The owner of a 2001 Ford Focus contacted the New Orleans Police Department to report their vehicle was stolen. The New Orleans 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 Ford Focus.
Shortly after the activation, officers with the New Orleans PD picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in their patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the silent and directional cues from the PTC, the Ford was tracked to the area of Andry Street and N Rocheblave Street. The Ford was found parked on the street and unoccupied.
The Ford was recovered and processed for evidence at the scene. The owner was notified of the recovery and he was reunited with his stolen Ford. The current owner had no idea his Ford was equipped with the LoJack® System by the original owner. The Ford was recovered quickly preventing the offenders from using it to commit additional crimes.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Focus in August 2001 at MacDill Service Group in Tampa, Florida.