LoJack® System Helps Philadelphia Police Department Recover Stolen Honda Civic

  • May 20, 2015
  • recovery stories

The owner of a 2014 Honda Civic drove to a car wash in the Queens section of New York City. The Honda moved through the car wash, departed and was awaiting the attendant. At this time, an unidentified male entered the Honda and drove away from the car wash. The Honda owner called 911 and New York Police Radio dispatched an officer to investigate the incident. The officer arrived on location, interviewed the Honda owner and surveyed the area for the stolen vehicle. When the Honda could not be located, the assigned officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and arranged to have the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Honda Civic. Later on members of the elite Philadelphia Police Aviation Unit were on patrol over the northeast section of Philadelphia in a police airship that is equipped with a LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). The aviation officers picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Honda with the PTC that is installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the aviation officers tracked the signal to a convenience store parking lot on Bustleton Avenue. The aviation officers relayed the information to police radio and ground units who converged on the parking lot. Uniformed officers entering the parking lot observed a male entering the Honda Civic and conducted an investigation. The officers determined that the vehicle the male was entering was in fact the Honda Civic stolen earlier in New York City. The male was placed under arrest and transported to Philadelphia Police Northeast Detective Division where a police detective was assigned. The male was subsequently charged with violations of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code related to theft and the Honda was confiscated for safekeeping.

The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Civic in March 2014 at Hillside Honda in Jamaica, New York.