The owners of a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report that their vehicle was stolen from their residence. The vehicle was last seen three days prior. Phoenix Police Department verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Hyundai.
Twelve minutes later, officers from the Avondale Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Hyundai 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 vehicle to a neighborhood near west Van Buren Street and south Avondale Boulevard, approximately twenty-five miles from where it was stolen from.
The Avondale Police Department officers located the stolen Hyundai unoccupied and parked on the street in the residential neighborhood. No suspects were observed in the area, so the vehicle was recovered and processed for evidence. The vehicle was released to the owners at the scene in good condition.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Hyundai Santa Fe in August 2007, at Camelback Toyota, Phoenix, Arizona.