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Old 07-16-2010, 02:07 PM   #1
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SOB!!! Someone went into my Jeep

So this isn't the most horrible of larcenies, but is still irritating as hell. I have worked hundreds of these things during my time in Law Enforcement, but when it happens to you it still really ticks you off.

Went out this morning to find out that someone had gone into my Jeep and taken my Oakley Sunglasses and my cell phone charger out of the Jeep. Yes, I did leave it open. It is a soft top also. It was sitting in my driveway though. One would hope that someone wouldn't have the balls to come into my driveway and steal my crap but they did. I think that most of the people around here see me going to work in my uniform too!

This is making me think about putting an alarm on my Jeep. Is this a good idea? How much will this cost? Any Pro's or Con's for doing this?

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Just take your stuff with you or get a tuffy console.

Alarms are annoying and nobody pays attention to them anymore. Every time I hear one I just think.. "I wish that @$$hole would turn his alarm off" because they go off 99% of the time by accident.

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Wow that's too bad, sorry to read that. The best thing you can do is to install a Tuffy glove box and/or a Tuffy console. If you have an older TJ, like 2002 or older I think, Tuffy even has a less expensive steel console liner that is very secure. It makes use of the OE console lid on top of its steel lid so it doesn't change the console's looks. I had both in my '97 TJ and they gave me a lot of peace of mind for such items.
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Alarms work like this.....90% of the time they are a pain in the butt. 10% of the time they actually prevent something from happening.

Some car insurances will knock off $$$$ if you have an alarm. There is a reason for that.

I just wonder if it would be a real pain or it could prevent something like this from happening. My insurance is relatively cheap but.....they do say that Wranglers are a bit more expensive to insure, as a whole, because they can be broken into easily. I have known of a few people in the past with wranglers that had their tops cut, stereos taken, and all kinds of other stuff.

The alarm is just a thought and definitely something to debate!
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And then there is the old adage... Locks are for Honest people.
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And then there is the old adage... Locks are for Honest people.
Yep, for sure, but at least Tuffy's products make it very tough for anyone but the most determined thief.
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Alarms work like this.....90% of the time they are a pain in the butt. 10% of the time they actually prevent something from happening.

Some car insurances will knock off $$$$ if you have an alarm. There is a reason for that.

I just wonder if it would be a real pain or it could prevent something like this from happening. My insurance is relatively cheap but.....they do say that Wranglers are a bit more expensive to insure, as a whole, because they can be broken into easily. I have known of a few people in the past with wranglers that had their tops cut, stereos taken, and all kinds of other stuff.

The alarm is just a thought and definitely something to debate!

My buddy had an alarm on his CJ in high school and someone cut his back window and tried to steal his speakers, but they were bolted to the floor in the cargo area.. alarm didn't make a peep. Jeeps are not good alarm vehicles because you don't have to disturb it enough to set anything off to get access.
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For the first few years I had an alarm system in my jeep that had a proximity sensor attachment. It basically had a radar-like bubble that when penetrated would sound the alarm. It worked great because it worked with the top and doors off. If someone reached in and broke that invisible bubble the alarm went off. I didn't leave stuff out for people to take. I locked that stuff in the center console but it was peace of mind that if anyone reached inside for anything it would light em up. I just use a Tuffy console now but when my Jeep is done being modded I might put one in again.
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:38 PM   #9
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You all are right about locking stuff up. I am usually good about this but I didn't do it last night because I pulled into my driveway. Normally my Dog will bark if anything moves around the house but she didn't last night (probably because of the heat).

It is a small deal but I may be moving to NOVA and be in an apartment complex. That is another reason that I was thinking about an alarm.

On a side note and drawing on my nautical tendencies, the person who did this to me Jeep should kiss the gunner's daughter and be keel drug.
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You all are right about locking stuff up. I am usually good about this but I didn't do it last night because I pulled into my driveway. Normally my Dog will bark if anything moves around the house but she didn't last night (probably because of the heat).

It is a small deal but I may be moving to NOVA and be in an apartment complex. That is another reason that I was thinking about an alarm.

