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Old 09-05-2020, 08:30 PM   #1
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Benefits of Lowjack System

Im thinking about getting it and the subscription. Been reading reviews of the Lowjack system and they range from “I love it!” to “its a total waste of money”. Would like to hear your professional opinions of it. Thanks!
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Old 09-05-2020, 09:14 PM   #2
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I would recommend checking with your local agency(ies) to see if they have the tracking computers or not. If no agencies have them in the area you would be riding, then it might not be the best investment.

Lojack has a summary for agencies that are interested: https://www.lojack.com/for-law-enforcement/

If the agency has them it might be a worthwhile investment for peace of mind.
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My agency gets A LOT of stolen vehicles. We have one LoJack equipped patrol car and no one even drives it.

All it does is send out a radio beacon signal. When the signal hits the receiver in the patrol car, it has a little compass with an arrow that tells you which direction it came from. If the vehicle is moving, it’s almost impossible to find. If it’s parked, then might find it if they look long and hard enough. If an officer can’t lock the signal in a minute or two, we usually just move on to the next call for service.

Waste of money, IMO. That money would be better served to boost your insurance policy to comprehensive/theft coverage if you don’t already have it.
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Old 09-06-2020, 06:10 PM   #4
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Look into OnStar and similar services offered through many car manufacturers. You usually get a year free if you buy a new car equipped with it. After that it's a monthly service fee. It's GPS based and gives you other benefits besides auto theft, such as calling EMS if it senses airbag deployment, or you can push a button and use it to call for a tow truck. Stuff like that.

But its pretty amazing with locating stolen vehicles. When a person gets their vehicle stolen, they report to the police and then call OnStar or competing service. They verify with law enforcement on scene and their customer and then provide a GPS location of the vehicle. I've located a couple stolen vehicles that way minutes after taking the report. It doesn't rely on law enforcement agencies to have any special equipment.
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Old 09-08-2020, 07:54 AM   #5
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My agency gets A LOT of stolen vehicles. We have one LoJack equipped patrol car and no one even drives it.

All it does is send out a radio beacon signal. When the signal hits the receiver in the patrol car, it has a little compass with an arrow that tells you which direction it came from. If the vehicle is moving, it’s almost impossible to find. If it’s parked, then might find it if they look long and hard enough. If an officer can’t lock the signal in a minute or two, we usually just move on to the next call for service.

Waste of money, IMO. That money would be better served to boost your insurance policy to comprehensive/theft coverage if you don’t already have it.
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Look into OnStar and similar services offered through many car manufacturers. You usually get a year free if you buy a new car equipped with it. After that it's a monthly service fee. It's GPS based and gives you other benefits besides auto theft, such as calling EMS if it senses airbag deployment, or you can push a button and use it to call for a tow truck. Stuff like that.

But its pretty amazing with locating stolen vehicles. When a person gets their vehicle stolen, they report to the police and then call OnStar or competing service. They verify with law enforcement on scene and their customer and then provide a GPS location of the vehicle. I've located a couple stolen vehicles that way minutes after taking the report. It doesn't rely on law enforcement agencies to have any special equipment.
This and this.

At least one of our aircraft is LoJack equipped. None of our cars are. I think I probably hear one vehicle per year recovered due to LoJack during the times I've worked.
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Old 09-08-2020, 11:11 AM   #6
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Owning one of the 56 rare and exotic North American RC45 I looked into LoJack
but decided No Way Jack... I didn't like the fact they had to install it and if my
bike crossed the border they would not provided updates... I just learned ways
to keep an eye on my prize...



My fellow exotic Honda owners take similar precautions...
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Old 09-08-2020, 01:54 PM   #7
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There are many, many systems available that use GPS and cellular network to "phone home" and send you location. Some even have website that pinpoints location of bike on map to help you find it. Much, much better with use of modern tech than LoJack.
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Old 09-08-2020, 02:07 PM   #8
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There are several "vehicle location" systems the Regional Auto Theft Taskforce use fairly regularly. Far more frequent LPR hits vs lojack, though.

There are guys I used to work with that would literally bust a nut when the notification went off. I'd be like, bro, is everything ok?!?! Thinking someone at home was in trouble or my radio was too low to hear a call go out...

Needless to say, I no longer have the same voracious vinegar flowing through my loins as I used to.

I'm almost ashamed to say I wasn't even working autotheft when lojack came out
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Old 09-15-2020, 11:25 PM   #10
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Owning one of the 56 rare and exotic North American RC45 I looked into LoJack
but decided No Way Jack... I didn't like the fact they had to install it and if my
bike crossed the border they would not provided updates... I just learned ways
to keep an eye on my prize...



My fellow exotic Honda owners take similar precautions...
How did you get it so high? Take it apart and reassembled on top ?
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Old 09-16-2020, 03:33 PM   #11
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How did you get it so high? Take it apart and reassembled on top ?
He is probably able to lift 10 pounds.
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Old 09-17-2020, 09:49 AM   #12
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How did you get it so high? Take it apart and reassembled on top ?
My friend owns both a RC30 and a RC45 and which ever one he is not riding goes
on a Forklift through double front doors for display...
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I may be wrong, but the one under the ceiling looks like a scale model to me.
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Old 09-21-2020, 07:44 PM   #14
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There are many, many systems available that use GPS and cellular network to "phone home" and send you location. Some even have website that pinpoints location of bike on map to help you find it. Much, much better with use of modern tech than LoJack.
we have GPS in all of our vehicles at work. A couple weeks ago someone jumped into one a drove off with it. By the time they called me and I logged in the vehicle was parked a couple miles away (red square, top center). They met CHP at the site and recovered the vehicle the same afternoon. I'm not familiar with the location but apparently it was behind some bushes and could have sat for weeks before anyone realized it didn't belong there and called it in.

The employee lost cell phone, wallet, house/personal car keys etc. so it was an expensive afternoon for them but we got the car back.
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