California Highway Patrol Officer Recovers Stolen Dodge Durango, Minutes After Theft Report

  • April 6, 2012
  • recovery stories

On the night of March 9, 2012, the owner of a 1998 Dodge Durango reported the vehicle stolen to the Fresno Police Department. After Fresno Police prepared a stolen vehicle report, they had the Dodge’s information entered into the state and federal crime computer systems. This routine police action automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed within the Dodge. Neither the owners nor law enforcement agents had to do anything else to activate the LoJack Vehicle Recovery Network, because LoJack’s interface with the police is both seamless and instantaneous.

Minutes later, an officer from the Fresno office of the California Highway Patrol began receiving the Dodge’s silent LoJack signal on his onboard LoJack Police Tracking Computer (PTC). The officer ran the reply code that appeared on his display screen and received the stolen Dodge’s information and a description of the vehicle. Following the directional cues on the PTC, the officer tracked the Dodge to the vicinity of Olive and Eighth Avenues in southeast Fresno. There, he found the vehicle, abandoned on the side of the road in a residential area. The vehicle was recovered intact and undamaged; it was stored pending release to the owner.

The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in the Dodge Durango in March of 2000.