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The Jeep Wrangler holds its value.

2014 Jeep Wrangler awarded coveted Best Retained Value

Each year, Edmunds.com issues its awards for the Best Retained Value, highlighting which vehicles will hold their value over time.

Any vehicle that launched by the end of 2013 was in the running for the awards, and when it came to best compact SUV to hold its value, Chrysler’s Jeep Wrangler came out on top. The automaker also received an award for its Dodge Challenger and Ram ProMaster.

“Chrysler Group is honored to accept these awards from Edmunds.com,” said Doug Betts, senior vice president of quality at Chrysler Group. “Great resale value reflects the strengthening of our brands and the improvements in the customer satisfaction and quality for these award winning products.”

So what’s so great about the 2014 Wrangler? Featuring a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that gets 285 horsepower and 21 miles to the gallon, there’s plent to love.

Jeep vehicles cheap to insure
Not only are Jeep vehicles practical and great for navigating tough terrain, but they also aren’t pricey when it comes to insurance.

Forbes’ list of the 10 cheapest cars to insure in 2014 featured four Jeep vehicles, with the Wrangler Sport taking the No. 1 position.

“The Wrangler is helped by the fact that it’s not expensive to repair – if you get a dent in your door, you take the door off and get another one,” Amy Danise, editorial director at Insure.com, told the news source. “And while Jeeps certainly are marketed for ‘adventurous’ off-road driving, their appearance on our ‘least expensive to insure’ rankings demonstrate that they’re really not used to drive up and down craggy rocks.”

Here’s what the report showed:

  • The Wrangler Sport was the cheapest of any car to insure, costing $1,080 in annual premiums.
  • The Patriot Sport was the third least expensive car to insure, costing only $1,104 a year in premiums.
  • The Compass Sport came in fifth with annual premiums of $1,140.
  • The Grand Cherokee was named 10th with annual premiums of $1,171.

Jeeps not complete without accessories
As Jeep vehicles are highly customizable, owners are notorious for customizing them. Jeep parts and accessories are available to make a vehicle more functional, whether an owner is on a rugged off-road adventure or simply shopping for groceries.

Tuffy Security Products is home to a number of innovative accessories that Jeep owners will love. Whether it’s a secure console or a lockbox that can be mounted in the vehicle, Tuffy has a product for every Jeep owner.

Be sure to take preventative measures to keeping belongings safe.

National Vehicle Theft Protection Month is in July

July is National Vehicle Theft Protection Month, according to the International Association of Auto Investigators and LoJack Corporation. Vehicle owners are encouraged to take necessary precautions to ensure their automobile and the belongings inside are safe from theft. For those looking to ramp up security in their ride, lock boxes are a great solution to keep expensive items secure and out of sight from prying eyes.

“The summer months of July and August are the top months of the year for vehicle theft, which continues to be a significant problem throughout the United States,” said Christopher McDonold, member and past president of IAATI. “Despite the common misconception that theft is often a result of teenage joyriders, auto theft cases often involve professional thieves using sophisticated technology and techniques. It is our goal to provide vehicle owners with tips and information that will help protect them, as well as their personal assets like laptops, GPS devices and cell phones, that are often at risk due to being left behind in vehicles.”

According to Lojack and IAATI, July and August are the two most popular months for auto theft, meaning vehicle owners need to be more cautious. The report also included a number of ways vehicles are stolen and what happens after an owner notices they are missing. For instance, many car thieves are professionals. In addition, many vehicles are being stolen inside the U.S. but are being exported and sold in other countries.

LoJack and IAATI also reminded motorists that older cars get stolen, too. Many thieves will strip the vehicle for parts, making just about any automobile a target for theft.

Improve security to keep a ride safe
Whether it’s to protect a vehicle from getting stolen or to discourage a thief from breaking in, security products are the ideal solution to avoid becoming a victim this summer.

For those looking for a practical solution to keeping their belongings safe, a lockbox is the best bet. As many thieves will scout out vehicles for expensive items before they break into a vehicle, keeping valuables in a lockbox that is mounted in the trunk will ensure they aren’t tempted. And for owners with a lot of gear they want to keep safe, a security box is the perfect product.

