Technology is both wondrous and frightening. The influx of high technology in the auto space means fighting off bad actors looking to ruin your day – like someone stealing your Cadillac Escalade or any other GM car, for that matter. That’s a dumb and dangerous move if the General Motors vehicle is equipped with OnStar and the vehicle is subscribed to a plan with Stolen Vehicle Assistance.
OnStar Stolen Vehicle Assistance is comprised of several services designed to stop a criminal from making off with your car for good. Stolen Vehicle Assistance includes:
- Stolen Vehicle Slowdown – disabling the stolen vehicle’s engine and gradually slows the vehicle to an idle speed.
- Remote Ignition Block – prevents a vehicle’s engine from restarting.
- Theft Alarm Notification – can notify owners if their vehicle’s alarm sounds after the doors are electronically locked.
Together, the three are designed to prevent the stolen vehicle from disappearing while helping law enforcement officers recover the car safely.
The ad seen here highlights the benefits of the OnStar Stolen Vehicle Assistance suite at a time when vehicle thefts across the U.S. hit an eight-year high in 2017, as we reported earlier this week. However, it should be noted that vehicle thefts in 2017 were still half of what they were in 1998. Either way, discovering your vehicle has been stolen has to be a violent punch to the gut. But OnStar and its plethora of services and features hope to stop would-be criminals from getting far.