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Old 09-17-2011, 10:44 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I'm sure this has happened to plenty of jeep owners, and im getting sick and tired of it; people rummaging through my car to steal stuff. I don't leave anything of much value in the car, but it is a pain when i get to my car after work, and stuff is either rummaged through or gone. This time, i've had enough. I got to my car earlier today to get my squishy earbuds out of my car, and they're gone. So i figured i left them at home, and went to plug in my aux cable. That's gone too. I look down, and my SHIFT KNOB is gone. I open up my center console, stuff is thrown around and the little cup thing was hastily put in sideways. It was a bit of money lost (26 for headphones, and honestly, who wants ear wax covered headphones anyways?!?!, a $12 auxiliary cable, and cheap shift knob), but over time of losing small things, it begins to tick you off. Now to the point, i would like to know if there are simple things to prevent these blemishes of society from acquiring the things i leave in my car. I'd like to know if there are any metal center console-box thingies (not sure what it is exactly), because ive seen numerous posts of people just snapping the plastic ones open. Also, i would like some metal door handles for a special surprise im thinking of. Any other things that are bolted, or welded to my car that i could put stuff in would also help, and anything else (especially something to help against car-jackers, never had it happen, but with my luck, it is inevitable). Also, can hard tops be opened from the outside? Ive left my keys in the car, and just unzipped a side window to open a door, but im sure a thief could as well. Thanks for reading!

EDIT; Also, locking hood catches, and a way to lock the spare tire down

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Old 09-17-2011, 10:50 PM   #3
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Hardtops are basically theft proof. Sorry about the punks stealing from you. buy a handgun. You can get under seat lock boxes (tuffy comes to mind for some reason). They work well. otherwise not too much to do.
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:53 PM   #4
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a freedom top is completely secure. an electric fence zapper on the door handles would be hilarious, but would likely eat your battery for lunch. A 9mm glock and a watchful eye is really the only thing that will put a stop to it, but barring that, there are underseat strongboxes, drop in steel inserts for center consoles, lockable stereo mounts that replace the top panel of your dash, and for a cheap solution, do what the motorcyclists do, and get a backpack.

so far, when my roof is in storage, locking everything in the center console and glovebox has been enough for me, but I live and work on a military post where you don't see things go missing as often as other places...
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you called your jeep a car

On a serious note sorry to have your bad luck with theft. a good loud alarm system and a hard top are the best way to make it theft resistent. with a soft top not much you can really do except leave your doors unlocked so they are less likely to damage the 500+ dollar soft top and take what ever hopefully not valuable out of the vehlicle. Tuffy security under seat and rear cargo boxes work nicely and if you must keep something of value in the jeep then probably worth the investment.
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:17 PM   #6
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man that sucks! I remember back when I owened a stereo shop, a young man came in with a Ford EXP that had the stereo stolen. Insurance bought him another one and that one was stolen in a few days after. SO, he and I installed another stereo only this time, this one had several razor blades attached to it. Low and behold, they caught the person stealing the radio! The police were dispatched to the hospital down the street to pick him up!
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There are several items I've seen that look like good solutions.

In particular, check out the Tuffy products on Q-tec. For example:

Locking console: (http://www.quadratec.com/products/14125_1300_07.htm) or (http://www.quadratec.com/products/14127_103X_PG.htm) or (http://www.quadratec.com/products/14125_1301_07.htm)

Underseat lockbox: (http://www.quadratec.com/products/14114_0001_07.htm) or (http://www.quadratec.com/products/14040_0001_07.htm)

Locking rear storage: (http://www.quadratec.com/products/14142_001_07.htm) or (http://www.quadratec.com/products/14255_9010_07.htm)

Locking glovebox: (http://www.quadratec.com/products/14104_13X_PG.htm)

Overhead locking console: (http://www.quadratec.com/products/14134_21_07.htm)

Etc. There are many others. Also, note they are for the most part of course specific to the 07-10 or 11-12 model years.

Finally--as a lawyer--I strongly advise you not rig your jeep to shock or otherwise do harm to anyone that may touch it. That can work out very badly for you.
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What if its just like those prank shockers like you buy lighters and stuff that shock you but dont really hurt? Pwwwwese mr lawyer
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Here are my security features:
- I don't leave tempting stuff just laying around in plain view.
- I added a proximity motion sensor that triggers the factory alarm when anybody reaches into the Jeep.
- I have the Tuffy Security Glove Box and the Tuffy Conceal Carry Security Drawer to more securely store stuff up front. The Tuffy Security Console also sounds attractive, but I haven't gotten around to getting that one.
- I use the Bestop Instatrunk when not using the hardtop to more securely store stuff in the back. If I had a 4-door, I would go with the Tuffy Security Deck though.
- I use tube doors instead of going doorless, to reduce the likelihood of a casual passer-by hopping in and helping them self.
- I have the Mopar hood lock. Can be bypassed if you know how it works, but should deter most amateurs.
- I use wheel locks, and I also run a security cable around my spare tire and tire carrier, locked with a padlock.
- I have a locking gas cap.
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What if its just like those prank shockers like you buy lighters and stuff that shock you but dont really hurt? Pwwwwese mr lawyer
I'd expect those to be cool. Not really "traps."

