LoJack to Help Newcastle Police Recover Stolen Cars
Posted on 02/16/2018

Every Newcastle Police Department patrol car is now equipped with specialized technology to help recover stolen vehicles. The department already had three cars outfitted with the LoJack System, and they’ve partnered with LoJack to add it to the remaining patrol officer's cars, ensuring there's a LoJack unit in the city almost 24/7.

"We've located multiple stolen cars with our current LoJack systems. That's why we wanted to expand it. This technology helps us to not only recover LoJack-equipped stolen cars, but get them back to their owners quicker," said Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

How it works: LoJack uses radio frequency technology to transmit a signal that helps officers track and recover stolen vehicles. First, a certified technician hides the LoJack unit in a vehicle. Once a driver files a stolen vehicle report, officers enter it into a national stolen car database, activating the LoJack System. After its activated, the system will send a signal allowing officers to locate the vehicle.

Stolen vehicles equipped with LoJack have a 90 percent recovery rate. It's also the only vehicle recovery system that is directly integrated with law enforcement across the country. Some dealerships install LoJack in the vehicles they sell, so when you drive off the lot you’re already protected. Owners can also purchase LoJack for their vehicles after market. Go to locator.lojack.com to find an authorized LoJack dealer near you.

This system will help police bring your stolen vehicles home, but it's not the only measure you can take to protect your property. Here are a few tips from the Newcastle Police Department to prevent auto thefts and car prowls:

• Close all windows and lock your car; do not leave keys in the vehicle.
• Don't leave the sun roof open or windows rolled down.
• Use a secondary steering wheel locking device, such as The Club.
• Lock your motorcycle wheel.
• Remove all loose items from the vehicle, especially items of value such as laptop computers, GPS units, purses and wallets.
• Park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
• Park your vehicle in a garage.
• If you have to leave something in your car, place it in the trunk or other secure location prior to arriving at your destination. Do not do it after you have parked your car.
• If you observe any criminal or suspicious activity, do not hesitate to immediately call 911 or the non-emergency dispatch number 206-296-3311

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