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FBI agent has guns stolen from vehicle

Law enforcement officers are always encouraged to keep their guns in a lockbox inside their home and vehicles as an FBI agent recently learned the hard way what that not properly storing weapons can be detrimental.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police in North Carolina received a report from the FBI that one of their agents had handguns and ammunition stolen from a vehicle parked in south Charlotte. The car was parked in a hotel lot and was broken into early Thursday morning.

Local and federal officials are investigating the crime, and encourage anyone with further information on the crime to get in touch with the Charlotte FBI at 704-672-6100.

The lockbox difference
Police officers and federal agents are encouraged to purchase lock boxes for their weapons. Theses security products can make all the difference when it comes to keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals.

A lockbox can be mounted inside the trunk of  car, not only keeping a gun safely locked away, but also keeping the weapon out of sight from a potential thief. Likewise, lock boxes can be hidden and mounted anywhere inside a home, making it hard for criminals or children to locate them.

Accessing a gun is still easy
While many law enforcement officials might forgo a lockbox over fear that they might not be able to access the weapon quickly in the event of an emergency, Tuffy Security Products has them covered.

Tuffy’s lock boxes feature an innovative design that allows owners near-instant access to the inside of a box. The way this is possible is through Tuffy’s pushbutton combination lock that doesn’t require a key. Where a criminal would find it impossible to get inside a lockbox, in a matter of seconds, a police officer will have access to their gun.

Lock boxes offer peace of mind

Often the worst part about having valuables stolen isn’t actually being robbed of those items, it’s the peace of mind that gets taken from you, changing your thought process everyday. Where you might have never considered the safety of items in your vehicle, after a theft, you’re unable to think about anything else. That’s the primary reason you should look into a lockbox.

Being the victim of theft is a terrible experience. Not only is it an inconvenience, but your trust has been violated. A place you once considered to be a safe haven is now robbed of that title, and a home or vehicle might not feel the same after you know a criminal has been there. However, whether you have been the victim of a crime or are just looking to avoid it at all costs, a lockbox will give you peace of mind.

Auto owners can breathe easy and get a full night’s sleep knowing that expensive valuables are now secure and locked away in a mounted lockbox in the trunk of a vehicle. Likewise, homeowners don’t have to think about pricey valuables disappearing from their home when they have a lockbox stashed somewhere safe.

Even a camping trip can benefit from a lockbox. Where a long hike might be spent worried about gear back a campsite, a lockbox will ensure everything is there when you return. Possessions can always be replaced but peace of mind doesn’t have price tag.

Home and auto owners or those who are taking a road trip are encouraged to check out Tuffy Security Products lock boxes. Their innovative designs are ideal for keeping valuables safe and giving you the peace of mind you deserve.

Demand for pickup trucks remains strong

While the automotive industry continues to see strong gains as a whole, much of these increases are due to the considerable demand for pickup trucks and SUVs.

According to recent information from Autodata, the seasonally adjusted annual sales rate reached 16.77 million units in May. The report noted that this is the third consecutive month where rates have been above 16 million, and May’s sales were 15.7 percent higher than the month before.

As the automotive industry continues to show strong growth, experts note that not every segment is having a strong performance.

“It’s interesting to look at where the winners and losers are,” said Alec Gutierrez, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book. “If there’s any weakness, it continues to be the small and mid-size sedan segments.”

Gutierrez noted that much of the gains have been due to the strong performance from pickup trucks. As the warmer weather generally brings on more construction, workers often purchase pickup trucks in high numbers to help feed this demand, and it appears this continues to be the case in 2014.

What were the top-selling trucks in May?
As trucks remain in high demand, that raises the question: What trucks do buyers want?

PickupTrucks.com recently released its monthly report on top-selling trucks, shedding light on just what pickups Americans were after in May. Here’s the list:

  1. Ford F-150 (68,520 units sold during May)
  2. Chevrolet Silverado (46,648)
  3. Ram Truck (37,131)
  4. GMC Sierra (18,326)
  5. Toyota Tacoma (13,876)
  6. Toyota Tundra (11,391)
  7. Nissan Frontier (6,662)
  8. Honda Ridgeline (1,425)
  9. Nissan Titan (1,166)

While the F-150 has been the top-selling truck for decades, sales actually fell 4.3 percent compared to the month before. However, Chevrolet posted a 7.8 percent monthly gain, while Ram Truck sales jumped 17.2 percent.

“Ram and GMC had particularly strong months and could be on track to do something this year that neither has done in a very long time – continue a string of back-to-back double-digit monthly sales improvements,” read the report from PickupTrucks.com.

