On December 11, 2012, the owner of a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta reported the theft of the vehicle to the Portland Police Bureau. Portland Police verified the information and entered the VIN into the NCIC stolen vehicle database. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.
Less than two hours later, a Portland Police Bureau officer received the silent signal transmitting from the stolen Jetta on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer installed in his patrol car. He followed the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computer and located the vehicle at the intersection of NE 9th Avenue & NE Broadway Street. It 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 Volkswagen Jetta in July of 2011 at Dick Hannah Volkswagen when it was purchased as a new car. The approximate value of this car is $18,000.