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OSP Combating Vehicle Theft with Help of LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery Systems
05/25/2010
Sergeant Tom Worthy
Oregon State Police
Patrol Services Division
(503) 934-0268
 
Paul McMahon
LoJack VP of Marketing and Corporate Communications
(781) 251-4130

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Car thieves, be forewarned! Oregon State Police (OSP) is joining nearly 40 other Oregon law enforcement agencies with LoJack tracking units that will help troopers track and recover stolen vehicles. The LoJack system, which is the only stolen vehicle recovery system directly operated by police, is provided at no cost to OSP and other police agencies to help locate stolen vehicles equipped with a LoJack transponder.
 
The OSP Mobile Technology Steering Committee evaluated the benefits of equipping some OSP patrol cars with the LoJack stolen vehicle recovery system. OSP Superintendent Timothy McLain approved the partnership with LoJack, paving the way for the installation of 17 units in undisclosed Willamette Valley area OSP patrol cars where LoJack infrastructure is already in place to support the systems. Last week, a Portland metro area OSP patrol car equipped with the LoJack system helped track a stolen vehicle to a barn ultimately leading to its recovery for another law enforcement agency.
 
"The addition of the stolen recovery systems will definitely help our troopers and other agencies locate and recover reported stolen vehicles," said OSP Captain Joel Lujan, director of the OSP Patrol Services Division. "These units are proven to help police get stolen vehicles back to their owners more frequently and faster."
 
According to the Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS), there were over 22,000 vehicles reported stolen to Oregon law enforcement agencies during the last two years. OSP troopers reported recovering 293 stolen vehicles during the last three years.
 
Nationally, statistics according to the latest Uniform Crime Report indicates the percentage of stolen vehicles not recovered has steadily increased over the past decade. Vehicles with LoJack tracking units have a 90 percent recovery success rate.
 
A recent example of how police and LoJack work together to recover a stolen vehicle involved two law enforcement agencies on opposite sides of the Columbia River. On the afternoon of April 19th a Gresham resident and owner of a Honda Accord parked the vehicle at his residence in the 300 block of NE 167th Place. The next day he discovered it was stolen and reported it to Gresham Police Department who entered the vehicle into NCIC. The NCIC entry automatically activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle. Neither the owner, nor law enforcement, had to do anything else to initiate activation because LoJack's interface with law enforcement is both seamless and instantaneous.
 
Less than two hours after the LoJack was activated, a deputy with Clark County Sheriff's Office in Vancouver, Washington received the silent LoJack homing signal with the LoJack Tracking Computer installed in his patrol car. The signal was tracked to the 15900 block of NE 48th Circle where one suspect was contacted and arrested. The Honda Accord, which had LoJack installed in three years ago when it was purchased as a used vehicle, was recovered with no visible damage.
 
NOTE: More information about the LoJack stolen vehicle recovery system is available on their website at www.lojack.comThis news release is not an endorsement of the LoJack product.