General Motors and the Detroit Police Department will work together to use OnStar roadside assistance services to track down stolen and carjacked vehicles more quickly, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said they can now begin tracking cars and trucks with OnStar as soon as a police officer at the scene verifies the vehicle has been stolen. It replaces the previous method which required car owners to fill out a stolen vehicle report and provide the report numbers to OnStar before the communication service would relay the GPS location.
Craig told reporters Wednesday that usually by the time all that’s done, “the car is probably being stripped and we recover a stripped vehicle.”
According to Detroit Free Press data, about 13,000 car thefts have been reported in Detroit through to the end of November 2013.