It’s really not a good idea to leave a spare key inside your vehicle. A thief may break into your car planning to steal its contents, and obtaining a key gives them the opportunity to steal the car as well. These Los Angeles, California residents learned this lesson the hard way when their 2013 Toyota Camry was stolen overnight.
On May 28th, 2013, the Camry’s owners contacted LAPD Southeast Division to report their vehicle had been stolen. Officers verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into their state and federal crime computers. The LoJack device in the Camry, which was installed at Toyota Central in Los Angeles, CA, was then automatically activated.
A short time later, LAPD Air-18 flight officers had picked up the homing signal from the Toyota on their on-board LoJack tracking computer. The flight crew directed ground units to the Camry’s location. Auto Theft detectives from Southeast Division set up a covert surveillance and observed a female juvenile enter the vehicle and drive off. The car was stopped and the suspect taken into custody. The undamaged Toyota was soon returned to its very relieved owners.