The 100,000th recovery took place in Philadelphia and involves a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The company credited the integration of their system to police departments as the key to the recovery of stolen vehicles such as the one mentioned.
The LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System is the reason why the police found their way to the stolen Nissan Pathfinder. It is a silent tracking device which is hidden in a vehicle. The tracking device is an aftermarket product just like a Hummer cold air intake system. Though they differ in purpose, they are both parts added to a vehicle to make the car do better and also be safer in the case of the LoJack system and boost performance in the case of the cold air intake system.
The LoJack system allows vehicles to be tracked and recovered by the authorities after they had been stolen. LoJack boasts of a 90 percent recovery rate of vehicles stolen with this system.
The recovery system is anchored on a tracking device installed in a car which can be activated by the police when the car is reported to be stolen. The silent tracking device broadcasts its location to within a two to three mile radius. The broadcast can be intercepted by police cars equipped with a tracking device. LoJack has integrated their tracking system to most police departments and this makes tracking stolen vehicles much easier for all parties.
Radio frequency instead of GPS is employed by LoJack on their tracking device. This means that the location of the car can be pinpointed even if it is hidden away from the "eyes" of satellites.
The LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System is hidden on the car and looks like a regular car component. This makes the unit almost invisible for thieves. Case in point is the Nissan Pathfinder which was recovered in Eastern Philadelphia last January 12, 2007. The thief disabled the GPS system of the car but failed to disable the LoJack tracking system. This makes it possible for the Philadelphia Police Department Aviation Unit and Philadelphia Police major Crimes Auto Squad to pinpoint the location of the SUV and subsequently recover it.
Richard T. Riley, the Chairman and CEO of LoJack Corporation, has this to say about the milestone reached by the company: "We are proud to reach this milestone and, most importantly, we are proud of LoJack's continued ability over the past two decades to partner with police departments such as those in Philadelphia to help in the fight against vehicle theft. The LoJack System's integration with more than 1,800 law enforcement agencies in the United States has proven time and time again to be a solution that works. It has enabled law enforcement utilizing our system to recover over 100,000 LoJack-equipped vehicles, while also helping put criminals, of these and other more serious crimes, behind bars."
LoJack's dedication to the recovery of stolen vehicles is apparent not only on their name. You see, LoJack was selected as the name of the company to be the antithesis of hijack. They have also shown that their system is capable of recovering stolen vehicles most of the time. The number of vehicles recovered will surely increase as more and more motorists employ their tracking system on their investment.