The Cadillac Escalade is one of the nicest SUV’s, yet one of the easiest to steal. Studies show that your Cadillac Escalade is six times more likely to be stolen according to A Highway Loss Data Institute analysis for 2008 to 2010 theft losses of more than TEN times the average vehicle! Luckily, there is one Escalade theft deterrent that actually PREVENTS the theft of your loved SUV. The Ravelco Anti Theft Device.

But first, why is there a need for an aftermarket Escalade theft Deterrent?’

The manufacturer’s security comes with a big hole that thieves exploit. When you manually unlock the door, the GM security (which is the same for all GM trucks and SUVs- this includes the Silverado, 1500, 2500, 3500, Denali, Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon, Avalanche and of course, the Escalade) says, “Oh, the battery is dead on the key, I’ll disable the ignition security so the owner can drive home!” Without providing instructions as to how it’s done, all the thieves do is pop the door lock and get the ignition switch to turn over. Something a trained thief can do in about 45 seconds.

Thieves target Escalades for many different reasons.

  • Low risk…. They are very easy to steal. Less than 45 seconds is well within the 3 to 5 minutes most thieves will spend trying to get a vehicle started.
  • High reward… The owners spend a lot of money on audio/visual, accessories and wheels.
  • Did you know… Their body parts are interchangeable with less expensive Suburbans. We’ve heard of some thieves stealing Escalades and putting the body parts on their Suburbans! They’d drive around their neighborhood fooling the admirers.

The need for an effective Escalade theft deterrent is clear. Once a thief knows how to beat the factory system, they can steal any of them. Alarms aren’t much help because they are all connected right underneath the dash- the thieves’ office. He knows where everything is, and when he (okay, typically it’s a “he”!) sees non-factory wires with 3M crimps connected to the OEM wiring, they just undo it and reconnect the factory wires. He’s hidden under the dash and can do it relatively quickly.

“But I can just track it.” Do you want to get back what the thieves don’t want?

If you have a tracking system like OnStar, don’t think your worries are over. Most of these systems do nothing to prevent theft. They’ll take it just as easily with OnStar as without it. And once the thieves clip the GPS antenna wire, your car disappears from the satellite. Anyone going to steal an Escalade knows this. When you call the police to report a stolen vehicle, they alert the DMV (who tags your vehicle’s record), who alerts CarFax, who alerts the next person you try to sell your recovered vehicle to, and you’ve just lowered your SUV’s resale value. Preventing the theft in the first place avoids this unnecessary depreciation. (When buying a used car, would you pay a premium for a car that’s been stolen? Would a dealer on trade in? No.)

The logical conclusion is to prevent theft in the first place

The Ravelco Anti Theft Device was designed and is installed to work against the way thieves steal cars. The Ravelco is an immobilizer that prevents the engine from starting. Remove the keyed plug (there are no masters) and the Escalade won’t start. None of the connections are made under the dash, so a thief would have to get out of the SUV, and work out in the open, taking apart your car’s electrical system, trying to figure out where we’ve made the connections. And even then, there is no guarantee they’ll reconnect the OEM wires properly. It’s dark, they’re panicked, and they’re running out of time. The smart thieves quit fast and go take your neighbor’s Escalade. The dumb ones keep trying until you see them and call the cops. With over 4,000,000 units sold in the last 35 years, the Ravelco is the best-kept secret in the auto security business. For more information on the Ravelco, go to