The owner of a Honda Accord contacted the Fresno Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of a shopping center in southeast Fresno. The Fresno 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 Honda.
Less than one hour after being entered into the stolen vehicle system, an officer from the Fresno PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Honda 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 Honda to the 2900 block of Huntington Boulevard. The Honda was found unoccupied and abandoned, parked in a parking stall at an apartment complex.
The Honda was recovered intact and undamaged; the only thing missing was a bag of groceries. The Honda was released to the owner at the scene.
The LoJack® System was installed in August 1997 at Power Honda in Costa Mesa, California.