I commend joe on his calm reaction... I would aspire to the same but I'm not really a big fan of dumb maggot scum bag thieves so might not go so smooth :)
Should Ford just fix the problem? yes but they haven't so for not much $'s things can be improved. Anyway here's what I did to my truck to help security.
Nothing is theft proof with glass windows that can be smashed but there is a few things that you can do to make it less easy and attractive to a thief... here's my personal list. Any suggestions, additions or comments welcome. Everything I did was a bit of effort and pretty cheap
- make it less attractive to a dumb maggot scum bag thief. Leave nothing in view... that doesn't mean valuable stuff that means NOTHING - not even a pack of gum, a quarter or a piece of paper ect... don't expect a dumb maggot scum bag thief to be intelligent about what's valuable or not so that means leave nothing
COST - FREE
- JimmiJammer -
As being mentioned here the Ranger has some security flaws and I found jimmijammer that improves a few areas of the lock/door security.
I installed the JimmiJammer in my truck. They have very good instructions and it's a pretty easy job. First door took some time to make sure everything was done right but the 2nd door was 30min.
When installing it you see the quality of the stock spring clip holding the lock cylinder (think tin off a coke can) and the easy access to the lock rod from the handle hinge holes.
While a simple idea it's a quality product that clearly offers a large security improvement fixing some weak out of the box design flaws all Rangers have since at least 93. Nothing is un-stealable but I'm happy my truck and contents are now much safer.
COST - $44.95
- Rear window latch jammer
With the jimmijammer installed I then took a look at the slider rear window. I simple made a small wedge that when in place prevents the latch from operating to open the window.
Simple but effective and while not fool proof it's much harder to get the wedge out and then the latch than just the latch
COST - FREE or almost free
- Window tint / security window tint
Yes thief can still smash out the window but smashing the window out is pretty noisy and noticeable thing to do and leaves a car that clearly appears stolen... most thieves don't want to draw that much attention.
Security tint film or even regular window tint makes it much harder to smash the window
COST: $99 or less and more than just security
- Hose clamp the tailgate
Ghetto security for sure but keeps someone from quickly walking away with your tailgate
Install it so you can only access it to remove from the bottom with the tailgate partially open making it harder to remove quickly.
- License plate security bolts... dumb maggot scum bag thieves seem to like to use trucks to steal stuff so will steal plates to hide their identity.
So last but not least. princess auto with security license plate bolts. Only $1.99 and a nice anodized black to replace the crappy looking corroded stocks.
- Future maybe an alarm someday... but likely just a noise maker to attract attention as they don't really stop someone from getting in. Probably wire to fire the two air horns I have installed