PELION, SC – December 12, 2016 – Auto theft continues to impact citizens in South Carolina and across the country. In 2015, there were nearly 13,000 auto thefts in South Carolina according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report. Specifically, Columbia and the surrounding area, which includes Pelion, saw over 3,000 thefts.
To help reduce the impact of theft on citizens, the Pelion Police Department recently installed a pair of LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) to help locate and recover vehicles that have been reported stolen and have a LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System installed. The tracking computers were donated by LoJack Corporation and were installed at no cost to tax payers.
According to the FBI, auto theft was up 3% nationally in 2015, with an average loss of just over $7,000 and averaging a vehicle is stolen nationwide every 44.6 seconds.
“With auto theft not just a problem in larger cities,” says Pelion Police Chief Chris Garner, “we are excited to have partnered with LoJack in this important issue that impacts smaller communities, like Pelion…and with this cutting edge technology not costing tax payers a dime is a win across the board.”
LoJack has been working with Law Enforcement Agencies across the country for over 30 years, the technology has a 90% recovery rate on cars, trucks and SUVs, and has helped recover over 200,000 stolen vehicles in the U.S. alone.
“LoJack is committed to working with law enforcement agencies, like the Pelion Police Department, as they take steps to reduce the impact of auto theft on citizens in the area,” said LoJack’s Vice President of Law Enforcement, Patrick Clancy. “As auto theft continues to be a problem for communities, our Law Enforcement liaisons are proud to work with the Pelion PD to support their efforts and combat theft.”
The Pelion Police Department, under the leadership of Chief Christopher Garner serves the Town of Pelion and the surrounding community through community policing, community service, and protection of life and property.