Often times, reports of new criminal trends turn out to be false or at the very least exaggerated. But it looks like there is actually a real trend of people use Apple AirTags to track cars they plan to fly later. The latest story is about a man from Detroit who says he found one on his 2018 Dodge Charger Scat Pack.
Based on Fox 2 DetroitJohn Nelson had only owned his Charger for two days when he parked it at Great Lakes Crossing, a mall in Auburn Hills, a small town about 30 miles north of downtown Detroit. After shopping for about two hours, he said he left for a friend’s house. That’s when he got a notification on his phone that he was tracked by an AirTag.
For anyone who isn’t already familiar, AirTags are little tracking devices meant to help people find easily misplaced items like car keys using Apple’s Find My app. And even if your hypothetical lost keys are too far away for your home phone to connect to AirTag, it can use other nearby Apple devices to let you know where they are.
This last feature is the one that allows people to use AirTags for more nefarious purposes. You know, like tracking cars and stealing them later or possibly chasing someone down.
As Nelson found out, if your car‘s location is tracked by an unknown AirTag, Apple will notify you. But if he had used an Android phone instead, he would never have known what was going on until it was too late. The good news is that he was able to find it and take it away before thieves came to steal his car.
âI was able to click on that notification and it gave me the ability to make the aerial tag sound and I heard it under my vehicle,â Nelson told Fox 2.
It’s also not the first time we’ve heard of AirTags being used by would-be car thieves. This would happen more frequently in the metro Detroit area, as well as other cities like Austin, Texas. Ontario, Canada, has also reported at least five similar incidents in the past two months.