Tuffy Security Products has everything a owner needs for vehicle protection.

Jeep event kicks off this weekend.

Pennsylvania Jeep event a huge success

This year’s Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in Butler, Pennsylvania was a big hit.

“This Festival is unique because it offers a wide range of experiences over a three-day weekend that appeal to all ages and all types of Jeep enthusiasts,” said Patti Jo Lambert, Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival director.

Travel enthusiasts and Jeep lovers from across the globe flocked to the festival at Lake Campground near Slippery Rock.

“It’s a national event,” Lambert told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We’re attracting people from all over the United States and Canada. The economic impact of that is tremendous.”

From restaurants serving thousands of meals over the weekend to the booking of hundreds of hotel rooms, Butler definitely benefitted economically, but that raises the question: Why Butler?

The Bantam Jeep was created to help the allied forces navigate tough terrain during World War II. And where was it developed? That’s right – Butler, Pennsylvania. To honor its colorful history, the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival helped event-goers explore the history of Jeep, enjoy some military vehicles that can’t be seen anywhere else and network with other Jeep fans.

The Pittsburgh-Post Gazette reported that pre-registration for the event reached 1,557 Jeeps, up more than 500 from last year and the highest number of participants on record. According to Lambert, there were nearly 15,000 attendees last year.

What happened at the even
Those who attended the event had a chance to test out their own vehicle on the Jeep Playground, an off-road course with a number of challenging obstacles. But the fun didn’t stop there.

Event-goers also had a chance to learn about the local history of Jeep in Butler along with the automaker’s impact during WWII. In addition to the Jeep-related activities, there was also food, balloon and kayak rides, hiking and biking.

Popular Jeep accessories
Jeep enthusiasts are encouraged to take extra precautions when heading off road. Those searching for unmatched security products should look into Tuffy’s Jeep parts and accessories.

This company has a number of great features for Jeeps that will help keep them secure while on an off-road trip. From innovative lock boxes to reinforced locks, there is something for every Jeep lover at Tuffy Security Products.

The most stolen vehicle is a Ford Escape.

What are the most stolen SUVs and CUVs?

Having a vehicle broken into or stolen can be a nightmare, so it’s important owners prepare with security products like a lockbox.

Unfortunately, having a car stolen is all too common, evidenced by a recent study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which looked into the most commonly stolen sports utility and crossover utility vehicles from Jan. 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2013. According to the data, 21,711 of these vehicles were stolen over this period of time, highlighting just how important it is owners take extra precautions.

Here are the most commonly stolen SUVs and CUVs:

  1. Ford Escape (1,421 thefts)
  2. Ford Edge (1,140)
  3. Ford Explorer (958)
  4. Jeep Grand Cherokee (912)
  5. Kia Sorento (725)

Any individuals with these vehicles might want to take some preventative measures to ensure their ride is safe. If at all possible, pull a car into the garage at night or don’t leave any expensive belongings in plain sight. A lockbox is great way to discourage a break in or theft because it will keep valuable items secure and mounted in the trunk.

Jeep owners turn to security products
Since Grand Cherokees are some of the most stolen vehicles, these owners might want to look into Jeep parts and accessories that will ramp up security. For instance, reinforced locks are available to make a break in nearly impossible for a thief. There are also security drawers available that will seamlessly install into a Jeep and keep items organized and secure. But Jeep owners shouldn’t be the only ones looking after their belongings.

So should vehicle owners in these states
Security products don’t just benefit Jeep owners. Anyone who wants to protect their valuables can do so with the proper products. And that should definitely be the case in the states below, which the National Insurance Crime Bureau found were the most common to have SUVs and CUVs stolen in. Here’s the list:

  1. California (3,531)
  2. Florida (1,897)
  3. Michigan (1,834)
  4. Texas (1,686)
  5. New York (1,577)

As a vehicle is one of the largest purchases someone will make in their lifetime, it’s important to have the products in place to stay protected. For those who live in high-theft states or have vehicles that are commonly stolen, their level of risk is high and measures should be taken to guard from that risk.

