my console lock is fairly worn out so I have to mess with it to get it to lock. I have found it easiest to open the top, push up on the locking mechanism with my finger while locking it then turn the key to lock it, and then close it. Unlocking is easier but sometimes have to turn the key a little then pull up on it to unlock it. As far as the nuts go..... like most have said they are generally left off for ease of door removal later on.
I never lock my console or glove box. Just never anything in them so when they break in they don't rip them open and do more damage. Same with locking doors, why give them a reason to cut your roof or break a window. I even leave my jeep with the top down in the middle of NYC. People think your watching it from close by and will leave it alone when they can see there is nothing to steal.
Retired my 94 YJ 4cyl 5spd @ 200K
Now in a 04 TJ 4cyl 5spd CV @120K+
Both as a commuter vehicle in NW, NJ
April 2012.downsized and now a 99er.
Many years ago, on our way to Gaspe' peninsula we stopped in Montreal to visit friends.. All of our gear was protected with plastic widows, soft top, and soft top on our trailer.. Didn't lock up a thing. We walked about two blocks.. My wife was very nervous, I told her not to worry, and sure enough, nothing was stolen. Not even any of the three jerry cans that were full of gasoline. I never lock up.. If they want it they'll get it anyway... Would I park our rig out of sight in an American city? Not in a million years...
04' Rubi, with all the gizmos we need for long range excursions, / home modified excursion trailer;
96' Lexus 450, locked, loaded and ready to roll..
'12 VW New Beetle
I bought a set of these nuts for my doors. I bought them more for their ease of use than their security. It's a lot easier popping these off with the included tool than it is scraping up the paint with a wrench.
Thats a big reason I got a hard top. I mostly want to lock the center console just when the top is off and I go inside a gas station or something.
There is an aftermarket, lockable, metal safe (for lack of a better word) that bolts down underneath your seat. It's out of sight, so they'd have to know to look for it. If they DO find it, like I said, it's lockable.
I've been considering getting the Jerry Can tool box and the Jerry can lockable mount and putting it in the back. It would solve both my lack of a tool box problem and a semi secure thing. I'm not exactly keeping diamonds in my jeep but I would like to be able to leave stuff in the jeep while I go inside for a cola with the top off.