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LOJACK CORP. ANNOUNCES 1991 NATIONAL STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERY STATISTICS

 LOJACK CORP. ANNOUNCES 1991 NATIONAL STOLEN
 VEHICLE RECOVERY STATISTICS
 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- LoJack Corp. today announced it had a national stolen vehicle recovery rate of 95 percent with 1,091 recoveries for LoJack-equipped vehicles for the 1991 calendar year. Through 1991, LoJack, who pioneered electronic stolen vehicle recovery systems operated by law enforcement agencies, has recovered a total of over 2,650 stolen vehicles. The announcement was made by John Raber, director of marketing for LoJack of California, at a news conference held during media days at the 1992 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show.
 LoJack Corp., the Needham, Mass.-based manufacturer of the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System, also claims victory over numerous "chop shop" operations, helping take a bite out of the more than $8 billion national auto theft problem. In Los Angeles County alone, four large auto theft rings have been dismantled during 1991. This brings the total number to six since the LoJack program began in July 1990.
 LoJack has also compiled an equally impressive 24 percent arrest rate in 1991, as compared to national figures of 1-2 percent for "rolling stolens," and 8 percent after follow up police investigations. According to Raber, the LoJack transponder has been an influential partner in helping police agencies uncover the chop shops. "Not only is the LoJack system retrieving its customers' cars, but it's also helping return non-LoJack-equipped cars through association," said Raber.
 Currently, there are more than 120,000 LoJack-equipped vehicles operating throughout the United States. LoJack has operating systems in alliance with law enforcement agencies in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois and Florida. It is currently building systems with agreements in Georgia and Virginia, and expects to announce further expansion agreements, both nationally and internationally, in 1992.
 Citing verified police reports, LoJack has been responsible for recovering most cars within three to four hours of the hidden LoJack transponder's activation. Most vehicles have been returned to their owners with minimal (point of entry and ignition damage) or no damage at all.
 In some reported cases, LoJack has retrieved the same car more than once. One such example is from a Detroit police officer who recovered his 1991 Ford Mustang twice after two separate thefts occurred. In both instances, the officer's car was recovered in under two hours with minimal damage.
 Other cases allow for the suspects to be arrested. Such was the instance when a 1991 Acura Integra was reported stolen. After tracking its silent radio signal, Los Angeles police officers discovered the Integra was concealed by a car cover behind a condo complex. LAPD's CECATS (auto theft task force) were called in for surveillance purposes, and after several hours, officers observed a slight change in signal strength. Noticing the car had now been moved inside a garage, officers entered the garage and arrested two adults who were about to remove parts. Both suspects were taken into custody, and were identified to be two active gang members.
 Increasing its campaign against car-related crimes, LoJack recently introduced the LoJack "Alert" Alarm system. While the LoJack transponder is designed to locate the vehicle and its thief once the vehicle has been stolen, the LoJack "Alert" Alarm is designed for the amateur thief or joy-rider. Once installed, it provides the first defensive measure by issuing a siren-like warning when an unauthorized entry is attempted, as well as providing an instantaneous ignition kill, effectively disabling the starter.
 The LoJack "retrieve" system allows police to track, locate and recover police verified stolen vehicles. Once the LoJack transponder has been activated in the stolen vehicle, police are able to pick up the transponsder's silent radio frequency signal by using onboard tracking computers installed in the police units. To eliminate false alarms, the unit is activated after a police report has been filed by the owner.
 The LoJack electronic recovery system retails for $595.00 installed. Contrary to other electronic recovery devices on the market, LoJack does not have any additional activation or monthly service fees. The units are available through an authorized network of new car dealerships or directly from the company.
 Information can be obtained in California by calling 800-LA-LOJACK (522-6522), or nationally at 617-444-4900.
 LOJACK OF CALIFORNIA
 Recovery Statistics
 (Jan. 1, 1991 - Dec. 31, 1991)
 Number of activations: 135
 Overall recovery rate: 93 percent (126 of 135)
 Arrest rate: 25 percent (31 of 126)
 Number of "rolling arrests: 9
 Arrests made at scene: 7
 "Stakeouts" resulting in
 arrest: 12
 Investigations resulting
 in arrest: 3
 Auto theft rings/chop
 shops uncovered: 6
 Number of recoveries under
 4 hours: 79 (63 percent)
 Shortest activation time: 10 minutes
 Number of recoveries with
 no damage: 54 (43 percent)
 Number of recoveries with
 entry/ignition damage: 29 (23 percent)
 Number of recoveries with
 other minor damage: 36 (29 percent)
 Number of recoveries with
 major damage: 7 (5 percent)
 Specific location of recoveries:
 74 ......................... Street
 16 ......................... Parking lot
 6 ......................... Alley
 6 ......................... Residential garage
 3 ......................... Parking structure
 4 ......................... Driveway
 4 ......................... Carport
 2 ......................... Service station
 2 ......................... Vacant lot
 1 ......................... Mall parking lot
 1 ......................... Front yard (hidden)
 2 ......................... Rear yard
 1 ......................... Auto stereo shop
 2 ......................... Auto repair shop
 2 ......................... Business garage (locked)
 Top 10 vehicles recovered by LoJack (by make):
 1. Honda 6. Mercedes-Benz
 2. Ford 7. Toyota
 3. Nissan 8. Jeep
 4. Chevrolet 9. Porsche
 5. BMW 10. Pontiac
 -0- 1/3/92
 /CONTACT: John Raber of LoJack Corp., 213-286-2610; or Joseph Molina of JMPR, 818-992-4353, for LoJack/ CO: LoJack Corp. ST: California IN: AUT SU:


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