Tuffy Security Products has the answers auto owners are looking for when it comes to protecting their vehicles.

Keep a gun safe in a home or vehicle.

Keeping guns secure with vehicle and home lock boxes

Storing a gun can seem like a daunting task. Gun owners might have a weapon high up and out of reach from children, but the anxiety of having it in the house could still weigh heavily on them. That’s why it’s essential to have them properly stored in a lockbox. This product gives gun owners peace of mind, knowing a weapon is safely stored.

The best way to store a gun is in a lockbox. These products can be mounted into a vehicle or kept practically anywhere inside a home. Welded steel with a reinforced lock will ensure a child can’t get their hands on a weapon. In addition, sleeves are available for the inside of a lockbox, keeping a gun from moving around and keeping it protected.

In order to legally transport a gun, an owner – depending on the state – has to have a gun locked away. The weapon must also not be loaded, with a clip separate from the gun. With a lockbox, owners traveling with their gun have a solution to get their weapon from A to B. Following the law is easy, as a gun is safely secure in a vehicle with a lockbox. A gun can be stored in a mounted lockbox in the trunk, keeping it safe and out of the hands of a thief, even if they were to happen to gain access to the inside of a vehicle.

The same can be said about storing a gun in a home. A lockbox keeps it out of the hands of not just children, but also intruders. However, someone who has the pushbutton combination to a lock can easily access their weapon when they need it fast. So while they are keeping their gun out of the wrong hands with a lockbox, they can still gain quick access when the time comes.

Assume it’s loaded
Rule No. 1 for gun owners is to treat the weapon as if it is loaded at all times. Being overly cautious is the best practice for a gun owner and it’s far better to be safe than sorry. Anytime an owner handles a gun, he or she should treat it as if it were loaded, and always encourage others to do the same.

Avoid being a victim by installing a lockbox.

California city plagued with over 100 vehicle break ins

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department recently reported that since November, Fallbrook, California, has had more than 100 vehicle burglaries. Victims have had valuables stolen out of their cars - some items were worth thousands of dollars.

The report noted that most of vehicle burglaries take place from the hours of 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and, not surprisingly, most of the thefts have targeted unlocked vehicles. While some car windows were broken into, victims have realized that simply locking their vehicle might have saved them a lot of hassle.

Here’s a list of some of the items that were stolen:

  • Wallets
  • Bags
  • Purses
  • Cell phones
  • Identification
  • Credit cards
  • Social Security cards

The police report also noted that the thefts have had a resounding impact, as credit cards and ID have been used for other following burglaries.

In one particular case, a professional photographer left behind a wide array of expensive equipment in his or her unlocked car. A thief ended up making off with $3,000 in camera equipment. In another instance, thieves stole $16,000 in hang gliding and paragliding equipment from a vehicle in an open garage. Another case included the theft of a purse, laptop, iPad and $3,000 in cash. Police noted that the items were in plain sight, which is likely why thieves took the opportunity to break into the vehicles.

As a result of the high amount of vehicle break ins in Fallbrook, the Sheriff’s Substation is holding a community meeting on May 29 to address the burglaries. Fallbrook citizens are encouraged to always lock their vehicle doors and remember to roll up their windows. While it’s a good idea to take valuables out of a vehicle, getting them out of sight is a smart way to discourage theft.

That’s where a lockbox comes in
In a perfect world, theft wouldn’t happen at all and vehicle owners would be free to leave their expensive belongings behind. Since that’s just not the case, car owners are encouraged to take preventative measures to keeping their personal belongings safe.

And since removing expensive items isn’t always an option, products are available to keep them safe. Lock boxes can be mounted inside a vehicle - typically the trunk – not only keeping valuables out of sight but also locked away.

Stay safe and have fun.

The golden rules for heading off road

Taking a vehicle off road can be a thrilling experience. Whether it’s trekking through a river or scaling a huge hill, an off-roading adventure can be rewarding. However, the road less traveled can bring about a number of challenges, so it’s important to follow some rules.

