Is your Jeep protected? You might think it is…especially those that run a hard top and full doors. BUT…there are recent reports of some thefts in Arizona involving Jeep Wrangler owners.
The Daily Wildcat, a student managed and produced news outlet, issued the following report:
The University of Arizona Policy Department is actively investigating four car thefts that occurred since the beginning of the fall 2021 semester. The larcenies have exclusively involved Jeep Wrangler model vehicles which have exterior hood latches, allowing access to the car’s engine without the use of a key or interior hood release, and a suspect has not yet been identified.
The thefts occurred in various parking garages around campus, and police note that all of the thefts have involved the cars’ batteries being disconnected, which in turn disabled the cars’ alarm systems. Valuable items were then stolen from the vehicles and the cars were damaged.
Police advise that Jeep Wrangler owners or similar vehicles with an exterior hood latch consider acquiring an anti-theft mechanism or locking device to protect their vehicle from break-ins.
Luckily, our friends at BOLT have a solution!
Modern Jeeper had done an article a while back featuring this lock here.
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