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07-13-2013 01:01 PM
michiganadam
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Originally Posted by DFW6ER View Post
Not to mention illegal on military installations. Also many insurance companies won't pay a dime if they discover keys were in the vehicle at the time of theft.
Suppose no one has ever forgotten their key was in the ignition.
07-13-2013 06:01 AM
BLK2012
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Originally Posted by DFW6ER View Post
Also many insurance companies won't pay a dime if they discover keys were in the vehicle at the time of theft.
This surprises me. People drive, people are stupid, bad things happen all the time.
07-12-2013 09:56 AM
DFW6ER
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Originally Posted by AverageJK View Post
Small town or not, leaving your keys in the ignition is just stupid.
Not to mention illegal on military installations. Also many insurance companies won't pay a dime if they discover keys were in the vehicle at the time of theft.
07-12-2013 09:46 AM
Meatball0311
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Originally Posted by JeepCourtney3700 View Post
Oh yes!! And it's 100x better than any aftermarket horn. If you're crafty, it's easy to engineer perfect spots for it. In my YJ I had dual horns hidden both in the front as well as rear facing, toggled on and off by a discretely hidden switch on the inside of my tuffy center console.

Truck horns are street legal and if you're ever stuck on a trail and need to get the attention of people in the distance, blare it. If you blow the horn in traffic, be prepared to upset many, many people.

I'd toggle my horn on only right before I'd lock and arm my YJ. A few people who made the mistake of trying to gain unlawful access into the Jeep were met with sheer shock and awe. And unlike traditional horns that blare and no one pays attention, the horns are so obnoxious and intrusive that strangers will come over to see what the hell is going on.

Worth every single cent.
Definitely got me interested. I will have to look into this, I really would feel more comfortable having some sort of motion detector that can blow an eardrum of a thief.

So, I can get a motion detector for a car from Harbor Freight? I would just hook it up to my battery?
07-12-2013 03:07 AM
tom h
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Originally Posted by JeepCourtney3700 View Post
Instal a tuffy lockable glovebox, tuffy center console, tuffy trunk and lockable overhead compartment. Invest in a lockable gas tank cover and maybe even an engine compartment bay lock. And tie your motion detector security system horn to a hidden train horn.

Guaranteed to get theives and would be ones an unimaginable amount of unsprung, unwanted attention.
I'd like to wire 120V AC to a decoy and then videotape the entire scene when the punks get shocked. Post it on youtube.
07-12-2013 03:03 AM
tom h
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Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
Alarms are a waste of money. I would recommend Lojack if you felt it is necessary. Your insureance will even give you a discount for having it.
I like lojack but we live only 30 miles from the Mexican border and the car thieves out here are incredibly brazen; lojack won't help once they're over the border, in a mere 30 minutes. Try asking a Mexican Federale for help reclaiming your stolen jeep ... first he'll laugh then he'll extort you for $300 from your ATM.
07-12-2013 01:44 AM
Lusus_Naturae Is it really this bad in Chi-town now? I lived there for awhile and never thought it was really bad - of course I also avoided certain neighborhoods, especially at night.

On another note, the truck horn idea is very nice, if you have OBA to do it right - the cheap horns don't always work right though.

I like hooking up multiple alarm sirens - I use one on the outside, hidden pretty well - like placing it in the rear behind the tail light or in the front grill behind your grill guard. I use a second alarm with a really annoying sound when a person is close to the unit. It doesn't need sound to go distance, this one gets placed inside the vehicle. I prefer mounting this unit behind the dash where it's hard to get to, a bit hard in the Jeep, but you can find room to hide it. If this won't work, you may consider under the seat, but it's easy to get to then. The point of this alarm is that if someone tries to get in the Jeep, the alarm is so loud and annoying they can't bear to sit in the Jeep.

