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Top on all night every night...... 13 14.61%
Top off all night every night....(pending the weather) 43 48.31%
I live in a house with a garage, or I'm a renegade cop with an itchy trigger finger so Jeep security is not a priority....... 18 20.22%
Top up no windows? (False sense of security) 9 10.11%
Hard top 6 6.74%
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:18 AM   #1
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Do you leave your top down at night?

I've had my Jeep for less than a year and I've lived at three apartment complexes (mine, my ex's, and now my new one). When I know it's going to be nice for several days in a row I'll leave the top down so I can have a nice morning ride to work.

I'm a little more weary of my new apartment complex however. So I feel like I constantly am checking on it at night. But at the end of the day even if the top is on, it doesn't take a scientist to figure out how to break in.

And there's another Jeep a building or two down but that guy/girl never takes their top off .....Granted I live in a fairly low crime city but still...

With that long preamble I would like to get a general consensus of my fellow Jeepers.....

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Old 04-13-2010, 08:22 AM   #2
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i have a hard top to it never comes off unless im wheeling,i think my doors are in the garage

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Old 04-13-2010, 08:23 AM   #3
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Well, I live in a nice subdivision and yes, I leave my top down at night. I do use a Trail cover to help keep the cats, dew, varmints out overnight. I don't leave anything in it, ever, so there's nothing to steal, but that doesn't stop someone from just being ornery...
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:25 AM   #4
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same here. I live in a decent neighborhood, so Ill leave the top&doors off as much as possible if the future looks groovey. the only thing valuable I leave in there are quarters. dealing with the morning dew and insects.. it's a jeep thing.
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:26 AM   #5
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I have a garage, but the Jeep is worth 1/4 of the other two cars, so it stays outside.

If My top has been off and no rain is supposed to come I'll leave the top off, if I have had the windows/doors off that day, and weather is good it stays that way.

I voted top up, no windows. since it sat like that all last week.

I keep nothing in the jeep, so I'm not looking for any "security". as a soft top doesn't lend to being secure.

The Sheriff lives across the street from me. its a fairly quiet neighborhood. and I'm a gun toting redneck, so If someone wants to play I'm always ready.
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:28 AM   #6
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im just a paranoid person,i went out there one sat morning and i swear every neiborhood kid was on it!
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If I lived in town, I would definitely close it up at night.

Living out in the boondocks like we do, I still like to close it up at night for a couple of reasons.
First, it keeps the critters out, Cats can really make a mess in your rig. They will spray the interior to mark their territory and the smell is nearly impossible to get out. Where we live we have coons and possums too.

Next, it keeps the dew from settling on the interior of your vehicle. Moisture combined with the dust and grime can make it difficult to keep clean. It makes it stick really well to fabrics and some electronics don't like moisture.

I try to put my top up at night just to be on the safe side. I don't always buckle it all down, just flop it up and Velcro the side windows on.
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:29 AM   #8
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Top off all the time, Don't leave anything valuable in there and you have nothing to worry about. My top and doors are off just about all summer. I just bought a trail cover for when it rains, I put my top in storage and leave it off all summer.
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The only thing in there I'm worried about is my cd player but I take the face inside every night.....oh and my furry seat covers lol
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I'm a slow learner as well....back in the day I was at a buddies house in my old convertible. a cat came by and marked my seat as his....

That smell never really came out all the way (on humid days I'd get a reminder)
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I keep the top and doors off a lot, so I park it in the garage at night, mainly for the unexpected down pours over night!
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Out here so far I've left my top off cept for the bikini. Critters I don't have to worry about our dog keeps them away as for security i have a tuffy lock box with my stereo in it so again im not worried. Dumb criminal trying to unbolt the box + Dogs Barking = 10 guage to the face.
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:44 AM   #13
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I leave mine off at night, when possible, and never lock it. Just remember, it's a Jeep and if they really want in they'll get in. That's why, like so many, I don't leave anything valuable in there as stated above.
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:07 AM   #14
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Mine sleeps in the garage with the top down.
Like Vanimal says its a Jeep so what I do is just I dont leave anything in the Jeep that can
be of any interest of someone else.
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I've had the top and doors off for about 2 weeks straight now. You can tell by the 4"s of pollen on the dash. Honestly as stated above, I keep nothing but a bunch of CD's (not even originals) in it and I would rather a thief be able to just look and see that there was nothing worth stealing then have them slash my top to find out.
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Well, I live in a nice subdivision and yes, I leave my top down at night. I do use a Trail cover to help keep the cats, dew, varmints out overnight. I don't leave anything in it, ever, so there's nothing to steal, but that doesn't stop someone from just being ornery...
Same here.....trail cover at night when the top is off.
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I've had the top and doors off for about 2 weeks straight now. You can tell by the 4"s of pollen the dash. Honestly as stated above, I keep nothing but a bunch of CD's (not even originals) in it and I would rather a thief be able to just look and see that there was nothing worth stealing then have them slash my top to find out.
Im sneezing my head off today to...but having the top and doors off are so worth it.
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:56 AM   #18
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I keep my top and doors off during the summer (so far I have), but I've had my car vandalized (pissed in by another college kid, a bagel thrown in it, etc.). While it sucks, it hasn't deterred me enough to worry. There's really nothing valuable in it, except my amplifier and subwoofer (maybe totaling $100 if that) and my head unit is useless without the faceplate (which I take in with me). Just lock up the stuff inside, and then there's little risk to worry about (have a kill switch too).

