Q: What does the Theft Attempted message mean?

asked by on January 04, 2016

What does the Theft Attempted message mean?

When armed, the theft deterrent system is designed to prevent vehicle content theft. It does this by activating the horns and exterior lamps when a break in is detected. This is a content theft prevention system only, and does not affect the engine starting system.

In this system, the body control module (BCM) monitors the hood, door and rear hatch ajar switches to determine if unauthorized entry is attempted. It also monitors the keyless entry transmitter. If access to the vehicle is attempted without using the unlock command from the keyless entry transmitter, the BCM will sound the alarm and display a THEFT ATTEMPTED message on the instrument panel.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

What does the StabiliTrak off light mean?

The StabiliTrack off light is located on your instrument panel. When the StabiliTrack system has been turn off, the StabiliTrack off light will illuminate. Tip The StabiliTrack of light will briefly illuminate when the car is turned on. When the...

How do I adjust the tilt of the steering column?

On the left side of the steering wheel, underneath the multifunction lever, is the steering wheel tilt lever. Pull this lever out with your left hand, and, while the lever is still engaged, tilt the steering wheel with your right...

What does it mean if the Battery Light/Charge warning Light comes on?

The Charge Warning Light, or Battery Light if you prefer, should turn on and then go off after a few seconds when you first start the engine. If it doesn’t go off or if it comes on while you’re driving,...

Related articles

How to Buy a Good Quality Roadside Emergency Kit
No No one ever likes to think of an emergency happening while driving, such as a flat tire, running out of gas, the car breaking down, etc. Unfortunately these things do happen though, and for that reason it’s best to...
How to Check If Your Tires Are in Good Condition
Tires Tires are the foundation on which your car or truck rests. Checking if your tires have good tread and suitable pressure will improve your car's handling, gas mileage, and general tire life. Here's how: Assess how much tread is...
The Guide to Right-of-Way Laws
One One of the most important facets of being a safe driver is understanding right-of-way laws. Right-of-way laws are the laws that govern who gets priority of the road, and who gets to go first when two drivers (or a...