The Find My app uses GPS to locate an Apple device, such as an iPhone.
A mother used the Find My iPhone feature to help police rescue her son, who was abducted in a carjacking, according to the Atlanta Police Department.
In a statement posted to its Facebook page on Wednesday, the police department said Jerrica Moore pulled into a parking lot on Monday morning and got out but left her car running, with the keys in the ignition and her 9-year-old child years inside when a man jumped into the vehicle and drove off with his boy still in the car.
Moore used the Find My app on an iPhone to get GPS coordinates on his son’s iPhone, which he had with him in the vehicle, police say.
“Ms. Moore was able to track her son’s iPhone using ‘my location’ and relay the real-time tracking information to officers. Atlanta Police, with assistance from Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Fulton County PD and the Fulton County Sheriff, responded and used the tracking information to work toward locating the vehicle,” the Atlanta Police Department said.
Using GPS information, Atlanta police say they were able to locate the vehicle, suspect and Moore’s son within an hour, based on body camera footage released by the department.
“We are pleased to report that the child and his mother have been reunited. The community is again reminded to lock their cars and remove all valuables, including their children, when exiting their vehicles. “added the Atlanta Police Department.
Experts say carjackings involving children are on the rise.
“We’ve seen carjackings with children in the back, whether the thief knew the child was there or not,” Callahan Walsh, a child advocate at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, told ” GMA”. “In fact, last year we had 34 Amber Alerts that were issued on carjackings where a child was involved.”
Walsh said technology like the Find My app on the iPhone is one of many ways to help locate a missing child.
“What parents need to know is that if you have an old cell phone, they can give it to their child. Even if that phone doesn’t have a data plan, that phone can still dial 911,” Walsh said.
According to Apple, the Find My app is also available on iPads and Mac computers and can help you locate AirPods, AirTags, Apple Watches, iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, and Macs.