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ddbowdoin 07-30-2010 10:38 AM

Is Theft a Major Issue
 
Hey all... what are your experiences with break ins/theft? How or what did you do change / beef up your security. My jeep is brand spanking new and I literally keep nothing in it but I'd like to avoid punks breaking in and pissing on my carpets (another poster shared this with us) and what not. My girlfriend will not stop hounding me about an alarm for it.

InfernoGirl 07-30-2010 10:55 AM

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Originally Posted by ddbowdoin (Post 706548)
My girlfriend will not stop hounding me about an alarm for it.

You answered your own question.... :) Happy wife, happy life... It applies to gf's too :)

The best you can do is leave nothing in it, that you aren't willing to loose... Carry $0 ded, comp coverage, so if something does happen it's not outta your pocket, and trust that most people are good. Not really any riskier than any other vehicle. Crap happens to all of them. But if an alarm will make your life easier, then by all means you should get one.

ddbowdoin 07-30-2010 12:07 PM

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Originally Posted by InfernoGirl (Post 706568)
You answered your own question.... :) Happy wife, happy life... It applies to gf's too :)

The best you can do is leave nothing in it, that you aren't willing to loose... Carry $0 ded, comp coverage, so if something does happen it's not outta your pocket, and trust that most people are good. Not really any riskier than any other vehicle. Crap happens to all of them. But if an alarm will make your life easier, then by all means you should get one.

I suppose you are correct, I was thinking.... do you know if they still sell those LED lights that make people THINK you have an alarm? My dad used to always have one in his car. He figured that bright blue blinking light on the dash would deter people.

yj-genral 07-30-2010 12:25 PM

the wrangler has a red blinky light when the factory alarm is turned on.

and btw when i read your title... first thought, well you could some jail time or prison time depending on what you thieved :D

to answer you question, it really depends on where you live and how comfortable you are with the people in that area... i dont live in a big city but i am suspicious of people but all i do is lock it up and lock the glove box and console and hope that noone decides to be a D!k and do something stupid.

there are "trunks" that you can build or buy if you need to store something bigger than the glove box or lockable underseat storage. prox alarms are available but the biggest deturnent would be to paint it an obnoxious color that everyone will notice :D

http://www.familyhomesecurity.com/ca...y-about-color/

InfernoGirl 07-30-2010 12:41 PM

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Originally Posted by yj-genral (Post 706632)
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there are "trunks" that you can build or buy if you need to store something bigger than the glove box or lockable underseat storage.

Excellent point YJ.... I do have a Mopar add a trunk.. I forget about it, but anything in the tailgate area is very secure. I use it all the time if I'm out shopping... Top up or down, it's out of sight and locked up tight! :)

aenima540 07-30-2010 12:46 PM

As others are saying it really just depends on where you live, right now I live in a big condo complex with a security gaurd that drives around and so the fact that I have a soft top and that my doors don't lock doesn't bother me I just park her and i leave my stereo and whatever is inside til i come back the next morning.

However I am moving so I'll probably fix my locks and maybe get a blinking led light that I can use as a "security system" but i do think i have some kind of alpine alarm too under my hood

CapptainObvious 07-30-2010 12:57 PM

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Originally Posted by yj-genral (Post 706632)
and btw when i read your title... first thought, well you could some jail time or prison time depending on what you thieved :D

:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

martinez53 07-30-2010 01:05 PM

Kill switches so none one jacks your ride, quadtrec sells a motion and sound alarm together for about 80 dollars

snobrder540 07-30-2010 01:26 PM

you can get a cheap security system for it and like jk said add a proximity sensor. you can find a cheap alarm system online for $40-$100 and the sensor will run you another $40... a small price to pay when you consider a new sterio would be over $100.

MbRich 07-30-2010 01:35 PM

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Originally Posted by aenima540 (Post 706647)
As others are saying it really just depends on where you live, right now I live in a big condo complex with a security gaurd that drives around and so the fact that I have a soft top and that my doors don't lock doesn't bother me I just park her and i leave my stereo and whatever is inside til i come back the next morning.

However I am moving so I'll probably fix my locks and maybe get a blinking led light that I can use as a "security system" but i do think i have some kind of alpine alarm too under my hood

I'm with aenima on this one - My YJ doesn't lock either. Some punk kids sliced up my soft top windows (happened in a gated community with security) and some other punk broke my dash for my POS stereo head unit a year later (different location). For the stereo I just replaced it with another cheap one from Crutchfield. The Windows I used my insurance to replace them. Like it was said - It all matters as to where you live and who is around.

