I've seen & read instances of this before, but here's 2 examples of how having a manual tranny makes your vehicle more theft resistant.
Wait until your knees go bad, automatic is a blessing, I drove standards until it hurt, now I have an auto truck. I still have one standard toy, 1996 Jeep TJ. Another reason a manual is great is you can bump start it with an almost dead battery and a little slope in the driveway.And folks wonder why I own a 33 year old truck and 29 year old Camaro both with Manual Transmissions! Hell half my Drivers Ed students that have been watching Mom and Dad drive an automatic for the last 15 years dont even know how to start a car or put an automatic in gear, lol!
Every one my family has ever owned has that capability. Maybe the CVTs or dial-o-matics don't?Some you can, some you can’t.