On February 11, 2013, the owners of a 2010 Toyota Prius contacted the Escondido Police Department to report their vehicle stolen from their residence in the city of Escondido.
Escondido 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 Toyota.
A short while later, an officer from the Escondido Police Department picked up the silent LoJack homing signals from the stolen Toyota on the Police Tracking Computers installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the directional and audible cues from the LoJack computers, the officer tracked the vehicle to the 2100 block of East Valley Parkway in Escondido.
The owners were very happy when Escondido Police informed them that the vehicle was recovered abandoned and undamaged. The Prius was valued at approximately $22,500.
The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Toyota Prius on January 22, 2010 at Toyota of Temecula in Temecula, California.