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Old 12-20-2012, 10:38 AM   #1
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When locks are not enough

Well this morning I got up to go to work and while driving, I notice that my driver side hood latch was open. Got to work and gave the jeep a quick once over. No scratches, dings or dents near the hood. The would-be thief probably tried to open the hood, but couldn't because of my hood-lock. My jeep was parked inside my drive-way and our neighborhood and closely watched by hired security company. You need to show I.D. to get pass the gate so how he/she got in is troubling. Anyways this just got me thinking, what else could you do if your alarms, locks, and security fails? Is there something else that you can do? Maybe a killswitch?

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Old 12-20-2012, 10:49 AM   #3
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A dog. Mine works better than any security system. He came equip with an awesome alarm called a bark
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:55 AM   #4
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Hmm I like cats more.. So dukedallas, I like your idea better
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:50 AM   #5
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Hmm I like cats more.. So dukedallas, I like your idea better
My dog alerted me of some theives going through our vehicles around 4 AM. I chased the little POS's down with the jeep and they are in jail now... hahaha.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:00 PM   #6
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NOTHING beats n alert dog for alarm.......mine tells me when ANYONE comes in the yard...... and I have a 3 acre yard.......
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:49 PM   #7
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So you live in a gated community that has its own security force. No signs of any forced entry on the jeep. Nothing's missing. What makes you think it was a robber trying to gain access to under you hood? Only 1 latch was undone. I can see if both latches are off and there's all sorts of damage to the lock or the hood/grill area.

Is your jeep a soft top? It would be easier to boost a jeep or take something in the interior with a soft top.

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Old 12-20-2012, 07:06 PM   #8
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It was your neighbors kid, man. Bored with $$$, lookin for trouble.

Move to an even more isolated community with more armed gaurds and even higher fences. Then you'll be safe.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:58 PM   #9
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So you live in a gated community that has its own security force. No signs of any forced entry on the jeep. Nothing's missing. What makes you think it was a robber trying to gain access to under you hood? Only 1 latch was undone. I can see if both latches are off and there's all sorts of damage to the lock or the hood/grill area.

Is your jeep a soft top? It would be easier to boost a jeep or take something in the interior with a soft top.

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I agree 100%
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:47 AM   #10
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So you live in a gated community that has its own security force. No signs of any forced entry on the jeep. Nothing's missing. What makes you think it was a robber trying to gain access to under you hood? Only 1 latch was undone. I can see if both latches are off and there's all sorts of damage to the lock or the hood/grill area.

Is your jeep a soft top? It would be easier to boost a jeep or take something in the interior with a soft top.

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Why? Because I have a hood lock, that's probably the reason why nothing was stolen.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:18 PM   #11
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With a soft top jeep you only need a pocket knife to break into one.

And you don't need to gain access to anything under the hood of a stock jeep to boost it. And without going into detail how to boost a jeep. All you need is a slide hammer and a flathead screw driver to steal it.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:59 PM   #12
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My dog alerted me of some theives going through our vehicles around 4 AM. I chased the little POS's down with the jeep and they are in jail now... hahaha.
I have a dobie. He will eat anyone that comes into the house uninvited or unsupervised. Other than that he just always wants to play ball.
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:03 PM   #13
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You need to show I.D. to get pass the gate so how he/she got in is troubling.
Most likely some teenager that lives nearby. Even on the AFB I work at there were recent reports of houses being broken into and robbed/vandalized.
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:06 PM   #14
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Kill switches are nice, but only if you fear your car getting stolen. I have one on my Mustang, and I know it'll only slow someone down slightly if they really wanted it.

I agree with the kids being bored, someone in your area might be really interested in your Jeep and wanted to take a look, you could not believe how many of my friends willingly opened peoples doors or hoods (while the car is outside of a home or in a parking lot) just because they loved that type of car. No harm intended, but it's stupid IMO.

Get a dog, I had my Great Dane since I was 16 and he knows when there's people/cars outside that have been there before or haven't, he doesn't have to see them but I could be sitting in my bedroom, and if he hears someone or a car he'll point his head towards the door, and if it's something he doesn't know, he'll growl. He'll even come get me if someone pulled in. Man's best friend for a reason.
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:47 PM   #15
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Most likely some teenager that lives nearby. Even on the AFB I work at there were recent reports of houses being broken into and robbed/vandalized.

I would agree here. I catch kids all the time doing stuff there are not supposed to. And All have lived within 5 blocks. It's not jail time type of stuff. And hopefully I am making enough of an impact on them before it does. Forget talking to their parents. They are the reason the kids are doing what they do.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:10 AM   #16
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hah, even my pops said it might be some bored kid..
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hah, even my pops said it might be some bored kid..
Trust me, it is. The problem is they vandalize things for no good reason.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:16 AM   #18
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Maybe your hood latch came undone when you hit a speed bump or coming down the highway .
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:31 AM   #19
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Can't take credit for this...found it in a magazine several years ago.

I invested in one of those old school bicycle locks for like $5. (Click Here)

Basically take the lock and hook it over your brake and clutch pedals. Step on one and the other compresses, but only partially. Works like a champ.



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Old 12-23-2012, 10:49 AM   #20
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Can't take credit for this...found it in a magazine several years ago.

I invested in one of those old school bicycle locks for like $5. (Click Here)

Basically take the lock and hook it over your brake and clutch pedals. Step on one and the other compresses, but only partially. Works like a champ.


That's a pretty good deterrent and cheap also, thanks for the tip.
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:38 AM   #22
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My dog alerted me of some theives going through our vehicles around 4 AM. I chased the little POS's down with the jeep and they are in jail now... hahaha.

If it was me the little bastards would have had to make a trip to the hospital first. Just hearing about something like this just lights me up... lol
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I live in a pretty damn nice neighborhood, and used to leaving the jeep no top/doors without a problem, and I keep nothing valuable other than change. One day I heard noise in the afternoon, and spotted a group of kids with screw drivers and what not trying to pry my glove box/center console open(they were unlocked anyways!) so I ran outside and they hopped on their bikes before I could catch them, well no damage to the jeep, a few weeks later I see the same kids hanging out at the park with their bikes on the street, well I creeped slowly and ran over all their tires xD, they didn't even notice me do it, and if they did they learned a lesson cause the jeep has never been touched again, little 16 year old punks think they can do as they please, no sir! I'm my own neighborhood watch! I know I sound like a f***ed up guy, but doesn't fly with me, although I'm only 4-6 years older than they are, they should learn to respect other people's property, specially your own neighbors!
And yes I know what I did is hypocritical but I didn't start anything, they did, as a matter of fact I only know my next door neighbors and its in the "I notice you're my neighbor"type of way, my family and I keep to ourselves and attract no trouble as its 4 of us, 2 go to school in the am and work at night, the parents work all morning into the afternoon and then stay home minding their own.
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It was your neighbors kid, man. Bored with $$$, lookin for trouble.
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You live in a private, gated community with it's own security force and you don't have a garage???
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^I do, but that's is reserved for my Maserati..
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^I do, but that's is reserved for my Maserati..
I would like to see a pic of that thing.
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I would like to see a pic of that thing.
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Very nice love the color all the ones i've seen around here are blue

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