Stories Reflect How Global Network Continues to Combat Vehicle Theft; LoJack SCI InTransit Solution Fights Cargo Theft; New Tracking System Helps Rescue People with Cognitive Conditions Who Wander
WESTWOOD, MA – December 23, 2009 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – LoJack Corporation (Nasdaq: LOJN), the company that invented the stolen vehicle recovery market and now offers a diversified portfolio of solutions that recover a range of assets and rescue people with cognitive conditions who wander, today revealed its top 2009 worldwide recoveries and rescues. These global stories demonstrate the effectiveness of LoJack’s solutions to recover stolen vehicles, construction equipment, motorcycles and cargo, as well as to help rescue people with cognitive conditions such as autism and Alzheimer’s who wander.
The recoveries of the stolen mobile assets reflect the strength of LoJack’s direct integration with law enforcement and the effectiveness of its covert System and Radio Frequency technology, which operates even in a concrete garage, steel container or in dense foliage. They also highlight the important role the System plays in helping police apprehend dangerous criminals and crack organized theft rings.
The rescues of people around the country who suffer from cognitive conditions demonstrate the peace of mind LoJack SafetyNet brings to caregivers and protection to those who tend of wander.
“We are very proud of the many rescues and recoveries our solutions have helped make possible around the world,” said Ronald V. Waters, President and Chief Executive Officer, LoJack Corporation. “Vehicle theft remains a serious global problem and our Stolen Vehicle Recovery System has helped recover thousands of assets globally and enabled law enforcement to put criminals behind bars. We are especially proud of the success of our newest offering, LoJack SafetyNet, which has helped to reunite so many caregivers with their loved ones who had wandered off.”
U.S.: LoJack System Helps Police Bust Massive Global Theft Ring
A California-based Lexus dealer who had installed LoJack units on the cars in his lot notified police that a vehicle was fraudulently purchased from his dealership. Authorities activated the transponder in the vehicle and within three hours located the car inside a cargo container at the Port of Los Angeles. The detectives also recovered a second container with two more vehicles and determined that two additional containers had already left the country. The two containers at sea were recalled and four more high-end vehicles worth approximately $400,000 were recovered. After a lengthy investigation, authorities found eight vehicles, made five arrests and have several warrants pending. Most important, they managed to dismantle a theft ring that had been responsible for the theft of 67 high-end vehicles worth approximately $4.5 million as well as 300 other vehicles stolen from across the country over a three-year period.
South Africa: LoJack and “Wolf” Solve Carjacking
At a quiet intersection, four armed men opened fire on a woman driver and her male passenger in a Toyota Hilux, seriously injuring the driver and killing the passenger. The men pulled the occupants out of the vehicle and drove off. Within minutes of activation, authorities tracked the vehicle to a dark, secluded area where they found the car parked outside a house. Seeing the authorities arrive, the suspects in the vehicle fled on foot. The authorities blocked off the area and called in the dog unit where Wolf, a highly trained German shepherd, picked up a scent and quickly found one of the suspects hiding under a bush a few hundred yards away from the vehicle. The LoJack technology — with some help from Wolf — led to an arrest.
Spain: LoJack System on Stolen Vehicle Helps Police Bust Major Theft Ring
A Spanish rental car company installed a recovery system on its fleet. When a customer who had rented a vehicle for two months failed to return the car at the end of the agreement, the rental company called authorities to activate the system. Using LoJack’s Pan-European network, authorities tracked the vehicle to a warehouse in Belgium where 12 other cars were discovered. The vehicles were all part of a massive theft operation involving more than 200 rental cars stolen from eastern Spain.
Italy: LoJack Helps Police Crack Cross-Border Theft Case
A BMW X5 was stolen in Spain, where wily thieves thought they would outwit police by removing the Spanish license plates and replacing them with Ukrainian tags. Unbeknownst to the thieves, the vehicle was equipped with LoJack, and although the vehicle was driven 1,500 kilometers from Spain to Italy, the vehicles was tracked and recovered – within only hours after the vehicle entered Italy.
