The Cadillac Escalade has been at or near the top of most-stolen and insurance-loss lists for more than seven years, until it dropped to number six earlier this year. In 2011 it was fitted with a host of new security features to address its easy-to-override features and that has brought the number of thefts down, but when eight of the ten most stolen rides are large SUVs from General Motors, no one will argue that something else needs to be done.

Thus, GM has fitted this same theft-deterring tech to the 2015 Suburban, Tahoe and Yukon. The Suburban and Tahoe will get the steering lock that the Escalade and Yukon already get, plus bolted-down third-row seats to deter thefts like this, stronger door lock cylinders and shields, and side-cut keys to inhibit picking.

Additional security measures in a Theft Protection Package can be purchased for $395, consisting of sensors on the greenhouse glass and interior, an incline/tilt sensor and added "key control systems" to make it more difficult for the men in black balaclavas to steal what you bought.

The extra content will be available in the first quarter of next year when the 2015 models get to dealerships. A press release below has more information on what's coming for the Tahoe and Suburban.
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Security Top of Mind for 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
Anti-theft advances and 360 degrees of safety designed for owners' peace of mind


DETROIT, 2013-12-19 – Customers of the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe will get a vehicle that offers a new level of security and one designed to deter thieves who target vehicle parts.

Thwarting theft was a design focus of Chevrolet's full-size SUVs. New standard features include a steering column lock that deters push-away and tow-away theft – a significant portion of today's stolen vehicle incidents; side cut keys that deter lock picking and more robust door lock cylinders and shields to prevent access with slim jims and other tools.

Also new for 2015: Creative and hidden storage, such as a compartment behind the available infotainment screen; and third-row seats that are bolted down, all but eliminating theft of third-row seats, which are removable in the current generation full-size SUVs. In 2015 models, the second and third rows fold flat to make storing cargo easier.

Available on the Tahoe's LT and LTZ models is a Theft Protection Package, which features glass breakage sensors, interior motion sensors, and an inclination/tilt sensor – all of which sound an alarm if the vehicle is lifted off the ground, attempted to be broken into, or if motion is detected within the vehicle when the alarm is armed. Additional features reinforce key control systems to make it more difficult to start or move the vehicle without an authorized key.

"We have engineered a layered approach to vehicle security," said Bill Biondo, General Motors' Global Vehicle Security lead. "With new standard features and the available theft protection package, we are making the all-new 2015 Tahoe a less attractive target to thieves and more secure for our customers."

If a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe is stolen, standard OnStar can help. Stolen Vehicle Assistance consisting of Stolen Vehicle Location, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown and Remote Ignition Block all can assist law enforcement in stolen vehicle location and recovery.

360 degrees of safety
Tahoe incorporates new technologies – including radar – that contributes to 360 degrees of crash avoidance and occupant protection. Standard and available features include forward collision alert, front park assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.

With lane change assist, the Tahoe's warning aid helps drivers avoid crashes with vehicles in the next lane. Radar technology coverage is one lane over from both side mirrors and extends back approximately 70 meters from the side mirror. An orange vehicle symbol in side mirrors illuminates to alert the driver against changing lanes.

Chevrolet's available Safety Alert Seat offers directional vibrations to alert the driver about potential crash threats. The GM-patented seat allows a driver to better grasp the direction of a potential crash threat than beeping that can compete with other noises in the vehicle.

The Tahoe also offers the segment's only front-seat center air bag, in bucket-seat models. The front-seat center air bag is engineered to provide additional protection for drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle.

In addition, the all-new Tahoe has more high-strength steel in its frame, providing customers with greater protection in a crash.

"Safety and security are our customers top purchase considerations," said Mark Clawson, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban marketing manager. "With all new standard and available safety and security features, we're able to provide 360 degrees of crash avoidance, occupant protection and greater theft protection."

