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Warning: Canadian Criminals Using AirTags to Steal Cars

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Apr 2, 2024

US authorities have issued a warning about criminals using AirTags to monitor and eventually steal cars. The Burlington Police in Vermont, which borders Canada, reported an increase in complaints from people who traveled to Canada and returned to find an unknown AirTag tracking them. iPhone alerts alerted the victims to the presence of the tracking device, which they confirmed using the Apple Search app to locate it.

AirTags are small location devices designed by Apple to help users find lost items. Criminals have been using these devices to track cars, placing them in hidden locations such as windshield wipers, inside open vehicles, or in the front grille. This allows them to monitor the cars and later steal and sell them.

Although Bluetooth location devices like AirTags and Samsung SmartTags are intended for beneficial use, they have also been used for malicious purposes, tracking people’s location or activity without their knowledge. Google and Apple are working on developing protocols to alert users of unauthorized monitoring with these devices.

Criminals have been increasingly using AirTags to track cars and potentially steal them, prompting US authorities to issue a warning. The small size and affordability of AirTags make them easy to hide in cars, enabling criminals to monitor their location and potentially steal them for resale. Google and Apple are working to develop safeguards to protect users from unauthorized tracking with Bluetooth location devices.

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