On February 3, 2013, the victim discovered her 2005 Chevrolet Malibu stolen from her parking spot in a large apartment complex and reported the theft to the Woodland Police Department. The vehicle information was entered into the California Stolen Vehicle System as well as the national system, NCIC. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle. Neither the owners nor law enforcement had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery Transponder because LoJack’s interface with law enforcement is both seamless and instantaneous.
The next morning, a patrol unit began to receive the silent LoJack homing signal from the stolen Chevrolet Malibu. A query was done of the LoJack reply code appearing on the LoJack Police Tracking Computer. It was confirmed the signal was coming from the stolen Malibu and the complete vehicle description and stolen information was relayed to the tracking officer. The officer then used the directional and signal strength cues from the onboard LoJack Police Tracking computer, and within minutes tracked and located the vehicle parked and abandoned in the 800 block of Lincoln Way.
The victim was contacted and responded to take possession of the recovered Malibu, valued at $6,525.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Chevrolet Malibu in March of 2006 at Community Chevrolet in Burbank, California.
- 2005 Chevrolet
- 2005 Chevrolet Malibu
- abandoned vehicle
- apartment complex
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Community Chevrolet
- Community Chevrolet Burbank CA
- February 2013
- minutes later
- parked and abandoned
- stolen from apartment complex
- within minutes
- Woodland CA
- Woodland Police Department