Prepare
First and foremost, those heading off road will need to prepare. That means a variety of things, from inspecting a vehicle to gathering the necessary items for an emergency kit. Motorists will want to thoroughly check their vehicle before heading off road. Here are some things to consider:

  • Check the battery for corrosion
  • Make sure belts and hoses are functioning properly
  • Check the oil and other fluids
  • Ensure tires are properly inflated and tread levels are safe

Aside from making sure a vehicle is up to snuff for an off-road trip, it’s also important to prepare by adding some security. When it comes to any adventure, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Someone who is heading off road could be traveling into territory they’ve never been before. That’s why it’s essential to install a lockbox to keep valuables safe. This goes double for Jeep owners or others who don’t have a top on their vehicle. Mounting a lockbox inside a vehicle will give an owner peace of mind while they are away from home, knowing their personal belongings and expensive items are safely locked away. Here are some other critical items to bring on an off-roading trip:

  • Shovel
  • GPS and maps
  • Water
  • Food
  • Extra gasoline
  • Two-way radio
  • Tow rope

Take it slow
Once a vehicle is all set to take off road, the fun begins. Navigating rough trails and obstacles is the best part of off-roading, but it can present some challenges. That’s why it’s best to take it slow, especially when deciding how to best conquer an a boulder or make it over a stream.

A driver should always have control over a vehicle, applying pressure to the throttle slowly and decelerating smoothly. Steering should be precise, and the brakes should be used only when necessary. However, when faced with an obstacle, here’s how to pass it safely:

  • Get out of the vehicle and assess how to go about getting around it
  • If it’s a rock, log or ditch, ensure three of the wheels are always in contact with the ground
  • If its a ridge, make sure to take it straight on
  • Tires should be inflated to the proper pressure (if caught in the mud, reducing pressure could help get a vehicle unstuck)

Post-riding checks
Even when a ride is over, the off-roading experience isn’t. Motorists will want to check their vehicle thoroughly before parking it at home.

Some things to watch out for include any minor damage to the exterior of the vehicle and potential tire damage. Additionally, off-road drivers should make sure no debris is lodged under the vehicle and should double check that lights are functioning properly.

For those who follow a few simple rules, there’s no reason an off-road adventure won’t be fun and safe.

Police find great storage solutions at Tuffy.

Security boxes are perfect for cops

Police have a lot of gear to keep track of, most of which is dangerous. Therefore, they need innovative security solutions that keep weapons and equipment safe while still allowing them to be accessible.

It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes police gear can fall into the wrong hands. That’s why it’s critical to have a security box that keeps everything locked away. When Bruce Baker of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office in California was asked about how important choosing security equipment was, he noted just how important it is to keep police tactical gear locked away.

“Something that’s going to keep everybody safe,” Baker said. “I mean, that’s our No. 1 thing in law enforcement is to keep everybody safe, to make sure they go home every night to their families.”

Baker knows that in his line of work, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Police officers can keep all their gear locked away in one secure place with a security box. And best of all, this piece of equipment can be placed in the back of a vehicle or at home. Whether they need a safe location to store a shotgun or an innovative way to organize gear, a security box is the solution. Weapons and other dangerous items will not only stay out of the hands of criminals , but also children at home.

An ideal security box will be made of steel and won’t limit access to the contents within. While police officers want to stay safe when storing their equipment, they also want to be able to get their hands on weapons and other gear quickly in the event of an emergency.

Tuffy, a leader in security products
Tuffy Security Products has everything a cop will need to safely store police tactical gear. From lockboxes for hand guns to reinforced locks for doors, there’s nothing a police officer can’t keep secure with Tuffy.

And when it comes to security boxes, Tuffy reigns supreme. Their boxes have 13,800 cubic inches of storage space and large top lids that are supported by two gas lifts. Tuffy’s security box also features fully welded aluminum construction and a patented anti-twist push button lock system, ensuring police officers have easy access to their gear.

