On October 24, 2012, a Honda Accord was stolen from the owner’s driveway in the 3600 block of SW Hood in Portland, Oregon. When the owner returned to his residence and discovered the theft, he immediately reported the crime to the Portland Police Bureau.
Portland Police verified the theft and had the Honda’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.
Minutes later, an officer with the Portland Police Bureau picked up the Honda’s silent LoJack homing signal on the Police Tracking Computer installed in his patrol car. Following the directional and signal strength cues on the LoJack computer, he located the vehicle in the 4800 block of SW Barbur Boulevard. The vehicle was abandoned, and the only damage observed was a missing stereo.
The vehicle was returned to the owner after it was processed for fingerprint evidence.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Honda Accord in July of 1996 at Honda of Thousand Oaks, California, when it was purchased as a new car. The current owner was not aware the car was equipped with LoJack.