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Old 02-23-2011, 09:35 AM   #1
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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?

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Old 02-23-2011, 09:41 AM   #2
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Not leaving anything valuable in the Jeep is probably the best choice.

The Jeep does have a locking glove box as well as a "hidden" and locked compartment in the rear.

But if you routinely expect to leave expensive items like GPSs and the like in your Jeep, there are sturdier after market options, including this underseat lockbox, this replacement glove box, and others.

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Yes, that's the only real solution, short of installing a proximity-sensitive alarm system. And even then, if they're quick it won't matter.

Lockboxes might work too.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:45 AM   #4
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I have a sign on mine that reads simply "There is only DIRT to steal inside these walls"
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By the way, don't expect the stock locking glovebox and center console to put up much of a fight if someone wants to get in there.
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I have owned jeeps and convertables since the 70s. I don't leave anything in the rig, so no worries
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:15 PM   #7
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Yep, don't leave anything you'd like to keep in any vehicle..... Regardless of the top configuration, windows smash just as easily as they slice...
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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.

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People who ride with me ask "should I lock my door?" when they get out. I look at them and laugh.

My solution? Carry a bigger purse and throw all the "valuables" in it to carry with me when she is parked.
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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.
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Thanks for everyone's input. This forum is excellent!
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Not leaving anything valuable in the Jeep is probably the best choice.

The Jeep does have a locking glove box as well as a "hidden" and locked compartment in the rear.

But if you routinely expect to leave expensive items like GPSs and the like in your Jeep, there are sturdier after market options, including this underseat lockbox, this replacement glove box, and others.
A hidden locked compartmant in the rear am i missing this ...please enlightin me
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A hidden locked compartmant in the rear am i missing this ...please enlightin me
Unless the 2 door is different, you've seen it. This is a "security cover" for it that gives you the idea: (Tuffy 143-01 - Tuffy Security Products Locking Cubby Cover for 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec). You obviously don't have the security cover, but the storage area is there nonetheless.

Absent prying or otherwise tearing off the existing cover, you can't open the compartment when your lift gate is closed and locked.
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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...
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Unless the 2 door is different, you've seen it. This is a "security cover" for it that gives you the idea: (Tuffy 143-01 - Tuffy Security Products Locking Cubby Cover for 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec). You obviously don't have the security cover, but the storage area is there nonetheless.

Absent prying or otherwise tearing off the existing cover, you can't open the compartment when your lift gate is closed and locked.
Gotcha ..never realized you cant open it with the tailgate closed ..good to know.never ride back there like to be in control .learned something new thanks
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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).
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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!
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Ha! Bit of a thread resurrection. I got halfway through without noticing the dates, saw a post from Robert Stephens and I thought "WTF - they've let him back in???".
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LOL, I'm not even sure what the Robert Stephens story is all about... nor did I notice the dates!

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