On February 13, 2013, the owners of a Honda Civic, who were in Colorado from their home in Florida, contacted the Colorado Springs Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen.
The police verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the Honda. LoJack is the only theft recovery system that is directly operated by law enforcement and this interface is seamless and instantaneous.
Within a few minutes, officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department and the Southern Colorado Motor Vehicle Theft Task Force picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Civic with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. The LoJack PTC provides officers with on-board information that enables them to locate the stolen vehicle quickly and with an increased margin of safety.
Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack PTCs, the officers tracked the vehicle and found it unoccupied. The SCMVTTF took over the investigation and initiated a covert surveillance of the vehicle, believing that the thieves would return to the vehicle. This tactic proved valuable, as the thieves did return later and moved the vehicle into a garage. Investigators obtained a search warrant and entered the garage and recovered the stolen Honda before it could be dismantled by the thieves. One person was arrested. The investigation is continuing.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Honda Civic in August of 1999 at Auto Nation Honda in Hollywood, Florida.
- Auto Nation Honda Hollywood FL
- Colorado Springs
- Colorado Springs CO
- Colorado Springs Police Department
- concealed in garage
- covert surveillance
- February 2013
- Honda Civic
- minutes later
- one arrest
- ongoing investigation
- search warrant
- Southern Colorado Motor Vehicle Theft Task Force
- suspect arrested
- vehicle moved into garage
- within minutes