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Old 02-08-2011, 11:38 AM   #1
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So my new (to me) 2007 JK Doesnt have a factory alarm pre-installed into it, plus it's equipped with a soft top. I'm little worried as to theft and other intrusions, especially since this is my first Jeep. Hard tops are out of my budget right now, but I'd like to know what other owners have done in similar situations. I realize I can add an after-market alarm, has anyone had any theft, or a stolen wrangler?
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:11 PM   #2
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A hardtop is a small price to pay for piece of mind. If your worried about theft buy one. They aren't that much money compared to buying a 2007 JK, so dig up the old Visa and bite the bullet and buy it. Only way you are going to feel comfortable.

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Of course people have had thefts etc. happen in Wranglers. It happens in Ford Fiestas too.

The bigger question is whether it's really that much harder to smash glass than to slice through a soft top. I think not.

Why not just buy a good aftermarket alarm that includes a "proximity alarm" component? That would be much cheaper than a hard top and will offer better protection than the factory alarm anyway, which doesn't include a proximity alarm. Some aftermarket alarms can even be set to call your cell phone in the event they're triggered. The factory alarm can't do that.

That's my two cents. Good luck.
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you must be worried sick when you have no top at all !

If a thief wants to get in, he will. Never leave anything visible hanging around in your jeep.

An alarm helps against amateurs but professionals will easily be able to disarm it. Make sure your insurance company covers theft and you should be fine.
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Of course people have had thefts etc. happen in Wranglers. It happens in Ford Fiestas too.

The bigger question is whether it's really that much harder to smash glass than to slice through a soft top. I think not.

Why not just buy a good aftermarket alarm that includes a "proximity alarm" component? That would be much cheaper than a hard top and will offer better protection than the factory alarm anyway, which doesn't include a proximity alarm. Some aftermarket alarms can even be set to call your cell phone in the event they're triggered. The factory alarm can't do that.

That's my two cents. Good luck.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:36 PM   #7
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An alarm will be of limited use-especially for a soft top. By the time you or someone else reacts, the thief will be inside the soft top (a razor knife works great) and leaving the scene with whatever he or she decides to steal. Plus, in one of my former occupations I came to notice that most folks don't pay much attention to car alarms anyway so the odds of some stranger doing anything in the meantime are slim to none.
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Alarms are good at NIGHT-hardtops are good all the time-

Almost all IN VEHICLE thefts/drive aways are under 30 seconds, soft tops/ convertables/no tops--

Get an alarm/hardtop, and you'll sleep easier !

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An alarm will be of limited use-especially for a soft top. By the time you or someone else reacts, the thief will be inside the soft top (a razor knife works great) and leaving the scene with whatever he or she decides to steal. Plus, in one of my former occupations I came to notice that most folks don't pay much attention to car alarms anyway so the odds of some stranger doing anything in the meantime are slim to none.
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Alarms are good at NIGHT-hardtops are good all the time-

Almost all IN VEHICLE thefts/drive aways are under 30 seconds, soft tops/ convertables/no tops--

Get an alarm/hardtop, and you'll sleep easier !
I hear ya fellas, I just think that a hard top is hardly more of a deterrent than a soft top. Squeeze the same razor knife in your hand and whack the butt of it against the driver's window--congrats, you're in.

There's no doubt that the OP's best bet would be to (a) never leave anything of value visible in the Jeep, (b) get a hard top, and (c) get an alarm with proximity sensors. It's trues that folks usually ignore alarms, but so long as an alarm disables the Jeep and calls the OP's cell phone, it'll be as useful as possible.

While doing all of the above would be the best, we need to assume the hard top is out of the question as the OP stated. In light of that, I still say a proximity alarm along with being careful about leaving valuables in sight is the way to go.

He may want to look at some of the available lockboxes if he's frequently going to have GPSs and the like in the Jeep.
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Don't leave anything in it that you want to keep. Period.
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Of course people have had thefts etc. happen in Wranglers. It happens in Ford Fiestas too.

The bigger question is whether it's really that much harder to smash glass than to slice through a soft top. I think not.
Agreed, trying not to keep anything overly important in it if you are really worried.

What will really piss you off is that they will slice the top and steal something... when they could just as easily unzipped it. Haha
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Roger, I think I'll take a trip over to best buy today and have a look around. I hardly left anything of value in my prior vehicle anyway so I don't think that'll be a prob. My main concern was them taking the jeep itself.
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Haha yeah that would be an upsetting day
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Don't leave anything in it that you want to keep. Period.
Good advice. And don't worry about it.
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I never leave anything of value in it and never lock it. Never had any problems. top is off all summer too.
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:35 PM   #16
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Yep.... 5 radios stolen, many items I left in the glovebox.


I have a paging alarm and my keychain beeps if anyone messes with my jeep.

I used to not keep anything in my jeep. Now I have lots a stuff.
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"My main concern was them taking the jeep itself. "

talk to your favorite GOOD mechanic about a hidden kill switch....effective & way cheaper than an ineffective alarm
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talk to your favorite GOOD mechanic about a hidden kill switch....effective & way cheaper than an ineffective alarm
The Sentry Key is a kill switch. If someone wants to steal your vehicle, they will. They can have it hooked up and it will be half a mile away before you can react to hearing your alarm.
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....yes.....IF they find your kill switch and can activate it. In the world of non-commercial and non-standardized wiring possibilities, anything than confounds & delays overcoming the "Oak Island Mystery" of potential remedies increases the likelihood of deterrence. How many such thieves are going to carry a test meter and invest 20 minutes (IF they can get into the hood) in doing such....although they may just call their backup flatbed recovery truck of course.

The goal is to delay long enough for their perceived opportunity to be thwarted...then they move on to something easier.

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