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It toke many years to afford one of these side by sides and I feel very fortunate to be able to use it for work and play. I guess when we get older our toys get bigger and way more expensive. I often worry now that these 30 thousand dollar rigs are an easy target for thieves.

What are some ideas to prevent theft besides locking it up in your garage and taking the keys out? Thanks for any ideas. I thought one way to use the winch to anchor on to another vehicle with a lock. Its a pain to jump on and go!
 

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I keep mine in a locked garage. I could chain it to a heavy duty eye bolt cemented in the floor for just this reason. If they want it bad enough, they will get it. I suggest insurance!
 

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It toke many years to afford one of these side by sides and I feel very fortunate to be able to use it for work and play. I guess when we get older our toys get bigger and way more expensive. I often worry now that these 30 thousand dollar rigs are an easy target for thieves.

What are some ideas to prevent theft besides locking it up in your garage and taking the keys out? Thanks for any ideas. I thought one way to use the winch to anchor on to another vehicle with a lock. Its a pain to jump on and go!
You bring up a great point, and thank you for asking for ideas.

My first thought is to put in a concealed kill switch, or series of switches, to interrupt start power. I don‘t yet have a solution but you’ve got me thinking….

I recall seeing an ad for a remote start, which would require a fob activation to start the engine, but it costs over $400 so it’s not that high of a priority.

Page 29 of the Ride Command User’s Guide mentions the Pin Activated Security System (P.A.S.S.). Perhaps that may be a worthy option if equipped.

I can’t wait to hear from others.
 

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If thieves want it.....they will get it..and the police will tell you "it is gone and we probably wont find it ". Insurance is the best assurance .
 

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What JM said.

But if you wanted to. Just unplug the brake pressure switch on the master cylinder. Won't fire without it. Would be a good place to tap into for your concealed switch.
 

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One of those boots that go in the wheels makes it pretty difficult to steal. Given enough time without interruption anything can be stolen. The best you can do is slow them down or make it so they will hit an easier target.
 

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Get a dog. Preferably a large one. I keep my 110# Shepard in a garage that has a sliding glass door. He sits and watches all night. He'll bark at anything out of sorts. It should act as a deterrent or give you the warning you need to intervene.
 
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It toke many years to afford one of these side by sides and I feel very fortunate to be able to use it for work and play. I guess when we get older our toys get bigger and way more expensive. I often worry now that these 30 thousand dollar rigs are an easy target for thieves.

What are some ideas to prevent theft besides locking it up in your garage and taking the keys out? Thanks for any ideas. I thought one way to use the winch to anchor on to another vehicle with a lock. Its a pain to jump on and go!
I have it insured even though you get what you paid for it. I also have a hidden disconnect switch to disconnect the battery. Also have a wheel boot. Best of all I have 2 WiFi trail cams, one at the driveway entrance and one pointed at the garage, that sends me pics a couple of minutes after it take the picture.
 

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It toke many years to afford one of these side by sides and I feel very fortunate to be able to use it for work and play. I guess when we get older our toys get bigger and way more expensive. I often worry now that these 30 thousand dollar rigs are an easy target for thieves.

What are some ideas to prevent theft besides locking it up in your garage and taking the keys out? Thanks for any ideas. I thought one way to use the winch to anchor on to another vehicle with a lock. Its a pain to jump on and go!
Mine's locked up in the barn with keys in house wit my 45 cal & rfile nearby. there's no way I'll let my 22 get stolen. I'm on 42 acres & if anyone is "strolling" around, they get shot. I also have theft insurance.
 

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I have it insured even though you get what you paid for it. I also have a hidden disconnect switch to disconnect the battery. Also have a wheel boot. Best of all I have 2 WiFi trail cams, one at the driveway entrance and one pointed at the garage, that sends me pics a couple of minutes after it take the picture.
If it's 2 a.m. & youre sleeping the only thing good with a trail cam is seeing your rig being carted away. What if the crooks are masked?
 

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Another option is a gps tracker with a programmable geo-fence that can send an alarm when an equipped unit is moved outside of the fence. The tracker can be programimed to sleep until outside the fence. A tracker can be hardwired or have it’s own battery, and provide programmable parameters to the recipient. These devices rely on cellular reception, so rural -area reception may be sketchy. Monthly/annual cell subscription and member rates will apply. Occasion technology updates (4G to 5G) may cause technology obsolescence and require replacement when cell companies replace their technologies. These devices aren’t terribly expensive, and will likely decrease insurance costs. These have been in use to varying degrees in commercial and agri related operations.

One should weigh not only the cost to replace their equipment, as insurance will only reimburse at published market value, but also the down time waiting for a replacement.

On that note, my dealer advised that Polaris has informed them that dealers will only be allowed to pre-order the allotted number of upper end Rangers (we only spoke about Rangers, so I am unaware if this will apply to other Polaris inventory). Thus, if a dealer is allotted one Ultimate Crew order in February, they will only accept one owner pre-order that month. I think the hint there is to either get to the dealer at the beginning of any given month, or call-order at the first of the month.
 

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Do they sell those GPS tracking units at Cabelas? That is a pretty good idea. However the thought of someone stealing it and wrecking it and getting it back and all the insurance crap is not fun. I agree with the insurance depreciates as time goes on. I already pay 5000 deductible for my farm insurance to get my premium down. Also its all the accessories added to the unit which can add thousands to the rig and impossible to get your money out. I have had my pick up stolen out of my garage in rural Manitoba so I am always pissed off and on guard about thieves. Usually it is indians from the local reserve. Dam, good for nothing !
 

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An internet search would be your best gps tracking option to learn more what may be available in your area, as there may be federal restrictions in exporting the technology out of the US. In addition, the telemetry data may be routed through a proprietary server, then to the subscriber. This could be of some help later (records) for judicial action or live monitoring by authorities.

Likewise, an internet search of major insurance companies may reveal a surprisingly low rate. As a rural farmer myself, I am watching operating costs rise and trying to be as efficient as possible. Progressive‘s online site had quoted me about $150 annual for replacement and injury costs on the 22 NS Trail Boss I hope to pick up this week.
 

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Here is an interesting option… not only does it track, but the ignition can be remotely interrupted: Starter disable for vehicles with real time GPS tracking system.

A more simple interrupt would be a stock wire connector, like a winch plug or a seat belt interrupt switch, which would look stock to the casual glance. The plug could be wired to be an open ignition circuit. An appropriately wired removable plug would have to be inserted into said plug to close the circuit and allow ignition. This type of device was popular many years ago, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is still available in the auto industry.

Yet another method would be a 12v magnetic (normally open) reed switch, concealed under the surface of a cup holder - glove box - or dash tray, the circuit would only close when a magnet is placed on the switch, allowing ignition.
 

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Its gone if they are pro's they will shoot your guard dog with silenced sub sonic ammo , then they will knock your building door off the tracks with their pickup & take every thing they want . All done in view of your camera setup your brother-in-law set up .

They will get it .

These thieves loose sleep if they are not stealing something - you are no match for a pro have INSURANCE !!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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