Union City car dealership Nalley Honda is donating four LoJack systems, technology that is used for finding stolen vehicles.
Nalley Honda Union City is an authorized distributor of the systems, said General Manager Ken Sidana, and the dealership made contact with the department roughly a month ago to see if they were in need.
“We contacted them to see how they were doing with LoJack units about a month ago,” said Sidana. “Typically they are $750 per unit. Right now, we are in the process of ordering and installing them.”
Stolen car location and recovery is a simple process with the LoJack system.
A person whose car or truck is stolen, and outfitted with the LoJack system, first reports the theft to the police.
Once the car has been reported stolen, the LoJack unit in the car is activated, which emits a coded radio frequency signal to a network of police cars and aviation units.
Police use the LoJack tracking computers in their patrol cars to pick up the signal that is emitted from the car.
The system is unique in that it can locate cars where GPS systems fail — through concrete buildings and steel.
According to the LoJack system website, the company claims that a recovery time of 24 hours is guaranteed.
Officer Christopher Murphy of the Union City Police Department said a donation of this type will prove to be invaluable.
“These donations come at no cost to our citizens and will assist officers in addressing the stolen car problem in south Fulton County,” he said.
Sidana agreed with Murphy on the benefit of the systems to the community at large.
“If someone has a LoJack unit in their car but the police department is not equipped with it, it is futile and very hard to find the car,” he said. “With the LoJack unit, they can locate the car a lot faster.”
The police department will receive the units and will install them within the next few weeks.