The owners of a 2012 Mazda 3 contacted the Visalia Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen. The Visalia PD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Mazda.
About 90 minutes later a Visalia PD officer picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Mazda with the LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officer tracked the moving Mazda to the vicinity of Oak and Main Streets in the city of Visalia. The officer spotted the Mazda and began to follow it while waiting for backup. The adult male driver spotted the police car, immediately stopped the Mazda in the road and fled on foot. The officer gave chase but the suspect escaped in the residential neighborhood. The Mazda was recovered intact and undamaged; it was released to the owner at the scene.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Mazda 3 in September of 2012 at Romero Buick Hyundai Mazda in Ontario, California.