On August 28, 2012, the owner of a 2011 Audi A3 contacted the San Diego Police Department to report that his vehicle was stolen from the city of San Diego. San Diego officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Audi.
Within a few hours, officers from San Diego Police Department picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Audi A3 on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the vehicle to a residential neighborhood at the 1100 block of Sapphire Road in San Diego. The Audi, valued at $29,000, was recovered abandoned and undamaged, and was returned to the very happy owner.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Audi AA3 on June 10, 2011 at Miramar Volkswagen-Audi in San Diego, California.