For many Apple users, especially those with iPhones, AirTags is basically a must. While this device has its advantages, there are some shortcomings. According to recent reports, the Apple AirTags brings some unexpected dangers that are gradually becoming more prominent. According to the local police, in Canada, Apple’s AirTags are being used in an increasing number of targeted car thefts. A press release from the York Region Police pointed out that investigators have discovered new ways for thieves to use AirTag’s location tracking function to track and steal high-end vehicles.
Although the method of stealing cars is basically traditional, the purpose of AirTag is to track high-end cars back to the victim’s residence. These thieves then steal these flagship cars from the owner’s driveway calmly. Since September 2021, the police in York District alone have investigated five theft incidents. In each of these incidents, the criminal suspects used AirTags to steal high-end vehicles. The thieves target any particularly valuable vehicle they find in public places and parking lots. Then, they place the AirTag in an invisible place on the vehicle. They can place the tracking device in the trailer hitch or fuel tank cap so that it is difficult for the owner to find it.
The police encourage car owners to park in locked garages as much as possible. Furthermore, users should regularly check whether their vehicles have trackers, especially when they receive unknown AirTag notifications. In addition to parking flagship cars in locked garages, users should check around their cars for any foreign device.
Back in April this year, Apple officially launched the AirTags which is a small and elegant tracking device. Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing said