On the evening of April 5, 2012, the owner of a 2000 Mazda 626 parked his vehicle outside of his residence and went inside for the night. When he returned to the vehicle the following morning, he discovered that it was missing and immediately contacted the Boston Police Department’s District E5 Station to report the theft.
The responding officer completed a stolen vehicle report and had the Mazda’s information entered into the Massachusetts and federal crime computer systems. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed inside the vehicle, prompting it to begin emitting a silent homing signal.
A short while later, officers from the Boston Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police began to pick up the Mazda’s homing signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers installed in their police vehicles. Following the prompts on the tracking computer, one of the troopers quickly located the unoccupied and undamaged stolen Mazda, parked on Washington Street in Roslindale. The trooper had the vehicle towed from the scene for safekeeping until the Boston Police Department could notify the owner of its recovery.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Mazda 626 at the owner’s request on January 10, 2000.