The owner of a 2010 Nissan Altima discovered that her vehicle had been stolen from the area of her residence in Abington, Pennsylvania. The vehicle owner called 911 and an Abington Township Police Department officer was dispatched to investigate. The officer quickly arrived on location, interviewed the vehicle owner and then surveyed the area for the subject vehicle. When the Nissan could not be located, the officer prepared a stolen vehicle report and arranged for the stolen vehicle information to be entered into the state and federal crime computers, which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Nissan.
Minutes later, the Philadelphia Police Department officers assigned to marked vehicles in the western section of Philadelphia picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Nissan 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 tracked the LoJack signal to the area of Brown Street where the officers observed the parked Nissan. After notifying Philadelphia PD Radio of their situation, the officers exited their patrol vehicle and cautiously approached the subject vehicle. At this time the officers observed a female occupant. The officers placed the female under arrest without incident and a search of the Nissan subsequent to arrest revealed the keys to the vehicle had been placed in the center console.
The perpetrator was transported to the Philadelphia PD Southwest Detective Division where a Philadelphia PD detective was assigned to the incident. The perpetrator was charged with violations of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code related to theft and the Abington PD was advised. The subject vehicle was confiscated for safekeeping and towed to a secure facility.
The LoJack® System was installed in the 2010 Nissan Altima in August 2010 at Faulkner Nissan in Abington, Pennsylvania.