A Portland area resident woke up to the sound of his vehicle starting and leaving the driveway. The victim called the Portland Police Bureau and reported the theft. The theft was verified and the vehicle was entered as stolen into the state and federal crime computers. This automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the vehicle.
Within 2 minutes of the stolen vehicle activation, an officer with Portland Police Bureau received a LoJack hit on his Police Tracking Computer (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Another officer with a LoJack equipped vehicle responded to assist with the track. Utilizing the audible and visual signals of the LoJack® PTCs, the officers were able to navigate and find the stolen Honda still occupied by the thief. The suspect, a prolific and known auto thief was taken into custody and booked on auto theft charges. The Honda was turned over to a very happy owner who was able to resume his life and get to work on time that morning.
The total time elapsed from stolen vehicle entry to recovery and deactivation was only one hour and seventeen minutes. This is the fourth time this particular Honda has been stolen and recovered in the 24 years since the LoJack® tracking system was installed in the vehicle.
Diamond Honda of Puente Hills installed the LoJack® System in the Honda Civic in March of 1994.