The long-standing issue is that people take a screwdriver, pop the lock cylinder and then slide open the lock in mere seconds. While there are aftermarket "fixes" like this
, they really only help after the initial damage is done. That initial damage gets expensive, regardless of they got in or not. From that aftermarket company, it would seem to suggest that this problem has been present on Ford pickups from at least 1997-2020. I just don't know if Ford has changed something on the 2022 Lightning that would change how people break in so easily, and make them less likely to try. Alarms can help prevent the GTA, but the damage is already done to the door.
For more background on this issue in Ford pickups, there are about a zillion threads over at both f150forum.com and also ford-trucks.com, where people discuss this topic extensively. Here are two example of such discussions, but there are endless other examples:
2015 - 2020 Ford F150 - Break In Through Driver Door Lock - At least according to SAPD, Ford trucks are the easiest to break into. Just got finished with police reports, dusting for prints etc... Apparently the thieves only needed to pry up the driver's-side door handle and then they just...
2017+ Super Duty - BROKEN into last night, you are not gonna like this - The truck broke into last night around 12:30 they might have heard me coming as they only got some money (car wash quarters) and that was it...It was late and dark I did not notice, everything looked normal in the dim...
When I look at the photos of the door handle where the lock cylinder is located on the 2022 Lightning, it seems different. I was just hoping for more info from someone who knows more than I do about this model.