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SPRINGFIELD – Police departments and sheriffs throughout Illinois will soon have a new resource available to quick track stolen vehicles, thanks to State Senator Michael E. Hastings.

“This new law helps our state’s law enforcement better utilizing the latest technology to track criminal actions,” said Hastings (D-Frankfort). “We will move one step closing toward using technology readily available to track carjackers and kidnappers as they travel from Point A to Point B.”

This ground-breaking initiative goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2024. 

Nationwide, carjackings are on the rise, but without formal coordination between authorities and vehicle manufacturers, law enforcement officers had little to no ability to access real-time tracking information.

The all-too-common occurrence led Hastings to champion House Bill 2245, which requires Illinois car manufacturers to establish a 24/7 hotline for police and consumers to utilize in case of a carjacking or kidnapping. This provides law enforcement with real-time assistance with locating vehicles – allowing them to find the perpetrator and arrest them before they get away.

The Cook County Sherriff’s office will administer the hotline that will be accessible to law enforcement throughout the state.

 “This new tool will serve as another resource to help law enforcement during these life-threatening situations,” said Hastings. “The faster we are able to locate a carjacker and arrest them, the safer our communities will be.”