When the owner of a 2009 Toyota Corolla discovered that the vehicle had been stolen on the morning of May 10, he immediately reported the theft to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.
Sacramento officers verified the theft and completed a stolen vehicle report, then had the Corolla’s information entered into the state and federal crime computer databases. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle, prompting it to begin emitting a silent homing signal. Neither the owner nor law enforcement agents had to do anything else to activate the LoJack network, as LoJack’s interface with the police is both seamless and instantaneous.
Less than 15 minutes later, deputies with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department – along with officers from the Sacramento Police Department and the California Highway Patrol — began to pick up the Corolla’s homing signals on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) installed in their patrol car. Following the directional signal cues on the PTC, the officers tracked and located the Corolla on a residential street in South Sacramento. A felony stop was conducted and the driver was detained.
The victim was contacted and responded to the recovery scene to take possession of her vehicle.