Street Parking a Jeep in 'Downtown' Baltimore - Any Thoughts?
Hey All - After a few years without a jeep I finally took the plunge and got another - Just bought a 2007 JKU, I'll be picking it up in a few days. I moved to Baltimore ~4 months ago and am living in Canton, so I'm still adjusting to the ...'quirks'... and what not. So apologies if this is overstated or whatever (although I do enjoy Balt so far, finally getting a little comfy here).
Anyway, I see a few other jeeps parked on the street around here and am wondering what kind of precautions or risks am I running leaving an open vehicle parked on the street here. I see a few that leave it door-less at night, windows out, etc... Is this a smart idea?
Obviously I get the whole don't leave stuff in it, etc. but does anyone have any tips or stories around this? Sort of afraid to build this up, add bumpers/winches, etc because I'd rather not have it stand out on the street at 2 AM and I'm looking for some reassurance.
Congrats on the Jeep and welcome to MD. Lived in MD my whole life. I don't even like leaving my hardtops off in downtown Frederick. No way would I leave them off in downtown Baltimore. That's just my opinion though.
I was in Fells for a while and would usually see a few topless/doorless wranglers around, so it's not uncommon. The way I see it is anyone who wants to, and is capable of, steeling heavy bolted on parts or the whole thing will do so regardless of if the top and doors are on. The homeless and heroin zombies only go for the grab and run stuff. I never left mine open, but I always leave stuff laying around and the YJ is notoriously easy to steal.
I never heard any horror stories, though, and you'll quickly figure out which blocks to avoid. Canton is highly gentrified so I'd say there's a higher risk of a drunk "bro" puking in it than someone stealing the big stuff. Overall I wouldn't worry about leaving it open every once in a while. It's not a "smart idea" and you may occasionally find someone sleeping in it, but there's really no extra risk of the really bad stuff (stolen/stripped) with it open vs. locked. My $.02.
I leave my Jeep open (doorless, topless) in Baltimore all the time. Generally in Fells Point, parked on Broadway, in Charles Village, downtown, and sometimes a little farther up Eastern Ave. The only problem I've ever had was I left a cheap Roadside Assistance kit in the back once that went missing. Didn't notice it until long after the fact. Sometimes I lock my CD player in the console, sometimes I don't. If they want something in your Jeep, they'll just cut the top to get it. Your rig ain't gonna get stripped and put on blocks just cause the doors are off.
No matter where you are its a gamble. My jeep is topless and half or no doors 100% of the time. I try to keep most the stuff out of it when its doing street duty. Things i cant i make very hard to remove. As well as i am close and so is a 629.
Everyone does things their own ways. I've come to this conclusion for "items in vehicle"
If it costs more to worry about it, don't bring it. I only leave things in my jeep I would be happy for someone to take. I still have my drums, brake lines and cylinder from the change 2 months ago sitting in the back! hahaha! moral of the story; people will take anything, so don't give them the chance!
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Mount Vernon, Fells Point, The Belvedere etc, have a high rate of car break-ins. The last Wrangler I had was parked in a Church lot right on MLK across from the State buildings. I just left it unlocked and made sure there was nothing in it except some loose change or a maybe a dollar laying on the floor.
My theory is that I would rather have the doors open and give any thieves easy access instead of having them cut the top to get in. If I were parking on the street, I would be more concerned with the insane bumper parking that goes on. I o9nce saw a POS Camry try to push another car to make room for a spot.
I guess I was just nervous when I first brought it home here, so far it's all good and I don't worry anymore. Think I plan on buying one of those Tuffy under the seat lock boxes though, just for some flashlights, tire change socket, blanket, etc. I don't necessarily trust the locking console / glove box but yet would like a few necessities with me that I don't need to 'remember' to grab every time.
But also a quick update. I had the doors off for a few week period and nothing ever happened. Although one day it was parked over at my gf's place and I noticed the window unzipped and the random 3 papers in my console were all strown about. So I feel like thanking the thief for knowing to just climb in the back window instead of breaking something! Of course don't leave anything in the jeep and problem solved... So far at least, they are just looking for a quick buck and not trying to destroy the inside for no reason.