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Old 06-11-2012, 09:43 PM   #1
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someone broke into my jeep.. okay.. so i left it unlocked

I left the jeep unlocked in my driveway. It was unintentional.. came home late, tired and forgot to lock it. The one time I did, someone stole my iPod. They left my air compressor, ezPass, motorola walkies, and wifes Fendi shades (the most expensive item).

I only knew someone went in because they left the walkies on my driver seat?! WTF? If not, I would have thought I misplaced the ipod.

anyway.. moral to the story.. locking your jeep (even with the soft top), just raises the barrier for the common thief. Cameras have been installed and valuables removed.. next guy will have a few surprises waiting for him too..

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Old 06-11-2012, 09:45 PM   #2
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In my opinion, moral of the story is that a locked door would have given you a slashed top or window to go along with the missing ipod.

Sorry for the theft though man. That sucks.

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In my opinion, moral of the story is that a locked door would have given you a slashed top or window to go along with the missing ipod.

Sorry for the theft though man. That sucks.
Not trying to argue..just a couple points.....Considering how many Jeeps are out there how many get the top or window slashed? That makes it real obvious to any passerby that the person at the Jeep is stealing.....IMO given the only thing taken was IPOD was probably a kid who MAY have moved on if doors were locked.

I have half doors on my TJ and twice I have seen "kids" try the doors and walk away....with uppers and top off!! I "hollered out the window" of my than apartment but didn't chase em or anything else as I had no garage, worked 3rd shift and had to sleep sometime, plus didn't want to be the grumpy old man everyone hated.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:57 PM   #4
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Dude that sucks. Probably some meth-head loser jiggling door handles looking for an easy grab.
Douchebag probably already traded your Ipod for 2 oxycodones.
But! Good thing he left the Fendi's, you'd really have been in a world of hurt from from the wifey!
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Dude that sucks. Probably some meth-head loser jiggling door handles looking for an easy grab.
Douchebag probably already traded your Ipod for 2 oxycodones.
But! Good thing he left the Fendi's, you'd really have been in a world of hurt from from the wifey!
This^^^ probably wasnt even smart enough to know what 2 way radios are. Stuff happens, and at least they didnt slash something. Heck on a jk you just need to unzip the windows. They dont know that though, and end up slashing with a knife.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:39 PM   #6
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Last time I left my half doors with softies unlocked someone stole them....both. Left my gps attached to the WS tho. Figure that one out.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:41 PM   #7
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This is why I simply do not leave valuable items in my jeep, and if I do, they are locked in the center console.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:52 PM   #8
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plus didn't want to be the grumpy old man everyone hated

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LOL. Being the grumpy old man isn't so bad. It insures you'll be remembered for years to come. Don't you remember the grumpy old man in your early neighborhood? Thinking back was he so grumpy. The sob I knew sure was but I still remember him.

I guess the doors locked is a good idea but I rarely ever do. And yeah I have things of value in the jeep but at least they are either bolted down or installed some way. I wouldn't leave anything of value laying on the seat even if the doors were welded shut. But I shouldn't have said that because I've come home late and tired before too.

Sorry for your loss. Its too bad someone has to take things. Yeah this might have been a kid. Hopefully some day he's not going thru back doors in the middle of the night.
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This is why I simply do not leave valuable items in my jeep, and if I do, they are locked in the center console.
Center console is easily broken into... if you want to leave valuables in... think about a locking under the seat box....

To the OP.... that sucks. Sorry. Makes me wish I could set bait.... and sit on the roof of my house with a shotgun... and just fire away as the situation warrants... Well, not really... but - yeah, really I really detest thieves...
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Not trying to argue..just a couple points.....Considering how many Jeeps are out there how many get the top or window slashed? That makes it real obvious to any passerby that the person at the Jeep is stealing.....IMO given the only thing taken was IPOD was probably a kid who MAY have moved on if doors were locked.

I have half doors on my TJ and twice I have seen "kids" try the doors and walk away....with uppers and top off!! I "hollered out the window" of my than apartment but didn't chase em or anything else as I had no garage, worked 3rd shift and had to sleep sometime, plus didn't want to be the grumpy old man everyone hated.


Well, as for "obvious", I've had two attempted and one, mission accomplished thefts of various XJ's, the one that was actually stolen was from a guarded Hilton parking lot. The others just resulted in smashed windows and broken steering columns!

Point is, soft top, hard top, if these thieving bass turds want it they will go for it. Most don't really have anything to lose!
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:13 PM   #11
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I just got mine friday. I took it out Saturday to the river. I left my towel in the back on top of a gallon of Ice cold water. The thief stole my towel, and luckily spared me of my water on the very hot 98 degree day!
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:32 PM   #12
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Thanks all.. was stupid for me to leave it unlocked.. that being said, look at my screenname and figure what would have happened if they stepped foot in the house. Mrs. ILikeGuns is a better shot than me...

