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Old 09-17-2007, 08:33 PM   #1
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Theft by Cut Soft Top? ever happened to you?

Is Theft really a large issue or a fear? I have had my TJ 06 Soft top for 2 months now and when I get out I just leave the two front doors unlocked to try and prevent anyone from cutting the top. I can replace just about anything inside they would want to steal cheaper than i could replace a top. Have any of you had any experience with theft and what are some things that I can do to secure my vehicle better. Also on the flip side when I go out with the top down I roll up the windows (full doors) and lock the doors. I do this so that anyone who might try to steal the radio or anything would have to climb in. so actually my jeep is more secure with the top down than with it up most of the time. What do you guys do and why???

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Old 09-17-2007, 08:35 PM   #2
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Honestly man, the people around my area would just slash it even if they don't want to steal anything, thats why i have a hard top on.

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i don´t leave parts people could want in my TJ. that´s all i can do.

in my old TJ i had a DVD player with a flip out screen. that was stolen and the cutted my ST rear window for that. after installing a cheap looking radio nothing happened for over 8 years.
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Just depends on your area. However, all you can hope to do is make it a little less appealing for the honest punks out there. Just like you said, locked doors with top down might keep the more honest punks out b/c they don't want to be obvious. However, even locked doors and a hard top won't keep the dedicated thiefs away. Keep things out of sight and make it look empty. That along with your valid school of thought is about all you can do. If they really want something, you can't really stop it. (unless you're hiding inside with your pistola)
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I was just curious if any of you had any thing that you normally do (sort of like a ritual) before you feel safe leaving it. I have to roll up the windows and lock to keep my mind from bugging me about it. I lock the rear too...I know this doesn't make sense but it is sorta habit now.
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I was just curious if any of you had any thing that you normally do (sort of like a ritual) before you feel safe leaving it. I have to roll up the windows and lock to keep my mind from bugging me about it. I lock the rear too...I know this doesn't make sense but it is sorta habit now.
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I was just curious if any of you had any thing that you normally do (sort of like a ritual) before you feel safe leaving it.
i go around the jeep every morning before i go to wirk and take a look if everything is ok.
on a frinds landrover defender some idiots loosened the scews at all 4 wheels over night. next morning he had an accident at 45 mph and lost a wheel.
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Depends on your neighborhood. We had our top cut about 1.5 years ago. Doors were unlocked but they still cut the top. The only thing they went for was a back pack that had my work rule books in. I learned early on that if there is nothing in the jeep to steal then thieves won't make the effort. Since then nothing has happened to it even with the top and doors off for several days at a time.

I have one ritual. Take everything out of the jeep that isn't bolted down before heading in the house at night.
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You'll develop a "soft top mentality" and you'll learn not to rely on the soft top to protect you or anything inside. I've been driving some sort of convertible for over 3yrs so this is nothing new to me.
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You can make a roll bar with really really small holes and then watch the people trying to take stuff lol. For example leave an ipod there or something and then watch them trying to shuv their hands through.
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That would be funny as hell. You wake up in the mourning to go to work and some one is stuck in the roll bar (as in cant get the head out from inside the roll bars or stuck at the chest or stomach area lol)



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I never lock the soft tops, I do take the face plates though. I also never leave anything in it that does not look like trash. Saving up for a security console mainly so I will have an arm rest.
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Trip that would be a sight for sure, I'd do all kinds of crazy stuff to the person before I called the cops.

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I hired one of those new age people to perform a cleansing ritual on my jeep to ward off evil spirits. Now when I park somewhere I walk around it 3 times clockwise and then 2 times counterclockwise chanting stay away from my jeep. So far I haven't had any problems so I think it works as good as locking it up.
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well im saveing up now to get an alarm system with a prox senser so and a 2 way remote that pages me when my alram is going off the prox sensor giveds off warning beeps when someone even walks past the jeep so when you walk past it it goes beep beep and then just sitts there till you reach in the vehicle if your dumb enouph to put your hand in threw my window at that point then it goes off ( im a car audio and security installer lol so i can get all this stuff for like 100 bucks and a weekend...)
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I luv 2 ways alarms. I have an 2 way w/ a shock sensor and i luv it. Shock sensors suks so i'm trying to upgrade to prox
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I hired one of those new age people to perform a cleansing ritual on my jeep to ward off evil spirits. Now when I park somewhere I walk around it 3 times clockwise and then 2 times counterclockwise chanting stay away from my jeep. So far I haven't had any problems so I think it works as good as locking it up.
It might have something to do with people watching your crazy ass walking in circles around your Jeep like Rainman.. "Yeah, it's definitely time for Wopner..., Yeah, KMart sucks, definitely..." Might be why nobody messes w/ your junk!
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yeah i never leave ANYTHING in my jeep that i dont want taken face plate goes under the seat
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It might have something to do with people watching your crazy ass walking in circles around your Jeep like Rainman.. "Yeah, it's definitely time for Wopner..., Yeah, KMart sucks, definitely..." Might be why nobody messes w/ your junk!
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yeah i never leave ANYTHING in my jeep that i dont want taken face plate goes under the seat
I try to carry my faceplate with me most of the time.

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I go by the same rule, if it's valuable take it with you. As soon as I get my Pioneer head unit in the jeep the face plate is coming with me. And I also keep the doors unlocked, I don't want to have to buy new windows or a new top, but like stated above, some people do it just for the hell of it...

Making the jeep seem less appealing by not having that which a theif wants, may deter them enough to try that easy sedan with the shopping bags in the back seat next to your jeep instead...
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I've had my top ripped to steal things, but they couldn't reach the lock from there anyway so they just unzipped the back window. Tards. It's the same as any other vehicle, if they want in, they'll get in. Soft top or not. Window glass breaks pretty easily too.

Best advice is carry good insurance and don't leave anything in your Wrangler that you can't replace.
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I'm going to back up what others have said. Don't leave anything valuable in it.

Funny thing, we were camping at the beach and someone went through the campground at night and stole stuff out of a few Jeeps that were there. Mine had no top on at the time. They went through my center console but I guess didn't find anything worth taking (beanie for driving in the cold, cassettes, few straws & pens). What made me laugh (and thank God) was my wallet was in the cupholder the whole time (whoops)
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I pretty much keep nothing in it unless im in it.

Im sure i look goofy carrying around my faceplate.

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The only thing I worry about really is other Jeepers. They are pretty much the only ones who know how important certain things on a jeep are. It would be naive of me to think that just because they own a jeep they would never try to steal parts etc.
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Happened here. Slashed a window and unlocked the door. Stole my CDs, ash tray, CD player, broke the dash, and didn't leave a card. Turned it into insurance. 1978.xx worth of damage. They paid me to pull my roll cage to fix the dash.
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i use to run with just a bikini top in the summers till i got my receiver hitch and tow strap stolen out of the rear of my Jeep. Now i run a dust cover and there are no thefts anymore. Also i always keep my doors locked in fear that someone may steal them since its the most valuable thing you could take in about 45 seconds.

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