Detectives with the Oakland County Sherriff’s Auto Theft Unit in Metro Detroit are busy. Every day, they’re investigating international auto theft rings, local chop shops, carjackings, and cases involving identity thieves targeting car dealerships, which are on the rise.
They’re not alone. An FBI report shows auto theft overall is increasing across the country, with more vehicles stolen in 2017 than in any other year since 2009.
The most prevalent offenders are lone wolf opportunists. This class of criminal frequently preys on people who forget to lock their car at night or leave key fobs in the center console.
According to law enforcement officials, OnStar Members have an advantage in getting their vehicles back quicker. Investigations can last months or even years, but with OnStar Stolen Vehicle Assistance,* Members sometimes have their vehicles returned within hours.
Detectives say teamwork is essential to successfully investigating a case and OnStar Advisors are a valuable part of the team, helping police locate and recover stolen vehicles quicker and safer.
So, what does it take to catch a thief?