Truck accessories in high demand
As trucks are currently in high demand, so too are accessories that improve their performance. For example, those looking for increased security for their pickup are encouraged to look into a truck bed box.

These products will ensure truck owners have a safe place to store all their gear. When choosing a brand, there are no other products as innovative and safe as Tuffy Security Products.

Outdoor adventurers should be risk-averse and get a lockbox

Those who are obsessed with the outdoors likely know how important security is. When your only lifeline is a Jeep parked in the middle of the woods, it’s probably a good idea to keep it locked up. That’s why it’s important these adventurers have lock boxes to keep their gear safe.

Being risk-averse means preparing for worst-case scenarios. It’s about assessing what level of risk there is and taking preventative measures to ensure you guard against that risk. For example, if you travel with a gun, that is high-risk, and it’s essential to keep it locked away. Whether it’s to keep it out of the hands of children or thieves, having a lockbox for a gun is a must-have for traveling. These products can be also mounted inside a vehicle. You are given peace of  mind while exploring , knowing a gun is safely locked away and mounted in the trunk. Not to mention, if you want quick access, that option is there as a push button combination is all you need to get to the contents of a lockbox.

These products are also perfect for storing expensive items. Where someone with just the shirt on their back likely doesn’t have much to lose, those who are traveling with pricey equipment do. An off-road lover might have a customized vehicle or motorcycle with gear that needs to be safely stored. A GPS device can expensive as well as important to your safety. Therefore, if it were stolen, you could run into significant problems.

If you are an avid traveler, it’s important you assess your level of risk and invest in products that will protect you. Lock boxes are just one solution Tuffy Security Products provides for outdoor adventurers to keep their gear safe.

Lock boxes built to endure off-road conditions

An off-road trip can be hard on gear. Constantly loading and unloading a vehicle along with trekking through the mud and water can cause a lot of wear and tear to supplies. That’s why having a lockbox is essential.

These products are designed with off-road conditions in mind. For example, if a Jeep owner installed a snorkel on their vehicle, it’s likely they’ll be heading into some deep water. Where a vehicle might be ready to take a dip through a river, gear might not. However, those with rugged security products don’t have to worry about expensive items getting damaged. A security lockbox can be mounted just about anywhere in a vehicle, helping owners keep valuables safe and in a discreet location.

Those who love to go off road will be given peace of mind when they leave their vehicles unattended, as well. A lockbox allows them to enjoy their trip out in the wilderness and not spend time worrying about equipment. It’s nice to be able to have a safe place to store a smartphone or GPS, but the luxury of knowing items are safe is truly the reason to get a lockbox. Not to mention, having gear stolen or damaged can be detrimental to a trip, if not down right dangerous. The GPS might have got someone in the woods, but after it was stolen, how will they get out?

Need even more storage space?
A lockbox can be great for storing smaller items, but what if an off-road adventurer is heading out for a weekend camping trip and they need more space for their gear? Well, larger security products are there to suit their needs.

A security box is the product these individuals are looking for. It will fit seamlessly into the back of a vehicle, giving owners plenty of room to store all their camping supplies and other items. Instead of leaving gear in a vehicle for all the world to see, a security box will keep everything neatly organized, locked up and out of sight. A thief won’t be tempted to break into a vehicle when they see a steel security box mounted inside.

And when it comes to leading security products there is no name that is more recognizable than Tuffy. Their lock boxes and security boxes are perfect for those who are off-road explorers.

Jeep had its best-selling month ever in May

Jeep recorded more sales in May than any other month in its 73-year history, the company reported. According to the automaker, global sales hit 100,207 while U.S. figures reached 70,203, both of which are the highest numbers ever posted in a month.

“After setting back-to-back annual sales records the past two years, the Jeep brand has now set three consecutive monthly sales records – topping 100,000 global sales and 70,000 U.S. sales in May,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO of Jeep.  “It is clear that customers across the globe value the unique balance of legendary 4×4 capability and significantly improved fuel efficiency and on-road driving dynamics that the Jeep SUV lineup delivers.  We look forward to continuing Jeep sales momentum in 2014, especially as the all-new Renegade arrives in Europe in the fourth quarter.”

Things just keep getting better for Jeep. In April it posted global sales of 85,404 and U.S. sales of 59,974, following global sales of 82,430 and U.S. sales of 57,983 in March.

Jeep won’t stop innovating
While consumers continue to seek Jeep vehicles in high numbers in 2014, it appears that strong demand won’t stop with the automaker’s plans for the future. Later this year, Jeep will be releasing the Renegade, and what it calls its most capable small sport utility vehicle.