Police officers are given peace of mind, on or off the job, knowing that their weapons and gear are safely locked away in a security box.

Homeowners can keep their valuables safe with a lockbox.

Get tough on home storage with lock boxes, security products

A closet might be a convenient place to store your belonging, but it won’t stop a thief.  Too often, homeowners can avoid becoming victims of theft by getting tougher on their home storage and security systems.

Most criminals want to be in and out of a home in just minutes. They search common areas where one would assume you’d find jewelry and other expensive belongings, then they get out of there quick. Homeowners who aren’t prepared can see thousands of dollars disappear in no time. However, if they take a few preventative measures, they can minimize the financial toll of a theft.

Homeowners looking to get tough on storage are encouraged to purchase a lockbox. This innovative little item can make all the difference when a thief is around. A lockbox can be mounted into a vehicle or practically anywhere in a home where there’s room. So not only is a lockbox doing a heck of job keeping expensive items secure, but it will also keep it out of sight, depending on where it’s mounted. Homeowners have gotten creative with where they hide there lock boxes, making it impossible for a thief to find in a short amount of time, much less get it open once they’ve found it.

Lock boxes are also ideal for storing a hand gun. Homeowners can breathe easy knowing their gun is locked away, out of the reach of both criminals and children.

Tuffy has security solutions for homeowners
When it comes to a leading security products brands, no company can hold a candle to Tuffy. Their innovative products will give home and auto owners peace of mind, letting them know their valuables are safe.

Tuffy’s lockboxes are ideal for transporting and storing firearms. They allow an owner to safely lock a gun away, while still enabling them to quickly access the weapon with a push button combination.

In addition to its popular lockboxes, Tuffy has a wide array of security solutions homeowners are sure to love. A mini safe is perfect for storing larger items in a home. While a lockbox can be concealed more easily , a mini safe can be ideal in offering both more secure storage space and a subtle location to hide belongings. With any of Tuffy’s products, homeowners can rest assured that their valuables aren’t going anywhere.

Be prepared before taking off for a hike this summer.

Tips for staying safe while hiking this summer

Summer is here in much of the country, and that means more Americans are heading out into the wilderness for some hiking. This time of year is perfect to escape - a long, cold winter had many dormant this year, but now is the time to get out and have an adventure.

However, when it comes to hiking, it’s always important to take precautions and make sure to have the proper supplies on hand.

Be prepared
The most critical advice for hiking is to come prepared. Hikers will want to create a list of items they plan on bringing on a trip. As a hiking trip pits man against nature, it’s essential to have the proper tools to keep safe.

  • First-aid kit: Hikers will want to bring along a kit of medical supplies and other essentials. While they might think they are just headed out on a casual jaunt, not having a well-stocked first-aid kit could mean all the difference if something were to go wrong.
  • Security products: Whether they are leaving valuables in their vehicle while they head out on a hike or they are bringing them along, it’s always a good idea to have a lockbox to keep valuables safe. Certain items such as medication or firearms might even be critical for hikers, so  it’s all the more important to keep them secure.
  • Proper clothing: Depending on where a person plans on hiking, they will want to bring extra clothing. The desert can be extremely hot during the day but temperatures plummet at night, which is why hikers and off-roading enthusiasts are advised to dress in layers. Hikers will need the proper clothing to keep themselves comfortable.

Avoid heat exhaustion
Hiking is a strenuous activity. And now that the weather is warming up, it’s even more brutal on the body. Hikers will want to do everything they can to stay hydrated and avoid heat exhaustion. That means bringing more than enough water and making sure not to overwork a body on a hike. Dehydration can set in quickly. If a hiker happens to fall victim to this, it’s important to seek shade, take a break and drink plenty of water.

Don’t assume devices will work
While many hikers these days feel confident going further because they have a phone in their pocket, this little device shouldn’t be considered a lifeline. Phones break, run out of battery and cell phone service in the woods is often nonexistent. The best advice is to act like a phone is not even there.

Adventurers will be amazed what Mother Nature has to offer than an iPhone can’t.