Last updated: June 01. 2013 11:44AM - 207 Views
Darcie Dyer
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Elkin Police Department now has an easier and more effective way to identify and recover stolen vehicles.

This week, two of Elkin’s police squad cars were installed with LoJack tracking devices.

LoJack uses a technology operating on a radio frequency allocated by the FCC exclusively for the recovery of stolen vehicles. When a LoJack-equipped vehicle is stolen, the vehicle’s owner alerts local law enforcement, and once officers complete a routine report, a silent signal is automatically sent out to activate the LoJack transmitter hidden in the stolen vehicle. Using special tracking technology donated by LoJack for squad cars, police officers can quickly track and recover stolen vehicles, often apprehending the thieves and recovering additional stolen vehicles in the process.

Captain Chris Leonard said Elkin Police Department is the only police department in the Surry, Yadkin and Wilkes areas that have LoJack. “I think we’re also the only one on the I-77 corridor, other than Charlotte, that has it,” he said.

“I used it at another agency where I worked, and it’s very effective,” Captain Leonard said. Leonard said he has recovered a stolen vehicle, stolen bobcat and stolen generator while using LoJack at another agency.

Elkin Police Department officers are completing LoJack training this week. The equipment, instillation and training was provided for free from LoJack and will have no cost to the tax payers or the agency.

Reach Darcie Dyer at 835-1513 or ddyer@heartlandpublications.com.

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