It was mentioned that someone saw a vehicle driving around with the alarm going off - if you set off your alarm and sit inside - is it really that loud? Mine wasn't until I set it up inside. I set it off and I couldn't bear sitting in my Jeep - and my ears were ringing awhile afterwards.
07-11-2013 11:39 PM
AverageJK
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Originally Posted by Got_Mud? View Post
I live in a very rural farming community. Let me emphasize - VERY RURAL. Literally *EVERYONE* in the area is armed "to the teeth" as my Dad would say, and most of us know each other or someone that knows the other. And most of us have dogs. No one in their right mind would consider coming onto my property uninvited, lest they leave horizontal. My keys are in the ignition now, as they are every night. No alarm or any deterrent.

The Mercedes, however, is locked up... I haven't figured that out yet - but the GF insists... I'd rather drive the jeep

Small town or not, leaving your keys in the ignition is just stupid.
07-11-2013 11:34 PM
jlr551cfd Hey now... What's with all the Chicago bashing? Wait, let me run outside and empty it out before you answer!
07-11-2013 11:09 PM
Miser
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Originally Posted by ddbowdoin View Post
Hey all... what are your experiences with break ins/theft? .
This depends on where you live. If you reside in Detroit, or Chicago and leave it outside at night, well then say GOOD BYE too it!
A garage at night will help to keep it secure, until you go to a shopping mall, and then sat GOOD BYE too it.
Move to a area with less crime and it should be yours long term!
07-11-2013 10:35 PM
JeepCourtney3700
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Originally Posted by Meatball0311 View Post
You got me about that train horn... can you imagine their face having that horn go off. Is that even possible to have?
Oh yes!! And it's 100x better than any aftermarket horn. If you're crafty, it's easy to engineer perfect spots for it. In my YJ I had dual horns hidden both in the front as well as rear facing, toggled on and off by a discretely hidden switch on the inside of my tuffy center console.

Truck horns are street legal and if you're ever stuck on a trail and need to get the attention of people in the distance, blare it. If you blow the horn in traffic, be prepared to upset many, many people.

I'd toggle my horn on only right before I'd lock and arm my YJ. A few people who made the mistake of trying to gain unlawful access into the Jeep were met with sheer shock and awe. And unlike traditional horns that blare and no one pays attention, the horns are so obnoxious and intrusive that strangers will come over to see what the hell is going on.

Worth every single cent.
07-11-2013 10:06 PM
ahsumtoy
I don't trust people

I put on the following on my hardtop JKU.
  • Wheel Locks
  • Spare Tire Lock
  • Door Hinge Locks
  • Hood Lock
and I always lock my glove box and carry my 45 when I'm in the Jeep.
07-11-2013 06:44 AM
panthermark
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Originally Posted by michiganadam View Post



Probably chicago on the southside. More dangerous than afghanistan over there. Ive come pretty close to being shot near there.
It was New Bedford MA (in this very old thread).

Southside of Chicago is where I was born. Was just there this weekend visiting family.
07-11-2013 06:07 AM
michiganadam
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Originally Posted by BLK2012 View Post
Is it me or was this thread given CPR?
Cpr? After 3 years? thats necromancy.

I didnt even notice til you said it lol
07-11-2013 06:00 AM
BLK2012 Is it me or was this thread given CPR?
07-11-2013 03:51 AM
michiganadam
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Originally Posted by Meatball0311 View Post
You got me about that train horn... can you imagine their face having that horn go off. Is that even possible to have?
Truckstops sell authentic sounding train horns. The real thing is huge.
07-11-2013 03:17 AM
Meatball0311
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Originally Posted by JeepCourtney3700 View Post
Instal a tuffy lockable glovebox, tuffy center console, tuffy trunk and lockable overhead compartment. Invest in a lockable gas tank cover and maybe even an engine compartment bay lock. And tie your motion detector security system horn to a hidden train horn.

Guaranteed to get theives and would be ones an unimaginable amount of unsprung, unwanted attention.
You got me about that train horn... can you imagine their face having that horn go off. Is that even possible to have?
07-11-2013 03:02 AM
FIREMEDIC82 I live in a small town of 1,500. Then again, nothing is in my town, so when I run out to the store, gas station, friends, etc I usually leave everything in her.... then again I am always within eye site. And I like to give people credit and think they wouldnt steal a firefighter/EMT's gear (fire gear, med bag, radio)...but I know some poeple would love it.
When I go out for extended times like movies, mall, or into bigger cities I leave my stuff at the firehouse or my friends i depart from.
07-11-2013 02:49 AM
michiganadam
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Originally Posted by WranglerX2009 View Post
Dude, whoever did that deserves a severe ass-whoopin'. Wasting a 1/2 gallon beer for a bit of revenge? Damn, use a screwdriver and poke the sidewalls while drinking the beer...........
My tires cost me 1200 bucks........beer in gas apparently costs 400.....

