Eh, I don't trust my smart BRABUS rims in any sketchy neighborhood. The locking lugs are just as effective for a smart as they are for any other car.Well, it depends on what you're looking for.
Someone who is determined to get your wheels will get them regardless if they're locked or not. The tools to get locks off are hilariously cheap and the locks can be defeated with some cheap household tools.
But some inexperienced thief would likely skip the wheels and just vandalize your car.
In the case for smarts, I think wheel locks are more of a placebo effect.
Just so ya know, they're not stealing them to resell them. They're stealing them to sell them as scrap to fund their drug habit.Not a big demand for smart alloy wheels.
The McGard locking wheel bolts for my smart came with a card imprinted with identifying information one could use to order another key. I ordered a spare. I keep them in separate places. I think your dealer needs a reality check...nothing is done at random in the manufacturing world.It is not like you can replace the key, as the blanks are all done/cut at random the dealership said.
I agree that nothing will stop a determined theft, but to be frank one doesn't have to be that determined to steal a smart car wheel. Since the wheels are just held on by 3 lug bolts (4 on a model 453) and they are bolts not nuts, one doesn't even have to jack up a smart car to get the wheels off. All you need is a 17mm socket wrench which is easy to conceal in a jacket.After watching the guy break them off in the manner he did, I believe it is sort of a "feel good" approach to believe that they keep a determined thief from stealing a tire and wheel if they want it bad enough. They sure didn't keep him from removing them quickly, as he had them off in a pretty quick timeframe that day. If they make you feel secure, then fine, but for me they simply were more of a pain than anything good at the time.