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You know, I think you're in fairly limited company thinking this is a significant issue.

1)Don't leave important stuff in your car--whether with a valet or not it's a good rule of thumb, but if you know you'll be using a valet just plan ahead or take the expensive stuff with you. If you must leave expensive stuff in the car then don't valet park, lock the car, use the tonno (never can spell it right) cover and noone will know there's anything there.

2)Any lame little lock Toyota or anyone else could provide would be easily defeated with a crowbar or a screw driver and you'd still be out in the cold.

3)At best such a lock would give you a false sense of security and probably increase your chances of having something valuable taken b/c you wouldn't follow the guidelines in #1 above.

4)Most valets are honest, unless you go to some really seady places. The decent places are insured if you can prove something was taken, but you should probably have personal property insurance on stuff like computers and cameras and such that you'd be prone to leave in that compartment anyway.

5)Use the compartment for what it was designed, store the tonno cover, maybe a dirty rag for checking the oil, perhaps a spare tool set, etc. And live by #1 above.

6)If I got a survey and was asked about an item like this I'd advise against it. I love not needing a key for my prius and if there was a lock I'd likely lose the key or have to carry one I don't want to carry.

Your previous post had several suggestions for implementing your own lock. I suggest you see if those will work out for you.

I'm not trying to bash you, and I suppose you've got some good personal reasons for feeling this is important to you. But I routinely carry upwards of $10,000 in camera gear in my car at a time. I promise you I'd feel no more secure leaving that in the 'locked' compartment than I would just sitting in the back. If someone knows it's there, and wants it, they'll get it. If they don't know it's there but break in looking for 'something', they'll find it, locked compartment or not. If they don't know it's there and don't want to randomly break in then whether that compartment is locked or not is mute. I hope you can follow that logic flow.
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Lemme soften my initial response a bit. I certainly wouldn't mind if a lock was added, or offered as a port/dealer option for a small price. I agree with you on the 'sticky fingers' issue. Something small left back there you wouldn't even notice was gone for days unless you specifically checked as it is. I guess my main feeling/point is that you posted this thread in bold face and put it forth as a significant issue/fault with the current car. And I just don't see it like that. Gimme a working fuel guage, a tilt seat, a little more driver leg room, factory/port XM radio....those are bold face "Toyota needs to hear about this" issues, to me, with this car.

As you say, I'd certainly consider a lock as a nice little touch/accessory if offered and might even use it from time to time.
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