Shows how the "Law of Unintended Consequences" always apples -- the latest case is with the case of these top of the range (and increasingly Not so top of the range) Cars that don't have old fashioned mechanical ignition keys any more.
Crooks are increasingly getting "skimmers" etc which replicate the electronic systems (apparently it's dead easy to get hold of the equipment in E.Europe, Russia, China etc) so some insurance companies have actually stopped including THEFT insurance on car policies for vehicles with this type of "(IN-)SECURITY device.
Won't bother me -- I have an old car with the old fashioned key. I t wouldn't bother me if it WAS nicked either !!!!.
What I fail to understand is how people designing this stuff didn't understand that this modern electronic system was bound to be cracked in around 10 mins flat. Most Car crime is usually "opportunistic" so Time is off the essence -- and it takes even an expert some time to break into an old fashioned locked car. Your average joy rider won't normally attack a vehicle in a busy street.
Professional gangs ("Steal to order" organised crime for example) will get their target vehicles regardless so this modern security IMO is going BACKWARDS !!!! and actually unnecessary.
Even if the vehicle is immobilised a trip to a backstreet "chop shop" will still ensure that the "crime" is profitable.
Actually one of the best CHEAP security devices was the old fashioned crook lock which hooked over the steering wheel and the brake / accelerator pedal. OK could be sawn off but as I said TIME is of the essence and people don't want to be seen on a busy street carrying out all sorts of suspicious activities on a parked car.
We need to realise that advances in technology don't always solve the problems they are supposed to. !!
(and keep your car secure please !!)