Are you keeping your vehicle organized?

Keeping your vehicle organized

No matter what you drive, vehicle organization is extremely important. Depending on what model you drive, for example, Jeep storage may not lend itself to an organized space. Pickup trucks can hold a lot but may be tricky to keep organized. However, with a solid strategy, the right equipment and a little elbow grease, you can keep your vehicle tidy. Here are a few organizational tips:

Get under-seat organizers
Regardless of the size of your vehicle, you can probably always use a little extra storage space. Because of this, it’s a good idea to use up all the space you have available. While you may have lost some change or a pen under your seat, you probably don’t get a lot of use out of that space. Pick up an under-seat organizer - it’s a great way to store items that you don’t need to access every day but want to keep in your car.

Use a tailgate enclosure
If you’re going on a road trip or simply need to keep a lot of stuff in the trunk of your Jeep Wrangler, you may find yourself playing a huge game of Tetris – shoving boxes and suitcases wherever they fit and crossing your fingers that they stay put and, just as importantly, that you’ll be able to find what you need later. Look into getting a tailgate enclosure instead. It will provide you with extra storage space and a weight-bearing lid that allows you to neatly stack your things for easy access later.

Organize your console
Avoid carelessly tossing things into your center console – you’ll just have to dig it out later from the other junk. Go through the console and get rid of anything that you don’t need, then start getting organized. Purchase a console organizer, which will help you keep all of your belongings tidy and easily accessible. There are even some products that lock shut for extra security. If your car or truck doesn’t have a center console, you can buy one and install it yourself.

Clean up the back seat
If you have kids or other passengers in your back seat frequently, you may find yourself with a pretty messy vehicle. Give all of that stuff a place to go with a back seat organizer. You can find organizers that simply insert into the cup holders in the back seat and you’ve suddenly got a new place to keep all of the small items that have been floating around your car.

Upgrade your glove box
Despite what their name may suggest, glove boxes tend to be the place that we keep the most important items and documents in our car. From insurance information to personal protection, it’s important that your glove box is not only well-organized, but secure, as well. Consider replacing the flimsy factory-issued compartment with an upgraded one to keep everything safe.

Sort out your truck bed
If you drive a pickup truck, you may be familiar with the sound of your stuff rattling around the bed. There are a few options for truck bed storage. Invest in a good truck bed box – this can be installed right behind the cab of your truck and helps keep your important items under lock and key without taking up valuable space inside the truck.

For your tools and other items you need to access, consider getting a truck bed slide. This tray system will not only keep everything well-organized, but it slides out of the bed of your truck for easy access, preventing you from having to crawl into the truck to get your stuff.

Make sure your valuables are safe while you're camping.

Tips to keep your stuff safe while camping

If you are getting tired of the city grind, a weekend camping trip can be the perfect way to escape and relax. While your biggest worry may be how many fish you catch, the last thing you want is to return to your campsite or Jeep to find your valuables stolen or destroyed. Here are a few tips to make sure your stuff is kept safe while you’re out enjoying the wilderness:

Upgrade your Jeep

While the vehicles themselves are great, Jeep storage may leave a bit to be desired, especially if you’re looking to store valuables for a few days while you’re out camping. For example, the cubby is protected by a flimsy cover, so it’s not a bad idea to upgrade it to keep your items safe while you’re not there to look after them. A storage box with lid is another good option to hold larger items you may have. If you have a nice stereo system in your car, invest in a cover so it doesn’t tempt anyone with sticky fingers. Are you worried about someone making off with the batteries, intakes, superchargers or other contents of your hood? Protect it with a hood lock.

Do your research

The Internet is your friend when it comes to protecting yourself against robberies. While you’re planning out your camping trip, do some research into the areas that you are considering. If you see an especially large number of robberies that took place at those sites in the past few months, it may be a good idea to keep looking. Once you’ve made your decisions and arrived at your camp site, talk to park rangers or camp staff to see if they’ve noticed any issues – they may give you a good idea of any problems they may have had in the past.

Leave things with your car

If you’re the kind of person who spends most of your camping trip hiking or boating well away from your tent, it’s not a good idea to bring anything of value with you to the camp site. Sure, your e-reader is a good way to pass the time at night, but it’s too delicate to take with you all day and it is extremely easy steal from your tent. Invest in a portable safe for your valuables like electronics, jewelry or firearms that need to be kept safe while you’re away.

Meet your neighbors

Once you arrive at your campground, go and say hello to your neighbors to give you a better idea of who is around. You’ll meet new camping buddies and now you’ve got an extra set of eyes while you’re away from your site. Or, if your neighbor doesn’t seem particularly trustworthy, you’ll be glad you upgraded your secure storage options as part of your camping plans.

Check things frequently

Whether you leave things in your car or carry them with you, it’s a good idea to check them as frequently as you can. When something does turn up missing, you’ll want to be aware as soon as possible – the last thing you want is to have your car broken into and not find out for a few days. While it may feel like overkill, consider keeping a list of any valuables you brought along so you know you are leaving with everything that you came with. If you’re lazy like me, skip the list and give yourself some peace of mind by investing in some secure storage for what you came with.

