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Old 02-14-2018, 11:02 PM
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Nighttime security

The other week my jeep was broken into as well as my roommate's jeep. A lot was stolen but I don't keep anything valuable in there for this exact reason. My dash was all tore apart, wiring harness was all sorts of hacked up, and most of the parts had to be replaced. He tried to hotwire it which doesn't make sense to me. Any vehicle made after like 2006 can't be hotwired in the traditional sense. Anyway, dude left his cell phone on my seat, sheriff's office pulled his print from my window, and he cut himself on the other jeep and left us a blood trail. We know who did it. He already violated the felony probation he was on and had warrants for that, and now is getting charged with another felony for my jeep and a misdemeanor for my roommate's.

So here's my question to you all. How do you park your jeep at night? In the garage or in the driveway. Have you invested in a home security camera system? Those seem to be very helpful in situations like this.

Or am I just extra paranoid because it's still fresh in my head?

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Sounds like you couldn't get much luckier in identifying a suspect! Here, prints are rarely taken, unless there is already someone identified as a suspect. I chuckle every time I read a story where an idiot leaves a phone, wallet or ID behind when committing a crime!
I park in my garage. Cameras, unless high end, rarely provide enough detail for ID purposes, in my experience.

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Get the VIOFO A119 V2 Dash Camera. it has a security mode where if it detects movement in field of view it will start recording. You can also set it so the screen stays off when booted and turn all the LED buttons off. I also have a usb battery pack looped in and zip tied under my seat so if the power is cut it will still record.

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I park in my indoor garage, which is attached to my house. Works great when I remember to close the garage door. Not so great when I forget to close it and leave the keys in the vehicle. Which is what happened a year ago last fall. And this is how my former Wrangler was stolen out of my garage while I was home.

I had gotten lax having moved from the inner city to the suburbs. Forgot that bad guys can roll through anywhere looking for stuff to steal.

Got it back 10 days later, minus four of five tires plus exterior and interior damage and loaded with presumably stolen off porches property and a ton of trash. Don't even get me started on the stench of body odor, cigarettes, stale alcohol and um, body waste. Cleaned it out and had it flat-bed towed to the dealer. Settled up with the insurance company and traded in what was left of it on my current Wrangler.

I immediately loaded it with a security alarm, locking lug nuts, locking hood latch, locking gas cap and a tracking device. Installed a dash cam later. Also bought an Arlo Pro 2 home security system, which was very easy to install, with cameras over my driveway and front and back doors. I get notifying emails whenever anyone enters my driveway and/or walks up to the house and can immediately see what's going on via my iPhone anywhere or computer at work or computer or tv at home.

But probably the most effective thing I do, as far as night time security, is remember to take the keys inside and close the garage door.

It's a battle, especially here in Portland. Due to some recent case law in our Court Of Appeals, it has become very difficult to prosecute stolen car cases. And the cops are too thin to make it a priority. Technically, in my case it was also a burglary of an occupied dwelling, which is far more serious. Didn't matter.

Because the Wrangler was already gone when I discovered it missing, it wasn't considered an emergency. Had to wait about six hours for a cop to call me to take a report. Then had to wait another week and a half for some fellow citizens to report that a Wrangler was being parted out in front of their house that night. Then had to wait until the next morning for a cop to respond to that call and check the VIN, confirm it was stolen and give me a call to come get it.
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How do you park your jeep at night?
My Army Jeep had a chain mounted on floor and then padlocked around the steering wheel . I mount my stainless chain with a lock around bottom of right seat runner , then pull the chain up and around a yellow club , and lock it with a yellow master padlock . All together under $ 30 at home depot . Takes 4 minutes to lock and 2 minutes to unlock .

Also , I mounted a Tuffy Hood Lock to secure my hood , from amazon .

