The owner of a 2004 BMW 321 reported the vehicle stolen from the 1800 Block Colmar Road in the Woodlawn area of Baltimore County, Maryland on the afternoon of May 20, 2012. Baltimore County officers responded to the scene, and after conducting a preliminary investigation, prepared a stolen vehicle report. This information was then entered into the state and federal crime computers – a routine police action that 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 initiate the LoJack tracking system, because LoJack’s interface with the police is both seamless and instantaneous.
A short time later, patrol officers from the Prince George’s County Police Department received the BMW’s silent LoJack homing signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) installed in their patrol units. By following the directional and audible signals on the PTC, the officers tracked the BMW to the I-495/Baltimore National Pike exit, where they located the vehicle, abandoned on the shoulder of the road. The officers recovered the vehicle and notified the grateful owner.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the BMW at the car buyer’s request in January, 2006.