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Re: Bad weekend: Jeep broken into
That stinks. I hate to suggest it, but I think someone was watching you or knew what you had through some channel or another. My first Jeep was broken into twice, and my ex-Jimmy was broken into once. Most casual thieves are not very thorough and grab only what they can quickly pick up or rip out. I had the Jeep stereo (nice head unit, very expensive EQ I was borrowing from a friend, various singal processors, CD changer) mounted in my center console and it was never even touched...there was nothing readily outwardly visible to suggest that I had anything beyond the old double-shaft radio in the dash...the most I ever lost was a pair of dress shoes, slacks, some cassettes in a case, and a dinner plate that were on the back seat. In contrast, part of the stereo was stolen out of my Jimmy and someone *had* to have been watching me. It was a rust bucket with the factory tinted windows, radio from a Z28 (they left that), crossover bolted under the dash (they left that), a small 'amp rack' (it was just a piece of plywood with some 2x4's screwed to it covered in matching carpet with an amp and signal processor mounted under it...hardly even noticeable) and a small Bazooka...easily one of the top ten rattiest vehicles in the lot at work (lots of yuppie-mobiles). They smashed the passenger side window (I was more pissed about that than anything else since it was winter), flipped the seat forward and climbed into the back seat and grabbed the Bazooka and the amp rack (cutting the cables with my own tools which they left behind even though it would've been just as quick to just unplug the RCA cables) and took off...needless to say I don't park in that lot anymore. I had bought the stuff used several years ago for cheap, so I wasn't really ticked about that...the window they smashed cost me more than the stuff they stole. On my current daily driver Jeep, I have a removable face radio (and take the face with me) and CD changer mounted in a custom center console...the whole thing is removable with two screws, the antenna plug and one molex connector with all of the other wires...easy in/out for the trail or going to an unsavory area...no amps, and the rear speaker box is easily removed as well. I only carry the bare essentials in tools and have them locked in boxes on the wheelwells...a full toolbox replaces the speaker box in the back for trail runs. I keep nothing else of any value in the Jeep and leave the doors unlocked.