An anti-theft system that uses radio signals to lead police to stolen cars went on line Tuesday in Los Angeles County.
The Stolen Vehicle Recovery Network's key component is a homing device, manufactured by the Massachusetts-based electronics firm LoJack. The system costs about $595 for a private citizen to install. When a LoJack-equipped car is reported stolen, police enter the report into the state's stolen vehicle system computer, which sends a radio signal from one of seven transmission towers throughout the county.
All but two police departments--Culver City and Long Beach--have joined the 47-agency recovery network.
The California Highway Patrol is coordinating the three-year pilot program, which was unveiled at a news conference attended by county Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles police officials.