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Unread 10-18-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
WayoftheFist
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Jeep Theft in Our Area

So I was wondering if anyone here could let me know how the Jeep theft scene is in our area. City/surrounding suburbs. Does it happen often? Has it stopped/picked up? What are you doing to prevent it?

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Unread 10-20-2012, 09:47 AM   #2
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there was one in chicago i know of that was posted here a couple months ago. Not sure if they found it or not. I have an alarm on my Jeep.. but i only use it when I have the hard top on. When its summer i have a bikini top on and they are easy to break in to... so usually you are best to just leave your doors unlocked so they dont cut the top trying to get in. Dont leave anything of value in there... and if you do.. get a hidden lock box. I have also heard of guys putting in hidden kill switches in their ignition so just turning the key wont start the Jeep.
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Unread 10-20-2012, 05:32 PM   #3
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I'm more wondering about how often Jeeps get stolen. I only frequent safe areas, Jeep is never alone in a parking lot for more than a few hours without me checking it, and then that's usually at a restaurant's lot or something. I've been trying to see what the odds are, and how easy it is to hotwire/tow it away. I'm considering an affordable GPS solution, along with a killswitch. But I want to know if there's a theft ring going on targeting lifted Jeeps.


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Unread 10-30-2012, 08:42 AM   #4
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Mine was stolen in August and appears to be gone forever. Doing it again, I would do the following:

1) Make sure Comprehensive Insurance is paid (I had liability only...silly, I know)
2) Put in a master kill switch that is wired to the battery or wire one to the fuel pump
3) Look for an affordable way to have a GPS tracker on it
4) Use a club

Mine was stolen right in front of my house when it was parked on the street. I don't know if they towed it or drove it away. Cops have not been much assistance. I had hopes it would show up but being stripped of parts, that has not been the case. Seems to be a fair amount of Wrangler theft lately and they take the doors and hardtops, then sell on CL.

Good luck
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