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New Device Helps Police Find Stolen Vehicles

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Every 26 seconds, a car is stolen here in the United States. It equals out to more than 1 million thefts each year.

Many of those victims never get their car back, but that may soon change due to a new device that helps lead police right to stolen vehicles.

This is a device that is becoming more popular with police in Middle Tennessee.

It's a computer tracking a stolen car.

"As you get closer to it the pitch goes up," said Jimmy Hester of the LoJack Corporation, which makes wireless tracking and recovery systems.

The bar shows the strength of the signal and the needle shows the direction it's coming from.

"He's probably going to be off to our left up here somewhere," he said.

The system is produced and sold by Lojack, which donated 40 computers to Metro police. They're installed in patrol cars and helicopters.

Car owners can buy transmitters at car dealers in Middle Tennessee. The cost is $695, which is a one-time fee. No subscription is required, and the device always stays on the car.

"If you've got your vehicle stolen, which is a traumatic time you don't have to look for VIN or phone numbers. All you have to do is call the police department and report it like you would any other time and the law enforcement and LoJack does it from there," Hester said.

The transmitter is placed on the car.

"We don't allow the car owner to watch us put it in or anything like that so nobody knows exactly what it looks like," Hester said.

And they don't know where to look.

He said the company does everything it can to prevent thieves from recognizing the device. When your car is stolen you call police. The transmitter is turned on and officers start looking. The officer verifies the car is stolen and follows the needle and listens to the pitch.

The device is one more reason why thieves should think twice before stealing a vehicle.

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