Thieves Got Past the Silverado OnStar Tracking System

2020 Chevy Silverado

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Auto Thieves are always present and are equally talented these days to bypass even the highest levels of the security system with so much ease. Chevrolet is one company that is known for its safety and tracking systems but unfortunately, the Auto Thieves are now having a keen eye on the Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck. The major reason for the thieves having a go at the Chevrolet Silverado is because they were able to disable the onboard OnStar anti-theft tracking system completely within minutes. It is no doubt that Chevrolet’s OnStar Tracking system is one of the best in the market to prevent trucks from getting stolen but the car thieves are now responding with high-tech tools to counteract the OnStar anti-theft system.

2020 Chevy Silverado WT

The latest victim to this Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck theft by disabling the OnStar Tracking System is Jarrod Hamlin, a truck owner from North Texas. Jarrod Hamlin runs his own remodeling business and he had a blue 2018 Chevrolet Silverado which was stolen on January 28th in Carrollton, Texas. He recently spoke about the theft incident with NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth, a local NBC news affiliate. He said that the thieves were able to disable everything so quickly and were able to get away with the help of the surveillance video of the incident. He said, “Within three minutes [thieves] were able to pop the lock, pop the hood, change the computer, disable OnStar and steal my truck”. Hamiln also checked in the MyChevy app to use OnStar to track his stolen truck, but it reported a failed connection that made him realize that OnStar has been disabled.

Chevy Silverado OnStar Module
Chevy Silverado OnStar Module

After this incident and talking to the police about it, Hamiln went on to the internet and found that there are many other Silverdo owners in the area with the same experience. And all the other victims of this theft incident said the same thing that no glass was broken, their keys weren’t used and the OnStar was disabled so fast. They also said that the last known location of the vehicle was in the front of their very own house according to OnStar. It is by now very clear that the Auto thieves around Texas are targeting the Chevrolet Silverado models throughout North Texas as they were able to disable the OnStar anti-theft system within minutes, thus failing to prevent the pick-up trucks from being stolen. The Carrollton police spokesperson, Jolene DeVito said that these are the pros who do this because they know that there is a market for it and that they can make money off it.

The Carrollton police suggested the owners get an advanced security system to prevent the incident from happening again and to also install surveillance cameras around their property to discourage the auto thieves from engaging in such activities. Frustrated by this incident, Jarrod Hamlin said that he has decided to spend money to purchase a different anti-theft device and to put a lot more security measures to prevent his truck from being stolen again. When reached out to OnStar for a statement regarding the thefts, they responded that they are working closely with law enforcement in Texas to understand the details of the theft methods being used in all these theft incidents.

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