GM Improving Anti-Theft Technology
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, General Motors vehicles such as the GMC Yukon make up 8 of the 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in the United States. In order to help combat the issue, the 2015 GMC Yukon will come with a wide range of antitheft techniques in order to keep their most frequently sold trucks and cars from being stolen or taken on police chases.
Vehicle security lead at General Motors is Bill Biondo, and he describes the standard features as multi layered means of ensuring vehicle security. Some of the examples of new default features on the GMC Yukon include the presence of a steering column lock that makes it less likely for vehicles to be pushed away or stolen by tow trucks.
Similarly, side cut keys are also present, which make it more difficult for trucks like the Yukon to be broken into through lock picking. It will also become more difficult for potential thieves to get into these vehicles through lock cylinders that are made with more durable designs. Doors will also be outfitted with shields on the sides to deter forced entry tools such as slim jims.
Furthermore, hidden storage compartments have now been added as standard features by GM, such as a hidden compartment located immediately behind the information and entertainment screen in the center console.
Farther back in the vehicle, the third row of seats will now include bolts to hold them in place, as insurance claims and reports have indicated that they are highly likely to be stolen from vehicles. However, despite the bolting down, these seats will still be able to fold back in order to allow cargo to be transported.
Of course, the higher the trim level one selects, the more features for protection and security against theft will be available. For example, there is a Theft Protection Package offered at the LT and LTZ levels that involves exotic and high end items such as glass breakage sensors that trigger alarms when windshields or side windows are cracked.
Similarly, interior motion sensors are available to alert owners if motion occurs within the vehicle once the vehicle is off and the driver has left the vehicle. Additionally, a tilt sensor is now present, which sets off the alarm once the vehicle has either been lifted off the street, as through a tow truck or with a jack, or if it is broken into.
According to GM, there will also be additional features that back up the existing key control systems, which will make it more of a challenge to get these vehicles started or moved if an authorized key is not already present and used in the vehicle.