Lo-Jack donates seven new computers to Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station.
The City of Santa Clarita announced today that the LoJack Corporation, the leading provider of tracking and recovery systems for stolen mobile assets, has donated seven Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. This brings the total of number of PTCs to 14 for the Santa Clarita Valley Station.
The Police Tracking Computer installed in law enforcement vehicles is designed to receive silent signals emitted from a small radio transceiver hidden in a LoJack-equipped vehicle. Law enforcement vehicles with PTCs follow these signals, which lead to the stolen vehicle.
With a better than 90 percent success rate in recovering stolen cars, the LoJack system is a time-tested radio frequency based theft protection solution. It enables Sheriff’s Deputies and other local law enforcement agencies that use PTCs to track down and recover not only LoJack-equipped cars, but trucks, motorcycles and construction equipment as well. In addition, LoJack provides trained law enforcement liaisons (former police officers with an expertise in auto theft), who are based in this area and work to provide training and ongoing support to area law enforcement agencies in their use of the LoJack system.
"This is another excellent example of our proactive Sheriff’s Department partnering with our business community to keep the City of Santa Clarita safe,” explained Mayor Bob Kellar. “As a retired police officer, I know first-hand how effective these devices are in preventing auto theft and the recovery of vehicles. Most vehicles are recovered in less than 24 hours, and often in only a few hours after they are stolen,” he added.
LoJack is a long-established partner with the law enforcement community, having installed tracking devices in over six million vehicles over the last two decades. In that time, over 100,000 vehicles have been recovered in the United States with an estimated recovery value of over two billion dollars.
“Our deputies are excited about the new addition to our fleet, remarked Anthony La Berge, SCV Sheriff Station Police Chief. With the extra units on the street, not only are the chances of recovering vehicles greater, but arresting the vehicle theft suspects while they are still inside of the vehicle is enhanced tremendously,” he added.
Within the first week of the PTC's deployment in Santa Clarita, a vehicle was reported stolen. Within two hours, Sheriff Deputies locked in on the signal of the vehicle, located the stolen car, and arrested the suspect without incident.
"Although tracking devices and security alarms will not eliminate car thefts, thieves should know that stealing vehicles in Santa Clarita is a fast pass to our jail and we will be quickly tracking these stolen cars,” added Captain La Berge.