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Old 05-01-2010, 02:41 AM   #1
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Question Fears of owning a soft top.

Hello everyone,
I finally bought a Jeep. I live in Chicago and wanted the benefits of owning a soft top, but am a little worried about the risks. No garage, street parking.

I bought locking lug nuts, detachable face sterio, locking gas cap.

I know better than to leave anything of value in sight, I did that with my car. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Does anyone deal with a similar situation and if so, how do you sleep at night? I don't want anyone stealing parts off it or damaging my plastic.

Thanks in advance and I look forward to your Jeep wisdom,
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Old 05-01-2010, 05:03 AM   #2
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I wouldn't worry about it too much, if they want to get in they will. I had my Jeep broken into in the winter with the hardtop and full hard doors on. Took them like 1 minute to pop the door lock, pull down the dome light and swipe my stereo. Funny thing is I leave my Jeep all summer in my drive way and around town with the top down or up and never have had anything stolen. The only deterrent I have is a removable faceplate on my radio. You could buy a tuffy console or something like that to keep things in as well.

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I don't keep anything of value in my Jeep. Even have the original factory stereo, hoping someone will steal that. I keep the doors unlocked so if they want to see what's inside they won't destroy my top trying to get inside. Lot of drug related crimes where I live, so the "perps" are always looking for stuff to pawn.
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Agree 100% on NOT locking doors. Open the door and steal the stereo, but do not cut my top to get in.
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:43 AM   #5
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same here, I always leave my doors unlocked. I would much rather have them take a $10 pair of sunglasses and about 50 cents in change rather than cutting through my $600 top.

When I first got my Jeep I was in the same boat as you though, I didn't like the thought of having my doors unlocked and thinking about people snooping around inside my Jeep. But that kinda goes away after a while.
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:56 AM   #6
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I'm not worried about theft as much as vandalsim where I live.
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Old 05-01-2010, 09:38 AM   #7
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Make sure you have comprehensive coverage on our insurance and it's covered if it's vandalized/damaged. Get a pretty low or no deductible so you can afford the claim. Comp claims don't hurt your rates or insurability.
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:33 AM   #8
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tuffey console for important stuff. doors unlocked.but there is always the jackass that will cut the top.cost of a convertible.maybe put a sign in window doors unlocked dumbass.
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:01 AM   #9
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I used to have to park my CJ-5 near a Greyhound depot in a major city. The only time I ever had an issue was once when a homeless guy climbed in the front seat and went to sleep to get out of the rain.

He did mention that the Jeep seats were really uncomfortable for sleeping on.
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:06 AM   #10
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Well having full motion sensors and night vision cameras on my unit including the driveway (Townhouse complex) I sleep fine at night with the top down.... I have a bed shaker on the thermal camera (if someone gets within 6 feet of my property the tv comes on and I wake up..... Bad news if they come on my property cause I'm tired, pissed, and ready to blow their head off with any number of items.....

To top it off I live in one of the lowest crime rate towns in the USA.....
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First of all, with a soft top, never lock your doors!!!! because all they have to do is cut the vynl windows to get in, then they will take whatever they want AND you will have to replace parts of your top... if your doors are open, they have no reason to cut your top, so...

second, invest in a tuffy center console and/or tuffy side wheel well lockers or something! Keep everything locked up!

I dont think you will have any problems with people taking parts unless you have some really nice new mods or something... which if that's the case, then I really dont know what else you can do to protect your parts than what you have done already.

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Old 05-02-2010, 11:35 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone. I put full coverage on it with $0 comp. deductible. If anything is going to happen to it, its just going to happen to it. I like the comment on comprehensive claims not effecting your rates but I'll have to check on that to be sure.

I'm taking her home tomorrow, so here's hoping!

I understand too that coming to terms with locking your doors is just a part of owning one, but i just cant see it. I'll probably learn the hard way. Someone told me to leave the glove box and center console open too. Figure if they can see that your willing to leave them open, no point in leaving anything in them.
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I never lock the doors on my YJ or keep anything inside I would like to keep. My wife on the other hand locks her JK if she walks five steps away. I can't convince her to leave it unlocked... I'm pretty sure she will have to learn the lesson the hard way!
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kill switch and +5 for keeping your doors UNLOCKED
If they are locked, they will slice up your $500 soft top to get in... only to find nothing valuable inside
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Thanks everyone. I put full coverage on it with $0 comp. deductible. If anything is going to happen to it, its just going to happen to it. I like the comment on comprehensive claims not effecting your rates but I'll have to check on that to be sure.

I'm taking her home tomorrow, so here's hoping!

I understand too that coming to terms with locking your doors is just a part of owning one, but i just cant see it. I'll probably learn the hard way. Someone told me to leave the glove box and center console open too. Figure if they can see that your willing to leave them open, no point in leaving anything in them.
x39787597 on leaving it unlocked. Even tho' my ins agent says to lock it... I just don't see the point. Check with your ins. about the claims and your rates, but I had $8000 in comp claims on my Charger last year and asked if they were gonna cancel me because of it, and was told that comp claims don't count against you, unless you have an extraordinary amount of them, of course. Worst case they could make you raise your ded..... Ymmv.
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x3 or 4 or 5 on leaving it unlocked... can't stress that enough.

And, quite simply, don't keep value items in there. You should be comfortable leaving the top down with the doors unlocked in downtown Detroit without worry about anything gettin' ganked. If there is something stressin' ya, get it out of the jeep. Thats the safest bet...
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Cheap Fix---- Go to the nearest bike shop, Walmart, Target etc. Get one bicycle flashing red light. You know the one the bike riders use so you see them in the dark. Get some velcro and stick it around the dash some place. Turn it on at night and the red flashing light is really bright.......Anyone thinking of breaking in will see the light and move on to the next car. You know burgulars aren't too smart and think you got a really good alarm. I use it when I go out.....no problems so far.
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I just put in an alarm and tied it to the power locks I put in the Jeep. The little blinking light will deter most idiots, but if they really want it they will take it.

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