The new 2015 Tahoe and Suburban will be built at GM's Arlington, Texas assembly plant. Both vehicles are scheduled to arrive in dealerships in the first quarter of 2014.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is what I like to see a progressive company offering solutions to customers for a particular problem like theft. Sometimes it's the little things that make a huge difference.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        If it wasn't so easy to steal on the first place. Putting 10 year old tech on a car is not progressive. My 1989 car had factory tilt sensor. GM is just responding to years of insurance company and customer complaints.
      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Two words: Trunk Monkey Problem solved.
      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      AND THATS WHAT I WANTED TO HEAR!!! SOMONE LISTEND 3rd row lock and bump to start FIXED! it was so embarrassing to hear about that repeatedly YEAR AFTER YEAR! god...
      ihatedavebushell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just stop making them - the world would be a better place and problem solved!
        Floridian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ihatedavebushell
        @ihatedavebushell "but Escalades are gods gift to duche bags!" Owning an Escalade is not different from owning a Range Rover Vogue. Both cars are popular with rappers, douchebags, family people, and non-douchebag non-family people.
        Jim R
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ihatedavebushell
        Let me guess. Prius owner? Go back to ABGreen and take your smug sense of superiority with you.
          Eta Carinae
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jim R
          @ihatedavebushell then why dont you have one ?
        Floridian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ihatedavebushell
        The world would be a better place without the Priuses and uninspiring Camrys and Accords you mean? Also, these cars kind of are the new limos. They continue where the Town Cars left. Many limo companies are buying Escalades since the Town Car and DTS became defunct. Because let's face it, cars like these are much more comfortable to be in than your average European sedan. Escalades, Yukons and Suburbans/Tahoes are awesome, and my favorite SUVs for sure. Then again I'm a GM head, so I might be biased.
      S40Powered
      • 1 Year Ago
      Must be really a sad situation to steal a GM SUV.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @S40Powered
        I highly doubt the thieves selling the parts find it sad as they rake in the devils money.
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just keep on making the cars look like the Volt and the Spark and the problem will be gone.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      They don't have high theft vulnerability because they are SUVs or GM products, or a lack of anti-theft tech. Its because they have high appeal to the hip-hop, "urban", "gangsta" crowd. Escalade's are specifically a crowning achievement in "urban" community, with Yukon being the second choice to an Escalade. Maybe ask rappers and hip hop celebrities to stop glorifying Escalades with tacky rims?
        Indubitably
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        Racist much? Where I live, I see more white suburban soccer moms driving these than "gangstas".
          manure
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Indubitably
          Have you ever visited an American city? It sounds like no. If you had, you might know the relevant facts about stolen vehicles Scooter quite sensitively mentioned.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        [blocked]
      clquake
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM didn't want to fix this problem. Take a wild guess who makes money when you have to order new parts after your car has been stripped.
      barkeep
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why make the Theft Protection Package an option, if you know that the Escalade is the most stolen SUV? People who are buying Escalades are already paying so much money for it. Just make it standard for crying out loud! SMH GM...
        Indubitably
        • 1 Year Ago
        @barkeep
        If you read the article the Escalade is no longer the most stolen SUV. Also, some people may have garages at home or just live in a less crime infested town/suburb and won't need the extra security.
          thequebecerinfrance
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Indubitably
          A 400$ security package should be installed for free, no excuses.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Indubitably
          You think a garage and a better location stops a determined thief?
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @barkeep
        I agree. It certainly wouldn't hurt resale to have this stuff standard.
      pickles
      • 1 Year Ago
      A friend has a 2008 Lexus RX 400h. While she was out to dinner in an 'iffy' neighborhood, the car disappeared. She called police, they asked for the vehicle description and instantly said, "It wasn't stolen, it was towed" before they even ran the license plate. Somehow, a six-year-old Lexus RX is impossible to steal. No Lexus buyer paid extra for that tech- they just are. Maybe GM should raise their standards to 2008 Lexus standards and the problem would be rectified.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pickles
        Probably should've researched that before you made such a stupid statement. Took me 0.29 seconds on Google to find this (first search result): http://www.clublexus.com/forums/rx-third-generation/686392-lexus-rx350-stolen-twice.html Owner of a 2013 Lexus RX who's had the vehicle stolen twice. Read the post, they didn't even have to break the window to get in it.
          Leena S.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          And it took approximately the same amount of time to read through the other comments on that website, which suggest that the vehicle was probably towed, as the OP didn't spill much details except 'un-shattered windows'. Exactly what happened to pickle's friend.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          "suggested" that it was towed. Owner retrieved it at least once, I think they probably figured out the first time if it was stolen or not, don't you think?
      lostjr123
      • 1 Year Ago
      Making the vehicle harder to steal just leads to more car jackings. "Mr. Fishman said the arrests were made possible in part because of the creation several years ago of a task force to combat what he called an “epidemic of carjackings” in Essex County. So far this year, there have been 450 carjackings in the county, compared with 200 in 2009" http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/nyregion/4-suspects-held-in-deadly-carjacking-at-new-jersey-mall.html
        Eta Carinae
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lostjr123
        Um, lets think a little bit......the art of theft has always evolved like this.....slot machines are like they are now because the thieves broke through their faulty systems and the casinos refined them.....when they (company of any sort) finds a breach it comes out with more refined technology to combat it and so on and so forth.......you think our security measures now a day just happened ?
        edward.stallings
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lostjr123
        Downvoted for pointing out a facts relevant to the article - idiots voting you down.
      Jan Calloway
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is really f-ed up. GM should be giving there customers this tech for free to their buyers, not charging their buyers for a highly profitable and expensive vehicle that they sale for their own peace of mind.
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