Sen. Burton’s Impala Stolen, Recovered with OnStar
This is exactly what happened in Jackson, Mississippi, where State Senator Terry Burton’s 2009 Chevrolet Impala was stolen on Thursday. The car was fitted with OnStar, so the senator called GM’s service.
“I am very impressed with OnStar’s ability to not only locate a stolen vehicle, but to slow it down and ultimately recover it. I am pleased my Impala was returned to me without damage, but even more grateful that no one was injured during the commission of this crime,” Sen. Burton said in a statement.
As you know, OnStar’s Stolen Vehicle Slowdown (SVS) is a system first introduced two years ago, developed from the existing stolen vehicle service provided ever since 1996. It allows law enforcement and OnStar personnel to work together in finding the stolen vehicle.
SVS uses the existing GPS satellites to locate the stolen vehicle. Once the theft has been acknowledged, the owner of the car calls OnStar and tells them about the vehicle. Once the call is made, police are directed to where the car is located, while OnStar sends a remote signal to the vehicle and it begins to slow down.
OnStar's system is basically comprised of two major components: the Stolen Vehicle Slowdown (SVS) and the Remote Ignition Block.
“We are so pleased OnStar was able to assist Senator Burton in the safe recovery of his vehicle and quickly diffuse a high-speed chase,” said OnStar President Chris Preuss.
"This instance exemplifies the power of the OnStar service, and how our technology, our relationships within the law enforcement community, and our specialized group of highly trained advisors work together to provide the ultimate in-vehicle safety and security system.”