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Originally Posted by TestDummy View Post
I've not had a hardtop on a Wrangler before - is the JK hardtop much better from a security standpoint than a soft top? I know they can't just slice a window to get in, but is the rear window easy to pop open? Easy to jimmy out a Freedom Top panel? Easy to punch out a side window? etc...

Thanks,
Windows are made of glass.

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Originally Posted by tommywo View Post
Jesus H. Christ...what kind of ####-hole do you live in?
Probably chicago on the southside. More dangerous than afghanistan over there. Ive come pretty close to being shot near there.
07-11-2013 02:40 AM
michiganadam Alarms are worth their weight in rocks. They dont work

Whens the last time you heard a car alarm go off in a busy parking lot, and what happened? Did anyone even look?

Whens the last time you saw a car drive past a police station with the alarm going off the whole time theyre driving it? Did the police do anything? And yes i saw it, no one even looked.
07-11-2013 01:27 AM
JeepCourtney3700 Instal a tuffy lockable glovebox, tuffy center console, tuffy trunk and lockable overhead compartment. Invest in a lockable gas tank cover and maybe even an engine compartment bay lock. And tie your motion detector security system horn to a hidden train horn.

Guaranteed to get theives and would be ones an unimaginable amount of unsprung, unwanted attention.
07-11-2013 12:02 AM
TheDesertOutlaw I had a Ravelco system installed on my Rubicon a few years ago when Rubicons were being stolen monthly in SoCal. No attempts have been made to steal my Jeep, but I don't take any chances.
07-10-2013 11:58 PM
tommywo
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Originally Posted by TJ_Babe View Post
I live in a very bad neighborhood. I think people here steal for sport. I have no security system at all and mostly part on the street as the driveway parking is limited. I have a hard top, which helps a lot I think. But most of the summer it's topless with no doors. I lock my console and glove box and never have anything taken out of there. I learned quickly never leave anything in it that I didn't want gone overnight. If it's not locked up, it disappears. They took my bungees, loose coins and even my PENS!!! So I started to screw with them. I started leaving trash. So far they've taken a few broken 2 dollar clearance bracelets from Kohls, several pennies and a lot of dead batteries. Hey, it leaves me with less to throw out.
Jesus H. Christ...what kind of ####-hole do you live in?
07-10-2013 11:55 PM
tommywo
Jeep Wrangler Security

For a rag top my cardinal rule is NEVER carry or leave anything inside that you're not prepared to lose. I personally leave nothing of any great value inside my ride for long periods of time.

Second, I rarely lock the doors when the top is up. If they're locked some a##-hole is just going to cut your top to get in and cause that much more damage. That said, I will lock the doors when I park in a busy place with lots of foot traffic. My rational is that it's more noticeable for someone to cut through the top when lots of people are around, which will (hopefully) arouse suspicion. The alternative, as I see it, is letting them walk up and simply get in your ride like they own it, which would look perfectly normal. But when I park in a parking garage, on a street with no or few people or some other quiet spot, I just leave the doors, console and glove box unlocked. Neither alternative is perfect, I'm just trying to minimize any potential risk.

Third, buy a stereo with a detachable face; I have one and I simply pop it off just about every time I get out of the car. The stereo is completely unusable without the face place so why steal it. reduced. My cost was about $175 + another $50-100 for installation.

Fourth, I installed a Bestop Instatrunk in my Jeep which totally encloses the entire back area. This is a heavy gauge steel plate which fits behind the rear seat to provide a reasonable amount of security. The cost is about $200; you can install it yourself, but I paid another $120 to have it put iin since I don't like drilling holes in my ride. Just like a normal car, a thief will get in if they *really* want to, but this offers a reliable amount of normal deterrent to an opportunistic thief.

