The Highway Loss Data Institute recently named the Cadillac Escalade one of the most stolen cars in America and GM has a new response, upgrade the anti-theft system. The biggest reason the Escalade remains a top target for thieves is because it looks nice and feels good when driving. The 2011 Cadillac Escalade was number one in segment in J.D. Power’s initial quality study, and the Cadillac brand is consistently among the top 10 overall.
The Escalade has been known as one of the most stolen cars for a few years now and GM has been working diligently to improve the security and lower the ranking of the Cadillac SUV. So far the progress has yielded favorable results with overall Escalade thefts coming down each year since 2009. The car currently has a complex cryptographic immobilizer system call PASS Key 3+, which has been greatly successful in thwarting theft, and the steering column lock system has helped to prevent push away type thefts.
On Star, which is available in most Cadillac’s can help when a car is stolen by immobilizing the car remotely and locating the vehicle using on-board GPS. Check out the video below to see how On-Star can assist the police in recovering stolen vehicles.
New for the 2012 Cadillac Escalade
GM plans to improve the steering lock column, making it nearly impossible to maneuver the Escalade. GM will also offer an inclination sensor that will set off an alarm when the system detects a change in the angle of the vehicle. Shock sensors will help to reduce both content theft and push away theft by sounding the alarm when the car is “shocked,” such as by breaking glass. And lastly a new wheel lock system will prevent theft of the Escalade’s wheels and tires.