On the evening of May 31, 2012, the owner of a 2009 Honda CRV contacted the New York Police Department to report the vehicle stolen. The owner stated that he had parked and locked his vehicle on the street where he lives in Ozone Park, Queens, and when he returned for it, he discovered it missing. After verifying the theft, NYPD officers had the Honda’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.
A short while later, Police of the Queens South Auto Larceny Unit picked up the Honda’s silent LoJack signal on the LoJack Police Tracking Computers installed in their police vehicles. Following the directional and audible signal on the LoJack Trackers, the officers tracked the vehicle to the South Ozone Park section of Queens. There, they located the vehicle parked on a residential street.
The officers conducted surveillance on the Honda for several hours, but when no one returned for it, they took the undamaged vehicle into custody. The owner was notified and arrived at the scene. He stated that his wife had possibly forgotten her keys in the vehicle, thus unwittingly aiding the thief in his efforts. However, he was elated to get his vehicle back so quickly, especially with no damage, thanks to the LoJack that he had purchased when he bought the vehicle.