One of the easiest ways to keep thieves out of your vehicle is to make sure your doors are locked.

Tips for aiding in the prevention of vehicle theft

Car thieves are an unavoidable population in the world, but there are ways you can keep their greasy palms off your vehicle and valuables. Most steps to aid in the prevention of car theft are simple habits and others provide additional protection.

Invest in a lockbox

You should avoid leaving valuables in your vehicle, whether for long or short term storage. Any valuables – especially if they are visible – attract thieves to your vehicle like flies to a garbage can. However, if for any reason you need to leave things in your vehicle or if you are parking at the beach in the summer with your top down, consider storing your valuables in a secure place in your vehicle, such as one of Tuffy Security’s security box products.

Be cognizant of your keys
It is never a good idea to leave your keys in the car, even if you are parked at a gas station to refuel. Not only is there a possibility that you’ll be knocking your head against the roof in disbelief if you lock the keys in the car, you also give thieves an opportunity to get inside and drive off.

In that same regard, don’t hide your keys on the outside or inside of your vehicle. The safest places for a spare set is in your home or with a trusted friend or family member. Vehicle thieves know where to look, whether you stash your spares in the glove box or above a wheel.

Most importantly, don’t forget to lock your doors. Even if you have to go back and check 10 times to be sure, having a locked car goes a long way.

Invest in an anti-theft system
There are various options for securing your vehicle with an anti-theft system:

  • If you want something low-tech, consider a steering wheel lock. Thieves will see it as soon as they approach your vehicle and may be deterred if they were trying to make a quick getaway.
  • If you are looking for a simple electronic solution, have a passive alarm installed – which activates once you take the keys out of the ignition – in your vehicle.
  • On the high-tech end, you can look into a engine immobilizer or tracking system. The former prevents your vehicle from starting without the key, and the latter helps police find your vehicle if it is stolen.

Have your parts etched
In the sad event that a thief drives off with your vehicle, it can be easier to identify if you have your vehicle identification number etched into different parts of your vehicle. You can contact your vehicle insurance provider or local police department for details on getting your parts etched.

Go toward the light
The cover of night is a car thief’s best friend. When parking your vehicle in the evening hours, leave your car in a well-lit area. Not only does this help keep thieves away from your vehicle while you are shopping or out dancing, but you also have a clear view of your surroundings so no one can sneak up on you and aggressively wrestle your keys from you.

Be sure to store your rifle safely at all times.

Tips for safe storage of guns in your home

Though having a firearm around your house can help you sleep better at night, it’s essential that they are stored safely at all times. Whether you use a mini safe or larger storage bins, here are a few tips that ensure your firearms are safe and secure:

Lock boxes and safes

If your gun is kept in a secure lock box or gun safe, you can be sure that the only people who can access it are those authorized to do so. At the same time, you will know that your gun is close at hand and easy to access in case it is needed. It’s popular to keep these boxes and safes in your bedroom – often in the closet or under the bed where it is easily accessible. There are also built-in options available, which means your gun won’t take up too much room and is more easily hidden from intruders.

Lock it up

Even if you have your gun kept in a lock box or safe, it’s important to lock the gun itself using a trigger or cable lock. A trigger lock will lock around the trigger housing, which will prevent it from being fired. It’s important to remember to not use this kind of lock on a loaded gun, as it can cause it fire accidentally. Cable locks will run a cable through the barrel or action of your gun, which will prevent it from being operated. No matter what kind of lock is used on your firearm, be sure to observe all standard safety rules and safe handling techniques. Don’t forget that these locks keep your gun from firing, but aren’t anti-theft devices.

Don’t store a loaded gun

Unless you are getting ready to fire your weapon, it should always be unloaded, especially when you are storing it at home. The best way to prevent a gun from accidentally firing is to keep it unloaded at all times. Consider storing ammunition separately from the weapon, as well.

Education

All of the safety precautions in the world can’t take the place of healthy respect for firearm safety. If there are children in the house, it’s likely that they will be curious about your gun or guns, so be open and honest with them and be sure to promote a sense of safety and responsibility around the weapon. Don’t undersell the potential danger of a gun and set a good example of responsible gun ownership.

Long-term storage

If you keep your gun for sporting reasons, chances are you are going to be storing your firearm for a few months at a time. Caring for your gun before it is put into storage is the key to keeping your gun in the best condition possible. Take care of cleaning your gun as soon as possible to make sure the project doesn’t get left by the wayside. Be sure to break down all working parts to be sure the entire gun is completely clean.

If you have a place to safely do so, fire the gun a couple of times before cleaning it – this will warm up the fouling and expand the pores of the barrel, making cleaning easier. Before you begin cleaning it, double check that the gun is unloaded. Use bore solvent in the bore of your rifle or shotgun with a brush to remove any leftover residue.

To help your gun last as long as possible, keep the weapon with the barrel pointed up in a storage unit that is humidity and temperature controlled.