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Old 02-14-2012, 05:12 AM   #1
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Looks like someone tried to break in....

I live in some gated condos but folks regularly come and go all hours of the night. I parked it and went in my place to hang out with some friends. When I came out to look at my Jeep (just got it 4 days ago, I still go outside at random times of the day/night to stare in awe) I noticed that the driver's side window (BestTop soft top with half doors) the lower part of the window fabric (the part with the plastic retainer that tucks in the channel right below the window panel) was pulled out like someone tried to get their hand inside to unlock the door. I guess they didn't realize they could just unzip the back window but I digress......

This happened last night, so of course I got on here and looked at what other soft top owners were doing to prevent things like this. Looks like the general consensus was to leave absolutely nothing of value in the cab, and to leave the doors unlocked. I have also begun to remove the starter relay when I park it for the night to prevent it from being hot wired.

I guess the question I have is this: when they tried to pull the window out from the bottom I guess they also tried to stick their arm in from the top by pulling the window out. Now it isn't sealing correctly and it is leaking just a bit due to the seal not snugging very tight. Is there any way to adjust that window back inwards just a bit to recreate that tight seal?

Also, any other ideas to prevent altogether theft are welcome.

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Old 02-14-2012, 07:14 AM   #2
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To get it to seal bend the frame inwards.

And for the teen punk trying to take the jeep for a joy ride removing the relay works, for those of us with more than 2 brain cells working that work on vehicles its just a minor set back that a 3in piece of wire fixes. Don't take that the wrong way I'm not calling you dumb, just the teenagers that want a free ride for the night. Otherwise you could pull the fuel pump relay, both options work very well.

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Old 02-14-2012, 07:25 AM   #3
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The person probably did not want to steal it. They probably wanted to steal something from inside it. Fortunately (in the big picture of things), wranglers are not stolen very often. Knowing the only thing one needs to defeat a soft top is a knife, there is really nothing anybody can do to prevent someone from stealing. People forget that locks and theft prevention devices are used to keep honest people out of your stuff. If someone really wants to break into something or steal your car, it is going to happen. Unless of course, you just sit in it 24 hours a day. It would be worth the person doing it again, so you could catch him and beat his little a$$.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:38 AM   #4
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I don't lock my jeep. It's a soft top and frankley i don't want to replace it cause' it got cut open.

I have a locking tool box in the back locked with an hd master lock. I also have a removable face radio that I take off and take inside with me(instead of leaving it in the glovebox which i have seen people do. lol!). Soon to have a heavy duty locking center console too. Everything else is kinda up for grabs. I've had people get in the jeep and look thru the glovebox and sort thru my trash can but usually they just leave things alone. They are usually looking for smokes or cds or even loose change. If they want to steal it then pretty much no matter what i'm not gonna stop it anyway.

Just don't leave anything in it that you care about and leave it unlocked. A lot less hassle in the end.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:46 AM   #5
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One time I left my top down at school. I came out and my quarters were gone
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:55 AM   #6
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The only thing I leave in my jeep are my subs and a few empty water bottles.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:10 AM   #7
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To solve this problem just take the doors and top off and no one will even bother your jeep. The very few times I have had the doors and tops on I have seen people looking in, without a top never I leave the face on my receiver I have even left the keys in the ignition by accident. I have a locking metal trunk that I use for my briefcase. Although I do make sure not to drive to certain areas of S Florida, to push my luck.
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:38 PM   #8
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I have a hard top, but I have a locking center console and a locking toolbox, both of which wouldn't be particularly hard to defeat. One thing the PO did to prevent theft was to install a toggle switch to the fuel pump. It's in a bank of 3 unlabeled switches that are in a place most people wouldn't even notice the switches. Now all a person would have to do is flip the correct switch on, but it's an extra layer of protection I guess.
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:58 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by jdeere_man
I have a hard top, but I have a locking center console and a locking toolbox, both of which wouldn't be particularly hard to defeat. One thing the PO did to prevent theft was to install a toggle switch to the fuel pump. It's in a bank of 3 unlabeled switches that are in a place most people wouldn't even notice the switches. Now all a person would have to do is flip the correct switch on, but it's an extra layer of protection I guess.
Toggle switch for the fuel pump that's a good idea
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:11 PM   #10
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I had someone break into my Wrangler last night as well, which in my case entails little more than poking their head over the door and looking around for valuables.

Seriously though, the general consensus is the best bet. I have a soft top that I rarely leave up, and half the time I drive doorless so leaving nothing of value in my Jeep is just habit. (I do keep my CDs and some change on the center console but if anyone truly need that $1.87 in loose coins, they're welcome to it.) Even when I have the top on, I don't bother locking the doors, since I'd rather someone open the door and look around instead of slicing open my curtains.

I do have a weather cover that I leave on from time to time if there's a threat of rain, and I've seen it tampered with the next day but fortunately there was no damage and nothing was missing. These are just things Wrangler owners have to put up with but I doubt anyone will tell it hasn't been worth it.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:59 PM   #11
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Truth be told...if you like it, DON'T leave it in your soft top Jeep.

Every time you get out, LOOK AROUND AT the JEEP at ALL the stuff you can do without.

Locking it up is only a way to GUARANTEE you have to get a new soft top.
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Old 02-16-2012, 04:03 AM   #12
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I agree with the above, if you won't miss it it's ok to leave in the jeep. That said, I have a locking center console and glove box as well as a clutch lock in my soft top. It would be near impossible to drive it away with the lock on the clutch although I suppose stupid people could try. I do have a CB mounted under the dash where the ashtray used to go but I always take the mic off of it and it seems to go unbothered.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:34 AM   #13
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I also agree with not locking your doors, and not leaving anything of value in their also, but one added step I use when I park somewhere for a while is using the CLUB. It really seems to deter theifs away thinking about joyriding.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:18 AM   #14
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Man, I just don't keep anything valuable except the sound system. Yes, I still need to get some speaker units that can be mounted and I need to mount my amp somewhere, but no one has ever actually tried to steal them. But one time, somebody tried to start the thing with a screw driver, setting me back $200 to get a new ignition cylinder. Asshole.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:43 AM   #15
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First off, those vandals should have been shot. Face it, if you have a soft top you better not leave anything of any value whatsoever in that thing, candy,pencils anything you dont want stolen. I've been really lucky I've parked it stripped naked at the beach and had no one mess with it. I guess the idiots think that if you've got it stripped there's nothing in it of value anyway...
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:56 AM   #16
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My solution to preventing ppl from stealing is bringing my two pittys with me...and thats in my car my jeep or my bfs rig. I have yet to see anyone even walk by it....they mostly walk as far around it as possible....little do they know my dogs would probley just welcome them in and beg them for a ride lol (and no im not one of those ppl who leaves there dogs in.the car all day!) But I will say whenever I let them outside in the jeep is usually where they go!
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:01 AM   #17
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In my 89 softtop I had an alarm system with motion detection.

In summer I would only run a Bikini Top, Tonneau Covers, and half doors all summer. Becuase of the way the Soft Top and Tonneau cover was you couldnt get to the cargo area easily. So thats where I kept my valueables locked.

Though I must admit I used to leave 100$s worth of tools in the passanger floor all the time.

The nice bright blinking Alarm Light is a big deteriant to the crack head quick grabber.

Knock on wood, the only thing I ever had stollen was my parking permit by the tow guy.

Also as a side note my window channel used to pop out sometimes just from driving if it wasnt seated and snapped in well.

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