On a side note and drawing on my nautical tendencies, the person who did this to me Jeep should kiss the gunner's daughter and be keel drug.
Yeah, I had a pistol stolen from a crappy bestop console what was defective in my old CJ.. it makes you feel like kicking somebody in the sack...
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I always carry my guns on my person. The one thing that I do think of now is that I carry tools in the back of my Jeep (ratchet set, straps, screw drivers, etc). I guess I should remove them for now.
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Sorry to hear about the break in. I have a tuffy center console and tuffy lock box in rear and love them. I put my stereo deck, ipod, and oakleys in there and feel 100% safe. Id recommend a tuffy console and killswitch over an alarm anyday
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the only reason for having alarm in my jeep is to scare the living crap out of my cat when i catch her napping on my hardtop...you would think she would get use to it by now but everytime i hit the panic button, she hangs upside down in the carport rafters....to me thats money well spent.
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I always try to look on the bright side of things. nothing got trashed. the top doesn't need replaced. the jeep is still there.

only things in my jeep are $5 pair of sunglasses, about $2 in change, and a CD. if they want that crap, take it. the tow straps are cheap, so are my jumpers, first aid kit, shackles, wood, and rags in the cargo bay. the oil is expensive, but take it. what's $8 these days? just don't cut that damn top.

I know it sucks though. you ever heard of those alarms they used to put on cars that charged the frame and body? if you touched it you got knocked on your ass? I'd make one. it can't be that hard. I know they're illegal, but who's going to rat you out? a car vandal?
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You all are right about locking stuff up. I am usually good about this but I didn't do it last night because I pulled into my driveway.
I thought the same thing. We live in a really nice neighborhood, way up at the top of a no-exit street, and then we're off to the side on a cul-de-sac. Even in my remote cul-de-sac, someone stole my Garmin GPS, Oakleys, a VERY nice first-aid kit, and worst of all, my favorite Jeep hat that was ten years old and irreplaceable due to it having come from the first internet Jeep newsgroup RAMJ+W, before there were Jeep forums.
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Install the proximity detector with a delay, to give him time enough to see a target on the front seat - with 10 bullet holes in the 9 and 10 rings. Label it 300 yards, Dusk, Crosswind 20 MPH.
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The funny thing is that it is probably some of the local pre-driving teens in my neighborhood. They will slip up and wear my Oakleys. I will see them and I will stop, badge them, and question them. After that I will charge them with receiving stolen goods and possession of stolen property. I can't exactly prove that they stole them because I didn't see it, but I can prove that they are stolen. Besides, two charges are better than one. I will take pleasure in going to the magistrate/juvenile probation myself to obtain the paperwork.

Besides, if I don't catch them it will come back to haunt them some day. What goes around comes around and you will reap what you sow.

I am really glad that they didn't check the back of the Jeep. I had tools in there. I no longer have tools back there and I am debating on putting an add a trunk back there. THey are on Amazon right now for $130.00.
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Sorry to hear about that.
That kind of crap really gets me steamed!
Thieves = useless skin bags, soon to be paper weights.

I'd personally go with an alarm.
If you do, make sure you get the proximity sensor for the reasons stated above.
(It's only an extra $25 piece)
Also try and get one with a 2-way remote that alerts you.
(They go up to a 1 mile radius now)

Yes, alarms are annoying as hell.
But when it goes off,
whether other people ignore it or not, most thieves will run.
If some idiot is so bold as to stick around and continue burglarizing your Jeep while the alarm is going off.....
He deserves whatever he gets!
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My jeep has been rummaged through twice. after the first I bought a tuffy console (DO IT!)

second time both the tuffy and my OEM glovebox were locked. they broke the glovebox open, and didn't get into the Tuffy.

I have a "driveway alarm" installed in my jeep which alerts me inside the house, of any warmth entering my Jeep. (the only indication is a small red light that lights up inside the jeep when the sensor is tripped... I didn't have it turned on the night of the second, or I'd likely have a dead person in my lawn.

