The owner of a 1996 Honda Accord called the Albuquerque Police Department to report their vehicle was stolen from the area of Constitution and Morris in the Foothills Area Command. The Albuquerque 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.
Within a half hour after the activation an off-duty officer with the Albuquerque PD, while on his way to court, picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Honda with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in their patrol vehicles. Following the audible and directional cues from the PTC, the Honda was tracked to the area of Menaul and Carlisle in the Northeast Area Command. The Honda was located in the parking lot of a business and backed into a parking space. The off-duty officer requested assistance for the recovery and watched to see if an offender would return to the stolen Honda. Assisting officers arrived on scene and the Honda was recovered, processed for evidence and the owner was notified. The owner told officers he was impressed at how quickly they recovered his stolen Honda and asked how they did it. The owner did not know his Honda was equipped with LoJack and he happily got his vehicle back.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Accord in May 1998 at Westbrook Honda in Connecticut.