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How to Protect Yourself Against Truck Theft

With the truck theft epidemic spiraling out of control, it’s more crucial than ever to protect yourself. However, truck thieves are becoming increasingly more organized and within seconds can leave you without valuables, truck parts, and, even, your whole truck. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s reports, motor vehicle theft is on the rise with a 7.4 percent overall increase.

While truck manufacturers continually strive to improve the safety features of its trucks, there are a variety of ways to protect yourself against truck theft. Here are the top 7 ways to protect yourself against truck theft.

  1. Lock your truck at all times.
    Whether you’re parked or driving, make sure that your vehicle is locked at all times.
  2. Never leave your keys in the truck when parked.
    Keep your keys out of your vehicle whenever you’re parked. Some truck owners leave their keys in their truck when it’s parked inside their home’s garage. Don’t do this. You should also close all the windows and sunroof when parked, as well.
  3. Never leave your truck running and unattended.
    Many thieves look for trucks that are empty and running before they make their move. In fact, some insurance companies won’t cover you if you leave your truck running to “warm up” in the driveway and it’s stolen.
  4. Store your valuables in locked storage spaces.
    Whether it’s your cell phone, laptop, vehicle registration, or wallet. Aftermarket storage containers protect you in areas where you’re most vulnerable. Transform your factory glove box into a high-security storage area with Tuffy Security Product’s High-Security Glove Boxes. These glove boxes can be used to secure many smaller items, including your vehicle registration which is one of the top items thieves look for when stealing.
    Another storage space to swap out for a securer one is your console. Tuffy Security Product’s also offers high-security consoles that provide style, security, and convenience in one package. The Tuffy console insert transforms your OEM console into a heavy-duty lockable storage area utilizing a Pry-Guard locking system. This is the perfect place for cell phones, wallets, purses, and other smaller valuables.
  5. Park in the open.
    Most truck thefts occur in the dark. Be cautious where you park your truck, especially at night. Try to park in well-lit areas that are highly populated. If possible, install a camera system where you park at home.
  6. Don’t leave valuables out in the open.
    Thieves often look inside vehicles for valuables before breaking into trucks. If you leave shopping bags, purses, laptop bags, or other valuables out in the open, you’re more vulnerable to a break-in. Keep your trunk and cargo area secure from thieves with high-security cargo drawers and cargo lockboxes. Depending on your vehicle there are a variety of that can fit your exact needs.
  7. Be aware of your surroundings.
    Many truck thefts and break-ins occur because the truck owner wasn’t thinking things through. Make sure to use your common sense, especially in garages, parking lots, and gas stations. If a thief confronts you, don’t resist. trucks are replaceable; you aren’t.

All New Jeep Wrangler JL Tailgate Lockbox

Tuffy Security Products Adds New Tailgate Lockbox for the Jeep® Wrangler JL

CORTEZ, Colo. – Tuffy Security Products has expanded its line of Jeep® Wrangler JL products to include the Model 349, a heavy duty, high security tailgate lockbox. The new product mounts directly to the interior of the Jeep JL’s tailgate using the tailgate rail mounts, allowing JL owners to have added secure storage for their gear.

Crafted from welded 16-gauge steel, the Model 349 comes equipped with two removable shelves so JL owners can organize smaller items on the shelves when installed as well as a door which folds down to create a work table, that supports up to 40 pounds. Tuffy Security incorporated the work table feature for those Jeepers who cook or work while off-roading as well as to enable quick sorting and access to the contents of the lockbox. Measuring six inches deep, 33.6 inches wide and 14.5 inches tall, the lockbox has more than 2,700 cubic inches of secure storage and works with or without the OEM hardtop. Because the Model 349 affixes to the tailgate, the lockbox works in conjunction with the Model 345 Jeep JL Deck Enclosure offered by Tuffy as well.

Tuffy’s patented Pry-Guard locking system using 1/8-inch thick welded steel components with a 10-tumbler double bitted security lock and built-in weather seals protects the contents of the Model 349. The weather resistant lid design incorporates Tuffy’s exclusive pin-lock hinging system for additional security.

Model 349 Jeep JL tailgate lockboxes come with all of the mounting hardware required to install the product to the existing OEM mounting points in the tailgate.

About Tuffy Security Products

Tuffy Security Products safeguard valuable gear with American-made craftsmanship. The full line of Tuffy security solutions provide premium, superior protection against theft, enable safe cargo management, increase gear accessibility and offer the option of flexible keyless lock-entry for multiple users. Tuffy Security Products is a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries and a sister company of Bestop, Inc., maker of Jeep and truck soft tops and accessories. For more information, visit Tuffy Security Products’ website at www.tuffyproducts.com or call 800-348-8339. Follow on Facebook: @tuffyproducts, Twitter: @tuffyproducts