I now turn it on every night. I'm gonna catch these bastards.
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sorry top hear you had stuff stolen. That is the 1 thing that concerned me most about getting a Jeep. I have nothing in there, but it does make me think about how to run errands. Make sure I get the smaller stuff 1st to lock it up, or it least keep it out of siteas much as possible.

Looks like a Tuffy console may be in my future
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yea i live in a great neighborhood, ZERO crime but last year my dad '00 Discovery was taken from right in front of the house. The first thing the police officer said was "you're jokin' right?" Turns out it was some highschool kid who wanted a ride to the next town, where he parked it, in front of his house. there is only 2 kinds of criminals, the dumb ones and the dead ones.
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My girlfriend locked herself out of her car. She called me, I brought her a SlimJim to open the door. When I got there 3 cops were sitting in the parking lot jabbering with each other.
When I went to use the SlimJim - right in front of them, the alarm went off. They didn't even look over at us, much less ask what we were doing. It took me 3 or 4 minutes to get the door open.

Next time I want to steal a car, I'll make sure a cop is protecting me from the owner.
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Just take your stuff with you or get a tuffy console.

Alarms are annoying and nobody pays attention to them anymore. Every time I hear one I just think.. "I wish that @$$hole would turn his alarm off" because they go off 99% of the time by accident.
+1 no one even hears alarms anymore..... I wouldnt bother with an alarm, try a tuffy console instead

they need an alarm that screams HELP HES STICKING THINGS INTO ME!
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Take all of your cool CD's and empty the cases. Replace the CD's with copies of Lawrence Welk songs and leave those in your Jeep.
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I have a "driveway alarm" installed in my jeep which alerts me inside the house, of any warmth entering my Jeep. (the only indication is a small red light that lights up inside the jeep when the sensor is tripped... I didn't have it turned on the night of the second, or I'd likely have a dead person in my lawn.

I now turn it on every night. I'm gonna catch these bastards.



how much would one of those run ya? and how hard is the install?
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My girlfriend locked herself out of her car. She called me, I brought her a SlimJim to open the door. When I got there 3 cops were sitting in the parking lot jabbering with each other.
When I went to use the SlimJim - right in front of them, the alarm went off. They didn't even look over at us, much less ask what we were doing. It took me 3 or 4 minutes to get the door open.

Next time I want to steal a car, I'll make sure a cop is protecting me from the owner.
The cops figured real crooks would be smarter than to try to steal a car with them watching.
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I had someone break the window of my POLICE CAR and steal the computer while parked outside the courthouse.
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They will slip up and wear my Oakleys. I will see them and I will stop, badge them, and question them. After that I will charge them with receiving stolen goods and possession of stolen property. .
And these are a 1 of a kind that no one else can buy?

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I have the best alarm on the planet. One of the guys between me and the highway has a still. NO ONE moves around here without him knowing about it.
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I will see them and I will stop, badge them, and question them. After that I will charge them with receiving stolen goods and possession of stolen property. I can't exactly prove that they stole them because I didn't see it, but I can prove that they are stolen.
Yea know, I saw you got your stuff stolen and I'm like aww man that sucks! And then I saw you were a cop, and decided that still aww man that sucks, and he seems cool so that's beat. And then I read this reply and I think I hope you never get your stuff back, I'm glad they got your Oakleys, and hope the guy sold them and is laughing his ass all the way to the bank.

I've had stuff stolen from me. When I was 12 I had my ATV stolen out of my backyard. I had saved up $3500 from working (yes I worked that young), and it was stolen right out of the yard. Now I knew who did it, where the guy lived, and the car he drove that had been spotted that night (a white Ford Ranger). And when I called the cops, one comes out to write the report, and as were standing there talking the white Ford Ranger drives by again creeps in front of my house and then speeds off. The cop looks him as he goes by, looks back at me, and starts writing again - and I go "You know that's him right" he laughs and goes, "Yea, we're not going after a guy for a stolen ATV." And that's where my hatred begins - so for me, after reading your sickening reply, feels like revenge has been served.

I hope that if you do ever see "those kids" that they have the knowledge to tell you to blow your questions out your ass.

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