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Old 10-14-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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My jeep keeps getting messed with/broken into. A kc light got ripped off. Glove compartment opened a few times. Etc.... My question is i know its a jeep which limits the alarm category stuff but im thinking some kind of remote alarm i could turn off for like daily driving but plug it in or turn it on or something where it will play the loud noise if my door gets opened or such at night. Not too educated on alarms and such but what are some ideas some of yall have done that prevent theft? My jeep usually runs full doors and bikini top. So i know it wont be fool proof but just to deter the ones who keep doing it or scare them away would be nice with an alarm of some sort.

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Old 10-14-2013, 08:30 PM   #2
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Check into a proximity alarm system. It won't stop them from breaking into your vehicle, but as soon as they reach inside (even if they DON'T anything), just the fact that they broke into the airspace of your Jeep, the alarm would sound off. You might also check into silent alarm systems. That way, you have a chance of actually catching the punks in the act.

There are some alarm systems that start to "chirp" if someone gets too close to your vehicle, even if they are not touching it yet. Just the fact that that alarm is starting to make noises as they approach makes them kind of think twice about messing with it.

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Old 10-14-2013, 08:51 PM   #3
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Check into a proximity alarm system. It won't stop them from breaking into your vehicle, but as soon as they reach inside (even if they DON'T anything), just the fact that they broke into the airspace of your Jeep, the alarm would sound off. You might also check into silent alarm systems. That way, you have a chance of actually catching the punks in the act.

There are some alarm systems that start to "chirp" if someone gets too close to your vehicle, even if they are not touching it yet. Just the fact that that alarm is starting to make noises as they approach makes them kind of think twice about messing with it.
Thanks for the ideas. Ill look into those. Trying not to break the bank. (on a college kids budget). The first time it happened i just kinda put it off assuming it was a drunk which it probably was but then it kept happening so now im the market to prevent it. Thanks for the ideas again
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:56 PM   #4
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009F1UVNG

I found that. Looks decent. Not sure which brands are best besides viper but i dont have a couple hundred just for a deterrent. Any brands or links?
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:58 PM   #5
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Thanks for the ideas. Ill look into those. Trying not to break the bank. (on a college kids budget). The first time it happened i just kinda put it off assuming it was a drunk which it probably was but then it kept happening so now im the market to prevent it. Thanks for the ideas again
I installed a 2-way viper alarm/remote start with motion sensor for about $250 and a couple of hours of my time. I don't know if that's out of your budget but it's nice peace of mind knowing my keychain will beep when someone messes with the jeep.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:06 PM   #6
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250 is kind of high but if it comes to it i may have to. I like the idea of the beeping on my keychain although it happens while im asleep. Ill get home around 9 and do some work and go to bed and in the morning stuff has been messed with so its in the night hours everytime so im leaninh toward just the alarm unless i find a good deal. Also, a lot of them have the remote start which im not too interested in. Hopefully i can find one with just the alarm
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:38 PM   #7
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You can find proximity alarms for less than $100.
Just check the reviews, and/or ask others that already have that kind of alarm.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:52 PM   #8
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http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=130984281755

Say i were to get this. Since automatic locking is kind of out of the question could i still wire it or have it wired to go off when alarm is engaged and the door is opened? Also comes with a shock sensor so if they were to get in or try to unlock doors from back it would go off.
Thoughts?
Kind of leaning towards this one if i can do the things asked above.
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http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=130984281755 Say i were to get this. Since automatic locking is kind of out of the question could i still wire it or have it wired to go off when alarm is engaged and the door is opened? Also comes with a shock sensor so if they were to get in or try to unlock doors from back it would go off. Thoughts? Kind of leaning towards this one if i can do the things asked above.
Yes. It has wires that connect to door "trigger" wires. When opened, it'll go off. Unless you have the doors off, obviously.

As for the shock sensor, to get it sensitive enough to do what you want might make it susceptible to False alarms from, say, the wind blowing. Maybe not though. You'd need to play with the setting. Which is super easy.

You might be able to add an additional sensor (proximity/motion) to it.
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Yes. It has wires that connect to door "trigger" wires. When opened, it'll go off. Unless you have the doors off, obviously.

As for the shock sensor, to get it sensitive enough to do what you want might make it susceptible to False alarms from, say, the wind blowing. Maybe not though. You'd need to play with the setting. Which is super easy.