“The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade symbolizes the brand’s renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment,” said Mike Manley, president and chief executive of Jeep Brand. “Renegade expands the brand’s product portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment with a best-in-class combination of fuel efficiency and off-road capability while at the same time delivering outstanding driving dynamics and the open-air freedom customers expect from Jeep.”

However, that’s just one of a few big moves Jeep is making in the near future. The automaker is also giving its Cherokee a major update, which is set to be released in 2015. In addition, Jeep has made plans to re-release the Grand Wagoneer, which will be available in mid-2018.

Demand rises for Jeep security products
As Jeep vehicles are highly sought after these days, owners are encouraged to look into products that help with security. Whether it’s adding Jeep parts and accessories such as reinforced locks or a roof rack for cargo room, there is no shortage of options when it comes to innovative storage solutions for Jeeps.

Ontario, California Truck and Jeep Fest this upcoming weekend

In a matter of days, thousands of truck and Jeep aficionados will be heading to Ontario, California for Truck and Jeep Fest. The event will be held June 7th and 8th and will feature custom trucks and Jeeps, a number of products available for purchase, food, entertainment and fun.

Event attendees can expect to see a wide array of one-of-a-kind vehicles, with truck and Jeep owners showing off their custom-built rides. In addition, the event will include a number of product demonstrations, manufacturers to talk to, installation discounts, factory-direct pricing and giveaways every hour. There will be more than $100,000 in on-site inventory available for purchase, so truck and Jeep owners should come ready to add some performance to their vehicles.

Trucks and Jeeps are unlike any other vehicles, and so they need custom accessories that will help improve their performance. For example, a Jeep Wrangler might have a soft top, making security an issue.

However, certain Jeep parts and accessories are available to help keep belongings safe. A Jeep owner is given peace of mind when they are away from their vehicle, knowing a security console is keeping their items locked away. The same unique product offerings are available for truck owners. For those who use their truck for work, a truck bed organizer is the ideal product for security and storage. No longer do truck owners have to worry about keeping their gear safe, as these organizers come equipped with strong locks. Not only will a truck owner be better organized on the job, but they essentially are given a mobile storage unit in the bed of their vehicle to keep their belongings safe.

Those attending the Ontario Truck and Jeep Fest are encouraged to look at security products offered by Tuffy, an industry leader when it comes to offering innovative designs for trucks and Jeeps.

Overland Expo featured innovative gear and activities

Those who were fortunate enough to attend the Overland Expo outside of Flagstaff, Arizona had plenty to keep them busy throughout the weekend. From the latest in lockbox designs for Jeep owners to an off-road Land Rover course, the Overland Expo was a hit.

Hosted at Mormon Lake Lodge, event-goers were able to take in the beauty of the ponderosa pine country of Arizona while conversing with other outdoor enthusiasts, checking out the latest gear and taking part in some great activities. The drive into the secluded expo allowed adventurers to an unbeatable view of where this event takes place. Known as the largest natural lake in Arizona, Mormon Lake’s water level has dropped throughout the years, allowing overlanders to set up shop in the middle of May where water once was.

The vast and picturesque scenery, combined with wildlife in the area, made Mormon Lake the ideal location for the expo. Upon arrival, those in attendance drove by Mormon Lake Lodge, a quaint western steakhouse and saloon where cowboys are hard at work all year round. And while there were plenty of horses at the lodge, the expo featured a few more creative ways to travel the earth than on a four-legged animal. Before even being able to park, it was impossible for event-goers not to notice the plethora of amazing vehicles.

Ranging from minimalist Winnebago campers to the latest six-figure priced overlanding vehicles, the expo saw attendees and equipment from all walks of life. From innovative homemade designs – putting tents on top of just about any vehicle one could think of – to adventure motorcycles outfitted to travel for thousands of miles, there was no shortage of rides to admire. However, it was machines like EarthCruiser’s expedition vehicle that truly turned heads.

“American outdoor enthusiasts are asking for much more than just a camper stuck onto the back of a four wheel drive truck,” said Lance Gillies, executive of EarthCruiser. “This is a serious expedition vehicle that has been recognized around the globe for engineering and design features that provide safe, exceptional comfort and capable travel.”

Activities galore
One could have spent their entire trip at the Overland Expo marveling at the vehicles, but there was plenty more to do. An endless amount of classes, from outdoor survival to cooking classes, were perfect for those looking to get educated on the lifestyle of an overlander. And the expo had plenty of entertainment for these personalities.

