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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-15-2019, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Question Theft Attempted 2012 Traverse

Hello hoping someone can help me understand.

I lock my vehicle all the time ( okay 95% of the time) I was out shopping and came back to my vehicle started my car turned on heat when I looked at the dash of my car it indicated Theft Attempted (I didn't even know I had that feature) I looked around and realized that my work bag was missing. I didn't have any broken windows and couldn't see where someone may have tried to get in but obviously they did. I feel like if I did leave my car unlocked the Theft attempted would not have initiated. I filed a police report and all of that but just baffled on why it would read theft attempted if I can't tell they got in or if I left my doors unlocked I don't think it would have initiated a Theft attempted to register.
I typically lock my doors with my key fob as my hands are usually full I have been told not to do it this way and this could be how people are getting in. I don't know its over now just trying to make some sense of this. Thank you!
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I can't say what happened in your case but there are devices that can "read" the signal when you use your key fob. Someone could have gotten this when you locked your car and then used it to open it up when you weren't near the car.
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Thank you Aggie88, that is what I have been hearing but others say that isn't possible. I appreciate the feedback.
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There's info in the owners manual (Pg 2-13 for 2011) that explains the security system. However, it doesn't say exactly what is required for the "Theft Attempted" message to come up. The message is discussed on page 5-38, but it basically sends you back to pg 2-13.

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I looked at the owners manual as well and although it provided information, it couldn't provide me with the possible reasons why it was initiated. If I by chance did leave my doors unlocked, I wouldn't think "Theft Attempted" would read on the dash and if it was locked I have no idea how they got in to take my bag as there are no signs of forced entry. Thank you for the response greentraverse
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the vehicle has to be locked/armed.
Where the door was opened- while it was 'locked'.


Im thinking they slim jimmed your window/door.
Check the rubber at the window to see marks of a slim jim being used.
since your windows were up--- they didnt use the method below.


you can test this --
roll your window down.
lock the door- and wait for the security light on the dash to go out....
then lift up the door lock and I open the door- either by the handle/ or the inside handle.
You will get the horn blaring....
and ... (thats how I got the message to appear on mine).




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if they used a scanning device to grab the fob signal etc.. then they would have unlocked/turned off the alarm.... so no Theft message would be shown.


The message came up because the doors were opened--- while still armed...
thus most likely a slim jim to pop open the lock.... and open the door-- while still armed.

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Good point about signal grabbing to unlock/turn the alarm off. I agree that the doors were opened while the alarm was still active in order to get the message to appear..

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-15-2019, 04:32 PM
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Gen2s work differently with the approach system and car can be opened and closed without sending an RF signal that can be grabbed and later simulated by thieves to open the locked doors and turn off the alarm.



The system can operate in the same way as the gen1s by pressing the buttons on the keyfob, but in addition it can open/close doors and set alarm without sending an RF signal from the transmitter button in the keyfob while still located in a pocket or purse..........as you approach the car a proximity sensor reads a chip in the keyfob, just like in ignition keys with the embedded chip, enabling the open/lock push buttons in the four handles and triggering the lighted hatch chevron if nightime. The push button ignition is also operated by reading the chip in the keyfob. If you enable auto lock in the DIC, the car will automatically lock all four doors as soon as the keyfob is approx. 8 feet from the car.....if left in the vehicle it will not lock the doors and send a a triple trumpet from the horn. Basically the car is fully operational without ever removing the keyfob from the pocket or purse and the door/alarm RF frequency cannot be "grabbed".

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