Biggest Warning is to make 2 sets of keys for both chain lock and hood lock in Separate Places , so you are never locked out of your chain and hood .I put one key of each together on two separate rungs , and tie an orange ribbon through the rung , so I won't lose them if they fall down , and then I keep them in the glove box and the console , so I will have two sets .
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I park it in the garage. We have security lights, four hunting dogs in the house, another 20 or so across the driveway in the kennel. A long driveway with the exercise yard for the kennel dogs along the length of the driveway. There is no way anybody gets near the house without setting the dogs off.

On top of all that, I'm armed, my wife is armed. There are much easier targets near by than our place.
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I park it in the street, right next to my house. I do have a front door camera, but it doesn't catch the Jeep in it's field of view (catches my wife's car though). I also have a dash cam hooked up and set in security mode, so it will trip against any movement in field of view.

This is my 7th jeep in 30 years, so I just acknowledge that they are a hot item to steal and easy to get into. Upgrade your insurance, don't leave anything in it you can't replace and remember to lock it. If it does get stolen, then it's an opportunity to get a new one!
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I live in rural AZ It's common knowledge that all households are well armed most have dogs and in my case a 1/4 mile posted private drive to the house. Jeep parked in garage usually open along with several $ in power tools and equipment. We can lock everything up when we leave but seldom do. Never been bothered nor to my knowledge have my neighbors. I gladly sacrifice big city convenience for rural peace and security.
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Everytime I see security footage of some POS stealing stuff from a Jeep, it's usually some dude in a hoodie, at night, and I doubt anyone ever gets enough to convict someone on that. In fact, I'd bet the cops will do exactly zero with that information.

Mine is parked in a driveway, and really, there isn't a lot that's keeping someone from busting a window or trying to take it. Someone already tried to drill out my hood lock, but I think that was when it was parked elsewhere. I don't know if an alarm/tracker would be worth it. If an alarm went off, at least here in CA, they're going to be gone before the cops show up, and if I protect my property, I'm the one that will go to jail. Just keep it insured and hope for the best.
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If my Jeep is stolen justice will be served. I will get another Jeep and the person that stole it will burn in Hell for all eternity.
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I parked in the driveway in front of the house. Saw a light on in the cab one night and saw two guys in hoodies sitting in it.

Grabbed the .45 and had a little chat. Lots more cars got hit in our neighborhood after that, but nobody touched my Jeep again.
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also in a rural area. YJ lives outside with the rest of the toys. 500 ft. driveway. lots of trees. can't see the house from the road. ideal cover for a thief.
thanks to 4 dogs, Mr. Glock, and his buddies Remington 870, Smith & Wesson we've not had a problem in the 20+ years we been here. warning sign on the fence says no trespassing. violators will be shot. survivors prosecuted. it's not meant to be amusing.
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Right now, I park in my attached garage which is nice, but within next year Iím getting a second daily that might take over. Jeep will move to driveway. I also have softtop. Had hardtop on last Jeep and wasnít a fan, PIA to remove and I drive topless often. My Jeep is basic Sport, no fancy stereo system, never leave anything inside.
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Here is the best thing other than a paging alarm that I have found. Keep it in your console or glove box until you park it and then stand it on the passenger seat. Or what I have done is modified a cheap plastic cup holders that stick in the window channel to hold the sensor. When tripped, the receiver can be set on a single beep or a loud alarm. They use freq channels so you can get 2 with the same channel and have one in the house and one in the vehicle to scare them off. The range is pretty good, I had one that it would reach from the parking spot to the 3rd floor apartment.

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I recently installed an ignition remote bypass from Cyclops antitheft. They have a fob remote for it and a hidden remote. The hidden remote can be hardwired and connected to a momentary switch. Even if you forget the keys in the car, unless the perp knows where the switch is, he isn't moving the jeep, unless it's rolling it away in neutral.

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I recently installed an ignition remote bypass from Cyclops antitheft. They have a fob remote for it and a hidden remote. The hidden remote can be hardwired and connected to a momentary switch. Even if you forget the keys in the car, unless the perp knows where the switch is, he isn't moving the jeep, unless it's rolling it away in neutral.

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I had not seen this before, thank you for posting it here.

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