Probably not much of a worry anyway, as the young types who are the most likely to steal your car cannot drive a manual transmission equipped car, lol. And, as I mentioned before, they would never find that almost invisible hood release lever.
You can most likely fix your ARC by installing the higher power 5V chip, and also clean the multiconnectors on the back of the ARC module, and the ARC computer. It is possible though that the computer itself is going. A few years ago I had to try two different used computers to get the ARC to work correctly. I did install the better 5V device previously. During our cold weather here recently, well, cold for here, ~25F, the ARC did act up, but I think it was just poor/dirty/loose cable connections. As soon as the car was turned off and restarted, everything was fine again. It works properly now with warmer weather.
89 Milano (wife's daily driver since 1989, Shankle Sport)
91 164S (my daily driver since 1994)
94 164LS (~Q) (trip Alfa since 2000)
72 Morgan 27 (water time since 1976)
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 03-12-2017 at 08:25 PM.