The theft protection female part sits in the cone of the spare tire winch. The matching male tip (with a pattern like a theft protection lug nut) should be attached to a rod in your tool kit. If it’s not, you’ll likely have to go to a dealer or bang on it like some other threads here describe. But if you’re just getting rid of the spare then you can use a hacksaw and/or tin snips to cut the tire down then remove the winch from the cross member via the 4 nuts on top. Make sure you have something under tire to support it when you cut it (like a jack, 5 gal bucket, my yeti cooler , etc).What is theft protection thing look like and where is it located?