LoJack Helps Philadelphia Police Recover Stolen Toyota Prius, Abandoned and Undamaged

  • February 10, 2013
  • recovery stories

On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, the owner of a 2007 Toyota Prius discovered that her vehicle had been stolen from the area of  North 13th Street in Philadelphia   The vehicle owner  called 911 and Philadelphia Police Radio dispatched an officer to investigate the incident. The officer arrived on location, interviewed the complainant and surveyed the area for the subject vehicle. When the vehicle could not be located, the assigned officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and had the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computer systems, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Toyota.

A short while later, investigators from the Philadelphia Police Major Crimes Auto Squad were conducting stolen vehicle investigations near North Broad Street in Philadelphia. The investigators began to pick up the Toyota’s silent LoJack homing signals on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their unmarked vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the investigators   tracked the signal to the area of Old York Road, where they observed the parked vehicle. The investigators cautiously approached the Toyota and determined that it was undamaged and unoccupied. The investigators informed Police Radio of the situation, and the Toyota was held for safekeeping until the owner could claim the vehicle.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the 2007 Toyota Prius on January 22, 2010 at Toyota of Turnersville in New Jersey.