- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Police in Detroit are working with General Motors’ OnStar roadside assistance service to more quickly track down stolen and carjacked vehicles.

Chief James Craig says OnStar now can begin tracking cars and trucks after a police officer at the scene verifies the theft has occurred.

It streamlines the process that once required car owners to fill out stolen vehicle reports at a police precinct before calling OnStar with the report numbers.

Craig told reporters Wednesday that “after all that’s done, the car is probably being stripped and we recover a stripped vehicle.”

Through the end of November 2013, about 13,000 car thefts had been reported in Detroit.

OnStar is an in-vehicle safety, security and communications service that uses wireless and Global Positioning System satellite technology.

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