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Old 03-24-2012, 02:33 AM   #31
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Throw the t case in neutral too.. Theives arent always the smartest bunch.. A lot of crimes are those of opportunity.. If they can't have it rolling within a minute or so they leave it.. Also it was shown on a TV program by "retired" car thieves, they will pass up a vehicle with a club installed..

I plan on a kill switch, manual locking rear hubs (unlocked in bad areas), t case in neutral, line locks on all 4 brakes, and my alarm system.. If they can get it then they can have it lol

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Old 01-23-2015, 09:31 AM   #32
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Exclamation My jeep is another country with only one sentry key!

My jeep is another country. One that has no dealer to bring the vehicle to. It is used to transport children to school. I would have never bought it had I known about the sentry key system as the people who sold it to me did not make me aware of this. Nice right? I know this a strange question but is there a way, using just one key and not being near a dealership to make another backup key. Thinking about loosing this key is making me sick. Thanks

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Old 01-23-2015, 09:47 AM   #33
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Maybe this is one of the stolen Jeeps and you are looking for a fix for it. Listed as a guest, first post?? Why don't you try over at Pirate 4x4 and see how far you get with this
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Old 01-23-2015, 12:02 PM   #34
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Also it was shown on a TV program by "retired" car thieves, they will pass up a vehicle with a club installed..
I know this is old but it's known the club can be defeated in seconds by experienced car thieves who laugh at them.
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Old 01-23-2015, 12:06 PM   #35
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My jeep is another country. One that has no dealer to bring the vehicle to. It is used to transport children to school. I would have never bought it had I known about the sentry key system as the people who sold it to me did not make me aware of this. Nice right? I know this a strange question but is there a way, using just one key and not being near a dealership to make another backup key. Thinking about loosing this key is making me sick. Thanks
Phillips screw driver in the ignition system. Shouldn't void the warranty either
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Old 01-31-2015, 02:51 PM   #36
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I have the RAVELCO kill switch system installed on mine. The transfer case in neutral is a good idea, too.
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Old 01-31-2015, 07:08 PM   #37
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Wow, that sucks. I hope you have insurance and can get a new one.
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Old 02-20-2015, 08:50 AM   #38
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Just had my 07 wrangler stolen a night ago from spring valley. I had no tracking and I have no clue what's going to happen. I'm so worried
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I'm sorry to read that, there has been a rash of stolen Jeeps in your part of the county, it's very likely in Mexico by now where my '97 TJ ended up about 6 years ago. I never got it back.
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:11 AM   #40
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I was thinking of installing something like this with a hidden switch. Cuts off fuel. No Fuel...No Dirve.

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Old 02-21-2015, 01:01 PM   #41
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Yeah, it was tough to watch my Jeep get closer and closer to Mexico and not be able to do anything about it. I was just hoping the thieves would stop somewhere before crossing. I was on the phone with 911 the whole time, ready to direct the American cops directly to their location. Unfortunately, they didn't stop until they got to Tijuana.

Turns out there was nothing anybody could do, even if we'd had more time. I was told this morning that American border guards aren't allowed to stop ANY cars going into Mexico, even the ones they know are stolen or contain wanted criminals. (Some kind of international law violation.) And when American authorities try to get Mexican border guards to stop a fleeing criminal from their side, they just laugh at the idea and wave him on through!

I also found out that U.S. cops can't stop the thieves once they're on an interstate. So even if I alerted the authorities when my car was 20 or 30 miles from the border, when the cops catch up to a stolen car and order it to pull over, the thieves just laugh and keep on going, knowing the CHP's are powerless to stop them from reaching the border where their compatriots will wave them on through!
Ummmm no, Ive been in law enforcement for 21 years in California and want to clear the air on this. U.S. cops can and do stop cars before they get to the border. I have personally taken people into custody with the boarder in site. In fact there is protocol set with border patrol agents when serious felonies occur. The car or suspect is flagged and will be arrested at the border if detected. This post is from 2011 and automated license plate readers have come a long way. BUT this is for serious felonies. Auto theft is now not a serious felony.

California does not look at auto theft as a felony any more under our new PCRS restructuring. Basically the prisons are too full and crimes like auto theft and even residential burglary will not result in prison time. Most if not all District Attorneys will not file a felony for auto theft. Most experienced cops will not pursue auto theft suspects if their driving becomes too fast or dangerous. They will monitor from air support and wait for it to stop. The liability now is way too high to get into a pursuit that ends in a crash. The victims and even suspects will sue the department and the officers in the pursuit for damages. They usually do not win but sitting in Federal Court for civil rights violations is not fun and is very stressful. And its a slap in the face when a suspect, who stole a car, drove recklessly, crashed and injured people, then sue you for chasing him which he says caused the crash. It sucks because they are crooks and stealing from good people who want nothing but to make am honest living and buy nice things. But recent California law changes have opened up the flood gates and believe me the bad guys know it. There is not a city in southern California that is not experiencing rises in property crimes and it's tied directly to the early release programs and new criminal filing standards that slaps them on the wrist and lets them go.

Back to Jeeps. Your best best is an alarm and a kills switch. Kill switches are old school, which is why they work. Car thieves practice their skill. They know what all STOCK vehicles come with and learn to bypass them. Car alarms are stock and will be bypassed. Throw the wrinkle of a hidden kill switch (not placed under you drivers seat) and you will be far more successful in stopping the theft.

And if that doesnt work for you, move to Texas...They don't coddle their criminals there like California does.
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:52 PM   #42
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Thanks for the sympathy. I sure didn't get any from the people who are supposed to protect life and property. (Silly me, I thought that's what we pay taxes for.)

And yes, I had comprehensive coverage from State Farm, but my Rubicon was ordered from the factory with side airbags plus other options, and I had to wait months for it. The last time I saw my baby, she was in perfect condition with only 9,000 miles. I won't be able to walk into a dealership and buy another like her, especially since I'll only be reimbursed for the value of a 2010.

This really sucks. So I have to keep reminding myself I've lost a car, not one of my kids.


I can't speak for all carriers, but because I had pictures (and receipts) for the upgrades on my Jeep, the insurance company compensated me for the difference.
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Not all insurance carriers are equal when it comes to taking care of their customers after a theft. I couldn't be more happy with how AAA took care of me and reimbursed me far more than any other insurance company I am aware of. AAA is simply not as profit-driven as other insurance companies are. The reason being is that AAA is a "mutual" which means it is a not-for-profit insurance company that is owned by its policy holders. not stock holders

I sent AAA a 3-page spreadsheet with receipts, photos, website URLs, etc. documenting everything that was on my stolen TJ. They called me the next day to explain my TJ was unusual enough that they were assigning it to an independent claims adjuster. That claims adjuster told me afterward that if it had been any other company, I would have received about 1/3 of what AAA ended up paying me (which was far more than its Kelly Blue Book value) and likely would have been dropped as well.

That's been the experience of other Jeepers with AAA I've talked with over the years too, I'm never leaving AAA. Incidentally, AAA had no idea I had done all that to my TJ and I had nothing more than basic coverage. They never balked taking care of me.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:08 PM   #44
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The AAA is good but you pay for it in higher premiums had them for a long time still have there tow coverage.

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