A motorcycle arena, featuring a wide array of off-road obstacles, gave motorcycle attendees opportunities to show off their rides. Even those who didn’t have their own vehicle were encouraged to get behind the wheel of the Land Rover or Range Rover of their choice and navigate some tough terrain. After a number of hills, twists and turns, the Land Rover course culminated in a driver going up on three wheels to navigate the final obstacle, accompanied by an experienced instructor, of course.

Vendors for the gear enthusiast
Aside from the enjoyment derived from the atmosphere of the event and wide array of activities to enjoy, those in attendance at the Overland Expo got to shop for and learn about the latest outdoor gear. From Benchade knives to an on-the-go grill known as the Grub Hub, there was plenty of products to enjoy.

However, when it came to leading security equipment at the event, the vast amount of Jeep owners and outdoor enthusiasts crowded the Tuffy Security products tent. A mounted lockbox to keep valuables safe in an otherwise vulnerable vehicle resonated with Jeep owners looking to improve security.

Whether it was the selection of handmade sodas or the debut of the Ram Power Wagon, the Overland Expo had something for everyone.

Get tough on vehicle and home security with mini safes and lockboxes

Whether you’ve just had a break in or you are trying to take measures to avoid one, there are ways to prevent thieves from making off with your belongings.

Your house and car are likely the two primary places you keep valuables, and therefore, they’re likely targets for criminals. As such, it’s essential to ramp up security.

A home
Improving security in a home is essential to protecting your family and personal items. Your peace of mind will be jeopardized after a break in, and you may never feel safe again. That’s why taking measures now to improve security is the ideal solution.

  • Reinforce doors: Homeowners are encouraged to install kick proof doors into their home. Certain wood or fiber glass doors might make it easy for a criminal to break into a home. Reinforced steel, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. In addition to stronger doors, homeowners are also encouraged to install a dead bolt lock.
  • Secure windows: It’s also a good idea to install stronger security window film. Where certain windows make it easy for a thief to get inside a home, some manufacturers offer a film that can resist anything a criminal will try to break a window with.
  • Lock items away: While it’s best to try and keep a criminal out of a home at all possible costs, sometimes they still find their way in, so it’s important to be prepared. A mini safe will keep valuable items secure in the event of an intrusion. While they are most likely searching for valuable items laying around the house, like jewelry or electronics, a homeowner can simply lock them away in a mini safe that is mounted to the wall and deter the impact of the crime.

A vehicle
Another popular target for thieves is a vehicle. Prowlers will go after a vehicle they think has expensive items or will be an easy mark for theft. However, vehicle owners can take a few precautions to avoid becoming a victim.

  • Install an alarm: While it might sound obvious, equipping a vehicle with an alarm will not only help notify you that your car is being broken into, but it can also deter the crime from taking place at all. Thieves will see a little blinking light inside a car and a sticker that says an alarm has been installed and will keep moving.
  • Add a lockbox: Another great item to install in a car is a lockbox. Vehicle owners can mount this product in their car or truck, keeping valuable items out of sight and locked away. A lockbox can make all the difference in giving an owner the confidence in storing their personal items in their vehicle.
  • Keep the spare keys separate: Too often owners keep a spare set of keys hidden in a car, and too often it’s stolen as a result. Vehicle owners should keep their extra keys hidden or with a loved one in order to prevent theft. Getting tough on security means avoiding habits like these, which criminals will take advantage of.

Jeep lovers love Tuffy Security Products

Whether they are headed on an off-road adventure or just parking their vehicle for work, Jeep owners turn to Tuffy Security Products to keep their items safe.

Considering many Jeep models have open tops, security can be an issue for owners. Someone who owns a Wrangler can’t leave a laptop or cell phone in their vehicle over fear it might get stolen. However, with innovative Jeep parts and accessories from Tuffy Security Products, owners never have to worry again.

Jeeps are ideal for off-roading, so naturally their owners want to push the limits of their vehicle, heading deeper into the woods or taking a road they’ve never gone down before. However, no matter where they are in the world, security can be an issue, and keeping items – like passports while you’re in a different country – locked away is critical. That’s why Jeep owners love Tuffy products. They have the wide array of selections and unique designs made specifically for Jeeps, which owners know they can trust.

Some of their security solutions include a tailgate enclosure, lockable glove box, rear cargo aluminum storage box or a security storage trunk. The list goes on as the security options for Jeep owners are vast with Tuffy.

Tuffy makes it easy for any owners looking for the right products for their vehicle, and that goes double for Jeep owners as the company has so many options. All an owner has to do is plug the make, model and year of their vehicle into Tuffy’s website, and they will provide a list of all the available products.

Lockboxes will be a popular option, as they can be mounted to the inside of any vehicle, and Jeep owners have a lot to choose from when it comes to security.