Police using new device to track stolen cars

Updated: 03/13/2014 8:25 AM | Created: 03/13/2014 8:21 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

When police hear a beeping noise in their patrol car, they know what to do. That noise? It means a vehicle was just reported stolen, which is a big problem in New Mexico.

Now, state police, APD and Santa Fe police are getting help from LoJack, a free system that tracks down stolen vehicles.

Only some patrol cars get the alert. A code pops up on their display screen and with that code, they can find out the color of the car, the model of the car and the location.

So far, the system has helped police find four stolen vehicles.

Officer Healy with state police found one of those vehicles in Albuquerque.

"I recovered the pickup truck," Healy said.

The tracking system only works with vehicles that have the device installed. Some new cars are being sold with it.

The installation of devices used by the police and the training is free to taxpayers. But if someone wants their vehicle equipped with LoJack, they would have to pay.

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