Fifth, I also installed a Underseat Lockbox. This is really nice and I highly recommend it. There's no drilling and it simply attaches to the underseat mounts. It's VERY sturdy and is virtually unnoticeable. It's pretty damn difficult to get into unless you have a large screwdriver or crowbar, etc and a lot of time to pry it open. It's not something that a thief is going to get into during a quick "smash and grab" type robbery. I feel very safe leaving my wallet, phone, stereo face, cigars/torch, etc in it when I'm at the batting cages or some other relatively quick exit from the Jeep. Mine cost about $60 on Amazon with free shipping; I tipped a local mechanic $10 to air wrench the driver's side seat screw off/back on so I can install it. Install took about 15 minutes.

Total cost for all these materials was about $700 over a period of 2+ years. If you have some extra coin I would highly recommend one or more of these security measures. It's a relatively small investment to make when you consider the time, hassle and cost of replacing stuff if/when it gets stolen. Not to mention the increased insurance premiums if you actually have to make a claim.

That said, I DO make a point to carry theft coverage on my Wrangler. It's just too easy to steal and I would rather be safe than sorry.

HTH...!!!
08-03-2010 06:28 PM
oakdale bob
peeing solution

Wire your jeep to the battery. If someone does pee on your jeep, It WILL be a SHOCKING experience.. :firedevil
08-03-2010 08:42 AM
snobrder540
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Originally Posted by TJ_Babe View Post
I live in a very bad neighborhood. I think people here steal for sport. I have no security system at all and mostly part on the street as the driveway parking is limited. I have a hard top, which helps a lot I think. But most of the summer it's topless with no doors. I lock my console and glove box and never have anything taken out of there. I learned quickly never leave anything in it that I didn't want gone overnight. If it's not locked up, it disappears. They took my bungees, loose coins and even my PENS!!! So I started to screw with them. I started leaving trash. So far they've taken a few broken 2 dollar clearance bracelets from Kohls, several pennies and a lot of dead batteries. Hey, it leaves me with less to throw out.
hahaha great method!!! I like it!!!
08-02-2010 06:34 PM
InfernoGirl I wouldn't think a hard top was any harder or easier than any other vehicle, smashing a window is pretty simple... It's just a general good rule of thumb to not leave anything of value in a vehicle, period.....
08-02-2010 06:25 PM
TestDummy I've not had a hardtop on a Wrangler before - is the JK hardtop much better from a security standpoint than a soft top? I know they can't just slice a window to get in, but is the rear window easy to pop open? Easy to jimmy out a Freedom Top panel? Easy to punch out a side window? etc...

Thanks,
08-02-2010 07:14 AM
ddbowdoin
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Originally Posted by TJ_Babe View Post
I live in a very bad neighborhood. I think people here steal for sport. I have no security system at all and mostly part on the street as the driveway parking is limited. I have a hard top, which helps a lot I think. But most of the summer it's topless with no doors. I lock my console and glove box and never have anything taken out of there. I learned quickly never leave anything in it that I didn't want gone overnight. If it's not locked up, it disappears. They took my bungees, loose coins and even my PENS!!! So I started to screw with them. I started leaving trash. So far they've taken a few broken 2 dollar clearance bracelets from Kohls, several pennies and a lot of dead batteries. Hey, it leaves me with less to throw out.
ahh new bedford... well, guess west roxbury isn't far behind... I literally leave nothing in the cabin either, I'll have to try the trash thing some time.
08-01-2010 01:16 PM
WranglerX2009
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Originally Posted by Pvt Banks View Post
Hey all ..new to the forum. I have a 09 Jeep wrangler about 3 months after i had it a jealous x boy friend of a girl i dated dumped beer in my gas tank (ouch) about a 1/2 gallon to be exact. That cost my insurance $400 ......
Dude, whoever did that deserves a severe ass-whoopin'. Wasting a 1/2 gallon beer for a bit of revenge? Damn, use a screwdriver and poke the sidewalls while drinking the beer...........
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