When someone rents a vehicle and doesn’t return it, the leasing company is not only out an asset, but is also losing revenue by not being able to rent the machine to another party. That’s why so many vehicle rental firms protect their fleet by installing the LoJack® system, so police can locate their stolen cars, trucks and construction equipment quickly and safely.
On September 14th, 2013, the leasing manager of a large national hardware chain contacted the Dallas Police to report that a Ford F-250 flatbed had been rented for a day and never returned. The customer had given a false address and phone number. Officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the truck.
A short while later, officers from the Dallas PD picked up the homing signals from the Ford on the LoJack tracking computers installed in their patrol vehicles. The officers tracked the flatbed to a private home and found it parked in the driveway. The homeowner stated that he had borrowed the flatbed from a friend, who turned out to be the suspect who rented the F-250 with false information. An arrest warrant is pending. The undamaged flatbed, valued at $23,300, was soon returned to the rental location.
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