On May 3, 2012 the owner of a 2003 Ford Ranger reported her vehicle stolen to the Memphis Police Department. A stolen vehicle report was filed and the vehicle information was entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Ford, prompting it to begin emitting a silent homing signal. Neither the owner nor law enforcement had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Vehicle Recovery Network because LoJack’s interface with law enforcement is both seamless and instantaneous.
Approximately two hours later, Felony Apprehension Units from the Memphis Police Department began receiving the Ford’s homing signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) installed in their patrol car. Following the directional and signal strength cues on the PTC, the officers quickly located the occupied vehicle.
Investigation revealed that the Ford Ranger had just been used in a local robbery. The driver of the Ford, as well as a passenger, were taken into custody and booked on various charges. The Ford Ranger was recovered and taken into police custody. The follow-up investigation is being conducted by the Memphis Police Department’s Auto Theft Division and the Robbery Division
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Ford Ranger in January 2007 at the owner’s request.