It was probably a neighborhood punk but we've still upped our security beyond the four walls of the house. The violation is worse than anything else because it was in our driveway. I just still can't believe they took the walkies out of the glove and decided they weren't worth carrying?
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:55 PM   #13
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hi, sorry to read some low life got into your space just remember
what goes around comes around, don't let it trash a moment of ur time.
the clown will get burnt it just a matter of time ...enjoy your jeep and
have fun every day...
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:23 AM   #14
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That sucks. I always used to leave my yj unlocked, I figured I lived in a nice neighborhood, so no problem. The person that broke into my jeep (opened the door) took the faceplate to my stereo. They tried to take the whole thing but apparently I was their trial run for their new life of crime, because they didn't realize they had to take out the screw holding it in place. They ended up breaking my dash, left my ratchet set and maglite (both worth more than my pos stereo) and left my door wide open causing my battery to go dead. I know exactly how you feel, more a sense of violation than anything. The good thing is when they get caught for some stupid theft somewhere down the road, we'll probably be on a trail somewhere having an awesome time wheelin'
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:06 AM   #15
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Never leave ANYTHING in plain sight in a Jeep. Not even spare change. Not sun glasses, not anything. Before I leave I put everything in the center console or take with me. It's a PITA but these are just things we have to do if we want to own a soft top
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:15 AM   #16
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You could move to Florida... If Zimmie/Gimmie gets off then it will be open season on people walking around stealing stuff. Better yet, buy about 50 ipods some real but most fake. The fake ones are made in the USA, BTW. Then leave about 10 in the Jeep, 9 fakes and 1 real one. Then the thief will have to develop a sorting process to figure out fake from real. One they learn this, then they will have the qualifications for a really good job in electronics and unemployment will fall, the economy will thrive and crime will fall. You could save the USA. The factory for fakes will be 10 times larger than the factory for real stuff. Then you could write a book about this new technology and make billions.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:28 AM   #17
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In my truck, the remote quit working on me and one night I forgot to lock my door and some punk stole just my radar detector. Left my ipod and my oakley sunglasses. We have seen kids walk down the street and pull on door handles just to see if any vehicles were unlocked. The ones that were probably had something missing after they left.

I have no sympathy for a thieve! I don't care if you steal a $2 coke or a million dollars, a thieve is a thieve!
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This is why I simply do not leave valuable items in my jeep, and if I do, they are locked in the center console.
Meeehhhhh jk center consoles blow use the glove box to lock things away......I had my doors locked and had my ipod gps 40in cash a gameboy and my girlfriends bag of all her hairties lipstick things and other what nots......guy broke in my jeep with doors locked and soft top on and took it all out of the locked center console...I was wondering how they got in it anddddd if u push hard enough on ont side of the little button it opens regardless of being locked or not

Get a tuffy underseat box
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I have a hard top because and only because it is obviously more secure. Just because the right person can break into anything (I hear this all too often) doesn't mean that a locked hard top is not more secure and a lot less likely to be broken into than a soft top or an unlocked vehicle. I also don't leave valuables out in the open.

I lock it every single time I get out even if I'm in somewhere completely safe from intrusion because it's an easy habit. If I do it every time, I don't have to think I (and perhaps guess incorrectly) about whether or not I need to lock it in a part ticular circumstance.

I've owned vehcles in all kinds of places from Kansas, to New Orleans, to ........ for 30 years, and I've never had any of my vehicles broken into. I can't prove it, but I strongly suspect this would not be true if I had parked unlocked and/or soft top vehicles instead.

I'd rather have a soft top on my Jeep for every other reason, but I do without because it's obvious to me that most thieves are more likely to open an unlocked door or cut some fabric than break glass or do whatever else it might take to get into a hard top.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:05 AM   #20
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does anyone one know the fuse number for the factory alarm? its not on the fuse chart in the supplement or the 600 page book
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I have a hard top because and only because it is obviously more secure. Just because the right person can break into anything (I hear this all too often) doesn't mean that a locked hard top is not more secure and a lot less likely to be broken into than a soft top or an unlocked vehicle. I also don't leave valuables out in the open.

I lock it every single time I get out even if I'm in somewhere completely safe from intrusion because it's an easy habit. If I do it every time, I don't have to think I (and perhaps guess incorrectly) about whether or not I need to lock it in a part ticular circumstance.

I've owned vehcles in all kinds of places from Kansas, to New Orleans, to ........ for 30 years, and I've never had any of my vehicles broken into. I can't prove it, but I strongly suspect this would not be true if I had parked unlocked and/or soft top vehicles instead.

