On October 25, 2012, the owner of a Honda Accord discovered that the vehicle had been stolen from his residence in the 1700 block of Spring Street in Portland. The theft was reported to the Portland Police Bureau, who verified the theft and entered the vehicle’s information into the state and federal crime computers. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.
Minutes later, officers with the Portland Police Bureau picked up the Honda’s silent LoJack homing signal on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol cars. Following the directional and signal strength cues from the LoJack computers, the officers located the vehicle in the 10900 block of NE Wygant Street. The vehicle was abandoned and did not appear to be damaged.
The vehicle was returned to the owner.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this Honda Accord in July of 1995 at Bernardi Honda in Natick, Massachusetts, when it was purchased as a new car. The current owner was not aware the car was equipped with LoJack.