During the evening hours of May 5, 2012, the owners of a 2010 Ford Focus discovered their car stolen in West Jordan, Utah. They immediately contacted the West Jordan Police Department, where a theft report was filed. After verifying the theft, West Jordan Police entered the Ford’s information into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Focus, prompting it to begin emitting a silent homing signal.
Less than two hours later, an officer with the West Valley City Police Department began to pick up the Ford’s silent LoJack signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) installed in his patrol car. A Salt Lake City Police Department officer also responded to assist. Following the directional and signal strength cues on their PTCs, the officers quickly located the Focus, hastily abandoned by the suspect(s) in an apartment complex.
The Ford Focus was located less than two hours after activation, approximately 10 miles from where it had been stolen.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Ford Focus in October 2009 in Huntington Beach, California.