Thieves Use AirTags to Steal Luxury Cars, Report Says

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Thieves place AirTags in areas out of sight of target vehicles when parked in public places. They then track the targeted vehicles to the victim’s home, where they are stolen from the driveway.

Thieves use AirTags to locate and steal luxury cars in Canada, 9to5Mac reported.

Officers have been investigating five incidents involving AirTags used to steal luxury cars, according to a statement released last week by the York Regional Police Service in Canada.

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Thieves place AirTags in areas out of sight of target vehicles when parked in public places. They then follow the targeted vehicles to the victim’s residence, where they are stolen from the driveway, 9to5Mac reported.

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Thieves use tools such as screwdrivers to enter vehicles through the driver or passenger door, while being careful not to set off alarms.

Once inside, they connect an electronic device to the on-board diagnostic port under the dashboard. The device can reprogram the factory setting.

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The car is then programmed to accept a key that the thieves brought with them. The thieves then start the car and drive it.

Police advise car owners to regularly check their cars for any potential suspicious tracking devices, 9to5Mac said.

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