LBPD Receives Eight New LoJack Computers Thanks to Local Business Owner

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From left to right – Commander Lisa Lopez, Detective Mark Mattia, Commander Richard Farfan, Michael Elenitsky-LoJack, James Howe-LoJack, Chief Jim McDonnell, Brian Asciak-Pacific Ford, Fred Sepanlou-Pacific Ford, Tom Arthur-Pacific Ford, Bureau Chief Braden Phillips.

The Long Beach Police Department will add eight (8) LoJack Police Tracking Computers, provided by Henry Caruso owner of Pacific Ford, to its fleet and enhance Long Beach’s stolen vehicle recovery capabilities.

The Police Tracking Computers installed in law enforcement vehicles are designed to receive silent signals emitted from a small radio transceiver hidden in a LoJack equipped vehicle. Officers deployed in patrol vehicles and helicopters equipped with the LoJack system follow these signals, which can lead officers directly to the stolen vehicle.

The LoJack System is a time-tested radio frequency based theft recovery solution. It enables area law enforcement agencies that use the computers to track down and recover, not only LoJack equipped cars, but trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and construction equipment as well.

“This partnership provides a measurable benefit to the community, by fighting crime and making our streets safer without spending additional City funds,” Mayor Bob Foster said.

“We’re always looking to maximize our ability to locate stolen vehicles and partnering with Pacific Ford affords us the opportunity to increase our number of LoJack equipped vehicles to 35, at no cost to the taxpayers,” said Chief Jim McDonnell.

Long Beach has realized a 15.6% increase in auto thefts, January through November 2012, compared to 2011. Special operations, which target auto theft crimes, are conducted on a regular basis; however, we need your help to report suspicious activity and reduce opportunity.

You can do your part to reduce auto theft in many of the following ways:

  • Report suspicious persons or vehicles by calling 9-1-1.
  • Secure vehicles by closing and locking all doors and windows.
  • Equip your vehicle with an alarm or other anti-theft device.
  • Never leave your vehicle running unattended, even if you will only be gone for a minute.
  • If you have a garage, use it and keep it closed and locked.
  • Report auto theft immediately. Be prepared to provide the make/model/license plate and vehicle identification number.

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