What's your security philosophy?

lowranger

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#41
Would be funny, but sadly you'd just likely get sued by the robber and just get robbed by their lawyer instead!
Its really sad that you aren't allowed to protect your property. Just have to leave the doors unlocked so they can help them selves to your things that you have worked so hard for to have, just so they don't "sue" you.....just so insane! Thank you lawyers and justice system.
 

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So, has anyone ever had a big ticket item stolen from your rig? I'm talking something like a winch? I know @Jerry Bransford had one of his TJs stolen at one time, but I'm actually talking about something like the winch. Maybe an ARB air pump. Something like that.
I had a friend park his '65 Impala at a hiking trailhead one time. When he returned and went to start the car to leave, it turned over like it had no compression at all. When he popped the hood, it was obvious as to why. Someone had stolen the camel-hump heads and the 4 bbl intake and carb off his 327!!! :oops:
 
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#43
So, has anyone ever had a big ticket item stolen from your rig? I'm talking something like a winch? I know @Jerry Bransford had one of his TJs stolen at one time, but I'm actually talking about something like the winch. Maybe an ARB air pump. Something like that.
I had a friend park his '65 Impala at a hiking trailhead one time. When he returned and went to start the car to leave, it turned over like it had no compression at all. When he popped the hood, it was obvious as to why. Someone had stolen the camel-hump heads and the 4 bbl intake and carb off his 327!!! :oops:
Just wow...that's sucks !!!
 
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#44
So, has anyone ever had a big ticket item stolen from your rig? I'm talking something like a winch? I know @Jerry Bransford had one of his TJs stolen at one time, but I'm actually talking about something like the winch. Maybe an ARB air pump. Something like that.
I had a friend park his '65 Impala at a hiking trailhead one time. When he returned and went to start the car to leave, it turned over like it had no compression at all. When he popped the hood, it was obvious as to why. Someone had stolen the camel-hump heads and the 4 bbl intake and carb off his 327!!! :oops:
Wow! They came with tools and ready!
 
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astjp2

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#46
Only in California, most other places they have a crew to clean up the blood...
Its really sad that you aren't allowed to protect your property. Just have to leave the doors unlocked so they can help them selves to your things that you have worked so hard for to have, just so they don't "sue" you.....just so insane! Thank you lawyers and justice system.
 
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astjp2

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So, has anyone ever had a big ticket item stolen from your rig? I'm talking something like a winch? I know @Jerry Bransford had one of his TJs stolen at one time, but I'm actually talking about something like the winch. Maybe an ARB air pump. Something like that.
I had a friend park his '65 Impala at a hiking trailhead one time. When he returned and went to start the car to leave, it turned over like it had no compression at all. When he popped the hood, it was obvious as to why. Someone had stolen the camel-hump heads and the 4 bbl intake and carb off his 327!!! :oops:
Meth heads are drilling gas tanks to get gas here. Also have a sawzall to cut the catalytic converters off dem big fancy diesels
 
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Meth heads are drilling gas tanks to get gas here. Also have a sawzall to cut the catalytic converters off dem big fancy diesels
Guy at work had the cat liberated from his 4Runner. He came back in and asked me why his rig would sound so loud when he started it, and his check engine light was on? I jokingly said that someone had probably stolen the cat. When I went out to investigate, it turns out to have been exactly the case. Bet it took 'em 30-45 seconds with a cordless reciprocating saw. The filings/shavings were laying on the ground where the cat had been...
 

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#51
Since they original question was about security philosophy, here's mine:

I believe if a professional thief wants your vehicle, they are going to get it. I have theft insurance if that should happen. No matter what security you have (the club, electronic alarms, etc.) if a tow-truck with "Ajax Repossession" grabbed your rig, who would stop to ask questions?

So, the next question for me is, what do I carry, and how do I keep it from being easily taken by an opportunist thief? I like to carry tools and recovery equipment, but want to keep the rear open to carry two full-size German Shepherd Dogs, so the metal "hide-a-trunk" wasn't going to work for me. My solution was two fat-fifty ammo cans locked on the rear sides One with tools, and one with recovery stuff. (Write-up here) They are also easy to remove and leave at home if I'm parking in a questionable area.

I like having a good stereo, so to protect it, I added an iVault from Quadratech. It's a quick steel plate that locks over the radio in the dash. It would take a dedicated person with a crowbar destroying the dash to get to it. (See it here)

I have an aftermarket alarm wired in to the vehicle. It has starter interrupt and ignition kill. I also have the factory chipped key - I'm trying to make it more difficult so a thief will look for an easier one and steal your Jeep, not mine. I also have power door locks on both front doors and the tailgate, so when I park the Jeep, I can just hit a button on the remote to lock the doors and set the alarm. It also has glass break and vibration sensors, as well as a proximity sensor that will trigger the alarm if anyone is inside.

I try not to leave anything valuable-looking in plain sight when I park the Jeep. I'm also fortunate that I don't live in a high-crime area, and rarely drive the Jeep if I'm going to have to park in one. I lock the Jeep when I park it to keep small-time crooks out.

There are lots of good ideas in this thread, and I'm not claiming mine is the best, or maybe even a good one. It's just what I do. YMMV
 

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#52
I believe if a professional thief wants your vehicle, they are going to get it. I have theft insurance if that should happen. No matter what security you have (the club, electronic alarms, etc.) if a tow-truck with "Ajax Repossession" grabbed your rig, who would stop to ask questions?
This may sound crazy to some, but being that I own many vehicles, I will "block in" the ones that mean the most to me with my less important rigs. My wife's XJ will be parked within 6 inches of the back bumper of my truck, and my Lincoln will be right up to her back bumper, effectively blocking her rig in for the night. Yes, if she needs to use the XJ, we have to move another vehicle first, but we'd rather do that than to deal with it being stolen. It also helps that our neighbors know that "Ajax Repossession" isn't something we'd have to deal with (they know the cars are ours, free and clear), because they know us.
 

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#54
Having pondered this issue at great length (over a few months, at this stage), I've added the following item to my Must-Have Mod-List (photo below).

This item can be remote controlled from one's phone, and it works in conjunction with a Jeep-cam on the turret--which one can also monitor from their phone. The technology was apparently borrowed from the movie, "Robo Cop."

A Swiss IT company has also introduced a phone app download, available only through their VPN, which prevents the Deep State from hijacking the controls.

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#58
As most do, I usually leave mine unlocked. I actually went to lock my tail gate for the first time and found out that the lock is jacked up. Glad I haven't added a sub yet..... I'd much rather lose something that have the Jeep damaged because of a thief.
 
#59
This is a metal box that we used to pack items in for on load of the aircraft carrier, was red, I painted it. Its bolted down where the seat brackets fasten to the passenger side from inside the box and there is a padlock on other side. Unfortunately it is not wide enough to hit the brackets on both the driver and passenger side so there is an exposed L bracket on the drivers side but at least one side has hidden hardware. Lots of room for recovery gear when its loaded. It would be easy enough to break into I know but I usually park in the garage.
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