Marcus 07-30-2010 01:39 PM

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.

mrcarcrazy 07-30-2010 01:56 PM

Harbor freight driveway alarm. install sensor in jeep, install receiver in home (test to find best location). - both of my breakins have occured while the jeep was parked outside my house - I live in a very nice neighborhood....which is frustrating.

if anyone opens the door alarm goes off inside the house(all that happens at the jeep is a small red light turns on), you can come outside and make them regret that decision.

shopping list for new jeeper
tuffy console-350 for speaker console @ 4x4 groupbuy
harbor freight dirveway alarm - ~20 bucks
Firearm of choice - you should already have this, (Unless you are a Felon ;))

I'm a firm believer that theft is bad...and should be punishable by death. - Just the other day I notified a local grocery store when they were being shoplifted...the dumb woman was stealing two michelob ultra's....why two I have no idea, I mean hell, she then had to find a place to stash the other 4 (which is when I caught her). The cops were rolling up as I left....so I was pleased. The worst part to me was that she had two young kids with her while she was stealing....that pissed me off.

monkers 07-30-2010 04:40 PM

I agree with everyone on the location......I live in a small town, but not without scumbags, my girlfriend and I try not to carry anything with us that cant be locked in the glove box......but like the one poster said....some dick could cut up your top and windows......or if the doors are locked just unzip a window (mine is a soft top, not a hard top) dont know if i would ever get an alarm myself......i like the handgun idea... lol

MbRich 07-30-2010 05:16 PM

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Originally Posted by monkers (Post 706909)
I agree with everyone on the location......I live in a small town, but not without scumbags, my girlfriend and I try not to carry anything with us that cant be locked in the glove box......but like the one poster said....some dick could cut up your top and windows......or if the doors are locked just unzip a window (mine is a soft top, not a hard top) dont know if i would ever get an alarm myself......i like the handgun idea... lol

The jerks breaking in never think to be kind and unzip - Now I just leave the windows out of her. And to the dismay of my wife, she has retired to the garage while her car and my new Jeep sit outside. :D

WranglerX2009 07-31-2010 11:20 PM

I live in Clarksville,TN.
A couple of weekends ago I took my daughter to the movies. Movie started about 12 ran two hours or so, so figure about 2.5 hours in theater.
Jeep not only sat with the top down and window roll strapped to the roll bar, but also had the keys in the ignition.....
Guess I was lucky no car thieves were lurking.....

doclouie 07-31-2010 11:32 PM

I live in a small town and I put an alarm on my Jeep. Not for the alarm part, but so I can unlock the power locks in my TJ. The red blinking light will let the really dumb kids know to stay away from the vehicle. Thieves are usually looking for really easy targets unless they know exact what they are looking for and you have it. If they really want it they will find a way to take it. It just really depends on where you live and where it is parked.

Got_Mud? 08-01-2010 12:43 AM

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 :)

Loic 08-01-2010 01:23 AM

i live in Vegas, i leave notjing in the jeep, the door are always unlocked ( I figure if somebody wants in, I'll rather have them open the door than slice thru the soft top or windows..) the glove box is locked. so far no problems and 9 months of the year the top is down.

Pvt Banks 08-01-2010 10:23 AM

some security here...
 
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 . so .. got a locking gas cap from a NAPA store. I also didn't want anybody messing under my hood which easy to be accessed so...... i ran a cable gun lock under the locking hatch of the hood and that is now locked . Little bit of electrical tape to cover the key hole to prevent corrosion there. I hope this is useful to somebody.

TJ_Babe 08-01-2010 10:49 AM

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.

WranglerX2009 08-01-2010 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Pvt Banks (Post 708285)
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...........

ddbowdoin 08-02-2010 07:14 AM

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Originally Posted by TJ_Babe (Post 708307)
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.

TestDummy 08-02-2010 06:25 PM

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,

InfernoGirl 08-02-2010 06:34 PM

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..... :)

snobrder540 08-03-2010 08:42 AM

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Originally Posted by TJ_Babe (Post 708307)
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.

:rofl::flipoff: hahaha great method!!! I like it!!! :flipoff::rofl:

oakdale bob 08-03-2010 06:28 PM

peeing solution
 
Wire your jeep to the battery. If someone does pee on your jeep, It WILL be a SHOCKING experience.. :crash::firedevil :rofl::rofl::rofl:

tommywo 07-10-2013 11:55 PM

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...!!!

tommywo 07-10-2013 11:58 PM

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Originally Posted by TJ_Babe (Post 708307)
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? :):):)

TheDesertOutlaw 07-11-2013 12:02 AM

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.

JeepCourtney3700 07-11-2013 01:27 AM

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.


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