On the note of critters, I was leaving for school one morning in my Cougar and I heard a rustling in the back (hatchback), look back and there's a cat sitting there. I freaked, almost crashed the car, and pulled over to let the cat out. It ended up spraying my trunk, dropping a deuce, and clawing my back seat. That car reeked (even after numerous steam cleanings) until the day I sold it. That is a mess.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:02 PM   #19
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I live in jacksonville fl, top is a MUST in this thug infested city!
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I put mine in the garage at night if the top is down. I also put the top up if I can't park in the garage at work.
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I live in a pretty safe area and leave the top and doors off all the time. I put it in the garage when I can, because you never know when one of those unexpected Oklahoma Tornados, or snow storms, will come through the neighborhood. The only thing that has ever happened to it is someone let the air out of one of my tires at work, probably an angry student
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I have a garage, but the Benz or the Escalade are usually in there, so I just throw a trail cover on it to keep out dew, animals, etc. One time last summer some kids (I assume) went through the neighborhood late one night and rifled through the cars on the street. The Escalade was out in the driveway and it was gone through... stole some change & the mp3 adapter. I don't leave anything in the Jeep, not even a dash radio. Years ago when I had a nice stereo in it, I had a motion activated alarm so it was secure with the top down. Freaking everything set it off, birds, leaves falling... needless to say, I don't use it often.
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I live in a good neighborhood and my jeep is parked where no one can see it from the street. I leave my top down if it looks clear and weather.com agrees, or sometime just latch on latch and put the doors back on, or put a tarp over, if its looking cloudy.
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I bought my '97 with a (burglar-slashed) soft top and half doors. I installed a hard top and full doors for that reason; any thief with a knife and 3 seconds to spare can still get in your jeep and steal at will...and cause several hundred $$ damage to your top in the process. I'd love to have a soft top, but not at the expense of my aftermarket stereo equip, sunglasses, GPS, etc. In my opinion, a soft top serves as a barrier to weather and wind, nothing else. I'd say it's beneficial to leave your soft top down at night for the simple fact that a burglar can simply poke around for items to loot (rather than force his way in), and leave once he realizes you've left nothing for him to steal.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:33 PM   #25
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I voted for top on at all times primarily due to dust and dirt from the city. Living in Chicago there's a lot of crap that floats around so I'd rather keep that out of the Jeep. Security's not really an issue since I don't keep anything in it. If I had a garage or lived in the burbs then it'd be top and doors off all the time, dependant on weather.
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I never leave anything of value in my jeep to begin with so when the weather is nice for a few days i leave the top down. occasionally it will get a little dusty but i keep a rag in the glove box just in case. But if the weather is nice then top is always down
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Whatever I take off during the day goes back on at night. I'm not worried about anyone stealing something as much as I am worried about cats getting in and marking. I'm considering getting a rain gear jeep cover because they are waterproof and they cover the door openings and it would keep the cats out too.
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Trail cover as long as no rain in the forcast. No carpet and vinyl seats so the cats cant do a huge amount of damage. Im not sure if there is a stereo in it or not. I can hear it if there is.
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My top has not been on my jeep in like 3 weeks. Rain or shine warm or cold it is no top time for the rest of the summer! Along with no doors!
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Once summer comes, the soft top comes down for good. I live in a questionable neighborhood( like most Tucson neighborhoods), and it stays outside our fence by the street. I just dont leave anything in there. When its rainy I'll put the top up and the half doors on with the skins to protect the dash from water, but the back seat will get wet and I don't care. It's a Jeep, the thing's so filthy all the time anyway; I've only washed it once since I've owned it. However one thing I always do is crank the wheels all the way left or right and put a Club on it.I had a 4runner stolen from the same spot and didn't hear it because the guys pushed it down the street before starting it. Thats my main concern with parking it outside.

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