I'd rather have a soft top on my Jeep for every other reason, but I do without because it's obvious to me that most thieves are more likely to open an unlocked door or cut some fabric than break glass or do whatever else it might take to get into a hard top.
I'm ordering my 2013 with a hard top for the same reason- I'd ultimately really rather have a soft top for the convertible freedom, but I work in a bad part of a bad city so it's really not even an option.

That said, my truck was broken into in another bad city where I once lived. Doors were locked, windows up. My girlfriend at the time had left a bunch of empty white boxes in the back seat, and it was right around Xmas time. Somebody smashed the window and tore into all the boxes, and found nothing of value. I had: cash (maybe $200?)under the driver's side sun visor; an iPod in the unlocked glove box; identification in the center console, sunglasses in the sunglasses holder, GPS in the glove box; and diamond earrings (belonging to GF) in the ashtray. The thief didn't take any of that.

Ever since, I've been a firm believer that most car thieves unconsciously conduct a kind of cost-benefit analysis before breaking into cars. Most won't take a risk without the prospect of a reward.
So step one is to minimize the reward, and step two is to maximize the risk. The best way to minimize rewards is to keep all valuables out of your vehicle. The next best would be to keep them out of sight. Reference my story above- the items in sight were messed with, but items out of sight were left alone. This obviously was very lucky, because once the thief broke the window there was nothing stopping him from searching everywhere, but I still believe the window would never have been broken had those boxes not been in the back seat.

In terms of maximizing risk, it's a risk to smash a window, because it makes a loud and recognizable sound, which draws attention. It's less of a risk to open an unlocked door. Somewhere in between those two is the risk presented by silently slashing open a soft top. I'd rather not give them that option.
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I've never understood the "don't lock it" rationale.

When you lock any vehicle--or your house for that matter--you're not creating an impenetrable fortress of security. You're just making it a little more difficult. You're creating barriers that would be inconvenient (but not impossible) to overcome. The goal is to discourage, not to render impenetrable.

The fact that somebody could have a knife and could cut a soft top and could be willing to climb in through the rear window is not a reason not to lock the doors, any more then the fact that somebody could be willing to smash your windows is a reason not to lock your doors.

Which is easier: Cutting a window and then climbing in over a roll bar and rear seat, or just opening the door? If what you're doing makes it harder to get into the jeep, then you should do it.

And believe me, I know. Somebody broke into my soft top by unzipping the window and climbing inside (see here). My doors were locked. So basically all I achieved is I made them work for it. But who knows how many would-be burglars just tried the door handle and then walked away? And if the guys that broke into mine didn't realize that my windows could be unzipped, they would've thought they needed a knife--which they may not have had.

So while I'm sure there are situations where somebody's soft top window was slashed and it would've been better--in retrospect--had they left the jeep unlocked, the fact is that from a deterence standpoint you're better off locking the doors and making it tough for them.

It may ultimately not discourage them (like my situation) or may get your windows slashed, but it also may discourage them altogether. Leaving your doors unlocked offers no deterence whatsoever and certainly does not prevent your top from being cut. You should lock your doors.
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Doesn't locking the vehicle also activate the alarm? So if you leave it unlocked you have disabled the alarm as well?
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My two cents, from a similar thread:
ugh.. i read my post in that thread and realized I'm the douche who didn't take his own advice.
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ugh.. i read my post in that thread and realized I'm the douche who didn't take his own advice.
now thats just funny right there....
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I had a similar thing happen a few weeks ago. Left the truck in the driveway, unlocked, and my iPod (classic) and FM Modulator got stolen. They went through the center console but left everything, including the checkbook. They took one of the insurance cards (haven't figured that out yet) but left all of the loose change (maybe $5). I didn't notice until about 3 the next afternoon. Reported the theft and was told of a similar theft across town the same night. The cop that took the report (a family friend) said that they knew of one guy that had been doing this in the past but had checked and he was still in prison for doing it the last time. He had stolen guns a couple of times from a neighbor so he went up for a while. They figure it was someone that he had hung out with that just wanted to try to make a quick buck. Luckily, I had the serial number for my iPod, so if it gets pawned, it will be recovered. Not a very good chance of that, though.
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I usually leave mine unlocked anyway since damage done by cutting the soft top or breaking windows costs much more than anything I leave in there. But if you are interested in a cheap but effective motion sensor mod, check it out.
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Remind me to attach an iPod to the pin of a hand grenade.

I might lose the Jeep, but the thief gets it in the FACE.
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I leave my doors unlocked all the time what probably helps is our drive way is basically made out of spent brass and shells lol
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