Most of us are familiar with police officers on the ground using the LoJack® system to locate stolen vehicle, but were you aware that LoJack devices send homing signals to police air units as well? In this case, ground patrol units and a helicopter team up to recover a stolen truck.
On March 28, 2013, the owners of a Dodge Ram pickup contacted the Bear Valley Springs Police Department to report that their vehicle had been stolen. The responding officers entered the Ram’s VIN (vehicle identification number) into their crime computer, which automatically activated the LoJack device installed in the Ram by Claude Short Dodge in Santa Monica, CA.
Less than an hour after activation, a deputy from the Kern County Sheriff’s Dept. picked up the homing signals from the stolen Dodge with the LoJack tracking computer installed in his patrol vehicle. At about the same time, the flight crew for a Kern County S.D. helicopter also picked up the signal. They began tracking the moving pickup near downtown Bakersfield. Ground officers converged upon the pickup and arrested the driver for vehicle theft and possession of stolen property. The Ram pickup was recovered undamaged and quickly returned to its owner.
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