Examining Chevy’s New Theft Alarm Notification
We’ve seen General Motors make some minor revisions to their OnStar system over the past few years, and we learned earlier this summer that the engineers behind the software would soon be adding their most significant and important feature yet: the ‘Theft Alarm Notification.’
As long as you’re the owner of a 2014 (or later) model Chevy vehicle, you will have exclusive access to this essential tool. So the next time you’re driving your Chevrolet around Albany, New York, you won’t have to worry about your car being stolen (although, Albany is a rather safe area). Either way, your car’s OnStar System has got your covered…
The accompanying Theft Alarm Notification system will alert a car owner via text, email or phone call if their car has been broken into or stolen. Some current Chevy vehicles, including the full-size Tahoe and Suburban LT and LTZ SUVs, include the essential Theft Protection Package (no need to worry: this new notification system will integrate itself seamlessly with the already-existing technology). This means a compatible car’s alarm will sound if the vehicle is lifted off the ground, a window is broken, or unexpected motion is detected within the vehicle.
The system itself won’t notify the police, but a complementary service will. The existing Stolen Vehicle Assistance service has the ability to not only help track the stolen vehicle (via the car’s GPS), but it can subsequently alert the authorities to the car’s location. The system can even disable or decrease the speed of a stolen vehicle, allowing the police to catch up.
“Prompt response and quick awareness of theft situations give customers a greater chance to recover stolen property,” Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet’s director of truck marketing, said in a press release. “By leveraging the connection that OnStar provides, Chevrolet owners can remain in contact with their vehicle, even when it is out of sight.”
This news follows the company’s announcement that they’ll soon be using OnStar’s technology to provide drivers with prognostic vehicle data(allowing you to compare your stats to other drivers), driving habits (which could potentially be used to get a good-driver discount from your car insurance), and car-specific, money-saving coupons.
As mentioned previously, all eligible OnStar subscribers can access these services, but they’ll first need to purchase a subscription to OnStar’s Security of Guidance package. It will be available in the US and Canada in the second half of 2015.
This bit of added protection could go a long way. While automobile thefts have steadily been on the decline in the past decade, there are still close to 700,000 vehicles stolen every year.
To protect yourself from this unfortunate event, it may be in your best interest to equip your Chevy with OnStar technology. If you do not have a Chevy, what are you waiting for? Head down to DePaula Chevrolet and drive away in your new car today! We can promise it’ll be your best decision of the year.