An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so Cadillac is rolling some new anti-theft technology into it's flagship Escalade. While the 'Sclade is pretty long-in-the-tooth these days, it's still one of the most stolen vehicles extant.

The new security features include a new encryption system for the key, key cylinder and ignition system, a beefier steering column lock, an inclination sensor to sound an alarm when the vehicle gets towed, a shock sensor, and a new wheel lock system. And of course, Escalades already come with OnStar, which is capable of remotely locking the ignition and tracking the vehicle if it does go missing.

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Cadillac Enhances 2012 Escalade Security Features
Luxury SUV no longer a pushover for push-away or towing thieves


DETROIT – Just underneath the surface of the 2012 Cadillac Escalade are new security enhancements developed to combat thieves who have pushed and towed the segment-leading luxury SUV to the top of annual most-stolen vehicle lists.

The Escalade is already well-protected against typical drive-away grand theft auto through existing security features and standard OnStar security technology.

"The goal is to make the Escalade a very difficult target for thieves without any added inconvenience for customers," said Bill Biondo, General Motors' global leader for vehicle theft prevention. "The new systems work in the background and few people realize they are there, but they are strong added protections."

The 2012 security enhancements:
  • PASS Key 3+, a sophisticated encryption system for the key, key cylinder and ignition system (Deters: Drive-away thefts)
  • A more-robust steering column-lock system that makes it nearly impossible to maneuver the Escalade onto a flatbed. (Deters: "push-away" thefts)
  • An available inclination sensor that sets off an alarm when the system senses an unwarranted change of the angle of the vehicle, such as would occur with towing, flat-bedding or lifting the vehicle. (Deters: towing, push-away, and wheel thefts)
  • An available shock sensor intended to reduce content theft and push-away theft by sounding the alarm when the vehicle is "shocked," such as by breaking window glass. (Deters: Property theft)
  • An available new wheel lock system to help prevent the theft of Escalade's wheels and tires.
OnStar provides standard additional security with a remote ignition lock that can prevent the vehicle from starting if a break-in is detected. If a vehicle is stolen, OnStar can also provide vehicle location and remotely slow the vehicle down to assist law enforcement in vehicle recovery.

"Combined, these technologies comprise one of the most-extensive sets of theft-deterrent measures available for this type of vehicle and meet or exceed security specifications among global vehicle security analysts," Biondo said.

The new inclination sensors will make it more difficult to push or tow an Escalade undetected. Undetected thefts and break-ins will also be more difficult with the added shock sensors and locking devices.

"These types of innovative theft prevention technologies are a significant step in helping to reduce vehicle thefts," said Joe Wehrle, president and CEO of the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Cadillac and Biondo continually work with U.S. law enforcement agencies to help educate police agencies on the various GM theft prevention systems and to learn the latest tactics used by auto thieves.

"We listen and analyze real-world security information from law enforcement so we can continue to develop effective theft deterrent solutions for our customers," said Biondo.

Protecting Yourself Against Grand Theft Auto

Security technologies are an important part of the chess game between law enforcement and car thieves, but drivers are the primary defense against break-ins and thefts. To better keep you and your vehicle secure:
  • Do not leave valuables unattended in unlocked cars, or in plain sight
  • Park vehicles in well-lit areas or inside locked garages
  • Don't leave cars running with the keys in the ignition.
  • Do not defeat the ignition/key cylinder immobilizers with aftermarket remote- start systems
  • Always lock your vehicle with the key fob, which also sets the alarm system
  • Use wheel locks with premium wheels
  • Do not leave driver's license, registration or insurance certificate in your car
  • Purchase a vehicle with OnStar or the aftermarket OnStar FMV mirror, which will enable your vehicle to be tracked if stolen.
Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com.


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      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      the attack dog option still not available
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      Although it's the complete opposite in every way from cars I think we should be driving, I still quite like the Escalade. It's big and brash and over-the-top it should really be the Fleetwood 75 Station Wagon.
        Pj Taintz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        we should be driving whatever makes us happy.....
      • 3 Years Ago
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      50 AKA Ferrari
      • 3 Years Ago
      Escalades are for the idiots. Just don't buy one and you never have to worry about your car getting stolen.
        ejjljjr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @50 AKA Ferrari
        People who call others idiot for having and Escalade are the ones who are jealous and drive a Ford Escort. Nice screen name! Maybe you can afford one in two life times!
          clquake
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ejjljjr
          The Escalade consistently ranks as the worst luxury vehicle still being produced. Everyone I know has traded theirs in for another luxury brand, and they all warned me about it when I was shopping for an suv.
      Andrew L
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who the hell calls it a 'Sclade???
        artandcolour2010
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew L
        lol. the tragically unhip who still think it's cool to be hip.
        Greg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew L
        I remember Brock Yates (auto journalist) used to refer to the Cadillac as the " 'Slade " back when he was writing for Car & Driver in 2004. I think he was writing about how he thought it was so unusual to see people in hybrid cars driving by him giving him thumbs up while he was driving a Hummer H2 and how he assumed that kids looking at his vehicle going by probably thought he was in some rappers 'Slade.
      Stinkyboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would any one steal this thing. the first stop would be the gas station.
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Cadillac Tahoe.
      Christopher Seligman
      • 3 Years Ago
      im glad that Cadillac is addressing those issues with the Escalades but in no way is any of those security measures new. Even my 2003 M3 has an inclination sensor and it even has a motion sensor in the car to detect any changes within the cabin and my car is 9 years old! i was really hoping they would be more innovative with their security precautions.
      Gorgenapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      None of these features will deter a determined thief. I just looked up the Escalade to see why it was the most stolen, suffice to say that there is nothing GM can do.
        Greg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        The only way to stop stolen Cadillac Escalades is to stop manufacturing them.
      clquake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did I just step back in time? Aren't these features from the late 80's?
      schwy
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Escalade never had a shock sensor on its security alarm? Even my 7 year old Mazda 6 had one.
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @schwy
        My 1995 Audi has one. And a steering column lock. And locking lugnuts.
      DC Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      The best theft deterrent is to not buy a blinged out Escalade if you live in the 'hood. #moneybetterspentelsewhere
        EJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DC Mike
        I haven't really seen any Ford F-250 crew cab four-wheel-drives in the hood, and that was the 2nd most stolen vehicle....
          DC Mike
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EJ
          You just proved my point. It's not blinged out and parked in the 'hood... Hence, second place.
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