This isn't news but it's new to me, so I may have some of this wrong. Please post up if you have better info. I'm also wondering whether this might apply to any version of MINI...I'm not familiar with the start/ignition systems on the newer models. Seems BMW theft has been pretty severe recently in Europe. A thief plugs his custom key fob code scanner into your OBD-II port, steals the code, and then programs a blank fob and drives away in your car. Takes about 3 minutes. Based on what I've read this may be a Europe-only issue: Speculation says BMWs are hardest hit because of a larger available supply of blank BMW fobs in Europe. BMW USA claim blank fob access isn't an issue here because they control the US fob supply centrally and only distribute them, one at a time, through the dealer network based on specific, immediate need. BMW owners groups are understandably upset that the problem has been going on for some time with only vague recognition acknowledged by BMW. BMW recently announced a fix for the problem, but according to this article the fix comes with new issues/challenges: BMW PUTS THE OBD FIX IN (PistonHeads.com) You might think the thieves would be foiled in advance of gaining access to the OBD port since they first need to gain entry to the vehicle, but there are surprises (well, surprising to me...) there as well. Apparently thieves can get their hands on jammers that will jam the door locking signal from your fob. If they want to steal your car they set up the jammer nearby where you normally park. You close the door and push the door lock button on your fob as you walk away but the doors don't lock. Easy access. Then there's the good old break the door glass option. Some owners figure their expensive factory alarm system will stop this form of intrusion but apparently those factory systems have blind spots, including one that allows sneaky access to the OBD port without tripping the alarm!