Canada: LoJack SCI Helps Recover $2 Million Load of Merchandise
LoJack Supply Chain Integrity’s tracking and monitoring solution helped Canada’s Peel Regional Theft Task Force recover a stolen load of merchandise worth an estimated $2 million. Seven members of a known cargo theft gang – who hijacked the driver of the tractor-trailer and were responsible for several other cargo theft incidents in Ontario – were arrested in this case.
Argentina: LoJack Recovers Stolen Vehicle and 18 ATVs in Less than Three Hours
LoJack recovered a Mercedes-Benz vehicle and tractor-trailer in less than three hours. Thieves had stolen the vehicle and were on the run with the trailer, which was loaded with 18 Yamaha ATVs. Soon after, police found the vehicle and trailer with its contents perfectly intact.
Mexico: Recovery Leads to Chop Shop Bust and Resolution of Carjacking Case
A 2003 Ford-250 was stolen out of California and tracked to a repair shop in Tijuana, Mexico. There, authorities found seven other vehicles – six of which were stolen in the U.S. and then taken across the border – in various stages of being dissembled. One of the vehicles was a 1998 Dodge station wagon that had been used in a U.S. carjacking. The chop shop was dismantled and the shop owner was arrested.
UK: Recovery System Helps Find Stolen Generator…Hidden Behind Metal Sheets
A generator worth 4,500 pounds Sterling was stolen in London and tracked to a remote and isolated builder’s yard across the River Thames. It was well hidden behind a building under heavy metal sheets, not visible to the eye. The Radio Frequency signal emanating from the generator was able to penetrate the metal, which enabled authorities to recover it.
Canada: Stolen John Deere Leads to Recovery of $500k in Construction Equipment
A John Deere tractor was stolen from a construction site in Quebec. Authorities followed the signal and located the tractor at a farm in a remote location 40 kilometers from the construction site. Along with the tractor, they recovered three other pieces of construction equipment including a Mack truck and two asphalt pavers valued at nearly $500,000.
France: Trucks Parts, Chop Shop and International Metal Theft Ring
A Mercedes truck was stolen and within three and a half hours police tracked the signal to a warehouse where they found the truck. Inside the warehouse, authorities found the parts of seven Mercedes trucks and a Nissan Patrol. The parts were carefully cut and sorted and placed in boxes for shipment to Africa. As a result of this recovery, police were able to dismantle a major international scrap metal ring.
U.S.: LoJack SafetyNet Helps Rescue Girl with Autism Who Wandered Off
An eight year-old girl with autism wandered away from her home with her dog on a late October afternoon. As soon as her mother realized she was missing, the mother contacted specially trained officers at the county sheriff’s department, who used their LoJack SafetyNet tracking equipment to locate the girl. Wearing her personalized, waterproof LoJack SafetyNet wristband, she had tramped through the woods and waded through a stream to get to a cornfield. Sheriff deputies found her in 49 minutes more than a mile and a half from her house. She suffered from minor scratches, but was returned safely to her very thankful family.
U.S.: LoJack SafetyNet Helps Rescue Elderly Woman Locked Inside Vacant Home
In Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, a 73-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s went missing this past spring. Officers with a county sheriff’s department arrived at the last known location of the woman, and within 5-8 minutes they picked up the LoJack SafetyNet signal emanating from the woman’s wristband. The signal led them to a vacant home where the woman was identified lying on a couch. Access was gained to the house, and the woman was rescued within 17 minutes.
About LoJack Corporation
LoJack Corporation, the company that invented the stolen vehicle recovery market more than two decades ago, is the global leader in finding and recovering a wide range of mobile assets including cars, construction equipment and motorcycles–having recovered more than $5 billion USD in stolen assets worldwide. In today’s rapidly changing world, LoJack’s core competencies are more valuable and more relevant than ever as they are now being applied into new areas, such as the prevention, detection and recovery of stolen cargo and finding and rescuing people with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and autism. LoJack has the proven processes, ultimate technology for recovery–Radio Frequency–and unique integration with law enforcement agencies, making its offerings the most effective solutions that not only deliver a wide range of recoveries, but also enhance the safety of the public on a global level. LoJack’s Stolen Vehicle Recovery System operates in 27 states and the District of Columbia, and in more than 30 countries throughout North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more information, visit www.lojack.com.