Lojack WILL Recover You Vehicle
The LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System is an aftermarket vehicle tracking system that allows vehicles to be tracked by police after being stolen. The manufacturer claims a 90% recovery rate.
The name "LoJack" was coined to be the "antithesis of hijack", meaning the theft of a vehicle through force.
Today, its core business comprises the tracking and recovery of cars, trucks, construction equipment, commercial vehicles and motorcycles. Additionally, they are expanding into newer, emerging markets through licensing agreements and investments in areas such as cargo security and people at risk of wandering.
The company claims that over 250,000 vehicles have been recovered worldwide since the product was introduced more than two decades ago.
How it Works
The system is a small, silent radio transceiver that is hidden in a vehicle by a certified LoJack technician. Once installed, the unit is automatically registered in the database, which interfaces with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system used by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the US.
In the event of a theft, a customer reports the incident to the police, who make a routine entry into the state police crime computer, resulting in a match of the System's unique code against the state VIN database. This process automatically triggers the activation of the unit in the vehicle.
If a unit is activated, every police car within a 2-3 mile radius and equipped with a tracking unit will automatically be alerted that the vehicle is near.
The company’s systems are operable in 27 US states and in the District of Columbia, and more than 30 countries. The company operates in areas of the country with the greatest population and density, highest number of new vehicle sales, and highest incidence of vehicle theft.
The technology uses radio frequency (RF) as opposed to GPS. This allows police to recover vehicles when they are hidden in garages and other dense areas. It also can be upgraded to alert the owner of a vehicle if the car is moved or started, via an Early Warning.
The company installs special police tracking computers (PTCs) in law enforcement vehicles, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.
The PTCs coverage capability ranges from 12-20 square miles (ground) to 75-120 miles (aircraft). The company's software and databases are directly integrated into each state's crime computers, providing a connection to law enforcement.
The suggested retail price for the flagship system is $695, but it has no monthly fee.
Stolen Vehicle Recovery System - A small, silent transmitter hidden in a vehicle allows the police to track and recover it. The unit is covertly hidden within the vehicle.
Early Warning - An optional component of the LoJack System, Early Warning alerts the owner by phone, e-mail or text message if the protected vehicle has been moved without authorization. A personal key fob sends a signal to the system to disable the warning as long as the owner is carrying it. LoJack offers the Early Warning product for cars, trucks and motorcycles.
For Motorcycles - Police can track and recover a stolen motorcycle.
For Construction - Tracking units can be covertly placed in construction equipment.
For Fleet and Trucking - Protection for tractor trailers, semis, rigs, haulers, and vans.
InTransit - Cargo tracking devices and service.
SafetyNet - Multifaceted solution for tracking and rescuing people at risk of wandering including those with autism and Alzheimer's.