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Old 05-19-2013, 10:07 PM   #1
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How secure is glovebox when locked

I typically leave my radio faceplate locked in my glovebox overnight. Just curious, how secure is the glovebox/how easy is it for someone to break into it? I'm wondering if I should be more cautious.

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Old 05-19-2013, 10:16 PM   #2
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I bet it would be easy to break it open.If someone wants something they will get it

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Old 05-19-2013, 10:17 PM   #3
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It's easy enough but if your that concerned about your radio then maybe u should look into an iVault from Quad or something like that
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:21 PM   #4
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Not very secure. The center console is more secure, but still not the most secure thing in the world. The locking mechanism on the center console is at least metal where the glove box is all plastic.

I keep my face plate locked in the console. For where I live it's good enough to deter people. The one time I forgot to lock it someone went through and stole my currie deflator. Didn't even bother with the faceplate or stereo.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:22 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses. I live in a nice area/complex but I think I'm going to bring it inside with me for the time being just to be safe. Perhaps I'll get something aftermarket down the road.

On a side note, I'm surprised a secure lockbox isn't standard on every Jeep from the factory.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:25 PM   #6
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Not very secure. The center console is more secure, but still not the most secure thing in the world. I keep my face plate locked in the console. For where I live it's good enough to deter people. The one time I forgot to lock it someone went through and stole my currie deflator. Didn't even bother with the faceplate or stereo.
I always thought the center console would be easy to break in. I've seen quite a few jeeps where the plastic piece that the latch hooks to is broken. My thought with the glovebox is that the handle would break off before it actually opened.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:29 PM   #7
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I prefer the glove box to the center console.

My friend who also has a Jeep was able to open my center console with the key for her Jeep, but was not able to open the glove box.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:29 PM   #8
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Yeah not secure at all, I had mine locked last year with my phone inside and they just pried it right open
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:30 PM   #9
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I always thought the center console would be easy to break in. I've seen quite a few jeeps where the plastic piece that the latch hooks to is broken. My thought with the glovebox is that the handle would break off before it actually opened.
Yeah, I'm sure either could be popped open with a big screwdriver, but I don't think you could get either open by hand (at least I couldn't). Like I said though for some punk just walking down the street and testing doors, either is enough to deter.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:34 PM   #11
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I can open the glove box in a TJ in less than 5 seconds with a pocket screwdriver Without breaking it....a thief would'nt care if he broke it.

After owning Jeeps for 30 years I determined about 29 years ago it's best not to leave anything of value in your Jeep.

As my Granpa used to say "Locks just keep Honest Men Honest!"
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:36 PM   #12
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The locking mechanism on the center console is at least metal......
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....seen quite a few jeeps where the plastic piece that the latch hooks to is broken......

the last 2 jeep i had were broken into & this is what happens.

if the original poster is looking for something secure, look into aftermarket accessories like Tuffy or Bestop.
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:35 AM   #13
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I can open the glove box in a TJ in less than 5 seconds with a pocket screwdriver Without breaking it....a thief would'nt care if he broke it.

After owning Jeeps for 30 years I determined about 29 years ago it's best not to leave anything of value in your Jeep.

As my Granpa used to say "Locks just keep Honest Men Honest!"
I'm with you.....leave it unlocked with no valuables. Nothing stolen and nothing broken.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:44 AM   #14
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I always bring my faceplate with me. The glovebox can just be forced open really easily when locked. I do not have a center console in mine yet, so I can't help you there.
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Tuffy Console and/or Tuffy underseat storage drawers.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:22 AM   #16
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I keep nothing important in my jeep - If they get my radio or anything of any value, I have a zero dollar comprehensive deductible (thanks allstate), which depending on what's taken, I may or may not use. Doesn't really hurt if i do use it, but after filing too many claims it might...
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:06 AM   #17
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I live in Jersey too. I prefer not to leave anything more valuable then a pack of gum in the Jeep. I am so conditioned to lock my doors I still usually lock it, even with the top off, LOL. The lock on my center console fell out the other day when I opened it, can't tell why, it was locked when I bought the jeep. I unlocked it once and used it to keep things from blowing around.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:39 AM   #18
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I usually keep my faceplate in the glovebox overnight but it isn't that hard to break into. My sister yanked on it pretty good while it was locked and I wasn't paying attention and it opened right up.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:40 AM   #19
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The words "secure" and "Jeep" do not belong in the same sentence together!
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:17 PM   #20
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for the reasons above, I have a Tuffy Security console.. and leave it unlocked all the time. they could get my tire pressure gauge in my glove box, and the owners manual. my stereo is in an iVault from Qtec.
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Apartment complexes are the worse....and nothing about a Wrangler is secure. So if you don't want it stolen over night, take it out and leave it unlocked to prevent damage.

Plastic Glove box can be smashed open and the center console lock can be easily cut with a hacksaw blade.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:30 PM   #22
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The words "secure" and "Jeep" do not belong in the same sentence together!
Jeeps are not very secure.
Op, buy tuffy or just leave nothing if value in the jeep. I've know crooks who would take the face plate and toss it, and leave the stereo.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:56 AM   #23
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Thx Flash for the info! I woke up early today to meet up with some friends for a early morning run, but soon realized that my keys were locked in the glovebox and the spare was with a friend 30 min away.... I did a search on how easy it was to break into the glovebox and you are right, with a screwdriver and a little patience, I was able to get it popped open in under a minute, even in the dark. I won't be keeping anything valuable in there anymore! way too easy!
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The entire glovebox is held in place by three plastic pieces that hook onto bars in the dash. A screwdriver can fully remove the box. The locking mechanism is metal but the bolt is plastic. It is about as secure as my mother-in-law is sane. Yes, I did just go there... ;-)
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:28 PM   #25
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Both the console and glovebox are not secure at all. Best thing to do is just remove any valuables and in the mean time save for secure replacements.

There are locking faceplates as well as full metal console boxes and glove compartments. For those of you who live in urban areas or park in places that are at risk I think it's a worthy upgrade.

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