill 'em, but it'll sure knock 'em down, and they won't be getting back up very quickly.

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... When someone trips the motion sensor no light comes on to scare them away ...
On the other hand, if you DO have a motion detection light, and if it detects them BEFORE they even get close to the Jeep, that might be enough to deter them from getting any closer.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:11 PM   #6
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Why not use the motion sensor light to send 110v to your vehicle when turned on?
That WILL end the problem.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:27 PM   #7
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Locking your doors only guarantees that the thief will cut the top. This is a universal truth with soft top Jeeps and any other soft top convertible.

There is no solution other than to not leave anything of value in the Jeep. When, not if, thieves get in they will take whatever they can find.

Always lock your stuff up. Always leave your doors unlocked. To do otherwise guarantees you will have to replace stuff, including your windows.

I have a Tuffy center console that I lock everything of value into. I've come out to find my glove box has been emptied out but nothing worth any money is in there so nothing is taken. So far they've been smart enough to try the doors first and I haven't had to replace any windows.
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There are Very cheap cameras that run on battery and are easily hidden. Many of them will upload to your phone or a website if they are close enough to your home WIFI network. I'll try and find the link and post it up here. I used 2 of them when the landscapers screwed with my bike. Cost me $65 plus shipping.

Any luck with that link? Mods are expensive but this one ($65) seems like a no brainer... I would be very interested in a link
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I'm looking, my wife is also looking for the receipt.
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:42 PM   #10
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Here is one I was looking at on eBay for inside my house. It's $40 plus shipping. if u have the lights on outside, this might work. Otherwise, look for the one they make with "night Vision".

The mydlink-enabled Wireless N Network Camera (DCS-930L) comes with everything you need to quickly add a surveillance camera to your home or small office network. It works right out of the box. Simply connect the cables, plug in the camera, run the short installation wizard and setup is complete. To view what the camera is seeing, simply log on to mydlink.com, choose your device, and start viewing – there is no need to configure your router to open up ports or remember hard-to memorize Internet addresses.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:04 PM   #11
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If you have a motion activated light wire it up to a doorbell so that every time the light trips the doorbell goes off.
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Hide a game camera near by. You can get one fairly inexpensive from Wal Mart or the like.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:54 AM   #13
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If you want something to deter them a little then install a blinking LED alarm light. IT might be enough by itself to keep them away and they are about $10.

If that doesn't work, then install a cheap alarm with a voltage trigger for the door pins or dome light. Add a proximity alarm if you want to get fancy, it will chirp when someone gets close to the Jeep - you set it up how close.
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Solution 1) leave some money there as usual, unlock the door.. Get a chair and hide in the dark from 1pm to early morning.. When you see the sonuvabitch getting in the jeep, lock the door with the keyless fob, don't know if wranglers have them, xj does.

2) get a larger garage..

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