New for GM’s 2015 SUVs: Some Badly Needed Security

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Although the company controls about three-quarters of the large SUV market in the United States, General Motors’ (NYSE:GM) family of body-on-frame utilities like the Tahoe and Suburban have been fighting a rather significant downside: They can be stolen quite easily by car thieves who know what they’re doing.

Case in point, The Detroit News reports that a couple of months ago, thieves disconnected the lights at the Simi Valley Chevrolet dealership north of Los Angeles and proceeded to break through the back windows of 16 Chevrolet Suburbans and Tahoes parked in the inventory lot and make off with the third-row seat from each, which can be sold as replacements. The worst part? On 16 different vehicles, not a single alarm sounded throughout the entire ordeal.

“They just unclamped the third row seat and pushed them out the back window and off they went,” Simi Valley general manager Steve Gaines told The Detroit News, adding that it cost the dealer about $3,000 per vehicle, or around $48,000 in total.

Because of their proneness to theft — whether it’s the back seats, wheels, or the entire car itself — Suburbans and Tahoes have become increasingly expensive to insure. The Tahoe, Suburban, and their GMC counterparts all appear on the top 10 most stolen vehicles list.

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