I have a very unfortunate event that happened to me last night. My crz was stolen! Since I bought my car used how would I know if a lowjack anti theft system was installed by the first buyer?
You wouldn't know unless the previous owner told you it was installed or you happen to see it while digging around through the vehicle like taking interior panels off. A regular anti-theft system wouldn't have prevented this theft due to you leaving the key in the vehicle.
And lojack is a rather rare system and the way it operates requires that the company be called and the vehicle reported as stolen to activate the code for that vehicle's lojack. The lojack system is then updated to show the stolen vehicles lowjack transmitter and a police vehicle with lowjack receiver (not every cop car has them) has to get within a few miles of it to even be alerted. Then they have to drive around listening to the signal to try and locate where the vehicle is. The system is only operable in 29 US states and 30 countries. If it was the be-all end-all to auto-theft then the company would have more than 133 million in revenue, they'd be in every state and more countries, they'd have recovered significantly more than 300,000 vehicles in 30 years and there would be many more systems installed.
You could call lojack and see if the VIN was registered but its doubtful. If the thieves were actually smart, then they probably wouldn't pick the CR-Z, but if they are and not just opportunistic then they would already be tearing the vehicle down and thus noticed and disabled that system in the process. Or they're just opportunistic, committed their crime in the vehicle and have or are about to dump it somewhere. Or they're stupid and they're still driving around in it. If your area has automatic license plate recognition used by police service then there is some hope. If they swapped plates and or no ALPR then it could be a while.
The only information I know is that there is a red flashing light on the radio system and right under it I remember reading anti theft. It flashes and I only notice it when the car is shut off and locked. Any help from anyone I'm so pissed off. Btw my crz happened to get stolen due to the fact that I had a spare key that I left in my gym bag and just never took it out when I purchased the car. Im assuming they saw my gym bag in my back cubbies even though my windows are tinted and got lucky finding my spare key.
As Spdbump noted the anti-theft radio light is just a radio lockout that makes it more difficult to use without the code, some dealerships stick the radio code sticker somewhere inside the vehicle or owners leave it in the owners manual or glovebox thus negating the protection. It only locks out the radio to prevent smash-and-grab style quick radio theft for re-sale.
The other anti-theft light is in the gauge cluster and just indicates that the car is locked and the doors will alarm if opened without being properly un-locked. Easily and quickly defeated by smashing window, popping hood and disconnecting the battery.
The first rule of auto theft prevention is don't leave the key in the vehicle.