Hey guys, new to the forum and I have somewhat of a dumb question. I'm planning on buying a 2011 Wrangler Unlimited Sport hard top. I've never owned a convertible or jeep, but I am concerned that if I take the hard top off and went somewhere, that would leave my belongings in the open.
So, would the solution be just to not put anything of value in the jeep while the top is off?
After 44 years, and the Jeeps I've had (26 to date), and many of those in foreign countries even, I've NEVER had a Jeep ripoff, in or out. I think its like many have said, keep the valuables out.
For me, VEX and the others before it have been my mobile home as well as transportation, and so, its hard to not have some goodies onboard. But, never a problem, even when I have to leave it for a time in various places, in foreign countries.
Just a different bent on the valid question, I guess.
Welcome to the family of Jeeps, maiden, and what a ride you will have. Wonderful!
Thats definitely not a dumb question friend, but Ill tell you this and you can take it as you wish. If a thief wants in your car, hes gonna get in it, regardless if your windows are plastic or glass.
There are very few vehicles that can be defined as "made for offroad". Unfortunately, the Wrangler can definitely be defined as "made for offroad" by its inability to handle well on road
I stopped locking my doors over 2 years ago with out any problems. Although they did steal ONLY my off-road lights when my $600 tires and stock wheels were off and sitting next to the jeep, next to a set of camero rims, and my radio, CB, and MP3 player where all in plain sight in the jeep...
What have we got?
We have one heavily armed Recreational Vehicle
Gotcha ..never realized you cant open it with the tailgate closed.
The tailgate actually sits on top of the door to the compartment. So in order to open it with the tailgate closed and locked you actually would have to destroy the door. Certainly possible, but it'd be a little time consuming for a thief who likely has no idea whether there's anything even in there.
Although now that I'm thinking about it . . . .
I'm curious how well this works for those without power locks. With an alarm in place, a thief would have to disarm the alarm to unlock the doors (and hence, the tailgate) to gain easy access to the compartment. By contrast, if the tailgate is easily unlocked without power locks, then this set up would provide very little security when the top is down (i.e., easily unlock tailgate, open tailgate, open compartment).
Unfortunately "break-ins" and theft are all too common with Jeeps. We've had two in the past two weeks with our JK. We've decided it's best to have nothing of value inside, leave the glove box and center console unlocked (so they don't get destroyed) and if the doors are on and if you have a security system, lock them. So even with our top off and the front doors locked, if the reached around or climbed in and then opened the doors, the alarm would go off. A little side note, we have a fairly decent idea of who did it, we just built a house and some of the skeezy neighbors think they can just help themselves now... although a few years ago parked downtown, someone zipped off the JK's window and took some DVD's which shouldn't have been in there.
Now I drive an old worn YJ, top and doors off 3/4 of the year and keep no valuables inside and no one has ever touched it that I can tell. It's tough, sometimes I just keep a small backpack and haul my things with me when I leave the Jeep
It can be frustrating but I wouldn't give up my Jeep just because of the issue, and I'll def. be checking some of these ideas for my husband's JK. good luck all!
Cheers - Andrea (& Greg!)
'95 YJ Rio Grande / 5 spd
'08 JKU / 6 spd