How does a police officer in a helicopter locate a stolen car on the ground? It’s not because the officer has amazing eyesight, or even a really strong pair of binoculars. It’s because many police air units, like their on-the-ground counterparts, are equipped with a LoJack® tracking computer that receives homing signals from vehicles reported stolen that have a LoJack device installed.
On April 7, 2013, a Jonesboro, GA resident contacted the Clayton County, GA Police Department to report that his Acura TL was missing from the parking lot of his residence. The police verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into their crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack device concealed in the vehicle.
A short while later, a Clayton County Police helicopter began receiving a signal coming from the stolen Acura on their LoJack tracking computer. They pinpointed the location to a group of homes in a residential area. The pilot called for assistance from a ground unit, which located the stolen vehicle in a garage where it was located hidden under a cover, which concealed the car from view, but not from the LoJack system! The resident of the adjacent home was arrested, and the TL was quickly returned to its owner.
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