You might be able to add an additional sensor (proximity/motion) to it.
Perfect, thanks. And ya the shock sensor ill either play with to get it right or just disconnect it. The flashing light will deter some and if not, when they open the door and the alarm goes off that should deter most. Maybe a proximity later but i think im going to buy this and see how it works. Plus its viper which is good stuff
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Perfect, thanks. And ya the shock sensor ill either play with to get it right or just disconnect it. The flashing light will deter some and if not, when they open the door and the alarm goes off that should deter most. Maybe a proximity later but i think im going to buy this and see how it works. Plus its viper which is good stuff
Sounds like a plan!
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:06 AM   #12
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Ive got a two way alarm. It makes noise at the jeep but it also makes my key fob go off if im within a 1 mile of it. That way I know if something is up.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:53 AM   #13
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That is kind of nice to be able to run out amd catch em in the act
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:30 AM   #14
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001AN...110_SY165_QL70

Ordered this kit this morning. Planning to install myself unless it turns out to be way to difficult. This kit will give me a peice of mind for a good price and should scare a lot of people away. Later on i may add a proximity sensor but for now i think this will work for me. Thanks for the help everyone. One last thing, if anyone knows of a good write up for this kit let me know, ill start looking it up though
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Pretty much all the wiring is done under the driver's side. Here's a good link for the wiring diagram:

http://www.commandocaralarms.com/wir...gler/1180.html


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Check into a proximity alarm system. It won't stop them from breaking into your vehicle, but as soon as they reach inside (even if they DON'T anything), just the fact that they broke into the airspace of your Jeep, the alarm would sound off.
Be cautious about this. Why? Because the OP said:

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My jeep usually runs full doors and bikini top.
Do you want the alarm to go off every time a neighborhood cat jumps inside the parked Jeep? It's something else to take into consideration.
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:19 PM   #17
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Wattapunk, found that link earlier but thanks for posting here and making it easy on me.
Sherpa, thats what i was afraid of with the proximity sensor. Didnt know how sensitive it was and bugs, leaves, animals, etc didnt want to set it off from that. For now im just sticking with door alarm and shock sensor if i can adjust it to a setting i like.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:09 PM   #18
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Don't leave anything valuable in your Jeep.
Keep the glove box and console unlocked with nothing in them.
Buy an old ammo box that you can use as a safe with a good lock and bolt it down or get a good Tuffy box. I had my old Jeep messed with twice and the one time was my own fault for leaving stuff behind the back seat (4 cases of beer and 3 bottles of whiskey). In a hurry one night and forgot to take it in the house. The other time they stole rolls of film in the glove box.
I've lived and worked in some bad areas and if you think like the idiot criminals you can prevent a good amount of the thefts.
Never had an alarm even when I lived in the hood of Detroit.

If you have the proximity alarm it won't take long for the cats to get the idea that they shouldn't be there. Look into a cab cover as well. Helps keep the riff raff out.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:50 PM   #19
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I dont keep anything of much value in there (pocket knife, flashlight, napkins, etc) its just the fact that thy are in there screwing with stuff. The jeeps fender flare got scratched up and a kc light ripped off because its so easy to mess with. So once an alarm goes off it will probably deter them and future people who decide to try it too.
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I bought a Bulldog alarm from Autozone for $50.00. One wire hook up. Senses power (like open door-dome light power draw). Is sensitive, but can be set higher/lower. Also has a shock sensor. I don,t use it unless I stay overnight in a Motel. I also have a dual hook steering wheel lock. The alarm may get some attention, that is the idea anyway. Hope you catch the punks. castration is the best option. That way the gene pool does not extend into further generations that may do the same things.
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For something simple and inexpensive read this article:

TJ Horn Alarm - 1
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For something simple and inexpensive read this article:

TJ Horn Alarm - 1
Very well written.
You took the time to trace down all of the wiring, so that we don't have to.
I think you'll find that others are going to be trying this.

Thanks for the write up.
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Very well written.
You took the time to trace down all of the wiring, so that we don't have to.
I think you'll find that others are going to be trying this.

Thanks for the write up.
Thank Stu Olsen and Zach Matson it's Stu's site and Zach's write up. I just copied and pasted
BTW that's the set up I have on my Jeep works well!
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Just keep in mind that with making the proximity and shock sensor too sensitive will also be a nuisance for false alarms and parking in a crowded public place. I ended up disconnecting my interior sensor because off weather related false alarms and when cranked all the way down, it was deemed useless so I never hooked it back up after monstalining the interior. If you are going all out with the alarm, you might as well buy cheap door actuators and make it keyless entry. That's probably the best feature on my alarm that I can't do without.
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For something simple and inexpensive read this article:

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The only drawback I can see to this particular alarm system is that, if a punk opens your door, he can quickly climb inside, & shut the door, thereby making the alarm stop.

Of course, most likely, the punk won't think about that. Once he hears the horn, he'll probably just run away.

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