LoJack® System Helps New Mexico Auto Theft Task Force Recover a Stolen Honda Civic

  • February 27, 2019
  • Law Enforcement

The owner of a 1999 Honda Civic contacted the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office to report the vehicle was stolen.  The Bernalillo County SO 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 Civic.

Shortly after the activation, an officer with the Rio Rancho Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Civic with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in their patrol vehicles.  The officer was enroute to court and could not initiate a track but the information was passed along to the New Mexico Auto Theft Task Force.  Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the ATTF tracked the LoJack signal to the area of 4th and Paseo Del Norte.

The stolen Civic was found in a business parking lot and appeared to be unoccupied.  The ATTF set up surveillance on the Civic in hopes the offender would return.  After surveillance was completed, the Civic was recovered and processed for evidence.  The current owner had no idea that the previous owner requested to have LoJack installed in the Civic in the event it was ever stolen.  This initial investment by the previous owner was passed along, at no additional cost, to the current owner.

The LoJack® System was installed in the Honda Civic in September 2013 via LoJack Direct Sales in Albuquerque, New Mexico.