On August 2, 2012, the owner of a 2003 Audi A4 contacted the San Diego Police Department to report that his vehicle was stolen from the city of San Diego. San Diego Police 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.
A short while later, officers from San Diego Police Department picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Audi A4 on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their helicopter and patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officers tracked the vehicle to a residential area on Federal Boulevard in San Diego. The officers arrested a suspect, who they observed operating the vehicle.
The Audi, valued at $9,000, was recovered undamaged, and returned to the grateful owner.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Audi A4 on July 6, 2007 at Miramar VW Audi of San Diego.