There's a famous case taught in law school tort classes about a farmhouse that kept getting broken into while its occupants were away. Having had enough, the owners rigged a small shotgun to the front door, aimed low and chambering a birdshot shell that had been hollowed out and filled with rock salt--the intent being to scare and terribly sting any intruder.

Instead, it ended up taking their neighbor's teenaged son's leg off at the knee. The liability was substantial.

The practical point is that "traps" don't often go as planned, and when that happens, it's your fault. You're better off just locking stuff up and having a good alarm.
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Here are my security features:
- I don't leave tempting stuff just laying around in plain view.
- I added a proximity motion sensor that triggers the factory alarm when anybody reaches into the Jeep.
- I have the Tuffy Security Glove Box and the Tuffy Conceal Carry Security Drawer to more securely store stuff up front. The Tuffy Security Console also sounds attractive, but I haven't gotten around to getting that one.
- I use the Bestop Instatrunk when not using the hardtop to more securely store stuff in the back. If I had a 4-door, I would go with the Tuffy Security Deck though.
- I use tube doors instead of going doorless, to reduce the likelihood of a casual passer-by hopping in and helping them self.
- I have the Mopar hood lock. Can be bypassed if you know how it works, but should deter most amateurs.
- I use wheel locks, and I also run a security cable around my spare tire and tire carrier, locked with a padlock.
- I have a locking gas cap.
Oh no....
So is it worth buying?
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....- I added a proximity motion sensor that triggers the factory alarm when anybody reaches into the Jeep....
Can you elaborate on this one? I like the sound of it.
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1)Tuffy products
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Stop putting items in view of thieves!!!
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This will work. Wonderful to have for the home as well .

Humor aside , I hate a theif, sad statement on our current society. I am currently installing a Bestop uderseat box for items I don't keep o me. I think I have solved the 2011 "issue' with the drivers seat.

The lockbox is very well made and once installed would be perfect for your needs.
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I had a bud of mine that lived in a (rough) part of town. He ran a cord hidden under the car tied one end the the earth and the other to the car. Durring the night he heard "eoweooe www ooo!!" He never had any more problems lol


Of course I would never recommend anything so dangerous!!!!
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I have a two way alarm with proximity sensor and hood, doors, dome light. It has a one mile range and works very well. My digital remote vibrates and has a LOUD chirp. Costar.
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I have a two way alarm with proximity sensor and hood, doors, dome light. It has a one mile range and works very well. My digital remote vibrates and has a LOUD chirp. Costar.
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pleez post what you do to get the box under your front seat....and pics
I'm now thinking about the console insert....we'll see
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I had an alarm put in mine with a proximity sensor and if you reach in it goes off bad thing is bird and animals getting in it sets it off to kinda sux when your sleeping and the stray cat jumps in and you run out in your underwear and your neighbors see ya.lol
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- I have the Mopar hood lock. Can be bypassed if you know how it works, but should deter most amateurs.
Oh no....
So is it worth buying?
Worth it to me to keep any drunk Joe Schmoe or troublesome high school kid from screwing around in there.

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....- I added a proximity motion sensor that triggers the factory alarm when anybody reaches into the Jeep....
Can you elaborate on this one? I like the sound of it.
Here you go. Hot off the presses.

DEI 508D Proximity Motion Sensor addition to factory alarm system
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birdshot shell that had been hollowed out and filled with rock salt--the intent being to scare and terribly sting any intruder.

Instead, it ended up taking their neighbor's teenaged son's leg off at the knee. The liability was substantial.

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Just like Mom said, too much salt is bad for you..
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Thanks yomondo for introducing me to the Mopar hood lock, I had not seen that before and it is now right near the top of my to do list.

As far as security options for the spare tire; here is a product I discovered last night and am leaning very heavily toward buying: Kryptonite

I currently have a $20, 20 mm steel cable bike lock from target on my spare tire (in addition to a locking lug), but that is only there to give me some peace of mind until I find something better.
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...an electric fence zapper on the door handles would be hilarious, but would likely eat your battery for lunch...
During the gas crisis in the late 70's, my father rigged a booby-trap on the flip-down license plate on our Pontiac. He ran a line from the battery to the license plate (with an on/off switch under the dash) so that anyone attempting to siphon gas would get a little surprise

As for my Jeep, I keep nothing of importance in the glove box/ console & leave nothing out in the open if I'm parked with the top off.
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This will work. Wonderful to have for the home as well .

Humor aside , I hate a theif, sad statement on our current society. I am currently installing a Bestop uderseat box for items I don't keep o me. I think I have solved the 2011 "issue' with the drivers seat.

The lockbox is very well made and once installed would be perfect for your needs.
yup, that would work
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I had a bud of mine that lived in a (rough) part of town. He ran a cord hidden under the car tied one end the the earth and the other to the car. Durring the night he heard "eoweooe www ooo!!" He never had any more problems lol


Of course I would never recommend anything so dangerous!!!!
I don't understand what you mean ?
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I don't understand what you mean ?
Pretty sure he meant an extension cord. And he shocked the thief
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Yep ac cord. When I heard he did that I told him what if somebody walked by and just bumped it? He said they were stealing something from it each sat night. So one sat night before he went to bed he set the trap. I still think it's a little extrem but I can understand his frustrations.

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The underseat lock box from Quadratec is sweeeeeeeeeeet and fairy cheap too about $50.

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