The owners of a 2006 Mini Cooper were shocked and alarmed to discover that their home had been burglarized during their absence and that many items had been stolen, including the keys to their car and the car itself.
They immediately called 9-1-1 and a Salt Lake City Police Department officer was dispatched to the scene to investigate. The officer obtained the vehicle information including the VIN through motor vehicle records and had the automobile data promptly entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine action automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Mini Cooper. LoJack is the only stolen vehicle recovery system directly interfaced with the nationwide law enforcement computer system.
Just minutes later following the “wake up” of the LoJack transponder in the stolen car officers with the Salt Lake City PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Mini Cooper with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft.
Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers quickly tracked the Mini Cooper to the area near 300 East and 400 South. The Mini Cooper was found unoccupied and was apparently undamaged. However, items from the burglary including car keys were not recovered. The Mini Cooper was returned to the very grateful owners due to the prompt action of the Salt Lake City PD.
The quick recovery of the victim’s automobile was made possible by the LoJack® System which had been installed in the Mini at the request of the original owner of the car 9-years earlier at BMW of Scottsdale in Arizona.