The owners of a 2016 Ford Transit Van contacted the Evanston Police Department to report their vehicle not returned after a rental. Attempts to contact renter were unsuccessful. Evanston Police 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 Transit Van.
A short while later a Chicago Police squad car equipped with a LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC) installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft picked up the silent LoJack signal from the Ford. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the stolen van was located parked and unoccupied on the 4000 block of W 24th street in Chicago’s Archer Height’s neighborhood. Police recovered the stolen van and ordered a tow. While waiting for the tow the officers responded to a nearby in-progress call, when the tow arrived, the Van was re-stolen. Chicago Police re-entered the Van as stolen in N.C.I.C., which re-activated the LoJack® System.
A short while later Chicago Police again picked up the signal broadcast by the stolen transit Van. Police using the cues being broadcasted located the stolen Ford parked and unoccupied on the 700 block of E. 82nd street in Chicago’s Gresham neighborhood. Police again recovered the stolen Van and towed to the pound for processing and turnover to owners.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Transit Van in Mar 2016 as a Commercial Installation.