In an effort to shake itself from the top of the most-stolen vehicle chart, Cadillac has announced a series of new security features developed for the Escalade.

In an effort to shake itself from the top of the most-stolen vehicle chart, Cadillac has announced a series of new security features developed for the Escalade.

In addition to the existing security features and standard OnStar security technology, the passive 2012 security enhancements include:

  • PASS Key 3+, an encryption system for the key, key cylinder and ignition system (Deters: Drive-away thefts)
  • An improved 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 also provides 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.

"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."

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Most-stolen Cadillac Escalade gets new security features for 2012