Originally Posted by noventa
maybe they figure it's more efficient to just hand out some free locks rather than chase opportunistic car thieves down the street.
Yes, but car thieves are thieves.
So, even assuming that every body that owns these cars take one(they won't) and uses it(nope) that thief isn't just going to say, "fuck it, guess its back to work for me tomorrow".
They either hit another car, or a house or something else, so you will see no decrease in crime, but we spent what, tens of thousands providing you with the "Government Club".
It's a waste of money. Pure and simple. From a group of bureaucrats that are in the business of wasting money. And they waste it because we keep giving it to them.